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Scanner Sombre

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Based on 11 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCApr 26, 2017

Developer: Introversion Software

Genres: Art, Adventure

Regaining consciousness you smell the damp. Opening your eyes you see the stone walls of the chamber flickering by the light of the fire; you stumble to your feet and kick a helmet clattering across the floor. Slowly the ache in your head begins to subside and you notice the beginnings of a passage. After a few steps the darkness consumes you. Returning to the safely of the fire you see a LIDAR scanner on the floor - a trigger press results in a faint glow coming from inside the helmet. You put the helmet on, adjust the beam-width and proceed into the abyss….

Inspired by Gone Home and Dear Esther, Scanner Sombre is a cave exploration experience. With stunning visuals and a terrifying theme, it is the 6th major video game released by Introversion Software - creators of the million selling, BAFTA award winning Prison Architect as well as Uplink, Darwinia, DEFCON and Multiwinia.

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No Recommendation / Blank

Scanner Sombre is a fascinating experiment that's beautiful, smart and a little too insubstantial.

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PC Gamer

80 / 100
Tom Marks

A beautiful but short-lived expedition that left me wanting more of its best ideas.

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Game Informer

8 / 10.0
Game Informer

Half horror and half mystery, Scanner Sombre is a short and great first-person adventure game for those who want to try something weird

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6.5 / 10.0
Brett Makedonski

Scanner Sombre is a gimmick game, and I honestly say that without any ill intent. Its gimmick is beautiful and engaging and kind of amazing. To its credit, Scanner Sombre is seemingly aware of the limitations of this because it's brief enough to not wear out its welcome. However, the kaleidoscopic interior decorating is a means to an end, and that end just isn't as thrilling as what's in the mind's eye.

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