Percentile Rank

Impact Winter is ranked in the 28th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 30 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

17%

Critics Recommend

Based on 30 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
May 30, 2017

Beautiful but bug-riddled, Impact Winter isn't the game it could be yet.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 8, 2017

Snow-drenched, tense, and at any given time close to buckling under the weight of its own ambition - like a ceiling in a snowstorm - Impact Winter’s survival experience is one that deserves to be remembered by time and players alike.

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GameSoulz
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 15, 2017

All in all, Impact Winter is a very classic Survival game, doing basically nothing new gameplay-wise, having a boring story and weak start. Luckily it does enough unique things in the long run, like the amazing environmental story-telling and great presentation, topped with some little new mechanics, adding some depth to the mix. Wouldn´t it have had the various bugs and control problems, I would have found myself liking Impact Winter for just offering an immersive experience, able to compete with the very best out there. Unfortunately, at the moment, I can´t fully recommend it, due to said problems, despite the neat little game hiding beneath them.

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Scored Reviews

IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 22, 2017

Impact Winter is able to melt survival, management and a touch of GdR with very interesting results. It's not a perfect game, but the mix of genres is well done.

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Daily Mirror
May 30, 2017

Despite some minor gripes, Impact Winter is an otherwise solid game. It has the look, feel and general gameplay of an almost perfect game. However, its poor controls and clunky interfaces do ultimately bog it down. Impact Winter is a game about exploration and managing resources and, whilst difficult, it is a very rewarding experience if you invest the time and immerse yourself in its cold, frozen depths.

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VGProfessional
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2017

Impact Winter does some great things with the survival formula, and its focus on cooperation really forces you to think twice about your actions, but its technical issues on PC mean you’ll have to wait for some patches to get things in working order

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The Games Machine
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2018

The conversion of Impact Winter took advantage of a great process of polishing (applied to the PC version as well), but it did not turn the game into a masterpiece: the design flaws are still here, as well as the intricate control system and some fuzzy storytelling.

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GameSpace
7.5 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
May 26, 2017

Between the narrative content, progression systems, and team management, Impact Winter is far more than a simple scavenging simulator. It still embraces the joy of exploration, but challenges players to balance a multitude of risks. Like many story driven games, replay value can feel somewhat limited by the adherence to a script and the game’s achievement system adds little to this. Despite these niggles, I adored wandering the wilds with Jacob. If you have a hankering for a survival game that has some depth to it and own a controller, then Impact Winter is a solid choice.

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IGN Spain
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2018

An amazing survival experience, this is an items-management & strategy experience with some 80's details and a great OST and scenario designs.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2018

It's not a game you'd call "fun", but the atmosphere and wealth of tasks and locations make it well worth your time.

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Areajugones
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 28, 2017

Impact Winter is the new title from Mojo Banes and its goal is to give a new perspective of the survival genre. However, this game becomes a little bit repetitive after playing for a few hours.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jun 10, 2017

Though it is a fairly solid game, it might be worth waiting a couple more weeks until the development team sorts out the rest of the bugs before trying to survive the frozen abyss that is Impact Winter.

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GameSpew
70%
70%
Apr 23, 2018

Without convoluted gameplay systems and a myriad of menus to get your head around, Impact Winter's streamlined approach to the genre is faultlessly welcoming and instantly engaging. It means it's perfectly at home on console, too, and considering the budget-price release, you probably ought to at least give it a try.

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VGN
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2018

Impact Winter has very good ideas, especially regarding the gameplay and its artistic choices. Unfortunately, they get buried under a pletora of technical problems and a choppy frame-rate. Just like the snow, Impact Winter hides the remains of our civilization in the game.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 22, 2017

Surviving for thirty days in the cold with a survival team is not as simple as it sounds in Impact Winter.

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Sirus Gaming
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2017

It's just too bad that the game was released in this state, otherwise it could've been more reputable to those looking for this kind of genre. Sometimes, word of mouth can break or make a game. In all honesty though, we need games like these, the ones that just say "I'm gonna do my thing, love it or hate it."

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NEOsite
6.5 / 10.0
NEOsite
aysnel

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2018

Try to survive 30 days during a nuclear winter in hustile surroundings. A freedom in choosing your own playstyle is great, but the game lacks finishing touches.

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Spaziogames
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2018

The console version of Impact Winter is, on the whole, a more polished game than it was at the debut on PC, but its good ideas are still marred by a troublesome framerate and a good amount of small bugs and inconsistencies.

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Thumbsticks
Jul 24, 2017

Survival, that most impermanent of genres, seems to have found permanent residency in the last few years, yet in a crowded space, Mojo Bones has made a mark. Impact Winter is dream-like and transfixing; it’s frustrating and brittle; and there is something truly special here you can just make out through the ice. If only it was given time to thaw.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 10, 2017

Surviving in Impact Winter's brutally cold apocalypse makes for a tense adventure, but it's marred by a number of technical problems that exacerbate an already arduous task.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jul 14, 2017

Impact Winter feels like generic survival simulator, but looks much better due unusual snowy setting and nice graphics.

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2018

The initial setup for Impact Winter's frozen post-apocalyptic world is effectively haunting and grim. The trick does get repeated a little too often though, and the bleak situation you were previously invested in becomes too much of a chore and less about humanity struggling against nature.

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TrueAchievements
Apr 15, 2018

Impact Winter can be an immersive survival game for those who are able to look past the technical issues that could possibly hurt the gameplay for some.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 23, 2018

The developers of Impact Winter have created a solid survival game with a unique art style that will appeal to a certain type of player. But whether you enjoy it will really depend on how much you enjoy the micromanagement of the games' systems and can forgive its limited narrative and repetitive resource grind. For my money – there is better out there.

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 30, 2017

It's not terrible, but it's also a hard one to recommend, and I get the feeling it's one that we may revisit in the future and update the score for, when it's all patched and tightened up.

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Cultured Vultures
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2018

Though it's not all negative, Impact Winter contains plenty of issues that many will consider as barriers to enjoyment. Ultimately, it's these flaws that'll stop Impact Winter from making a, well, impact.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Apr 17, 2018

There is an extremely interesting world on display in Impact Winter and there are traces of greatness scattered throughout. Unfortunately, there are far too many examples of cumbersome, clumsy, and frustrating execution that end up melting away the game's frosty facade. With such a heavy emphasis on multiple playthroughs, most players would be lucky to stomach their first 30 days of survival.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jun 7, 2017

Impact Winter is a beautiful and thoughtful game, and at least initially, it ticks all the boxes in terms of emotional delivery, narrative execution, and sheer atmospheric mastery. However, the mechanical flaws are an unfortunate counter to the ambition and care that has gone into the title.

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GameGrin
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

Seeing Impact Winter through to the end will be a struggle in itself. It is a shame that Impact Winter is filled with both bugs and design problems as at it's core there are the makings of a brilliant title. For now though it is one to avoid unless you are willing to deal with the problems.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Jun 3, 2017

With some more technical and balance patches Impact Winter may become worth your money, but right now it should be avoided just like a real apocalyptic situation should be.

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