With Refunct, Dominique Grieshofer has created a complicated duality, that of having a relaxing game, but who can can become stressful and pressurizing, depending the approache of the player. With a limited lifespan, the game takes on its full value with speedrunners who will try to do the perfect run. At a low price, Refunct may well introduce you to a part of you that you don't know.
While the idea is laudable and worthy of attention, Refunct does very little to go beyond something superficial and short-lived. It's clear that there was potential to make this a more ambitious game, so what Refunct proposes feels like a big disappointment.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Refunct is a unique experience that despite the lack of content manages to communicate its themes through simple yet satisfying mechanics
Refunct feels like the promising start of something bigger and better. Despite some real potential, it ends up bringing little that excites or leave much of an impression, due to its scant half hour or so of gameplay. It's priced right, but Refunct might be a game you only play once.
Refunct is almost a mystical experience that begins with a bit of curiosity and finishes half an hour later with the adrenaline flowing in the veins, constantly throwing the eye to the next point of handhold and reflecting in milliseconds on how to reach it. It never becomes a tough or frustrating game, but instead it tries to be refreshing and relaxing, especially if you come from a hard working day. Given that the cost is around ' 3 it could easily become a way to get back on track after a bad day.
Review in Italian | Read full review
The description contains a bullet list of selling points like "Peaceful," "Relaxing," and "Seamless," and it certainly delivers on these promises. The controls feel good, too, with the actual platforming being very forgiving, and there are little collectables you can pick up but to no real end. If you need something to take your mind off a stressful day or an impossible Dark Souls boss, or just as a break between 30-hour RPGs, Refunct might do the trick. Just don't jump in expecting Mirror's Edge or Portal.
Refunct is a short game but what’s there is well crafted. There’s layers of discoveries to be made in the way the game plays and how to overcome each puzzle and this title is designed in a way to make this as enjoyable and natural as possible. While it’s not the prettiest of games, it’s certainly not ugly either. There’s no innovation here, with everything gameplay mechanic on display appearing in other games in more intuitive ways, but if you’re after half an hour of relaxing, simplistic game play that feels as chilled as an ASMR video, Refunct will scratch that itch.