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Subsurface Circular

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 34 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCAug 17, 2017

Developer: Bithell Games

Genre: Adventure

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A detective stationed on the Subsurface Circular investigates a series of disappearances among the city’s robotic working class. Collect words and phrases, then use them in dialogue puzzles to uncover the world's secrets and determine its future.

Inspired by classic adventure games and modern dialogue systems, Bithell Games has created a single session story which respects your time and your intelligence.

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Mighty Head
8
Strong Head
10
Fair Head
1
Weak Head
2
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GamesRadar+

GamesRadar+

The first Mike Bithell short feels like a pleasant stretch of the grey matter, offering players a story that keeps the intrigue throughout.

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Polygon

9 / 10.0
Polygon

Subsurface Circular extracts maximum entertainment from limited resources through the admirable trick of great writing, excellent pacing, sparkling dialogue and bang-on story beats. It's a lovely little game, the fine work of a developer whose main skill differential is neither coding, art nor level design, but good old-fashioned storytelling.

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Destructoid

8 / 10.0
Peter Glagowski

Saying anything else will just ruin the magic that this short, intriguing title holds. With its low price point and great pacing, I'd encourage everyone to check this out. If you're a fan of sci-fi, this is almost a no-brainer, but even people who are typically not interested in visual novels would do well to try Subsurface Circular for themselves. The organic integration of puzzle elements makes for one of the best detective games around.

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Shacknews

8 / 10
Shacknews

Subsurface Circular is one of the most unique games available for the Switch right now, and this iteration feels right at home on the console.

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