Subsurface Circular

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 34 critic reviews
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Aug 17, 2017

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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9 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2017

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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8 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

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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8 / 10
Mar 1, 2018

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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8 / 10.0
Jan 1, 2014

This "Mike Bithell short" is an intriguing, little, adventure. Gameplay wise is as simple as efficient and is visually refined and well polished.

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8 / 10
Aug 17, 2017

With a cast of well-realised characters, and a story that captivates from start-to-finish, Subsurface Circular's robot mystery will have your attention from the moment the train leaves the station.

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80 / 100
Mar 1, 2018

A fast-paced, snappily-written story mixed with some sleek visual design makes Subsurface Circular a great title to think about for the two hour runtime it takes to tell its tale. This game is a wonderful addition to the Switch library, and I hope that more Bithell Shorts will be on the way.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

Subsurface Circular has an engaging story with compelling characters that really makes you think about how you'll meet your objectives.  While the game is short, clocking in at around two hours, the story itself is enjoyable enough that you really don't mind the short length.  For six dollars, Subsurface Circular is worth checking out for the story alone.

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88 / 100
Mar 1, 2018

It may be short but it's a fantastic interactive novella that will have its hooks in you from the start

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8 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2018

Subsurface Circular is a lovely, short exploration game on the kind of people you might sit next to on a metro. It's thoughtful, engaging and thought-provoking.

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