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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10 / 10
Mar 5, 2018

Subsurface Circular is a landmark moment in interactive storytelling. The elegance of its escalation is simply unmatched, as it tells a story that makes you feel like you're in completely over your head, and yet still perfectly believable. The characters you meet along the way all feel unique with their own personality, which makes interacting with them a test of wit and cunning as you use the conversational mechanics to their full effect. There's nothing quite else quite like Subsurface Circular, and when that uniqueness is combined with the phenomenal narrative at hand, you have all the ingredients for a simply unforgettable and very special journey aboard the subway.

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10 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

A fantastic exercise in story telling and character driven gaming which could start a new wave of 'short' style gaming. A must play and high bar for other stories to hit for years to come.

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10 / 10
Apr 4, 2018

Subsurface Circulas is a great adventure release that shines on the Nintendo Switch. The HD rumble ads to the overall feel of the game, and the music greatly complements the overall experience to give us a short but great indie release that is one of the best game's on the Nintendo Switch. The game looks great on TV and on the Switch's screen, with a solid art style that shines on Nintendo's hybrid console.

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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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90 / 100
Mar 4, 2018

The game — really a visual novel with light puzzle-solving elements through text — was released recently on the Switch, after coming out last year on Steam. It’s a short story from Mike Bithell, the creator behind Thomas Was Alone and Volume.

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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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8.5 / 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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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

Subsurface Circular is the brunch of gaming fare on Nintendo Switch — abbreviated, filling, and definitely worth the price. Anyone who finds some joy in futuristic techno flair will fall in love with this indie darling, and the narrative is short enough that it will leave you wanting more — for better or worse.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2017

Subsurface Circular is worth your attention. It's well-priced, and offers a unique and compelling experience from start to finish which you can very reasonably achieve in a single sitting. The game is concise, but leaves little to be desired, making it a solid value.

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9 / 10
Mar 2, 2018

This feels like a passion project that is extremely polished. It might not offer much replay value but as a brief experience, it is worth its asking price.

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