Percentile Rank

The Red Strings Club is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 52 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 52 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 22, 2018

If you've any interest in transhumanist philosophy or even ethics in general, then you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. If you don't, then The Red Strings Club should still hit the spot – and you might find you have more to say the next time someone asks you about the nature of happiness.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a fascinating journey into the problem of free will

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 7, 2018

It's a great game to fill a contemplative afternoon. Buy it.

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Scored Reviews

OnlySP
Feb 17, 2018

Few titles can take players on a journey with the ease and grace that The Red Strings Club does; its ability to do so much with so little is a ringing endorsement to the effectiveness of minimalism. The game will not—can not—appeal to everyone, but those seeking a title that takes narrative seriously should not overlook it. Although the gameplay is not challenging, the way it forms an integral part of the story is something that even the biggest, most practiced teams in the industry can learn from. In short, The Red Strings Club is unmissable.

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The Game is a Lie
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2019

Loaded with philosophy, The Red Strings Club is able to capture the player in a narrative that is deeply controversial and full of dualities with simple but satisfactory gameplay, reaching its pinnacle with one of the best endings ever in a game.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2019

The Red Strings Club is not a dish for all palates, or rather, it is not a cocktail that will please everyone. Because Deconstructeam, like Donovan, knows how to touch our deepest emotions in a cruelly beautiful way: they guide us to an impasse in which we must assume the consequences of what we have caused. We will be victims and executioners of the threads of destiny that, with our actions, have been weaving a tapestry rich in shades, full of lights and shadows. Believe me when I tell you that you will not easily forget this game: they will come out bruised and aching, but with the smile of the one who has known how to fight until the end.

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Impulsegamer
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Jan 23, 2018

Old school adventuring has grown up!

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COGconnected
92 / 100
92 / 100
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a vehicle for some of the most engrossing cyberpunk stories I've witnessed in recent memory. I don't know that I've had anywhere near enough of them, just yet.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a perfect example of how to create a sublime and intrinsic moral debate within a deep story and a great and well developed world. A masterpiece of graphic adventures, absolutely recommendable for those who are fans of the genre and for those who aren't. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-ldb4'); });

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a deeply gratifying cyberpunk adventure whose strong writing and exciting scenarios enhance its themes about the manipulation of human emotion.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a true cyberpunk classic. Pixel-art visuals and a cyberpunk world make way for fascinating gameplay and a truly compelling, well written story. The game will force you to make tough decisions while questioning your own thoughts about important, current day topics. This is an indie title you won't want to miss.

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Hu3br
Jan 23, 2018

Share a few cocktails, wonder about life, how you came to be and how fragile we are. The Red Strings Clubs is a deep dive into what makes us happy and how sometimes we fabricate our feelings. Beautifully written and executed.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2018

The Red Strings Club deeply explores human emotions and feelings, giving the player the opportunity to play with them.

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3DNews
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2018

An atmospheric, intriguing, exciting and unusual adventure that will live in your memory for a long time.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jan 23, 2018

Ultimately, The Red Strings Club tries and succeeds to be deeply thought provoking. Whereas other sci-fi games can tell a great story and make the player fear for a hypothetical future, few have made me question my personal definitions on fate, ethics and humanity.

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The Games Machine
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2018

Under the disguise of a traditional point and click adventure, The Red Strings Club shows us once again the ability of Decostructeam to use videogames to explore the human soul. The story is a pretty standard cyberpunk tale, but the "alcohol system" during conversations at the bar is amazing, and the moral choices are intriguing and demanding.

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Hobby Consolas
86 / 100
86 / 100
Jan 25, 2018

The Red Strings Club its an intense experience that you should play at least once. This game will make you think about your message for days.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

Deconstructeam's narrative makes The Red Strings Club one of the best reflections in the media about making games, why we create things and why the megacorporations are the evil incarnated.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Mar 26, 2019

The Red Strings Club is a masterpiece that introduces a creative plot with resourceful protagonists and a marvelous narrative.

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Geek Culture Podcast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club manages to craft a point-and-click adventure that can, at times, be edge-of-your-seat engrossing. The game’s simplistic presentation gives way to deeper systems at play, creating tension in creative ways. Given that most of the game develops in a static bar location, with only a handful of departures from the setting to explore snippets of a well-realized world, it is a testament to the developer’s skill at keeping the player engaged through an endless barrage of text boxes broken up by entertaining bouts as a charming information broker with a knack for mixology. The questions laid before the player will stick around long after the credits roll, which will sadly happen long before you are ready to part with the game. The Red Strings Club rarely fails to impress, but given the brief runtime those short-lived areas may be felt more than they should. Still, this is a notable success from Deconstructeam.

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VGN
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a story-driven, pixel-art adventure that let you experience an interesting journey in a distopic, cyberpunk world. Despite being too short, the new game from Deconstructeam deserves your attention if you love the point-and-click adventures genre.

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Quillstreak
82%
82%
Jan 22, 2018

Red Strings Club tells a beautiful, universal story about the nature of suffering and the right to feel it in an invitingly atmospheric setting.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 27, 2019

The most frustrating part of the game is the ‘game’ itself, and when absolutely every other aspect of The Red Strings Club is so strong, it’s really frustrating. Thankfully, the terrific characters, the strong narrative, the gorgeous visuals and the moral questions the game poses at you tip the game into the ‘must-play’ review score. The brilliant story drags you in and doesn’t let go.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2019

Sit down, fix yourself a stiff drink, and get ready to open up. The Red Strings Club is an establishment worth visiting.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 22, 2018

Thanks to an incredible and thought-provoking story, a cast of well-rounded characters, and simple yet highly effective gameplay, The Red Strings Club easily kicks off 2018 on the right foot when it comes to adventure games.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a fascinating exploration of humanity, emotion, ethics, and our own preconceptions of evil. It tackles some huge topics, and while it does not manage to meet all of it’s potential it is worth playing just to visit The Red Strings Club, pull up a chair, and try something different.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 15, 2019

The Red Strings Club tells a brilliant cyberpunk tale that's full of big ideas and tough moral questions. Its gameplay sections are a little too flimsy and repetitive to keep pace, but you'll want to play through this memorable adventure nonetheless.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club comes full circle. It ends almost exactly where it begins. Brandeis is still falling. He's still going to collide with the ground. His fate's sealed. But that doesn't really matter. In The Red Strings Club, it's how you arrive at a moment that stands out.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club's great cast of characters and philosophical themes about the meaning of happiness provide plenty of thought-provoking entertainment

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Nintendo Times
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 19, 2019

GREAT - The Red Strings Club is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday curled up in bed. The story is engaging and made all the better by its well-written cast of rogues. It’ll definitely leave you thinking long after you’re finished.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 23, 2018

A short but thought-provoking story with interesting moral choices to make and enough player engagement to keep you involved.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 30, 2018

A cyberpunk exploration of humanity, manipulation and getting tanked, The Red Strings club is lovely and melancholy and well worth a look.

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GameSpew
80%
80%
Feb 2, 2018

Thought-provoking and heart-warming, The Red Strings Club may be brief but it's good to the last drop. And, like the drinks that Donovan serves, it'll have you coming back for more.

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Marooners' Rock
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2018

The Red Strings Club perfectly taps into the classic, underdog tales that permeated 80s cyberpunk literature. While the imagery in this game is less gritty than stories like "Johnny Mnemonic" or "El Pepenador," it takes the same deep philosophical approach about the future of humanity that has always been cyberpunk's trademark—and what a glorious tale the strings weave in this game.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 5, 2018

The Red Strings Club in an excellent story-driven game that offers a beautiful pixel design and a very interesting narrative gameplay.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 4, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a story-driven, pixel-art style point & click adventure that makes you think, think and think; about a very possible future that may just be around the corner for us, and about the current troubles that human race is facing.

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Expansive
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 16, 2018

The Red Strings Club poses important questions to think and reflect on in an effective, harrowing way.

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Entertainment Buddha
80 / 100
Entertainment Buddha
Taylor Thompson
80 / 100
Jan 22, 2018

The Red Strings Club is fantastic! The beautiful animations along with the great dialogue and charming music makes this cyberpunk narrative a game for all gamers (who are old enough)!

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CDavis_Games
Jul 13, 2018

The Red Strings Club might not be **the** cyberpunk game you’re waiting for, but it’s well-worth your time. Like any good cyberpunk story, it poses tough questions about our potential future and the extent to which we adapt our own bodies and minds at the cost of corporate control. Like any really good cyberpunk story, you shouldn’t expect to get all the answers.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Jan 22, 2018

Great music, pixel-style art, a cyberpunk aesthetic, and the mellow feeling of shooting the shit at the bar. What’s not to love?

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WellPlayed
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

A stylish if slightly familiar slice of high concept dystopian sci-fi

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New Game Network
77 / 100
77 / 100
Jan 23, 2018

The Red Strings Club is a clever (and occasionally quite confronting) narrative experience that blends a compelling cocktail of ethical quandaries and social engineering, with a fresh slice of low-stress minigames. Served chilled.

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PowerUp!
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2019

It’s so rewarding to have dialogue options that so clearly generate results.

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2019

Elements like your current objectives and path through the story aren't really explained, and it's possible to feel lost or without purpose due to a lack of tutorials or direction. That said, I would still heartily recommend The Red Strings Club to fans of cyberpunk or crime stories or those who enjoy narrative games with a fair amount of choice and minimal gameplay. I'm not sure if I will be returning to this bar right away, but I'll certainly be thinking about it.

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IGN Italy
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

The Red Strings Club develops the dystopia of a world without emotions through cocktails and dialogues. With moments of gameplay as strange as it is interesting.

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AusGamers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2018

One that isn't afraid to delve into the idea of friendship, humanity, and what technological breakthroughs can bring us as a species.

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Cultured Vultures
7.5 / 10.0
Cultured Vultures

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2019

The Red Strings Club proves that the Switch is one of the best console choices for indie games, but can't quite match its PC cousin.

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Pure Nintendo
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2019

Even though The Red Strings Club is in a pixelated genre which is oversaturated, the story all but makes up for it. I would recommend this despite its controls for anyone on a budget looking for a great story-telling game, and for all sci-fi/cyberpunk fans.

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Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2018

Red Strings Club is more of a visual novel than a true adventure game, but its roughly four-hour story will give you some topics for your brain to chew on. The conversational gameplay, not to mention the drink mixing minigame, are a lot of fun.

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PC Gamer
73 / 100
73 / 100
Jan 23, 2018

While it occasionally slips into cyberpunk cliche, and can be a little too earnest for its own good sometimes, The Red Strings Club is a distinctive take on a well-worn genre.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2018

Like many branching narrative games with ample replayability, The Red Strings Club is more about the journey than the destination. But across my four hours with it, I was too often not concerned with either.

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Cubed3
3 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

3 / 10
Jan 22, 2018

Sadly, The Red Strings Club will fool some into thinking it follows in the footsteps of classics from WadjetEye Games purely because of its aesthetics. Do not be mistaken, though. This is not a patch on any of that company's releases, nor is it affiliated with it at all. Instead, this takes an intriguing style and theme of the world gone mad for technology, mixes in some extremely random love story between the lead duo of hacker and bartender that bears no relevance to the underlying tale, adds in a heavy dose of some of the most painful attempts at puzzles, and then perfectly tops it all off with an overly wordy script filled with too much padding.

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