Percentile Rank

Overwhelm is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

50%

Critics Recommend

Based on 8 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
A or higher
A or higher
May 13, 2019

Overwhelm is a delight to play. With its engaging evolution mechanic making the boss fights more challenging the closer you get to the end. It’s a perfect example of atmosphere, with its frightening sci-fi 8-bit visuals and refreshing color palette. The dread the character feels is translated perfectly into the gameplay. Overwhelm is great, and with its evolution to the switch, it’s found a wonderful home to showcase its roguelike gameplay.

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Scored Reviews

Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2019

Simple yet effective, Overwhelm takes the concepts at the very core of the horror genre and presents them in the form of a nostalgic and addictive game.

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NintendoWorldReport
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2019

All in all, OVERWHELM is a fun and neat little roguelike with an unfortunate problem: it can feel unforgiving in the worst way. While it's far from being unplayable or unenjoyable, it can simply be disheartening to be on an incredible run only to be cheaply killed by either a teleporting boss or a random overworld enemy. If you can get past that, there is an amusing game that I could recommend to roguelike fans.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2019

If you’re up for the challenge that lies ahead, and the copious amounts of punishment with the game’s difficulty, there’s no doubt you’ve arrived at the right doorstep. If you’re not ready for those challenges, walk away now because this might not be the experience for you.

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Screen Rant
Apr 6, 2019

Ruari O'Sullivan's Overwhelm is tough-as-nails retro shooter that's strangely addictive

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Apr 17, 2019

Overwhelm's dark, intense action makes for a fantastic yet occasionally frustrating horror experience. When you are in the game, leaping around enemies and using your limited ammo to deal with evolving threats, you will be experiencing an immensely satisfying challenge. It's only a shame that some of the technical aspects can make death too easy and navigation a chore, because the roots of Overwhelm's concept design are exemplary.

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Fintendo
Apr 17, 2019

"A crushing challenge."

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We Got This Covered
Jun 28, 2018

Overwhelm has something interesting going on under the hood with its enemy evolution system, but it doesn't hold up its end of the bargain when it comes to providing rewarding gameplay and a fun challenge.

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