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The Spectrum Retreat

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

36%

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Based on 37 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 13, 2018
Xbox OneJul 13, 2018
PCJul 13, 2018
Nintendo SwitchJul 13, 2018

Developer: Dan Smith Studios

Publisher: Ripstone

Genres: Puzzle, Adventure

The Spectrum Retreat is a challenging, first-person puzzle game set in the near future. You awake at The Penrose hotel, a peaceful yet unsettling refuge from the outside world. As a valued guest, your existence is embedded into the corridors and guest rooms of The Penrose.

Exploration of the striking art-deco hotel will begin to uncover the mysteries of both The Penrose and the uncertainties surrounding your current stay. Your desire to unearth the truth is obstructed by an array of colour coded puzzles, mind-bending physics challenges and the growing fear of exposing your true intentions.

Review Data

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Mighty Head
2
Strong Head
6
Fair Head
10
Weak Head
6

Trailers

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The Spectrum Retreat Launch Trailer | PC | PS4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch |

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The Spectrum Retreat - Gameplay with Developer Commentary

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The Spectrum Retreat - Announcement Trailer | PC | PS4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch |

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Polygon

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Polygon

Intriguing game has its moments, but flubs story section

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Destructoid

6 / 10.0
Brett Makedonski

At its core, The Spectrum Retreat has a tragic story about a family cast aside by the American health care system. That much becomes apparent early on, but the finer details are hidden behind too many consecutive puzzles. There's a narrative worth hearing here, but the cadence at which it's told is just a little bit off. That, mixed with the good-but-not-outstanding puzzle design, keeps The Spectrum Retreat from being a truly great stay.

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TheSixthAxis

7 / 10
TheSixthAxis

As far as hybrid genres go, this is an interesting one. The combination of walking simulator and the integration of the puzzles is very well done, while the drip feed of the story is steady enough to keep your focus, driving you through the small niggles that arise throughout a play through. The whole thing is tied together with some great voice acting and great music. Overall, The Spectrum Retreat grabs hold and refuses to let go, while its clever combination of pure puzzling and story telling makes for an enjoyable and unique experience throughout.

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IGN Italy

7.3 / 10.0
IGN Italy

An original title with a split personality, half puzzle game and half walking simulator. Both parts are brilliantly developed, but their forced dichotomy breaks the rhythm of the game.

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Recent News

First-person puzzler The Spectrum Retreat is out today

First-person puzzler The Spectrum Retreat is out today

The Spectrum Retreat is out now, the debuting portal-inspired puzzle game by Dan Smith, winner of a 2016 BAFTA Young Games Designers award.

Read full article on Rock, Paper, Shotgun

The Spectrum Retreat brings color to Portal-like puzzles

The Spectrum Retreat brings color to Portal-like puzzles

Intriguing game has its moments, but flubs story section

Read full article on Polygon