The Inner Friend

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

28%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 critic reviews
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5 / 10
May 6, 2020

The Inner Friend isn't a bad game, but it never really rises above mediocrity. As a result, it's difficult to recommend unless the narrative premise attracts you. There are some moments of greatness amidst an interesting take on trauma and the idea of replaying unresolved memories from one's past, but the overall feel is distinctly average.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2020

The Inner Friend is a decent horror and while it is incredibly short there is enough variety to keep it interesting. It does have a couple of issues but it is saved by its interesting look at childhood fears. It's a good way to spend an afternoon.

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6.5 / 10.0
May 29, 2020

The Inner Friend is a game with interesting ambitions that doesn't quite gel together into a cohesive whole. While elements of the game (music and creature design) are quite stellar, other areas (puzzles, controls) suffer enough to hold the game back from what it could have been. The Inner Friend is still worth a look as an interesting experiment, just go in forewarned about the parts that don't work so well.

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70 / 100
May 7, 2020

As you move through the various levels, different ages of the main character are explored but in the two or three hours of game time, you are left with far too many questions.

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71 / 100
Sep 17, 2018

In short, The Inner Friend is enjoyable, if not much too short title that is open to interpretation in its story. This game is worth a play if you can scrounge up the cash. The experience alone is worth picking it up. And yet, PLAYMIND could have explored so much with this idea.

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6.5 / 10.0
May 13, 2020

Even though it was a short game, The Inner Friend lingers in the back of your brain long after you put the controller down. It's an emotional journey exploring childhood fears and trauma, and might just have you pulling out your favorite stuffed animal for a reassuring squeeze.

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7 / 10.0
May 12, 2020

More impressive than terrifying, The Inner Friend favours inventive ideas over bloodcurdling ones.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 7, 2020

Traversing a terrifying, multi-dimensional modern art exhibit for 2 hours can get tedious, but it never stops piquing your curiosity.

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Becca S.

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
May 1, 2020

If you can look past the few technical issues – which can hopefully be ironed out with a patch – you’ll find a worthwhile story about overcoming loneliness and self-doubt, cherishing your friendships and rediscovering who you are.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

A glimpse at something greater.

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