Death Mark

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

71%

Critics Recommend

Based on 17 critic reviews
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GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 9, 2019

Death Mark is one of the best examples of visual novels in the genre of horror, which lost a bit of subtle humor during the translation into English, while maintaining a stunning atmosphere of Japanese legends and sticky, increasing horror.

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7 / 10
Mar 4, 2019

Death Mark is a quite frightening Visual Novel, but it's very linear and you need to download chapter 6 as DLC on PS VITA.

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Nintendo Life
Kerry Brunskill

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 27, 2019

It's a rare game that can start off tense and then continuously ratchets up the mood to almost unbearable levels until the final moments of the final chapter – and an even rarer one that has enough alternative characters, dialogue, and endings to make it worth playing through more than once – but Death Mark succeeds where it really counts. There's plenty on offer here for both horror fans as well as those looking for a mystery that requires more than hoarding knick-knacks and waiting patiently for your character to officially notice something before you can proceed.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Death Mark is classic, Japanese, video game horror. It's essentially a collection of ghost stories, wrapped up in a mysterious package and enhanced with investigative gameplay and life or death moments that test your logic and ability to pay attention.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Death Mark may seem at first like a shallow horror take on the Japanese visual novel/adventure genre, but the deeper you dig into its tale of wayward spirits and cursed bystanders, the more its brutality is mixed with beauty. While it could have done more with the ideas it builds upon, it still results in an unexpectedly captivating experience that stands out from the crowd

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8 / 10
Nov 21, 2018

Death Mark is an involving, disturbing and addictive game that will grab the players' attention and feelings with its marvelous visual style, script quality and lifespan. In n adventure that is as thrilling as it can be terrifying, Death Mark is one of the most remarkable games to come out on the Nintendo Switch this year and an excellent starting point to more games of this genre.

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85%
Oct 31, 2018

Death Mark is a genuinely scary experience that would be stronger if it didn't feel obliged to fall back on out-of-place cheesecake shots.

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Jan 14, 2019

Death Mark won't surprise veterans of Japanese horror adventure, but it is a great entry point for newcomers to the genre.

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6 / 10
Jan 10, 2019

Death Mark is a solid horror text adventure game. With all the hallmarks one would hope for in a survival horror, compounded with excellent writing that sparks the reader's imagination, anyone who is interested in a low-stress horror game that is actually very creepy will enjoy this. The presentation may be unimpressive and the art just adequate, yet the sound design makes up for it. If this went the extra mile with the visuals and animation it could have been a real cult classic.

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Nov 6, 2018

While it might make you uncomfortable, as far as extreme horror goes, Death Mark also offers an unparalleled sense of atmosphere and a genuinely engrossing mystery to follow along with.

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