Percentile Rank

BELOW is ranked in the 41st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 48 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

37%

Critics Recommend

Based on 48 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Expansive
Yes
Yes
Dec 15, 2018

Below is very self-aware of the pace and tone it’s going for. This is a confident game that has clear nods and winks to titles that have inspired it but also brings them together in a way that feels fresh and unique. 2018 has already had some incredible gaming experiences and with the quality of a game like Below, it’s clearly not over yet.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 18, 2018

Tough games generally reward me by offering up small lessons, each time I die. In most games, I'll notice that the big Dark Souls-y boss I'm trying to kill has a particular movement or flaw, and I test that weak spot until I discover the answer.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 3, 2019

When you reach a milestone you get a moment of pure, unadulterated glory, but it’s fleeting, like craving a cigarette and quickly realising that nicotine is a chemical lie and cigarettes are shit. Progress feels so gradual as to be nonexistent, and can be instantly wiped out — but not in a calculated way like the difficulty of Dark Souls. In a sort of hopeless way. Each warrior is a tiny Sisyphus.

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Scored Reviews

CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2018

Below is a punishing dungeon crawler, mixing elements from roguelikes, Dark Souls and survival games to create an often painful, yet oddly enticing action-adventure game.

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We Got This Covered
Dec 20, 2018

Although it has a tendency to frustrate, both in terms of design and execution, Below offers a compelling adventure set in a mysterious world that's just begging to be explored.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

Below is a game that will keep calling you back. With its challenging gameplay loop, beautiful design and polished mechanics, it's a game that could easily become a classic of the genre over time.

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2018

Below is not an inviting or wholly accessible experience. It does, however, have a lot to offer to players who enjoy uncovering mysteries and delving headlong into the unknown. It's a more hardcore Zelda game without the true bite of a Souls-like. Love it or hate it, Below is unabashed in what it is and what it demands of players who brave its depths.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2018

Below is a beautiful game that has a lot to offer players and a lot of interesting sights to see. However, it requires the players to put up with quite a bit in order to see all that.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2018

Despite its frustrating refusal to teach you even the basics, Below's sense of discovery is as good as anything already out there, and its gameplay is as deep as its name suggests.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 24, 2019

Below is a quite convincing Rogue-lite with good visuals and great music, despites the lack of tutorial and narration, and a progression that can be very tough and frustrating.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 20, 2018

Below is a great game with a unique atmosphere, inexpressible emotions and the idea of ​​survival, which is a little outdated and can discourage all desire to explore this amazing and unpredictable world.

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GameSkinny
Dec 20, 2018

Below is an uncompromising trek through some seriously dangerous dungeons.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Dec 17, 2018

Worth the wait, Below is a Rouge lite that doesn't hold your hand and asks you figure out the rules of this world on your own.  It makes for a fulfilling, albeit difficult journey.

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Generación Xbox
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2018

have the game worth the wait? definitely not.

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Everyeye.it
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Despite some issues, the wait was worth it.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Below is a beautiful, immersive experience that comes with extensive caveats. Survival can be frustrating for even the most seasoned adventurer

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Dec 19, 2018

Below is a dark, mysterious game that invites you to illuminate its secrets, then punishes you for trying. While it does a great job invoking a sense of wonder, thanks in part to its sparse, tense soundtrack, its genuinely great moments are spread far too thin. Below will certainly be a divisive game, but it offers a compelling experience for players willing to put up with a good amount of frustration and tedium.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Andrew Borck
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2019

Below is a long-awaited game that for the most part delivers on what it set out to do 6 years ago. The biggest hurdle awaiting players besides the difficulty will be finding that sweet spot of discovery and wonder that keeps pulling you on and making you want to find out more.

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Spaziogames
7.4 / 10.0
Spaziogames
Valthiel

Top Critic

7.4 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Below is a dark-space opera with a strong imagery that revolves around the concepts of darkness and light, good and evil. It is a well built hardcore game with procedural dungeons and traps. It is not suitable for casual players.

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Gameplanet
7 / 10.0
Gameplanet
Brandon Yeager

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2019

Below is a solid and well-designed game that will challenge every level of gamer. Steeped in mystery, fans of Roguelike dungeon exploring will feel right at home in this subterranean adventure.

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MonsterVine
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 9, 2019

It’s not cutting edge. I mean “Souls-like” is a genre of its own now, not just an interesting experiment. So we wind up with Below, which is like one of those weird evolutionary offshoots that is never quite successful.

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Below hhas a precise idea but transmits it reluctantly. Finally, not everyone who understands it might want to indulge it.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 21, 2018

A frustrating mix of survival game and roguelike, that has absolutely no respect for your time and yet still hides an enthralling and rewarding action adventure within its murky depths.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2018

Below's maddening edge is an open rebellion to its quiet sophistication. It's loaded with intrigue but resistant to modern methods of approach, creating a Rorschach test where losing patience with its internal contradiction is as credible of a reaction as relishing its idiosyncratic isolation and adversity. Ultimately, Below is a curiosity in which gratification is dependent on personal resolve.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Below is a good game, but it could have been something great with some more attention to things that were bound to frustrate gamers from the get-go. It's a solid adventure, and a wonderfully interesting mystery. But it's not always fun to play.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Dec 21, 2018

After five years of waiting, though there are some frequently fantastic examples of sound used to further the tone and aesthetic, a similarly plentiful amount of contradictory design choices and unnecessarily tasking moments leaves BELOW with many rough edges.

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TheXboxHub
Dec 23, 2018

If you have Xbox Game Pass and are not scared away by the potential struggles ahead, then Below might be worth a try. At a somewhat high asking price of £19.99 though, you may wish to consider other, better options.

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IGN
6.9 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

6.9 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

Below is a gorgeous, atmospheric dungeon crawler that is difficult to take in at the pace it deserves because of oppressive survival mechanics.

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PC Gamer
68 / 100
68 / 100
Dec 17, 2018

Capy's tough-love approach and well-worn survival systems makes it harder to appreciate Below's singular look and feel.

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Gamersky
6.7 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

6.7 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2019

The art style is so beautiful to enjoy, but the gameplay is too repetitive to bear.

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COGconnected
65 / 100
65 / 100
Jan 10, 2019

Even though it doesn’t always feel cohesive, it’s certainly worth playing, especially if you’re a fan of roguelikes —just know that your mileage may vary in the enjoyment department.

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Some players will relish the challenge, but I just couldn't. Not in this game. Below puts its best foot forward in its early hours and then never stops losing steam. If the experience were somehow compressed into a tighter six- to eight-hour adventure, I'd confidently recommend it to a wide audience. As it stands, the game has a masterful command of ambience, but it comes with too many caveats.

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Pardis Game
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 1, 2019

Below isn't revolutionary or even a risk taker among its peers. It borrows bit by bit everything it needs from other games. In Below, the means justify the end, but is the end even worth it? A vast but shallow sea is what we got after all these years

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Xbox Achievements
65%
65%
Dec 19, 2018

BELOW evokes a fantastically ominous air of foreboding with its soundtrack, and its visual style is unquestionably superb, but as an example of the roguelike, Capy's game does nothing new. Perhaps it's intentionally pared-down, but the resulting game is enjoyable for an hour or two, and a relentless chore thereafter.

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Worth Playing
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2019

Below is divisive. Few will argue about the bleak beauty of the game, but everything else sets it up as a title you'll either love or hate, with few reservations.

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DualShockers
6.5 / 10.0
DualShockers
Max Roberts

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2018

Below's hand-crafted design is constantly at war with itself and the player, despite the gripping world Capy Games has created.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 6, 2019

Below's foreboding atmosphere and slow, purposeful pace works in its early stages, but numerous frustrating design choices make its back half a nightmare.

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OnlySP
OnlySP
Austin Breakwell
Dec 21, 2018

The game is an undeniably refreshing experience and a rather intriguing introduction to roguelikes for newcomers to the genre. Unfortunately, what the game lacks in terms of consistently gratifying gameplay is not wholly made up for by such excellent presentation and solid underlying concepts.

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3DNews
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2018

Below is a torture: the game is so beautiful and intriguing, but it's such a pain to actually play it.

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Windows Central
Dec 17, 2018

BELOW's graphics and music are nothing short of spectacular, but the incredibly disappointing gameplay experience leaves a lot to be desired.

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GameGrin
6 / 10.0
GameGrin
Alan Wen

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2018

Uncompromising to a fault, Below is a unique and often hauntingly beautiful game but its punishing design eventually becomes a tedious slog, sucking out any intrigue or enjoyment of its initial hours.

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Daily Star
Jan 1, 2019

Below struggles with its identity and, with gameplay dramatically shifting between enthralling exploration and bothersome survival, the game never quite finds it footing.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Dec 20, 2018

BELOW will prove itself divisive, no doubt. But for those willing to take the plunge, it deserves the brave few who explore its depths.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 17, 2019

There's a fun and challenging experience down in the depths of Below, especially in the very lowest levels. Unfortunately, the cumbersome design will turn players away and keep the game's treasures hidden forever.

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TechRaptor
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2018

If you like to unravel a mysterious world that doesn't hold your hand, then you might find something in BELOW. If you're looking for an action-packed roguelite, BELOW is not it.

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Culture of Gaming
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2018

We really wanted to enjoy Below. We wanted a gripping indie game to suck us in and get us lost in its world, but overall all we gained from this was a headache and a loss of breath from sighing in discontent. If you like hard games just because of a challenge, give it a try. If you want a worthwhile experience though, you might want to look somewhere else.

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VideoGamer
4 / 10
4 / 10
Dec 23, 2018

Below's moody gloom and atmosphere is spoiled by mechanics that really cramp its central quest.

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Screen Rant
Dec 22, 2018

Capybara Games' Below is a frustrating and empty experience that proves ultimately unworthy of casual players time or patience.

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