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IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

Observation's novel approach to puzzle design and gripping plot combine to create a unique science-fiction experience.

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82 / 100
May 21, 2019

A stylish, understated, and subtly chilling psychological thriller with a compelling mystery at its core.

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Recommended
May 21, 2019

A smart sci-fi that isn't without problems, though they're balanced out by an incredible amount of style.

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3 / 10
May 22, 2019

2001 is hardly the most obvious movie to use as inspiration for a video game and perhaps predictably the end result suffers from slow-pacing and a lack of meaningful interaction.

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8 / 10.0
May 22, 2019
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9 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

Observation is a fantastic horror game thanks to its twisting plot, well-realized setting, and challenging puzzles

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8 / 10
May 29, 2019

Observation, a creepy space-station thriller in which you control an AI, is equal parts mysterious and compelling. And, it looks amazing.

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Polygon
Toussaint Egan

Top Critic

Unscored
May 21, 2019

The key to crafting an effective user interface, via video game or otherwise, is a careful balancing act of priorities both aesthetic and utilitarian. The location of the interface, how it functions, who is the user, and how is the interface meant to be seen are all questions and considerations that inform the shape and presentation of a plausible, functional user interface.

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May 21, 2019

Observation has no trouble grabbing you from the go, with gripping central mysteries and questions that demand answers. Painstaking progress through even the simplest commands and instructions counteract any sense of progress in Observation, and ultimately dilutes and cheapens the experience.

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9 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

If No Code hadn't already gotten its name out there as a strong storyteller with Stories Untold, this game would've put the studio on the map. Observation is everything I hoped it would be.

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80 / 100
May 21, 2019

Observation is an intriguing, sometimes terrifying, sci-fi thriller. Exploration and puzzle solving, combined with a great atmosphere, create a unique tribute to some classic movies such as Alien, 2001 A Space Odyssey, MOON or Gravity.

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8 / 10
May 21, 2019

Observation is a sci-fi thriller that puts you in a situation quite unlike any other. You never quite know what to expect, but the writing is solid enough to make sense even at its most unbelievable, and the characters of Sam and Emma really grow on you. A few niggly navigational hiccups and a couple of dull puzzles can break the immersion a bit, but even so any sci-fi fan should have a look at Observation.

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7.8 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

Observation has his flaws (mainly in the technical side), but is a great example of how videogames can come up with new ways of telling stories.

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7.8 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

No Code presents another story that catches us from the first moment in which they have taken much care of both the atmosphere and the ambience. A thriller that we will want to play without stopping to solve all the mysteries that it contains.

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9 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

Observation is a fantastic game, bringing gripping science fiction and unique gameplay together for a truly remarkable experience.

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VideoGamer
Josh Wise

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 21, 2019

An exquisite atmosphere and fresh premise make up for some slightly obtuse puzzles. Observation brims with ideas and images that fill your head.

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Unscored
May 21, 2019

Observation is clever, but it’s also astoundingly dumb.

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May 21, 2019

Inspired by sci-fi classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Observation delivers an unnerving story with a creepy atmosphere that goes to waste thanks to poor gameplay.

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May 22, 2019

Making the player the mainframe in this 2001-inspired sci-fi aboard a space station gone wrong is inspired

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8.8 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2019

Observation spins a chilling and seductive science fiction tale of suspense and mystery, juxtaposed against strong adventure gameplay and stellar production values.

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