Observation is without a doubt one of the best puzzle games of the year. You'll be instantly drawn into the story within the first few moments of being S.A.M. and become completely enraptured.
Suspend your disbelief in low gravity as you assume control of an AI program in charge of system administration and maintenance (S.A.M.) inside a space station. Help your crew survive and communicate after an unexplained problem wipes your memory core and leaves the station stranded.
Observation is an unnerving, beautiful, and captivating space station thriller that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
Observation is a thought provoking, eerie space drama with dubious computers, failing equipment, and very threatening geometry. Don't let it get away from you.
An intense and memorable experience.
Observation spins a chilling and seductive science fiction tale of suspense and mystery, juxtaposed against strong adventure gameplay and stellar production values.
If authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Stanislaw Lem excites you, Observation will manage to satisfy your needs.
Review in Turkish | Read full review
This is a good game that prioritizes the story and the setting above everything else, which would be good if some arguable design decisions and a handful of bugs that tarnish the experience had not been added.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
When the game gives you clear instructions and doesn't force you to solve primitive puzzles, it's great. Unfortunately, it happens not as often as you'd hope.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Observation is a very strong science fiction game with a rich story. It has excellent graphics and good puzzles, but suffering from pixel-hunting, visual effects and scripts that require consistent execution. But if you want something truly unusual in terms of serious space adventures, then you simply forget about all of these shortcomings while watching the mystical story and development of relations between S.A.M. and the most ordinary person - scientist and cosmonaut Emma Fisher.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Observation tells a thrilling sci-fi story that keeps me engaged all the time. I strongly recommend this game to everyone who loves science fictions.
Review in Chinese | Read full review
Observation is an enjoyable experience. It has its flaws, ranging from an awkward UI to tedious puzzles, but they are overshadowed by the excellent plot and atmosphere. It's pretty much a one-and-done experience (aside from a few collectibles), but the game provides a genuinely fun time. If you're a fan of sci-fi drama in the vein of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, give Observation a shot, but be prepared to work through some rough spots.
"Observation" turns out to be an exciting sci-fi thriller that makes use of a unique concept and gives the player a completely new perspective. With each additional puzzle, the player delves deeper into the dark history of space and is driven by the question of the original events. Even though the game concept and storytelling are convincing, the gameplay is sometimes a bit difficult due to the catchy and partly generic puzzles. All in all, players with "Observation" get a thrilling sci-fi adventure, which can convince with its story as well as audio-visually.
Review in German | Read full review
Overall it’s a fresh change from the standard jump scare, or shooter mechanic that we have so much of today. It’s a compelling story and one worth putting some time into puzzle solving to uncover.
Observation is a game that changes the codes. You are not the hero of the story, you have no decision to make, you follow orders and do everything possible to make sure Emma survives. This approach may not have worked, but here it is completely the opposite. We felt involved in the story, doing our best and trying to solve the puzzles as quickly as possible to find out what happened next, move forward. Served by an irreproachable narrative, Observation will take you on an adventure worthy of the great science fiction productions.
A visually arresting and occasionally gripping sci-fi drama, weighed down by a clunky interface and poor pacing.
As a cinematic experience, Observation can easily be considered one of the highest points of the genre. Cool photography and a great reproduction of the space environment supports a solid and unnerving narrative. On the gameplay side, however, something did not work to the end and at least part of the screams I left to wander in space were not one of terror, but of frustration.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Observation’s tedious gameplay and intriguing story kept me asking myself if it would have been better as a film than a game.
Observation is far from an easy recommendation. If you can't stand slow-paced games, with an unrelentingly cryptic plot, an extreme emphasis in realism and immersion, and puzzles of the "how the heck does this work" variety, avoid it at all costs. The rest can safely give it a go. It's probably the best hard sci-fi thriller of the year, and a must have for those who are in love with space and cosmic horror.
Observation, a creepy space-station thriller in which you control an AI, is equal parts mysterious and compelling. And, it looks amazing.