Percentile Rank

Etherborn is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

48%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 18, 2019

It’s a carefully directed, genuinely beautiful game well worth your time.

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pressakey.com
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Jul 17, 2019

Whether you're walking on the ground, the wall or the ceiling, in Etherborn this is all just a matter of perspective - and the game is wonderfully built around this unique idea of shifting gravity, offering complex level design and a great sense of scale. The only question, then, is why you're doing all of this, as the overarching story doesn't explain itself very well and leaves you with more questions than answers.

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Scored Reviews

GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2019

Etherborn is a short and sweet platform-like puzzler game. It features surreal, artistic graphics, beautiful music, "ethereal" controls and is in itself quite unique. The downside is the game can be completed in three to five hours

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BaziCenter
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 15, 2019

Etherborn is not only a solid, content-rich video game, but also a work of art. Etherborn once again proves that innovation is the main key to success in this industry, and there is no limit, even for indie developers with small budgets, if their ideas are genuine enough.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is a gravity-defying puzzle platformer with breath-taking visuals and MC Escher-like levels. The difficulty is enough to test your observation and critical thinking, but nothing gets stressful. You'll be done with a playthrough in around five hours, but it's time well spent.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2019

Etherborn is something unique and making it a reference with its own name for any other similar court title that comes later. A title that no fan of puzzle and platform games should let go and places Altered Matter in that select group of studies to follow very closely ... with even higher expectations.

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Hobby Consolas
83 / 100
83 / 100
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is a great puzzle game that fascinates us by level design, art, soundtrack and tone. Although there are also some mistakes, it's one of the great titles of this year 2019, we mustn't lose track of Altered Matter.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2019

Overall, Etherborn is a lovely title that I thoroughly enjoyed, even though the story didn't need to be included. As a result, I give it an 8 out of 10. It has some beautiful music, an interesting puzzle design, and a fantastic minimalist art style. I highly recommend this title if players are looking for a quick puzzle game that will challenge their understanding for a time.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
Cultured Vultures

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2019

Etherborn is a beautiful and innovative puzzle-platformer that can often be headache inducing, but even so it is very much worth your time.

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Jump Dash Roll
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 17, 2019

Etherborn is beautifully constructed yet flawed in its execution, but you shouldn't miss out on this short foray into a topsy-turvy puzzle world built with dream-logic.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

A unique and beautiful game that may be too hard sometimes, and with some control issues, but that results on one of the more enjoyable games on the last few weeks.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

Nice excursion with great level design and puzzle elements. Just too short.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 18, 2019

Overall, Etherborn is a short and sweet puzzle platformer that centers around ideas of identity and purpose.

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Entertainment Buddha
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is now available, and it offers up some unique twists on the platforming, exploration, and puzzle video game genres. This is thanks to its brilliantly designed, and challenging levels, which are the puzzles themselves due to how gravity affects the player at each an every turn.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2019

Beautiful to watch and genuinely challenging, Etherborn offers an innovative approach to puzzle games that has resulted in something unique and provocative.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is a great and unique puzzle-platformer with some smart level design and gorgeous views, thanks to its colourful, yet simple art style. It is a tad short and I would have liked to see a little bit more experimentation; however, Etherborn is clearly one of the better, more rewarding puzzle games in recent memory and well worth a playthrough.

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Switching Worlds
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn defies gravity in a very elegant way and in-turn becomes relaxing especially when being accompanied by a pleasant score is placed into the mix. The story feels like one version of plenty that's been done before, pertaining to creation, but it's not necessarily bad. It's just not that engaging. The way Etherborn makes each environment one large puzzle to solve by walking on each of its so-called sides and call for your wits is done nicely. Etherborn is an artistic, environmental puzzle-solving showcase that has class and Altered Matter has expressed their creative talent.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn looks fantastic, sounds incredible and revolves around a brilliant game mechanic that initially feels like it's going to lead to some clever puzzles but ramps things up far too quickly and engulfs you with frustratingly complex stages while you're still trying to find your feet. There's still a great game in there, but you'll need to have the patience of a saint to stumble up its 90-degree difficulty curve to find it.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 17, 2019

Altered Matter’s confection of abstract art, sound, and puzzle design balances increased difficulty with an unspoken delicacy.

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Oyungezer Online
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2019

It has a nice visual style, feels satisfying to solve puzzles, music is nice to ears. But camera angles make puzzles artificially difficult and game itself doesn't last long.

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PSX Brasil
70 / 100
70 / 100
Aug 8, 2019

With nice visuals and creative challenges, Etherborn is a fun platformer that, despite not delivering its narrative message as well as it could, still deserves the attention of the fans of the genre.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is a good puzzle game that plays with the four dimensions, but the story is pointless and sometimes it's hard to read the levels.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is well worth checking out if brain teasing is your thing. As it toys with gravity and shifts surfaces to the forefront while you traverse them, mechanics come and go to keep the experience fresh at all times. This environmental puzzler doesn't last particularly long, but it's sure to provide an afternoon's worth of challenge and enjoyment.

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COGconnected
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is a charming game with great level design and soundtrack. While the story and character were rather flat the gameplay more than made up for it.

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Gamefa
7 / 10.0
Gamefa
Ali Noorbaksh

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2019

Etherborn is a nice game with unique art style and valuable puzzles based on gravity and optical illusion. If you are lookeng for a nice Puzzle-Platform game to play. then Etherborn is a good choice for you and it worths your time.

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WellPlayed
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2019

Despite its brevity Etherborn is a gorgeous, well-designed puzzler that provides a challenging and satisfying experience

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FingerGuns
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 17, 2019

The narrative and visual issues aside, the ultimate draw of this game is the complex, wonderful level designs and the intricate puzzles and they mountain over any serious concern I had with the game. Keep your head down and you should be able to crack Etherborn in around 3-4 hours, which is more than enough of this kind of gravity-puzzler for me.

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New Game Network
68 / 100
68 / 100
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is a creative and occasionally maddening puzzler that will test your brainpower. However, there's not a ton of content here, and the backing narration often comes across as pretentious nonsense.

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Wccftech
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn looks nice and has some really interesting puzzles but they are presented in a way that's just a little too slow, not to mention a little too frustrating, to be truly enjoyable.

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Thumbsticks
Jul 30, 2019

For a platformer puzzler hybrid, Etherborn ticks most of the boxes in terms of having complex puzzles that are neither too easy or too difficult. The soundtrack and environment both compliment the game’s theme, but you don’t really spend enough time with it to be wowed. An interesting mechanic with the gravity-based puzzles means it’s recommendable to genre fans, but it’s not for everyone.

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TechRaptor
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn has all the good ideas for a clever puzzle game. Then it ends after only four levels, never exploring its mechanics in a way that makes them stand out.

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GameSkinny
Jul 19, 2019

Etherborn stumbles at times in its execution and gets lost in an unnecessary narrative, but there's no denying the puzzle design is brilliant.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn has so much potential, but its best moments are over far too quickly, leaving little replay value aside from showing people how cool the design is.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2019

I enjoyed my time playing Etherborn, but I also didn’t feel anything special while doing so. If you’re really in the mood for a puzzle game, then Etherborn may be worth checking out, but outside of that, you won’t be worse off for skipping it.

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NintendoWorldReport
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

But these are overshadowed by the thin layer of frustration caused by the loose controls and overly restrictive camera. There is potential here and if you enjoy more artful puzzle games like the ones this game has been heavily compared to, it's at least worth a look. Just be ready for a few hangups along the way that might take you out of the experience.

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Impulsegamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jul 20, 2019

A game with a lot on offer but currently lacking finer detail.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is a compelling, gravity-shifting puzzle platformer, but its convoluted plot and limited worlds stop it from being exceptional.

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OnlySP
Jul 18, 2019

The challenging gameplay, gorgeous sound design, and stunning aesthetics all make Etherborn a worthwhile experience, even for those not fond of puzzle-platformers. Every level demonstrates a craftsmanship that encourages the curiosity to think and engage with the world. Completing puzzles is satisfying, even if the length of the game is not. Some minor issues may crop up along the way, but Etherborn is still a clever, fun game that challenges players and their perspective of the world.

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Screen Rant
Jul 11, 2019

Etherborn is a short but mostly sweet puzzler that challenges players to defy gravity in order to traverse its M.C. Escher-esque world.

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Niche Gamer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2019

There’s still fun to be had in solving Etherborn‘s puzzles, but given how insanely short the game is, I’d probably recommend giving it a pass until you can find it on sale.

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Video Chums
Jul 22, 2019

Although Etherborn is a somewhat short and often frustrating adventure, its intricate stages are mostly a joy to solve.

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AbsoluteXbox
2.8 / 5.0
2.8 / 5.0
Jul 23, 2019

If you can get past the clunky controls and funny camera angles, then you can find a lot of enjoyment in this very unique puzzler.

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God is a Geek
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

Etherborn is a space and gravity bending puzzle game that challenges your spatial awareness, however despite a very compelling hook and lovely visuals it runs out of ideas very quickly.

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