Concrete Genie

Concrete Genie Reviews Summary

Summary: Concrete Genie is a creative and family-friendly game that dazzles thanks to its player agency in coloring its world. With fun painting abilities and puzzles balanced for its demographic, Concrete Genie survives a late-game makeover and wins many hearts.

Creativity Encouraged

Everything becomes your canvas in this street art family game.

A Unique Premise

A touching story fit for all ages.

Third Act Problems

The final two chapters totally change the game and not everybody is a fan.

Rating Summary

Based on 95 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

68%

Critics Recommend

Based on 95 critic reviews
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KeenGamer
Serhii Diachenko

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2020

All the imperfections and sorrows of the world... They fill human hearts with Darkness and seem to become an integral part of our selves. If only we could take a magic brush and cleanse it once and for all, make the world around us a better place to live. Well, Concrete Genie allows you to do just that. The game takes you on an emotional journey across abandoned town of Denska and your goal is to paint it back to life.

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Geeks Under Grace
Lucas Miller
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2019

Concrete Genie is a heartwarming story about friendship and restoration, and is an absolute must-play.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2019

An experience that values creation above all, Concrete Genie is a colourful spectacle and treat for the eyes and soul.

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Nov 11, 2019

Concrete Genie might go as one of the biggest surprises of the year. The lower price is just a bonus. Whatever amount of success this game finds, Concrete Genie deserves more.

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8 / 10
Nov 10, 2019

"Concrete Genie" is a magical action-adventure, which tells an emotional story in a gentle way. It's a lot of fun to swing the brush and create colorful djinn out of nothing. The artful puzzles provide the player with ever new story snippets and also invite to a cute interaction with the friendly spirit beings. If you are looking for an extraordinary game that appeals to the player's creative talent, "Concrete Genie" is a small work of art among the games.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2019

Concrete Genie is quite simply a classic example of quality over quantity and aside from a few gripes with the final hour of the game, this is easily one of the best games of 2019. Not bad for a title that clocks in at around 5 hours. It’s a great showcase for how games can break free from conventional norms and illustrate an idea in a polished and clever manner. This is a game that personally resonated with me right the way through to the final scenes and one that’s absolutely worth its weight in gold. If you’re on the fence about this one, do yourself a favour and take the plunge. You’ll be thankful you did.

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5 / 10
Nov 4, 2019

Pixelopus’ sophomore effort makes me constantly yearn for the painting that could’ve been instead of the painting that is.

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9.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2019

A virtual proof that optimism, imagination, and good will can be the core component of a game. Translating positivity into pixels is a daunting task, but Pixel Opus have managed to create something truly remarkable.

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6 / 10
Oct 23, 2019

It's clear that its creators feel the love for creation that the game tries to communicate, but the end result is too irregular.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2019

A fine and beautiful adventure that's kinda difficult to love, because of how few original ideas it has and how rarely it offers something new.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

Concrete Genie is a welcome addition to the PlayStation family of games and stands out among its bigger action-oriented contemporaries.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2019

Concrete Genie is not everybody’s game, especially those who don’t already have a deep appreciation of visual art. The story is catered mostly for a younger audience, as a single adult doesn’t appear in the game outside of hasty flashbacks. The gameplay remains mostly static throughout its admittedly short six- to nine-hour playtime, outside of the aforementioned combat sequences that, although properly functioning, don’t really provide any new experiences or challenges that any gamer wouldn’t already be familiar with. The trailers for Concrete Genie do thankfully provide an accurate representation of the game, so if those trailers intrigue you, I think the $29.99 pricetag may justify this creative endeavor.

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Gamersky

Top Critic

7.4 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2019

Concrete Genie tells a realistic fairy tale with a wonderful painting system. Although its gameplay might have some obviouse flaws, I still enjoy it.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2019

Concrete Genie paints a pretty picture with innovative mechanics and a charming personality that's hard to resist.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2019
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TrueGaming

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2019

If you're looking for a deep and challenging game then I don't think Concrete Genie is the answer. however,it is a gorgeous, heartwarming experience. if you like artistic games you'll definitely have to give this a shot!

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The PlayStation Brahs
James Pietrzycki
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2019

Overall, the camera problems and frustrations were far and few between, and it shouldn’t be a problem for most people. If you are looking for a game to stump your mind with puzzles, don’t pick up this game. However, if you want a fun, relaxing, and creative experience with a lot of love put into it, go buy this game right now!

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4 / 5.0
Oct 12, 2019

Concrete Genie isn't perfect, though it isn't awful either. The short adventure is elevated by the charms and overall message. Adding things like VR is even sweeter, as are all the options you get to make this your own personal experience. I would've liked to see a little more in terms of exploration in each zone or possibly a less regimented experience but it's still a charming game that goes to show you can do interesting things and say different things and still find some kind of success.

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Oct 11, 2019

As an allegory, bringing light to personal or cultural darkness through art isn’t terribly original but it’s still relatively surprising for any game to have a wider subtext, and besides, Concrete Genie’s deepest pleasures are aesthetic.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2019

It’s hard to play Concrete Genie and not be charmed by it. You can just tell that a whole lot of love has been put into making it. It may not be complex in terms of gameplay, and many of its mechanics feel appropriated from other games, but it’s surprising and unique in numerous ways. As soon as you’ve created your first genie and witnessed it joyously spring to life, you’ll fall in love with it. After that, the time flies by like you’re having fun with a friend. Concrete Genie is all about bringing light into a world that has grown dark. I think we could all do with a bit of that, couldn’t we?

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