Percentile Rank

Telling Lies is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 30 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

75%

Critics Recommend

Based on 30 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Aug 21, 2019

Telling Lies, by contrast, is but a second baby step into uncharted territory: a little wobbly, a little naive. But definitely courageous and exciting.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 21, 2019

The question of whether Telling Lies is voyeuristic or not doesn’t necessarily have a bearing on the quality of the game — I do, in fact, think it’s good and enjoyed it. But the idea that it isn’t voyeuristic is some laugh.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 21, 2019

It's crucial to slow down, take a breath, and watch everything, even when I want to rush through to find another clue. On the other hand, Telling Lies provides subtle reminders of the dangerous reality of rifling through stolen, encrypted files, and the level of secrecy required by that act. That tension helps the game crackle with life and urgency.

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Scored Reviews

Guardian
Guardian
Alysia Judge

Top Critic

Aug 22, 2019

While untangling a web of lies players are tantalisingly close to the characters in this believable world created by Sam Barlow

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USgamer
USgamer
iew by Caty McCarthy, Features Editor

Top Critic

Aug 21, 2019

Telling Lies feels like it's about four times as big as Sam Barlow's previous game Her Story, and it shows. You feel it not just in the four characters you're sifting through footage of, but in the variety of its videos too: from FaceTime calls to hidden cameras capturing secretive meetings. In Her Story, it was famously easy to go down a rabbit hole of sorts on your own intuition; in Telling Lies, that tendency is mechanized in smart, intuitive ways. When it comes to good interactive mysteries, Telling Lies is among the best you can get.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

Telling Lies is a game defined by the individual's own terms and parameters, rewarding the wide spectrum of curiosity of anyone willing to put the time and thought into its mysteries.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

Excellent acting from actors like Angela Sarafyan (Westworld) and Logan Marshall-Green (The Invitation) brings depth and realism to the characters and their stories

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

I won't tell any lies here, Telling Lies is another excellent piece of narrative game design from Sam Barlow and I sincerely hope there's more to come

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

I can't stress enough how much Telling Lies might not be for you. Most of it is literally spent watching people talk to a screen, to the point where the puzzle angle, no matter how impressive it might be, might wear down its welcome in minutes. For everyone else, especially avid followers of character-driven art forms, these are performances you can really sink your teeth into while you try to make sense of it all.

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GamesRadar+
GamesRadar+

Top Critic

Aug 21, 2019

Telling Lies is a paragon for storytelling, for character arcs that surprise you and linger on long after the credits – and videos – have ended.

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Game Revolution
Aug 21, 2019

Telling Lies is like the best parts of an adventure game, a mystery novel, and an art nouveau movie all rolled up into one.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 23, 2019

Telling Lies is an absolute masterpiece. It offers some brilliant writing and acting that drive us to passionately discover all of its secrets through its very simple but effective mechanics.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN
By Samuel Horti

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

Sharp writing, believable acting and a twisting plot make Telling Lies an essential detective game.

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PC Gamer
87 / 100
PC Gamer

Top Critic

87 / 100
Aug 21, 2019

An atmospheric, brilliantly written and acted detective thriller that tells a compelling story in a unique way.

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Handsome Phantom
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2019

Telling Lies won’t be for everyone and you get out of the game what you are willing to put into it. Having said that, it may just be the most original game you’ll play this year and the performances alone are worth sticking around for.

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Screen Rant
Aug 21, 2019

The Telling Lies video game is engaging yet not without flaws.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2019

Telling Lies may borrow its core mechanic from Her Story, but shifting from monologues to two-sided conversations brilliantly expands the investigative gameplay, and a pivot from murder mystery to political thriller gives director Sam Barlow a much richer set of ideas to explore. A few storytelling hiccups and awkward edges do little to detract from a thought-provoking look at the modern surveillance state—delivered not through soapbox lecture but by forcing you, unsettlingly, to participate.

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GamesBeat
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 21, 2019

And while I can appreciate this new art form, this story wasn't quite as dramatic as I had hoped for, or at least the sequence in which I saw the events wasn't as satisfying. It's not as long as I thought it might be. With the pluses and minuses here, I see this as an evolving new medium but not one that has yet reached its highest form.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

Quotation Forthcoming

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Telegraph
Aug 30, 2019

Sam Barlow's BAFTA-snaffling Her Story was a fabulously tight and taut whodunwhat as you pieced together the tale of a mysterious young woman from a jumbled collection of police interview clips.

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Jump Dash Roll
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 3, 2019

Telling Lies is a rich drama told in an inventive and fun way, enabling the player to learn what happened in a personal and unique way.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

As it is, Telling Lies’ compelling narrative and phenomenal acting will be enough to spur you on. Searching and scrubbing through videos can be a chore, but it’s worth it, if just for that one tiny piece of information you’ve been waiting to find.

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Critical Hit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2019

Whether you call it an interactive movie game or desktop thriller, Telling Lies is a gratifying and authentic-feeling fly-on-the-wall experience. For the most part. Exceptional performances and an intriguing, topical story are undercut by a jarring gameplay choice that forces you out of the game when you least want it.

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VideoGamer
7 / 10
VideoGamer
Josh Wise

Top Critic

7 / 10
Aug 21, 2019

Telling Lies expands on the concept Sam Barlow created with Her Story, with a web of intriguing characters and mysteries, but the more overblown aspects of its plot detract from the personal drama.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 28, 2019

Telling Lies expands on the core ideas of Her Story with more expansive, nuance voyeurism, but it runs out of energy before the end.

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New Game Network
70 / 100
70 / 100
Aug 30, 2019

Telling Lies makes great innovative tweaks to its gameplay formula, and offers a high-quality live-action adventure, but it completely fumbles merging these two elements together. A word of advice would be to try your hand at the puzzle and discovery for a while, and then eventually just watch the clips outside the game to enjoy the narrative.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Aug 28, 2019

Her Story is a tough act to follow, and unfortunately, Telling Lies does not hit the same emotional highs that Barlow's previous game did. Opting to use the same barebones video player both does not make sense for this storyline and introduces an annoyance that players are forced to deal with. The story is still intriguing, but not to a binge-worthy degree. Telling Lies is worth playing for Her Story fans, but can't quite hit those same high notes despite its best efforts.

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Slant Magazine
Sep 7, 2019

Without a sense of feedback or progress, the rambling, leisurely narrative of Telling Lies comes across as unfocused.

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TechRaptor
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

Telling Lies has an interesting story but is let down by a lack of direction and a clunky UI design. Even interesting characters can save the game, and a watered-down epilogue which is supposed to entice repeated playthroughs just leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

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Pardis Game
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2019

There are two things in Telling Lies encouraging you to continue searching and watching all videos: great performance of actors and finding the truth. However, some weird gameplay mechanisms and story's plot holes keep annoying you from start to finish. And when the game finally ends, you probably start asking some serious questions about the whole story and the logic behind it

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