Percentile Rank

Manifold Garden is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 33 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

90%

Critics Recommend

Based on 33 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Oct 30, 2019

Mesmerising and thrilling, this is a puzzle game for the ages.

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LadiesGamers.com
Liked
Liked
Aug 30, 2020

I wanted to love Manifold Garden. It has a gorgeous design, thoroughly unique concept, and is wonderfully challenging despite being frustrating at times. Unfortunately, it just makes me too ill to play in the type of bursts I’d like to. If you’re unaffected by motion sickness then there’s a real gem of a puzzler here, but I’d recommend watching some gameplay first to make sure that you’ll be ok – I’ve heard multiple counts of it negatively affecting people who normally have no issues.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 25, 2019

After seven years in development, Manifold Garden is a surreal masterpiece

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 5, 2019

But most of all, Manifold Garden makes me break out in a cold sweat. I cannot help but imagine myself, trapped in an endless kaleidoscope.

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Scored Reviews

GameGrin
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2019

I have never encountered a more beautiful, entrancing and sublime gaming experience

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Rapid Reviews UK
Sep 30, 2020

After finishing my play-though of Manifold Garden, I’ve been left with a strange mix of elation and melancholy; a longing for just one more of those beautifully crafted, wonderfully challenging and intensely peaceful levels. Yes, it’s fair to say that I loved playing this game. Everything about Manifold Garden is right up my street; it has a unique concept, a compelling soundtrack and it’s full of intriguing puzzles and impressive visuals. It fills your mind with the experience it creates so that it’s easy to lose yourself in the game without feeling time pass. All of this combined is my equivalent of gaming catnip.

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Saving Content
Dec 20, 2019

Manifold Garden delivers a unique, exciting world to explore with some mind-bending environments that tightly integrate with its puzzles and play systems. While it doesn’t reinvent the genre, it experiments in some exciting and playful ways that make it a memorable experience you’ll hang onto long after you’ve finished.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 29, 2019

Manifold Garden invites you to bend your mind to the whim of infinity and learn to truly see things from all angles.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 3, 2020

Manifold Garden is probably one of the best and most daring puzzle games of the past two decades. Referring to the greatest classics of the genre, it manages to present an absolutely simple concept both in terms of aesthetics and gameplay, with the right rhythm in beautiful and ingenious challenges.

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Use a Potion
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2020

Manifold Garden is a really special game, with its beautifully hypnotic world and enjoyable puzzle design making for a truly unique experience. Admittedly, some of the puzzles themselves can be pretty simple in design and there aren’t too many intricate mechanics involved, but you won’t mind too much given how mind-blowing the game world is to explore.

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Game Forces PT
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2020

Manifold Garden offers an experience both challenging and stunning, in equal measures. With absolutely beautiful visuals and a set of simple mechanics it cleverly takes to its limits, it is not an exaggeration to affirm we are before one of this genre’s best and most creative games. Above all, Manifold Garden is memorable and easily recommendable, even to those less used to puzzle games.

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 29, 2020

Manifold Garden is the best first person puzzle game since Portal 2. Unique spatial mechanics, a world that brings to life M.C. Escher’s work, a winsome art style and masterfully designed puzzles make this one of the easiest recommendations of 2020 so far.

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Nintendo Blast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2020

Manifold Garden is an experience that mixes physics with puzzle solving. For anyone interested in the absurd ambience of Escher's illustrations or surrealist art, the game offers a sense of closeness. But this setting is sometimes confusing (on purpose) and can cause some discomfort. Considering that the developer’s intention is to make players feel lost and out of place, the game does its job well, forcing us to relearn how to look at the world around us.

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IGN Italy
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2019

Manifold Garden its a game about changing: from the changing-gravity mechanic to the high variety of gameplay, the game design defines an interesting first person puzzle game with a lot of exploration in Escher-style. A good game that sometimes just suffers a bit of emptiness due to the lack of narrative aims, but a must-have for all puzzle lovers.

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PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 28, 2019

A serene gravity flipping puzzler with impossible structures to wrap your head around.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2019

Manifold Garden has a lot going for it, but above all else, it's simply pleasant – to look at, to listen to, and to play. It's the kind of game you can revisit every couple of years and be confident it'll hold up.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2020

Manifold Garden is a gorgeous puzzler that is something very different. It will test you and reward you in equal measure for a very unique experience.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2020

And it takes an artist's touch to so masterfully combine gameplay, art direction, architecture, logic puzzles, spacial subversion and audio-visual elements into such a coherent package. I've a feeling Chyr's next project might manifest as an art installation rather than a game. If so, I'll be holding my breath for a fall as I step tentatively through the doorway.

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33bits
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 23, 2020

Manifold Garden is excellent visual poetry with different perspectives. It will make us think deeply at certain times and even get confused. It is short but it is compensated by its elaborate development and precious audiovisual section.

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Gaming Fyx
Oct 25, 2019

At its worst, Manifold Garden is great. At its best, it is transcendent. It is easily one of the best puzzle games of the past few years, and I can’t even imagine how much effort must have gone into designing the majority of its unique, multi-layered areas. While its flaws definitely detract from the overall experience, it is still a game which is absolutely worth experiencing. It will challenge you, leave you saying “wow” aloud, and consistently surprise you.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2019

Manifold Garden is a nice and pleasant title, especially to play it off and on and avoid saturation.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 30, 2020

Despite the relatively short playtime and little replay value, Manifold Garden is worth exploring. Just be prepared for an existential trip into the world of William Chyr.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 5, 2019

Manifold Garden is an incredibly stylish first-person puzzler, like walking through the architectural drawings of a pandimensional designer.

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New Game Network
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 2, 2020

Manifold Garden's unique aesthetic and creative puzzles result in a memorable journey that is well worth the price of admission.

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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 25, 2019

William Chyr’s passion project is among my favorite first-person puzzlers for its ambitious scope, entrancing visuals, and brain-breaking conundrums.

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Darkstation
Nov 14, 2019

There are plenty of titles that share some common DNA with Manifold Garden but when it really gets into the zone, there's nothing else on the market like it. It brought out feelings in me I've never felt from a video game. I demanded others I know experience it in a way I haven't since the first time I tried VR. At its best, I forgot I was playing a video game, surrendering completely to the audio and visual experience while taking on challenging but not overwhelming puzzles.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jan 13, 2020

From world to world you go deeper and deeper, trembling with fear of a new complex task that seems impassable. Perhaps this is the most important thing you need to know about Manifold Garden, apart from the addictive desire to continue fighting puzzles and a slight dizziness.

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NaviGames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2020

Manifold Garden challenges our intuition and gets its inspiration on impossible geometry and at the same time inviting us to think of impossible solutions.

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Pixel Arts
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2020

in the end, it can be said that Manifold Garden is a very worthy puzzle title. Although the game environments are designed to be very simple, they often find a special beauty during the gameplay, especially in Photo Mode, and the puzzles in them are also cleverly designed and challenge your mind. However, this particular identity of the game will not be to the liking of a number of players, especially those who have problems with the special and three-dimensional nature of the puzzles.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 18, 2020

The star of the Manifold Garden show is far and away its presentation, and witnessing it in motion is worth the asking price alone. It's just a shame the puzzles themselves can't quite hit those same levels of spectacularity.

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
Pure Nintendo

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2020

Overall, Manifold Garden is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it has mesmerizing visuals, good puzzles, and a calming atmosphere. But there are a few negatives, like headaches, and music which lulls you to sleep. Priced at $19.99, I would recommend picking it up only if it's interesting to you and on sale.

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Marooners' Rock
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2020

Manifold Garden proves that a game doesn’t need a narrative to be enjoyable!

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 5, 2020

Manifold Garden is a lovely game, but sometimes the "game" bit gets a little in the way.

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