Percentile Rank

Superliminal is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 60 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

64%

Critics Recommend

Based on 60 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 12, 2019

This is a puzzling masterclass with a heart as well as a brain.

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Expansive
Liked
Expansive
Sally Willington
Liked
Jul 15, 2020

Superliminal can be a decent challenge, but once it’s over, it doesn’t feel like a game you’d revisit in a hurry. It struggles to recapture that sense of wonder and magic. Still, for a short blast puzzler, this really does offer something different, and on the strength of that alone, stays memorable and lasting

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LadiesGamers.com
Mixed
Mixed
Jul 23, 2020

Along the way, one can grab drinks from a Dream Soda vending machine (including the humorous Baking Soda), pull fire alarms, empty fire extinguishers, and find blueprints. Actually, acquiring every type of Dream Soda is an unlockable achievement. Finishing the entirety of Superliminal in a 30- or 60-minute time frame is too. But I haven’t personally accomplished either as of this writing, after two full playthroughs. I found myself chuckling out loud a lot while playing Superliminal. All in all, the forced-perspective gameplay is a quality experience for those who enjoy head-scratching puzzles. Conceptually, this title from Pillow Castle’s small development team rivals some mainstream titles in the puzzle genre. Yet, the grand puzzles with a dash of wit are marred by less-than-ideal execution of creative ideas. And story-wise, important questions went unanswered. For this reason, I struggled with how to rate this game.

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Echo Boomer
Meh
Meh
Jul 23, 2020

A mind blowing concept that works in small quantities. However the novelty goes away fast when the unexpected becomes a betrayal of the past learned mechanics.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 12, 2019

Perhaps there’s an angle from which Superliminal is a satisfying, Portal-style thriller, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find that angle. And as the game was so fond of reminding me, perception is reality.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 15, 2019

It’s an accomplishment, and it’s certainly better and more original than the vast bulk of games in the physics-gimmick subgenre, but I respect it a lot more than I like it.

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Scored Reviews

SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 20, 2019

The more profound life lesson that Superliminal attempts to convey throughout becomes quite apparent in the final monologue from Doctor Glenn Pierce in the last few minutes of the game. Not only does it connect everything that you have done in the game with a higher purpose and meaning, but it has connected with my own life. Perspective is a powerful sentiment and one that many take for granted. Dropping an enlarged exit sign over two pressure plates to open a door is one thing, but understanding how you can become a better person, by looking at all the possible angles and outcomes, is a life lesson I was not expecting from a video game. Some may walk away from this game, thinking it was just a game, but I would say that they missed the theme entirely. Bravo, Pillow Castle Games.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 26, 2019

Some may walk away from this game, thinking it was just a game, but I would say that they missed the theme entirely. Bravo, Pillow Castle Games.

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Use a Potion
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2020

Superliminal offers a puzzling experience that isn’t only unique and ingenious in design, but also a hell of a lot of fun to play. Best of all, it really feels at home on the Nintendo Switch, with the port offering slick visuals that certainly make the game’s weird and wonderful world a sight to behold in the palm of your hands. A few sketchy puzzles towards the backend of the game do see Superliminal falling slightly short of puzzling perfection, but anyone who appreciates a game full of clever and unique puzzling enigmas will DEFINITELY want to give the game a play.

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 27, 2020

A truly one-of-a-kind take on first person puzzle games, Superliminal may not be the longest game on the market. But what it lacks in length it makes up for in ingenuity.

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33bits
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 15, 2019

Superliminal is like that trip that you know is going to be short lived but you are still totally justified in doing it because you know it will be the best trip of your life. With a strange mix between Portal and The Stanley Parable, Superliminal proposes an introspective journey where visual beauty is taken to its maximum expression. One of those experiences you have to try at least once in your life.

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COGconnected
87 / 100
87 / 100
Nov 19, 2019

An original gameplay mechanic is hard to come by, and these shapeshifting puzzles feel like nothing else. The parts of the game that are derivative aren’t bad, just second best. The parts of the game that are original are extraordinary.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
NintendoWorldReport
Joel A. DeWitte

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2020

Superliminal is a breath of fresh air, the kind of game you want other people to play but don't want to talk with them about until you've both experienced it. An unassuming package on its face that as you peel back the layers, will be filled with surprises and gratification as you find out what point of view it wants you to see the puzzle from. With a moral to its story that is uplifting during a time which we could all use a new perspective, Superliminal is one of the more inventive games on a Nintendo platform today.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2019

Superliminal, a mind-bending puzzle game from Pillow Castle, is a refreshing and inventive addition to the puzzle genre. This particular entry among puzzle games requires thinking from different perspectives in a new and exciting way. Curious? I thought so – you'll find all your Superliminal info right here!

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WayTooManyGames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2020

It’s a short game, taking about two to three hours to complete depending on how long it takes you to figure some puzzles out, but it’s well worth your time. I would also recommend playing it all in one sitting as that will make the whole experience more impactful.

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Portal meets The Stanley Parable in a game that, although may fall short in some aspects, offers one of the most imaginative and surprising experiences of 2019. A true hidden gem for the puzzle lovers as well as a video game design masterclass.

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Gamezo
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
May 16, 2020

This level of unexpectedness is a tad frustrating at times, but it is extremely satisfying to complete a level. The game is broken up into nine levels, each pulling parts from other levels while entering new terrain. One level may deal primarily with depth and another with scale and paradox.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 16, 2020

Superliminal is a perspective-focused puzzle game that is equal parts trippy and endearing.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Still, Superliminal's satisfying every time a puzzle clicks. It sounds obvious, but that's the most redeeming trait a puzzle game can have. Sometimes it'll take you by surprise, sometimes you'll train your eye to see it coming. But analyzing a situation, exploring possibilities, and approaching it from unique angles never fails to be rewarding. Is that enough to offset the realization that you're starting from obtuse and working backward toward logical? It all depends on your perspective.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 10, 2020

As confusing as it is entertaining, Superliminal constantly uses unique mechanics that go against your expectations, even once you've adjusted to what it did last time. It might be short, but it's a genuine delight.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

An excellent puzzle game with a fun sense of humour, and an important and surprising message behind it.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 7, 2020

Will Superliminal resonate with everyone as much as it did with us? Possibly not, but regardless, if you’re looking for a game in a similar vein to Portal, you’ll be right at home here.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2020

Superliminal’s final message is one of growth and discovery within the self.

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Jump Dash Roll
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 15, 2020

Superliminal will challenge and confound but never punish. Pillow Castle's debut is inventive and occasionally mind-boggling, a short but engaging feast for fans of optical illusions and lateral thinking.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2009

As a metaphor for transforming inane frustration into gratifying solutions, Superliminal was a profound experience.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 16, 2019

It is usually easy to make comparisons with other games. Something along the lines of "if you liked this or this, then you'll like this as well." That isn't so easy for Superliminal, because there are simply no others like this. That's what makes this such an easy recommendation.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2020

Superliminal is the type of puzzle game that I would full heartedly recommend to fans of games like Portal. While it doesn’t have as interesting of a story as something like that it does feature a pretty unique puzzle design concept that had me constantly thinking in new ways. If you’re looking to spend a couple hours thinking outside the box then Superliminal is your game.

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Video Chums
Jul 15, 2020

If you enjoy optical illusions and perspective-altering puzzles then Superliminal is definitely a must-play experience.

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Killa Penguin
Nov 13, 2019

Objects can be picked up and dropped at vast distances while retaining the size that they are in your hand, allowing you to shrink and grow anything you can pick up. Many mechanics only show up for short sequences before being replaced by something even stranger, too, allowing Superliminal to surprise you constantly all the way to its ending.

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Reloading BR
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2019

Superliminal is a hard game to talk about without being able to go deeper into the details of why the experience turns out to be so brilliantly designed, but trust me that this is a curious and clever game, that also carries an unexpected dose of positive messages by the end.

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Total Gaming Network
Nov 24, 2019

Superliminal challenges players to change how they perceive their environment in order to progress. This works both for and against the game. While it may take you a little to start thinking outside of the box, sometimes literally, it soon becomes second nature. You start to look for the things around you that can be shrunk, enlarged, or used in abstract ways.

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IND13
Apr 18, 2020

Superliminal is a little more clinical and flat than it deserved to be, but it’s still a spectacular, perception-bending experience that everyone needs to try. It sparks joy, and that’s a lot in itself.

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Game Forces PT
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2020

With an original premise and relatively simple game mechanics, Superliminal presents itself as a very competent and rewarding puzzle game. We are constantly faced with new ways to interact with this bizarre world, and therefore challenged to face each new room with new eyes and an open mind. It only lasts for a short while, and we get the feeling there is a lot of unexplored potential. On the other hand, it does not overstay its welcome or last longer than it needs to deliver a significant and important final message. At the end of the day, Superliminal is a special game that adds something new to its genre, and one which puzzle fans will surely enjoy.

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SmashPad
Jul 27, 2020

Superliminal is a wonderfully paced, albeit short, puzzler with a heartwarming finish.

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Nintendo Blast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

Superliminal takes a lot of inspiration from classic 3D exploration puzzle titles, but it never copies them. The mechanic of using forced perspective as part of the solution to the puzzles is quite original and makes it stand out among other titles in the genre. When well designed, the challenges are thought-provoking and fun to overcome, giving the player the satisfaction of seeing things from another angle. In addition, the game is quite creative, putting the character in unexpected and dreamlike situations.

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GamePitt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2020

Despite my hate of the unfair and borderline impossible speedrun trophy, Superliminal is easily one of the most ingenious and clever puzzle games I’ve ever played. The way the game messes with your head as it introduces new mind-boggling puzzles is incredible and the first time you play the game you’ll be left in awe at how much the game plays with you. The experience itself isn’t very long and will leave you wanting more puzzles and maybe a little more variety in the solutions, but it’s an experience you’ll not forget due to how entertaining and unique the journey is. Fans of puzzle games will simply love this game and everything it has to offer.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

Puzzles range from clever to obtuse, and exploring these impossible spaces is incredibly compelling

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TheReviewGeek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2019

Superliminal is a game that values quality over quantity and is all the stronger for it. With simple, inventive mechanics and an involving play-time between 2-4 hours, Pillow Games have produced a wonderful little puzzle game here.

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Handsome Phantom
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

Despite Superliminal‘s sometimes less than comfortable gameplay mechanics, it provides an extremely unique take on the genre. Coupling that with a minimalistic but impactful narrative on how we can chose to live our own lives make it a memorable experience, even if not always that fun as a game.

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Cultured Vultures
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2020

Though some flawed level designs and weak narrative hamper the overall experience, Superliminal is a mostly sublime puzzle adventure.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2020

Beautiful, well-written and a truly unique experience. Even if you will only play it once due to its format, it is truly worth a go. Superliminal's puzzles are very cleverly made and the game will constantly challenge your visual and mental abilities. If nothing else you will come out the other side with a slightly different perspective on approaching life's many problems.

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AusGamers
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2019

Walk up close and you'll find that it's now seven feet tall.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
72 / 100
72 / 100
Nov 25, 2019

Superliminal plays with your perceptions while you play with it

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Game Revolution
Nov 12, 2019

Despite a few limitations, Superliminal succeeds where it counts.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 30, 2019

Superliminal is 20 minutes of revolutionary gameplay, the feeling of which is gradually fading as the game turns into a walking simulator. An interesting story could pull the project, but beyond the concept of "it's all a dream" the authors could not move, not to mention the insignificant duration. Thanks to the musical accompaniment, which does not allow you to finally fall asleep from boredom. Perhaps by the console version, the authors will recognize their mistakes and add new content and puzzles to the game. I want to believe it.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 23, 2020

It might not push its core concept to the absolute fullest, but the overall experience is a charming and enjoyable one.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2019

Overall, the Pillow Castle experience is therefore a well-built puzzle game, certainly appreciated by fans of the genre, but unable to rival the sacred monsters of the category in terms of inspiration, originality and power of the story.

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GBAtemp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2020

I really enjoyed this title. It caused me to think outside the box a few times, and gave me the impetus to proceed through its intriguing narrative. The use of forced perspective is absolutely genius to behold, but I feel that this is the prototype for something much bigger, more rounded, and more appealing in future. Pillow Castle is definitely one to watch as they have some really neat tricks up their sleeves.

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
GameSpew

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Superliminal is fun. It may not be challenging, and it might not have a deeper message behind it, but it’s a hell of a ride – and on many levels it’s a technical masterpiece.

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PSX Brasil
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jul 21, 2020

Superliminal is a puzzle game that will challenge your perception. It has intelligent challenges, but at the same time it has very simple mechanics and a short duration. In a maximum of three hours you will finish the title for the first time, and what remains after that is to improve your time on puzzles that you already know the answer.

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The Game is a Lie
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2020

Superliminal is interesting and fun for the most part, but the repetitive mechanics and lacking originality in its story and script leave a lot to be desired.

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Explosion Network
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2020

Superliminal features a rather ingenious puzzle design, but it’s held back by the finicky nature of solving them.

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GamingTrend
60 / 100
60 / 100
Jan 25, 2020

Superliminal is a short, sweet, but superficial exploration of one the most interesting mechanics to find its way into a puzzle game. It excites with the possibility of what could be, but fails to deliver on the challenges its mechanics beg for.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Nov 12, 2019

Superliminal has a unique concept for a puzzle game and nice and trippy visuals to accompany it, but alas, that's the majority of what it has going for it.

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Pure Nintendo
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2020

Superliminal borrows some familiar ideas and mixes them in ways that arouse interest. But the content doesn't match the price, especially for a game that might be more fun to watch than play. However, on sale, this can be an entertaining title if the puzzles click. Like some dreams, this one may linger with you.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 12, 2020

It takes two hours or so to complete this, and it's a fun little experience, filled with some smart puzzles interspersed with the odd stinker

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Sirus Gaming
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

Superliminal is quite therapeutic in my opinion and it was probably designed to be so. I believe this game would be great to recommend to people who are facing difficulties and are afraid to face them head-on. While Superliminal is a very unique puzzle-solving game it’s execution leaves much to be desired but at the very least its message at the end comes in quite clear.

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Movies Games and Tech
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2020

Despite a better use of its dream setting with some more exciting puzzles to solve in the seconds half, there is no denying that it still doesn’t make the most of the setting. Specially during early moments when going through dull locations, like a hotel, whilst listening to the same boring music track that makes it very difficult to find a reason to keep going. It’s a shame to see Superliminal not making the most of its dream material, but at least it does somewhat make up for it with the occasional clever idea.

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TechRaptor
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2020

Superliminal fails to justify itself or its themes and ends up as a rote puzzle experience you'll be fine to forget.

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PC Invasion
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 12, 2019

Superliminal seems like a great game at first. The perspective mechanics on display make a fantastic first impression, but the game's design falters as it goes on. The weakness of the puzzles and unevenness of the overall game drag it down in the end.

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