Percentile Rank

Superliminal is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

73%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 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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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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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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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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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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Reloading BR
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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