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Rating Summary

Based on 6 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

33%

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Based on 6 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchJan 16, 2020
PCJan 15, 2020

Developer: doBell

Publisher: indienova

Genres: Adventure, Simulation, Puzzle

My father has vanished, yet I seem to be the only one who has noticed. Even my own mother is completely indifferent to his absence. The journey I must embark upon to bring him back is one that can only be traveled alone. In this game, the boundaries of reality, dreams, truth, and memories are blurred. Many puzzles and challenges await, and you must commit to a series of choices leading you to a range of different endings. In this introspective adventure, you must collect clues from throughout your journey and piece them together to find out the whole story. But—will you seize the opportunity to find your SELF? - A story that plays out upon an interactive CRT monitor screen. - Varied gameplay including bullet hell minigames. - A unique experience with rich pixel art and a gripping story. - A fragmented narration with multiple endings.

SELF Reviews

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SELF rejects the power-building, level-gaining escapism that typifies the majority of pop games.

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SELF is an unusual experience. While at first it may seem like a visual novel, the game turns out to be something else...what that is, though, is not very clear. Its main asset is undoubtedly the soundtrack and a pair of headphones will certainly make wonders but its plot turns out to be passable, dull and easy to ignore, which goes against the nature of a candidate to be a visual novel. Overall, this is a game that doesn't stand out in neither a positive nor a negative way, and one which will be easily forgotten after finished.

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A delightfully presented text adventure that relies too heavily on replaying old dialogue — even if the actual story is good, it may not be interesting enough to make you persevere.

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I felt for this child and wanted to do everything I could to help them. The game had me hooked in that way, but unfortunately, it squandered that enthusiasm away through some questionable storytelling devices and lackluster mini game sections. As purely a story experience, this is one I can recommend, if you can get through the broken-up design choice, but for those looking for anything else outside of a sorrowful and sinister puzzler, this is probably one you can leave behind.

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