The Pedestrian

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 critic reviews
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10 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2021

I don’t think it should be longer than it should be as well as I feel like more would just probably make you want to stop playing it. The amount of puzzles is just enough to make you feel you have accomplished an impossible task. I’m sure some will argue the puzzles are easy but I daresay otherwise. The level of complexity and thought that they’ve put into each puzzle is something to be amazed at.

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PC Invasion

Top Critic

9 / 10
Jan 29, 2020

The Pedestrian is visually, audibly, and almost completely mechanically sound. Be warned, though, there isn't much in terms of hints along the way. But in the end, you'll be surprised at how far you can make it with drive and a little brainpower.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

Well thought out puzzles and a fantastic art style really propel The Pedestrian to the top of my list of recently played puzzle games. It is so different and that is something I really admire. While it will not be for everyone I think it does enough to even tease non-puzzle game fans into trying it. Striking and clever, The Pedestrian never overstays its welcome. It's short, sweet and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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9 / 10
Feb 1, 2020

The Pedestrian is a wonderfully crafted puzzle game. As it shines visually and with its very pleasant soundtrack, it offers a simple but brilliant concept, with a great difficulty curve and new ideas that make it simply unique and absolutely lovely.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

As with most of the best puzzle games out there, The Pedestrian isn't going to eat up a huge chunk of your time. That said, every minute spent playing it will give your brain a solid workout. My first session saw me burn through the first half of the game in an afternoon before my noggin needed some downtime. As the puzzles ramped up in difficulty, it slowed me down a touch but only because I was being much more deliberate and triple checking everything. Putting this one up there as one of the best puzzlers available for PlayStation gamers, right below A Fold Apart.

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4.5 / 5.0
Jan 29, 2021

The Pedestrian is a unique and creatively designed puzzle game that shouldn’t be missed. Even if the journey is short, travelling by signage while listening to a relaxing soundtrack is the one of the most fun ways of getting around a city (outside of pedal pubs). Sign up for this trip, puzzle fans.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2021

If you’re in the mood to play a unique puzzle game with an interesting concept and beautiful visuals, The Pedestrian is for you. Although the game gets trickier and more complex the further you get, you never feel like it’s an impossible puzzle; you can solve everything if you take your time and plan ahead – making this accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. The main PS5 upgrade has to be the immersive haptic feedback in the controller, but the sharp, clean, and colourful visuals also help define just how polished and special this game truly is. The only negative I can think of is that I was left wanting more, I could happily spend many more hours lost within this world as I try to escape.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2021

The Pedestrian is a small playground full of clever and creative puzzles that aim to put the player to think, but without the frustration of complex or unrealizable challenges. The game features an abstract and short narrative with an unexpected twist that is intrinsically linked to its charming 2D and 3D atmosphere, with colorful visuals and an engaging soundtrack. Even with its low replay factor, the title from Skookum Arts is a joyful experience and recommended to all audiences.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jan 29, 2021

An ingenious, colourful, and gloriously framed platform puzzle game that effortlessly blends 2D puzzles with the 3D world that surrounds them.

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8 / 10
Jan 28, 2021

While The Pedestrian is a great puzzle platformer, it's not perfect. Probably the most noticeable absence in the game is a hint system. The puzzles can get extremely difficult at times, becoming borderline frustrating even. Additionally, another missed opportunity is in the game’s use of the touchpad. While pressing the touchpad works as the interact button, the cursor cannot be controlled by sliding your finger over it. This nitpick might not affect many players, but it’s still an odd exclusion. Minor frustrations aside, The Pedestrian is a fantastic puzzle-platformer that stands out from the crowd. For those looking for a unique pick-up-and-play experience, it's well worth the investment.

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