In Other Waters Reviews

In Other Waters is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10.0
May 21, 2020

Despite some of its interface quirks, In Other Waters is a masterfully designed game, woven tightly into its music soundtrack and emotional chronicling of the relationship between humans, AI, and the environment.

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6.2 / 10.0
May 14, 2020

Despite interesting concepts and a clever interface, In Other Waters’ simplicity holds it back.

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Unscored
May 11, 2020

The concept behind In Other Waters is quite interesting, but its mechanics create a game that might not be attractive to a lot of players due to its slow pacing in a mechanic and a narrative way.

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Expansive
Sally Willington
Loved
May 2, 2020

This is a truly lovely game that shows us it doesn’t always have to be about guns, explosions, and epic battles to be compelling and interesting. If you’re looking for something a little bit different on Switch, In Other Waters should be right near the top of your list. It looks and plays like nothing else out there right now and that’s both refreshing and exhilarating in of itself.

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8 / 10
Apr 27, 2020

With an engaging sci-fi story and its minimalist style, In Other Waters manages to draw you into its mysterious story and brings the alien environments to life through your imagination. There are some performance issues that can detract from the experience, but overall, In Other Waters is a journey worth taking.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2020

Whilst it takes a longer than normal to get used to the controls and can sometimes feel sluggish, In Other Waters is a beautifully designed and wonderfully written exploration game.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2020

In Other Waters is a mesmerizing game about discovering the unknown. It has a minimalistic art design with great story-telling and simple gameplay mechanics. It doesn’t offer that much of a challenge, but it succeeds in delivering a relaxing experience with new perspectives about discovering a new planet, that despite the differences, is somehow like the Earth. If you want a good and well-made relaxing game, In Other Waters is a great choice.

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8 / 10
Apr 17, 2020

Sometimes, it can be a little slow, but that comes with the kind of game it is. It isn’t a bad thing at all. The narrative being told is gripping enough to carry you through these lulls. The text auto-continues to keep you moving forward, and the promise of further exploration means you don’t mind this.

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7 / 10
Apr 17, 2020

In Other Waters puts the player in an unusual position but even though not everyone will become smitten by this Nintendo Switch text-based adventure, the game is a marvel to look at and features an exquisite ambient soundtrack that will make everyone feel like they're at the bottom of the sea. A work that fits like a charm on a handheld experience, In Other Waters deserves its place in the Nintendo Switch library.

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3.5 / 5.0
Apr 16, 2020

Jump Over the Age delivers an amazing story set on an alien ocean planet.

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9 / 10
Apr 16, 2020

In Other Waters plays like a visual novel with more depth and better graphics, which makes it a perfect game for players to relax in provided they don't mind coming up with how the game's creatures look by themselves.

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Spaziogames
Stefania Tahva Sperandio
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2020

In Other Waters is a pretty unique experience, characterized by an amazingly crafted art direction, but plagued by some flaws in the gameplay flow. We recommend playing it on your TV, because in handheld mode the UI and the text size can become pretty painful.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2020

The hard science aspects of being a marine biologist aren't sexy or fun, but they make for an interesting and completely unique experience.

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NintendoWorldReport
Joel A. DeWitte
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2020

Other than that, I came away from In Other Waters so pleased with the experience. While the action of playing the game is threadbare, the tone being set between the repetitive motions of exploration, your doctoral companion's calm demeanor, a serene and mysterious accompaniment, and the satisfaction of each new discovery makes for a divine experience. If you're looking for an interactive balm for your spare time or something to sate a sense of discovery without needing action-packed stimulation, sink into these waters and let them wash over you.

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9 / 10
Apr 13, 2020

In Other Waters tells a tense, absorbing mystery through exquisitely minimalist means.

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8.3 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2020

Traveling into the deep oceans, replete with detailed biomes is not an experience that we get to have often. In Other Waters offers a meaningful storyline, unmatched music and a minimalistic yet beautiful UI. But perhaps the most interesting portion of In Other Waters is how it makes one interested in science and marine biology.

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Culture of Gaming
Melanie Ashford
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2020

A superb video game that will appeal to a broad range of people. This is a developer to watch.

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9 / 10
Apr 11, 2020

A very pleasant surprise indeed, In Other Waters is a bit of a minimalist masterpiece that you'll often want to dip into for a more contemplative experience than the majority of the Switch's library. It has found a perfect home on the handheld, the form factor of which massively works in the favour of the game's mood and atmosphere to create an exceptional and unique experience. What you're getting here is a story that you're an integral part of, and it's one of the coolest, cleverest games we've played in a long time. An absolutely first-class effort.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2020

Innovative controls, terrific audio score and minimalist sublime make 'In Other Waters' one of this year's most memorable gaming experiences so far.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2020

In Other Waters caresses the senses, stimulates curiosity and hits hard with an extremely deep story. An alien ocean to explore, discovering an incredibly fascinating ecosystem, to be protected at all costs.

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