In Other Waters Reviews

In Other Waters is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Apr 7, 2020

In Other Waters is a game that knows full well who it’s for. Its relaxing style, UI-based gameplay, and descriptive biological writing all come together to instil a sense of adventure.

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6 / 10
Apr 5, 2020

As much as I’m willing to sacrifice depth in gameplay for a satisfying story, I should never feel frustrated as much as I did while playing this.

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6 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2020

In Other Waters definitely doesn’t do a good job of engaging you right from the get-go with its radar-like visuals and confusing interface. However, if decide you to stick with it, you’ll end up being rewarded with a surprisingly interesting story and a gameplay loop that’s way more immersive than I could have ever imagined.

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PC Invasion
Top Critic
6 / 10
Apr 2, 2020

In Other Waters is beautiful, but somewhat clunky and boring.

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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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6.3 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2020

In Other Waters succeeds more as an exercise in world building than as an exciting adventure game

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69 / 100
Mar 31, 2020

I like In Other Waters and wish I could give it a higher score. It's a nice experience. Its a special and experimental experience - however, it's an experience that is flawed in too many ways and the title torpedos itself again and again. Also, I can't always follow the story. This could have been my game of the year but bugs in the Switch version and confusing elements don't let it be.

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Renan Fontes
Top Critic
7 / 10
Apr 8, 2020

Looks can be deceiving, and while In Other Waters does look too simple for its own good, it's a title overflowing with depth. Between a well written script, intensely atmospheric sound design that begs for headphone use, and methodically slow pacing, it's hard not to think of Ellery Vas' expedition through the depths of Gliese 677Cc long after all is said and done. Moody and sombre, In Other Waters is a must read… and must play.

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7 / 10 stars
Mar 31, 2020

In Other Waters tells an intriguing tale that will get you thinking, but only if its slow crawl to the finish doesn't turn you away.

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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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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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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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Apr 6, 2020

In Other Waters is a poignant message of environmentalism mixed with a calming and distinctive aesthetic, but it's sometimes a chore to play.

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Apr 1, 2020

The game offers a refreshing focus on its sense of place rather than ease of play.

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77 / 100
Apr 3, 2020

With full control of the expedition that engages the player from the moment the game starts, In Other Waters is highly interactive and unapologetically detailed, a little slower and a lot more reading than I would have preferred, but an overall impressive experience.

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4 / 5.0
Apr 2, 2020

In Other Waters is a thrilling, non-violent gem focusing on discovery of life among the stars in a place humanity didn’t think to look. This game proves that sometimes simplicity is best, its minimalist approach to complicated technology an absolute triumph. The immersion is incredible, considering the genre, and the concept is dramatically fresh to the point where I literally feel in awe of how much has been accomplished by so little.

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8 / 10
Apr 1, 2020

One of the most striking video games of recent years, In Other Waters blends systemic exploration and pure narrative in a way few other games try.

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Apr 5, 2020

In Other Waters mixes a unique perspective with relaxing gameplay and excellent music to create an experience worth trying out.

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But Why Tho?
Maia Rose
8 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2020

A beautifully crafted atmospheric narrative driven game, In Other Waters, dives deep into the life of a scientist uncovering a mystery in the only way she knows how; trial and error, observation and data collection. While initially a steep learning curve once the player has immersed themself into the game and figured out the mechanics it’s a mesmerizing game that’s hard to put down and hopefully leaves players with a new understanding of the world around them.

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