Percentile Rank

Necrobarista is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 35 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 35 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Doublejump
Essential
Essential
Jul 23, 2020

There is very little in this world that’s better than a good story that’s told well, and Necrobarista is a beautiful story told perfectly. Its cast of charming characters, great audio and visual design and the very Melbourne aesthetic all weave together to make something you shouldn’t miss.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 21, 2020

Necrobarista realises that there are no objectively correct answers to the questions it raises about mortality, loss, and how to live a good life. In giving these two characters their different resolutions without presenting either as better than the other, it manages to acknowledge that while simultaneously giving both a satisfying conclusion.

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Entertainium
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 22, 2020

For as heavy as Necrobarista is, its tale of death and letting go is ultimately one worth seeing.

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Scored Reviews

GameGrin
10 / 10.0
GameGrin
ErrorNikki

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2020

Necrobarista is easily one of the best games so far this year and one of the greatest visual novels I've ever played.

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Gaming Fyx
Aug 2, 2020

There is beauty to be found in darkness, and Necrobarista shines a gentle, heartfelt light on it. It is one of those games that I wish I could erase from my memory to have the opportunity to experience it again for the first time.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 22, 2020

Necrobarista is a game-changer for the visual novel genre, using slick cinematic visuals to tell its story. This is a sophisticated story full of delightful, three-dimensional characters that is perfectly complements by the groundbreaking presentation of the experience.

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Hey Poor Player
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 26, 2020

In terms of gameplay, I’m left wanting a little more (those in-between portions weren’t my favorite), but the stories and emotional connections conveyed are bar-none the strongest I’ve read all year.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 21, 2020

Despite the deceptively silly name, Necrobarista is a surprisingly deep and moving narrative about loss, kindness, guilt, and the family you choose. Quirky, complex characters combined with an incredibly unique, unforgettable style and a killer soundtrack create a layered, captivating world full of secrets, spirits, robots, an underground fight club, and more than a few cups of really great coffee.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
GameSpew
Becca S.

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2020

Necrobarista is what a good cup of coffee should be: warm, a little nutty and exactly what you crave. It leaves a lasting impression. Its characters are lovable and relatable; its story covers a deeply complicated topic with humour and charm; and the world is so well-crafted and intriguing that it could easily tell a thousand more stories.

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Gamer Escape
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 21, 2020

Overall, Necrobarista is just a plain wonderful experience. The story is entertaining with powerful moments, the characters feel fleshed out and realistic (or as realistic as the plot allows for), and the presentation is stunning (although the character design may not be attractive to some).

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2020

You know, last week I'm not sure I could have told you the last time I cried while playing a video game. Maybe it was Persona 4 on the PlayStation 2? I've been introspective a lot, but rarely sad and on the verge of crying. Well, now I know exactly the last time a video game made me cry, because it was yesterday while finishing up Necrobarista. While I have some qualms with how the game's "memories" are handled, it's such a minor quibble in the grand scheme of things. For anyone interesting in a wholly unique story that is almost guaranteed to sink its hooks into you, look no further than Necrobarista.

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VideoGamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 21, 2020

The story of Necrobarista isn't lost in its bold anime-inspired style and maximalist presentation. These elements mix and swirl together like a cup of damned good coffee.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2020

Necrobarista is a touching, emotional journey that features an excellently written and easily lovable cast of characters. While the "memories" within the game are frustrating to unlock, it wasn't enough to detract from an otherwise excellent experience.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2020

Necrobarista is a stylish visual novel set in a curious Melbourne cafe where the dead can spend their final hours among the living

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Noisy Pixel
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2020

Necrobarista’s focus on death is approached in such a unique way that you can’t help but immerse yourself in its setting. You begin to feel as if you are a part of the group, which makes the idea of letting go so much harder. This is a visual novel experience that transcends traditional systems within the medium and is definitely worth your time. Some of the dialogue might go over your head, but this is an easy recommendation from me.

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PC Invasion
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 21, 2020

Necrobarista won't be everybody's cuppa coffee, but it's an excellent visual novel with strong writing and visuals.

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IGN Italy
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2020

Despite some technical issues, Necrobarista is a fresh take on visual novels world, and its style captivates the player: interesting direction and gorgeus art manage to create a mix in which the plot can arise with all its delicate topics. How difficult is to "go further" when you're already dead? Necrobarista tries to answer at that, and it's a very good answer.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN
Matt T.M. Kim

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2020

Necrobarista pushes the visual novel forward with an impressive eye for the cinematic.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 28, 2020

Coffee shop philosophy with a side of comedy banter, plated attractively.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2020

Necrobarista has an intriguing world that surfaces the uncomfortable truths that come with death. It sometimes stumbles, but the payoff is more than worth the trip

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USgamer
Jul 21, 2020

A distinct, cel-shaded and anime-inspired style isn't the only thing remarkable about Necrobarista. From its main story to the entertaining text adventures that paint between the lines of its more stylishly presented narrative, Necrobarista is an engaging visual novel from start to finish. Some minor complaints in how it executes unlocking additional text adventures does little to hold back the death-concerned coffee shop adventure.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 21, 2020

Necrobarista may have changed since it was first seen, but the end result is still an engrossing visual novel that succeeds thanks to a cast of memorable and fun characters, a stylish and cool presentation, and a well-crafted story that hits all the right notes, providing a terrific tale of having to move on that has room for bits of both laughter and tears in your coffee.

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Digitally Downloaded
Aug 6, 2020

Necrobarista is an eclectic mix of things. It’s a character-driven musing on life and death. It’s a deeply Australian story written by Australians. It’s both funny and sincere. It’s one of those games that will stay with you long after it’s done, and it’s the kind of culturally-relevant artefact that gives it value beyond its scope as an entertainment product (though it’s certainly entertaining too).

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2020

Necrobarista is one of the best visual novels I have ever played and this dark and silky smooth blend of Otaku influenced story telling if worth a few hours of your time.

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IND13
Aug 13, 2020

Necrobarista as a game embodies many of the qualities you find in the game’s characters. It’s brash, it’s snappy and clever, it’s also more than a little sly, but it’s got an unbreakable emotional core that you can’t forget. If this is the future of visual novels, then pour me another one.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2020

Overall, Necrobarista is something I desperately wanted to enjoy much more than I did. The graphics were great, the animations well done, the soundtrack was lovely, and most of the characters were great, but the story just felt way too choppy, like someone ripped a bunch of pages out of the middle of a book. Yeah, it's still readable, and yes you can still understand what's going on, but it certainly doesn't feel complete. If anything, I'd wait until this goes on sale to pick up, because you'll pretty much be left just wanting more by the end, which isn't something I can justify picking up for a full novel experience. That being said, what was there was excellent, it just needs a bit more...fleshing out (necromancy puns, heh).

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GameBlast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2020

Necrobarista is a stylish and engaging journey through a cafe where the living and the dead coexist. The experience is dynamic thanks to the use of 3D and accessible thanks to the use of Portuguese (despite its problems). It is certainly worth checking out for those who like Japanese animations and are interested in the genre.

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Press Start
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2020

With a brew this good, you can be sure I'll be back for more.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 21, 2020

Necrobarista may not make the player a part of its story, but this visual novel's narrative still hits pretty hard.

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Screen Rant
Jul 21, 2020

Almost anyone smitten by Necrobarista’s style will find more than enough to warrant its asking price, including a rather poignant denouement after three hours of play, but it risks frustrating anyone expecting more of a game and less of a film.

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NookGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2020

Necrobarista is certainly an interesting take on the visual novel genre. The dialogue is amazing and the story is certainly worth experiencing. It could perhaps be priced a bit lower considering how short it is and it does have some minor technical issues. Still, overall I enjoyed it.

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PowerUp!
7 / 10.0
PowerUp!
Paul Verhoeven
7 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2020

Necrobarista is a visual novel, true, but I mean this as a compliment: it made me wish it were something more than that. And the next time I manage to go out for coffee, whenever that may be, I guarantee you I’ll be thinking about Terminal.

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Checkpoint Gaming
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 21, 2020

For all of my criticisms, I can’t stress enough how much potential I see in Necrobarista. From its fascinating supernatural setting to its amazing and dynamic art style, a sequel to this game would be an instant buy from me. If it’s going to stay as a standalone though, it needs more substance. Either way, I am excited to see more of Route 59’s work. They’ve created an incredible world and an even more incredible visual novel style.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
Cubed3
Athanasios

Top Critic

5 / 10
Nov 4, 2020

Compared to most visual novels Necrobarista is, without a doubt, a breath of fresh air… but sadly only concept wise, because the execution doesn't follow suit. Filled with dialogue whose only purpose seems to be to stretch the overall duration, and with the whole experience leaning heavily towards repetitive character encounters, it becomes increasingly hard to remain interested in this, otherwise, very original and exciting look on the subject of death. Long story short, this cup of coffee looks great, and has an inviting aroma, but the taste is decent at best.

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cublikefoot
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2021
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