Metamorphosis Reviews

Metamorphosis is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 31, 2020

I would recommend the game, but with the caveat that it is only going to be for a certain sort of gamer. If you think you might be interested, give the demo a try and go from there. If it's right up your alley though then prepare to have a standout interactive experience.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2020

Metamorphosis is a great and heartfelt adaptation of Kafka's work and an amazing fun game to play.

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Apr 5, 2021

Metamorphosis is a game based on the world created by Franz Kafka in his novella The Metamorphosis or Die Verwandlung in the original German. It sees you take on this quirky universe from an insect’s point of view. Are you curious to find out what it’s like to have a pint-sized view of the world? Then read on…

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2020

Metamorphosis is a solidly made puzzle-platformer with a few adventure mechanics on the side for good measure. Taking a literary classic that some consider to be interminable and creating a lively and amusing game world from it, the devs at Ovid Works have create a deeply creative work that delivers a satisfyingly original experience.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2020

Metamorphosis is a fascinating look into the life of a man who desperately tries to save his friend from uncertain peril. It parallels the life of a man who wrote pieces that are present in this video game. Though the storytelling of our world through the eyes of a beetle is intriguing, the ending falls a little flat - through no fault of the developers. My entire experience in Metamorphosis was filled with wonder and awe as I climbed walls, scurried through holes, and dodged obstacles.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2020

You are turned into a tiny bug and it is unusual experience. Just too short.

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80 / 100
Sep 1, 2020

Metamorphosis takes Kafka's universe and transfers it to the video game with great solvency, offering a game where narrative and playability go hand in hand. The wonderful world recreated will constantly amaze us and it does it with a quite good handling and a very competent sound section. Essential if we are fans of the surrealist writer.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2021

In the end, Metamorphosis is a good game despite issues with NPC animation and dialogue. Although intentionally creepy and psychologically thrilling, which some may be off-put by especially if they despise insects of any kind. Metamorphosis offers excellent gameplay, controls, graphics and music that makes you feel like a bug. For good or bad, depending on your perspective. Nevertheless, the game objectively achieves what it sets out to do with fantastic gameplay, musical and graphical elements. For this, it deserves credit.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2020

The world of Metamorphosis is surprising, imaginative, intriguing and full of color, although a certain poverty of the 3D models and textures betrays the independent nature of the project. All in all, a very interesting twist on Franz Kafka's novel.

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75 / 100
Aug 20, 2020

Metamorphosis is a unique work, very well executed and with narrative layers that are sure to please Kafka enthusiasts and his legacy. Adventurous and with a very particular narrative point of view, the game proves to be a satisfying, but quite short experience. Aesthetically, it has its limitations, but it compensates them with style and a certain sense of strangeness full of identity.

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7.3 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

It’s a bold release that they took a chance on. For the most part, they executed it decently. I wish more developers took on something oddball like this, as it does provide a unique journey that most wouldn’t have dreamed could be translated.

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7.3 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2020

This platformer puts you in the legs of insects with interesting platforming elements it is hindered by limited puzzles and while the story is good some of the mechanics don’t follow suit.

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7 / 10
Sep 3, 2020

Metamorphosis spins a bittersweet, intriguing web of mystery and humour that, albeit brief, is often an utter joy to crawl through, if you're willing to brace a disappointing final stretch, inconsistent graphics, and myriad technical issues.

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3.5 / 5.0
Aug 12, 2020

Metamorphosis manages to whip up an impressive tribute to Franz Kafka in its quick story thanks to its offbeat sense of humor, style and eye-catching world.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2020

Metamorphosis is a good puzzle/adventure game with some platformer elements, but it fails to take the experience quite as far as it could. If you are into the surreal, consider it a solid option for a little creative time-wasting on your Nintendo Switch.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2020

But it feels more like a quite short interactive experience, rather than a videogame. Metamorphosis lacks variety and cohesive gameplay, focusing too much on the story and the atmosphere. As such even the current price may seem a bit high for this unusual game. It is a surreal experiment which despite its intriguing source material, will never become a classic due to its dull inner workings.

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7 / 10
Aug 17, 2020

A lot of Kafka’s spirit shines through in this game with the illogical mixed with the depressingly truthful and real. It’s such a shame then that the Xbox One version is beset with so many technical hiccups that threaten to spoil the narrative. Like so much of Kafka’s work, Metamorphosis feels like it has been left unfinished and in need of a few more weeks of polishing.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2020

Metamorphosis is a creative, albeit short, video game interpretation of Franz Kafka’s novella. The game absolutely nails the creepy, absurd vibe of the story all about turning into a cockroach and trying to work as a bug. Metamorphosis is a fun, narrative experience, especially for those who are fans of classic literature.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2020

Metamorphosis isn’t an easy game to complete. Not quite because it’s challenging, but because it feels heavy and repetitive. Despite these problems, the game is still a great experience, really giving the player the feeling they’re reading Kafka’s book.

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6 / 10
Aug 31, 2020

I don't know if I'll see more games inspired by classic existential literature. Is a gaming adaptation of Camus' The Stranger on the way? Who knows? But for what it is, Metamorphosis is a pretty fun way to experience an all-time classic story.

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