Superliminal Review

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Not since Portal 2 has a puzzle game intrigued me so much. Superliminal does an amazing job of making you really have to think about how to solve the puzzles and move forward in the story. Join me as I go over this amazing game.

The Story

Superliminal approaches its story by putting you in the shoes of someone who wakes up in a super lucid dream where you must solve puzzles to proceed forward to the next level. The thing is that not everything is as it seems at first glance. If you don’t stop and think outside the box you will get frustrated, but that in itself is the reason you agreed to the experiment.

Graphics and Sound

The game is really polished and runs smoothly on the Xbox One. The Unity engine lends itself to some solid visuals and a clean aesthetic. There were no tears or real slowdowns in the framerate while playing. With the fact that you have to use perspective so much in the game, any issues would have taken away from the experience and the puzzles. The music is a smooth low-fi series of music that is deceptively relaxing and lends itself to the dream-like state of the game.

Gameplay

The game is incredibly fun and challenging in its later levels. It does very little hand-holding outside of the first 10 minutes of gameplay. The approach of “hey this is how you pick stuff up” is really all they tell you. What you do with the items you pick up is the whole game. Need to reach a door that is way up on the wall? Well, grab the hold it over your head so that perceptively it appears bigger. When you let it go it will be bigger than it was.  Puzzles do get much more difficult, but I won’t explain them.

Final Thoughts

Though the game is not very long, I beat it in about 4 hours on my first playthrough, this is probably one of the best first-person puzzle games to come out since Portal 2 and The Stanley Parable. The use of perspectives and not being told what to do can be frustrating at times but man when you solve it, that feeling is amazing. Early game is somewhat simple but man level 6 till the end hits full stride. I was in love with the game by the time the credits rolled. Play this game if not for the puzzles then for the message you get at the end of the game. Anyone struggling or in a tough spot should experience it.

Final Score

9 / 10

Thanks for joining me in this review. If you are interested in the Superliminal, it is available on all platforms. For more great news, reviews, and geeky content be sure to hit the Main page or join us on the official MHG Discord.

I am a game designer and 3D modeler that graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Former pro gamer. Now I stream games and write. I am also a veteran of the U.S. Army and father of 3.

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