• Publisher: 3909
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2018
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    By hewing close to genre origins, both visually and thematically (though not without some genuine innovations of his own), Lucas Pope has delivered one of the best games of the year, and certainly one of the best murder mystery games of all time.
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    95
    Return of the Obra Dinn is a genuine and amazing adventure mystery game with an incredible narrative and surprising art style. Is one of the most clever and extraordinary games of the last years.
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    95
    This is a game I can not stop thinking about. I think about it at work -- either remembering crazy moments I didn't see coming, or reflecting on recently discovered information and its implications. This is absolutely a "thinking man's game," and it's one that I hope other developers (or Mr. Pope himself) decide to ape and expand on. Despite the fact that this isn't a detective game, I've never felt more like a dick.
  4. Nov 19, 2018
    92
    A unique game that creates new things using old mechanics. An example that proves to us that there's still room for new innovations in videogames.
  5. Oct 26, 2018
    92
    Unapologetically old-school, the captivating tragedies of the Obra Dinn are in a class of their own. Visually striking and extraordinarily immersive, a must-play for any mystery fan worth their salt.
  6. Oct 26, 2018
    92
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Oct 25, 2018
    92
    The creator of Papers Please offers us a modern classic again.Return of the Obra Dinn uses an original and personal narrative in a development that makes us feel like true detectives. Visually it is an exercise in retro love and good taste. Lucas Pope delivers us one of the games of the year.
  8. Oct 22, 2018
    92
    Return of the Obra Dinn is one of the best detective games I’ve ever played, and now I want so much more of it.
  9. Edge Magazine
    Nov 9, 2018
    90
    With an eye and an ear for the theatrical, the wonderfully evocative staging turns you into a horrified, fascinated voyeur; you might be late for the Obra Dinn's fateful voyage, but you have a front-row seat to its frequently thrilling demise. [Christmas 2018, p.122]
  10. Nov 6, 2018
    90
    A unique graphic style, an exotic theme, and a story that is well suited to being told through a unique game system make Return of the Obra Dinn a detective game unlike any other.
  11. 90
    Easily the best detective game of the modern era, with challenging and rewarding gameplay combined with some of the most evocative visuals of the year.
  12. Oct 28, 2018
    90
    This game will test your detective skills to the utmost. The art of deduction! Its style is something else and the story is very interesting, but the game will not make things easy for you.
  13. Oct 26, 2018
    90
    An artistic manifesto of overflowing power.
  14. Oct 23, 2018
    90
    If you had to choose just one detective game, it should be that one. Return of the Obra Dinn is incredibly smart, has an amazing atmosphere and tells its story with great intelligence. A true masterpiece.
  15. Oct 22, 2018
    90
    Delivers a wonderfully evocative method of storytelling as you gain glimpses into the lives of each person on board at vital moments along the Obra Dinn's journey and piece together who they were, what they had to deal, what motivated them, and how they responded when tragedy struck. You may only see them in scratchy monochrome stills and hear them in brief snatches of urgent conversation, if at all, but if you're paying attention then you should feel like you know (almost) every one of these sixty people intimately by the end of the game.
  16. Oct 22, 2018
    90
    Return of the Obra Dinn has emerged after four years in development, and it was truly worth the wait. Pope takes us on a magical journey that may seem plain at first glance, but there’s plenty of excitement and beauty to be found here - if you’re willing to dig a bit deeper.
  17. Oct 19, 2018
    90
    A beautifully constructed and powerfully atmospheric mystery that you really have to work to solve.
  18. Oct 19, 2018
    90
    A unique art style and a fantastic puzzle hook make Return of the Obra Dinn a detective story worth experiencing, especially if you can do it all in one go.
  19. Oct 18, 2018
    88
    Return Of Obra Dinn is a surprisingly hardcore detective title with a surreal bite, and one that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who loves a great challenge.
  20. Oct 26, 2018
    85
    This is a very interesting detective game, some sort of single player Cluedo, absorbing and fun. If you like solving murders and unique games, you cannot miss this one.
  21. Nov 5, 2018
    84
    An enthralling, tragic and surprising seafaring fairytale - a complex but always logical adventure for passionate detectives.
  22. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    This whodunnit adventure has its flaws, but in its best moments this is an intense, clever constructed as well as challenging experience.
  23. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    An intellectual and aesthetic delight, Return of the Obra Dinn is a morbidly fascinating logic puzzle disguised as a minimalist nautical adventure.
  24. Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Return of the Obra Dinn is a bleak ditty but offers solid meat for puzzle fans to get their teeth into, with a similar love of paperwork and information cataloging that won fans for Pope’s previous title, Papers Please.
  25. Oct 30, 2018
    80
    A wonderful work built with good taste and an intriguing – although simple – plot. A very responsive and functional menu helps during the difficult investigation, the graphic shows inventiveness. Sounds and Voice actors are overall great.
  26. Nov 13, 2018
    74
    It's easy to respect something like Return of the Obra Dinn. Puzzling together clues from each death scene is tricky and rewarding, but the motivation for doing so is lacking. There's no one to care about on the ship, no reason to uncover the mystery other than to prove you've done it, and it holds the game back from being exceptional.
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  1. Oct 18, 2018
    The Papers, Please creator offers up an intricate and mesmerising puzzle game with a rich and detailed sense of place. [Eurogamer Essential]
  2. Oct 21, 2018
    Return of the Obra Dinn takes the whodunit’s conventions and twists them into kaleidoscopic narratives that are perplexing and delightful. This isn’t merely a great game, it’s the work of an intense and creative intelligence.
  3. I’m staggered by how clever it is. [RPS Bestest Bests]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 88
  2. Negative: 17 out of 88
  1. Oct 25, 2018
    5
    I cant recommend it to anyone. Unless you like bad games, then feel free to buy it.
  2. Oct 20, 2018
    10
    The art style of this game is amazing. People don't understand how much work went into this game. The story is great along with the puzzleThe art style of this game is amazing. People don't understand how much work went into this game. The story is great along with the puzzle mechanics of this game. Some of them get really hard at the end. To me, this game is worth 20 dollars. I spent more on not so feature-rich games at $60+. I strongly recommend this game if you like murder mysteries with a puzzle element. Full Review »
  3. Nov 7, 2018
    0
    can't change the controls... unacceptable... can't play with the default ones.
    thank god for refunds