Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 19, 2018
    The Missing's self-harm mechanic is deliberately uncomfortable and inscrutable, as the disturbing process clashes with its bizarre, often humorous results.
  2. Oct 18, 2018
    The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories is an evocative, offbeat adventure with a sinister yet imaginative gameplay hook. Its story suffers slightly from subpar voice acting and an eagerness to tell more than show, but for the most part this is a dark, strange and utterly compelling journey into the tortured mind of its main character, and one absolutely well worth taking.
  3. Oct 11, 2018
    The Missing is smaller and more mechanically conventional than Deadly Premonition or D4, but its components remain focused on distinctly a Swery game: a dark, idiosyncratic experience that tells a deeply personal story that's as confronting as it is sincere. It is absolutely not for everyone, but as the game reminds us, there is nothing wrong with that.
  4. Oct 11, 2018
    The Missing told a moving story about J.J.’s personal struggles that caught me off guard more than once. Like its surprisingly heartfelt narrative, this quirky indie side-scroller came out of nowhere, but I’m glad I didn’t miss out on The Missing.
  5. Oct 17, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Oct 17, 2018
    Swery's the MISSING is a touching game, with original thoughts behind a good and surprising plot. A mysterious and mystic adventure through classic puzzle-platforming. Sometimes is slow and unrefined but the good atmosphere deletes the pains of backtracking and dead times.
  7. Oct 11, 2018
    Swery's touch keeps the whole adventure interesting, although many issues regarding its control make it hard to enjoy sometimes. It is definitely unique, but it needs some polishing.
  8. Oct 11, 2018
    A short, dark trip through the nightmare of youth; growing up, discovering yourself, and existing among a society that rarely understands. Sure to be a divisive title, there are those who will find The Missing overpriced and melodramatic, while others will be taken by its surrealist story of undying friendship, ironically becoming an indelible memory to those who dare to experience it.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 16, 2018
    Game of the year in my opinion. The message behind it is beautiful. I wish everyone could experience what this game has to offer. The last 30Game of the year in my opinion. The message behind it is beautiful. I wish everyone could experience what this game has to offer. The last 30 minutes of this game is pure art.

    This game is made with the belief that no one is wrong for being what they are.
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  2. Oct 13, 2018
    This game is fantastic. From the art direction to the story I am in love with it. The music is also spot on.