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  • Summary: Meet Samuel, he’s handsome, wealthy and most importantly – dead. A deal with Death gives Samuel one last chance to live again if he can survive a whole day doing everything manually. Manual Samuel is a classic adventure game with a wild twist. After making a deal with Death, our hero, theMeet Samuel, he’s handsome, wealthy and most importantly – dead. A deal with Death gives Samuel one last chance to live again if he can survive a whole day doing everything manually. Manual Samuel is a classic adventure game with a wild twist. After making a deal with Death, our hero, the spoiled rich-kid Samuel, must survive for 24 hours controlling his entire body manually. From breathing and blinking to driving and working, all these tasks will fall to you. It won’t be easy, with Death himself tagging along for the ride, you might be in some very deep feces. Now updated to take advantage of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con features such as motion sensors and split Joy-Con support for 2 player co-op. Expand
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  1. Aug 20, 2018
    80
    From its brilliant visuals to its utterly unique gameplay, there’s little here that disappoints.
  2. Aug 16, 2018
    80
    While it’s not going to set your world alight with flashy features or ground-breaking mechanics, we enjoyed our time with Manual Samuel enormously. The joke risks wearing thin, but Sam’s adventure is brief and self-aware enough to hold your interest. Co-op play is surprisingly fun with a willing accomplice and Time Attack offers some longevity, although for most players it’ll be a short ‘one-and-done’ affair. For our money, it’s a pleasant amuse-bouche of a game – a welcome little treat between the larger courses being served up on Switch this summer.
  3. 75
    Given the likely polarizing nature of the game’s controls, Manual Samuel gets a highly conditional recommendation. If you’re willing to roll with the punches, there’s definitely a unique good time to be had here, just be very aware of its intent to make controlling just about anything more challenging than you’d ever imagine.
  4. Aug 15, 2018
    62
    Manual Samuel is a simple game, but one that seeks to paint a smile on our faces while we play, and it does it. Controlling Samuel is an odyssey, but it's a lot of fun, and it's going to give us a lot of laughs. However, it is tarnished for a short time.
  5. Aug 30, 2018
    60
    Manual Samuel will not be the pride and glory of anyone’s game collection, but it will be an entertaining and hilarious way to pass time nonetheless.
  6. Sep 9, 2018
    60
    The concept of making the player perform the most basic everyday acts may seem burdensome at first but it's quick to get used to. Alas, the game disappoints when it comes to its short lifespan and high price tag for what it provides, as well to the rather uninteresting minigames included.
  7. Sep 17, 2018
    60
    Manual Samuel is a fun but irritating experience, and that's the point. A patience test that literally makes it difficult to put one foot in front of the other, its charming cartoon graphics and hilarious narrator contrast nicely with the gameplay, and it changes things up just enough to keep you entertained to the end.

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