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  • Summary: State of Mind is a futuristic thriller game delving into transhumanism. The game explores themes of separation, disjuncture and reunification, in a world that is torn between a dystopian material reality and a utopian virtual future.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 17, 2018
    78
    State of Mind tells a captivating story of two men who find themselves wrapped up in a plot that touches on questioning life itself. Adventure game fans will delight in the fascinating futuristic story and its unique visuals and immersive setting complete the package.
  2. Aug 16, 2018
    75
    If State of Mind is slow, it’s only because it takes the proper amount of time to unfold its world and story. Gameplay may be a bit limited but there are so many good ideas about the concepts it evokes that you can’t help but love it.
  3. Aug 15, 2018
    62
    State of Mind stands out in its context where it places us in a dystopian future in which machines are colonizing the Earth. However, the story is poor and does not catch on. The characters are empty in personality and we will not empathize with them at any time. The gameplay and puzzles don't get any better in a very unambitious game with serious graphic problems.
  4. Aug 13, 2018
    60
    State of Mind has its moments to shine - certain plot beats in the final act do offer some genuine payoff, and some of those visuals are a joy to see running in docked mode or in handheld - but they’re too often lost in a mire of storytelling cliche and science fiction tropes you’ve seen done better countless times before. A set of in-game achievements do help break up the lengthy plot, but the awkward voice acting and lack of cohesion between its gameplay ideas ultimately make for a muddled experience at best.
  5. Sep 13, 2018
    60
    State of Mind has a rather peculiar look but its plot stands out as its greatest asset, as well as the availability of multiple characters for the players to control. On the other hand, despite the quality of the plot, it's also rather slow-paced and takes its time to grow, which will most likely put off the less patient players and the events are rather predictable for those who know the sci-fi genre.
  6. 60
    It’s just too long and player engagement is so minimal. I don’t like games that pretend to be games but are really just movies. State of Mind would make a great mini-series or book, but it’s not a great video game.
  7. Aug 15, 2018
    50
    State of Mind has a certain charm to it, but it's mired in a confusing story, simple puzzles, poor controls, and plenty of other issues.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 23, 2018
    8
    If you like Blade Runner, Black Mirror, The Matrix or film noir stories, have interest in transhumanism and AI, like to think along and knowIf you like Blade Runner, Black Mirror, The Matrix or film noir stories, have interest in transhumanism and AI, like to think along and know what to expect (a compelling story, atmosphere and exploration) and not to expect (action and difficult puzzles) from an interactive story game, then please consider getting this title.

    The most important part of an interactive story is, well, the story and the way it is presented; and for me that ride has been compelling from the first to the last minute. There are many scenes and situations that are really well dramatised, some so well that they gave me goosebumps. The author, Ganteföhr has been targeting adult players with his adventure game stories for two decades and he did a great job here. There are various references, details and thought-provoking situations that people with an interest in AI, privacy, transhumanism will understand and like. You can stop to think deeper about the constellations (e.g. the meaning of the two main characters) and interpret around, like in Black Mirror and Blade Runner or any good literature. The low poly graphical style is truly aesthetic, the play with light is used beautifully for working out the contrast between the two cities (and characters). Also, somebody at daedalic seems to have a hidden talent for interior architecture. That characters look like they are made from glass shards is another embedded meaningful detail.

    It is not perfect however. The controls are a bit clunky and you often get stuck in the beautiful furnishings. But this is not a big nuisance. What weighs more is that, like too many otherwise good adventure games (Monkey Island 2, Thimbleweed Park) State of Mind has a weak ending that leaves too many interesting story branches open. The last 15% of the game feel rushed and it feels like they took the easy way out.

    Nevertheless State of Mind entertained me for a solid 12 hours, and I will play it again with the English voiceover (which has the English voiceactor of Geralt).

    Btw, I did not buy it from the eShop but got the physical module / retail version from Germany.
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  2. Aug 25, 2018
    8
    State of Mind conta com uma historia interessante, mas tem algumas falhas como por exemplo a movimentação dos personagens, alguns bugs deState of Mind conta com uma historia interessante, mas tem algumas falhas como por exemplo a movimentação dos personagens, alguns bugs de renderização e poucos minigames, entretanto vale a pena para quem gosta do gênero drama interativo. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2018
    8
    This is a game I really enjoyed, I felt drawn into the world of Richard from the moment it began and I really enjoyed the World that DaedalicThis is a game I really enjoyed, I felt drawn into the world of Richard from the moment it began and I really enjoyed the World that Daedalic have built on the screen. That said there are some parts of the game that don't work so well and when you play it yourself you will understand what I mean when I say flying didn't really work for me. On the whole you have to experience this game for its world and how its has been presented. The team at Daedalic should be proud of what they have achieved. I highly recommend this game.

    https://ancientgamer.reviews/2018/08/25/state-of-mind-nintendo-switch-review/
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