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8.2

Great

Game Reviews from around the web

100

If you’re looking for a soulful, artistic shooter Superhot is it.

100

I highly recommend checking this out.

100

Every so often a game jam produces something special that is both interesting and commercially viable. A game like Superhot.

100

On every level, SUPERHOT‘s execution flatters an already brilliant core idea, and within the parameters that feel meaningful in this context, the resulting game is essentially perfect.

100

It’s the most innovative shooter I’ve played in years.

100

Plenty of shooters (and plenty of games) have played with bullet time, stopping time, or some otherworldly manipulation of time, but none have married its passage to movement quite like Superhot. It not only adopts and plays with this idea; it pushes and refines it to its logical extremes by discarding anything that might get in the way.

95

Even with its very short campaign, the game offers tremendous replay value with various challenges and modifiers. The “time moves when you move” mechanic is polished to perfection resulting in some of the most spectacular scenes in FPS games.

95

Quite frankly, I think Superhot is absolutely bloody fantastic, and one of the best examples of how a single idea can be iterated upon to create dozens of clever scenarios.

95

Playing SUPERHOT is fun even when I constantly fail because I know the game is now cheating in any way and that next time I have a chance to be more stylish, better prepared, smarter and faster to reach a new high score in Endless Mode or deal with another of the challenges.

90

A unique experience as chilling as it is thrilling. Superhot is a triumph of focused, clever design. [Apr 2016, p.66]

Games Master UK

90

Superhot has an excellent vision how to use time as a game mechanism. [Apr 2016]

Pelit (Finland)

90

SUPERHOT is a brilliant title. Each level is awesome and offer something different each time you play it. Its artistic achievement and its very innovative concept make it a smart game.

90

Short but sweet, Superhot is evidence that a good idea well executed can make something pretty damn special. [Issue#249, p.54]

PC PowerPlay

90

As a shooter, it’s an oddity, a gimmick that may not appeal to people who want to shoot things. As a puzzle game, it’s up there with Portal.

90

The most subversive twist in first-person shooter mechanics, on a par with its minimalistic and powerful visual style, SUPERHOT does not disappoint. Even though the story can be a bit too obtuse at times, the way the game plays out wrap it all up quite nicely, commenting on why we choose first-person shooters so often.

90

Everything about SUPERHOT just feels right, right down to look of its menus and how everything ties together. Equal parts fast & furious and tense & methodical, SUPERHOT is the perfect antidote to the legions of online-focused twitch shooters flooding the market.

90

Don’t be fooled by Superhot’s simplistic visuals—they mask surprising nuance and act as a metaphor for the game as a whole. It’s a short, digestible action-puzzler that hides more depth and grace in two hours than most sprawling triple-A projects can muster over twenty. What a thrill it is for something as highly anticipated as Superhot to not only live up to the hype, but to surpass it.

90

Superhot is an absolute joy to play, and it includes some great extra modes, neat story twists, and outstanding art. It’s a complete package, and even though it’s all over rather quickly, it’s worth revisiting again and again.

90

SuperHOT is one of the best FPS 2016 will spawn without a doubt. With its innovative gameplay, it’s one of the most addictive games we’ve played. It only lacks the possibility to rebind keys, too bad for AZERTY keyboards users, but only the french will complain.

90

Superhot is a highly effective expression of the gamer’s neverending desire to perform cool action, but it also manages to perform some nifty narrative tricks as well. A clever, minimalistic, and totally badass indie gaming highlight.

90

It might look like a shooter, but Superhot’s unique game mechanic – Time moves when you move – means the game plays out more like a puzzle. You’ll punch, slice, and shoot your way through waves of red shapes and feel awesome while doing it. It’s over pretty quick, but once you’re done, there’s still a whole host of challenge levels to tackle.

90

SUPERHOT is a unique and inventive game, very stylish and with interesting narration. The campaign is a bit on the short side, but there’s a lot of potential for replayability.

90

Whether you dive into its meta narrative or rehearse the executions of eight ballroom guards for the sixteenth time, Superhot invents a tactical, first-person shooter genre to call its own. Please, Superhot team, I need more.

90

Sometimes games just feel right, and Superhot is such a game. It takes something familiar and turns it on its head to create what I expect will become an indie classic.

90

The slow-motion combat might not be for everyone, but I found it to be just as exciting as any twitch-based shooter. Being in control of the situation at all times is exhilarating, especially when one wrong step could mean certain death.

90

If you’re the type of gamer who is sick of the same games coming out over and over again, then Superhot is a breath of fresh air thanks to its phenomenally executed central mechanic.

90

A concise central mechanic, framed by a clever, form-twisting premise and outstanding design in art and sound. Other games wish they could be this cool.

90

From its looks to its clever-but-one-note concept, Superhot screamed style over substance the first time I saw it. In its final iteration, though, it perfectly blends style and substance. Its appearance is original, memorable and loud, but its ego never overtakes the bold design principles at the heart of the game.

88

SUPERHOT makes something new out of a genre where everything seemed to be invented. Just a little bit more variety (more weapons, more situations…) and it could’ve been a modern classic. Still, it’s one of those games you shouldn’t miss.

88

SUPERHOT lives in his concept and in his game mechanics. It’s a must buy if you are in search of something original.

88

SUPERHOT is the most innovative shooter in years, and also one of the most challenging and beautiful experiences in the genre so far. You don’t want to miss it: trust us.

85

SUPERHOT is a game that combines fast and slow pace at the same time, giving us the sensation of being in control of the time as we enter in an strange game inside the game which will be deeper and deeper with each step we take. Avoid bullets, break some skulls and be ready for a travel inside a system that hides more secrets than the chamber of Harry Potter.

85

Superhot is a radical twist on how we experience time. The level design is strong, the shooting action is challenging and the design is elegant. Though there are not too many levels to work with, Superhot is a thought-through and amazing shooter/puzzle game.

85

Superhot proves that a simple but clever executed concept can deliver tremendous fun. A challenging but short mixture of action and time puzzles.

85

Superhot is not traditional, standard or bad. The unique gameplay offers a highly entertaining adventure in a surreal world. The story and the way it is told are original and the extra challenges offer a couple of hours of crazy fun.

85

SUPERHOT is an FPS based on a simple, yet brilliant idea: time moves only when the player moves. The gameplay mixes speed and strategy, with the bonus of a brilliant story. It falls a little short of duration, but in the few hours needed to reach the end, you’ll be truly entertained.

85

Superhot is high-octane, adrenaline-fueled action… in slow motion. It’s a good representation of frantic FPS gameplay with smart puzzle mechanics, and a meta-story most indie developers dream of.

85

It’s an accomplished experiment, that transformed itself from pure concept into a complete, and interesting experience. More a puzzle game than a shooter, but unlike anything else.

85

It furthers the shooter genre that has stagnated for a while. Despite its short playtime, the title offers an amazing experience that can’t be found in any other game out there.

85

An outstanding idea that gets old due to its repetition. With a little more variety this game could have been an instant classic.

85

SUPERHOT is a short game, but it’s sweet and burns brightly while it’s with you. It’s inventive, clever, addictive, fun, and yes I’ll say it: it’s cool.

84

This shooter feels unlike anything I’ve played before and I do wish more games will follow in its footsteps. Experimenting within specific genres is very important and it takes guts. The mechanics may feel awkward at the beginning, although after completing the first few areas, you’ll most likely feel hungry for more complex challenges.

84

Effortlessly stylish, perhaps to the detriment of substance. But Superhot isn’t one to miss.

82

Superhot is a unique game, with extraordinary and exciting gameplay mechanisms, which mildly falls short due to its two-hour long campaign.

82

Superhot manages to squeeze an astonishing number of brilliant ideas into its short running time. It’s the most innovative shooter since Doom, but the fun ends way too soon. Even if you only play in slow motion.

80

Luckily, the core concept coupled with that gorgeous and impactful art style is enough to warrant our recommendation. Your time with Superhot may be fleeting, but you’ll find every second exhilarating.

80

Amazingly addictive shooter raises the genre of action games from the ashes. You are the masters of the time and fun – what else could you wish for? Perhaps just a few more missions and a bit fewer of the technical issues. [Issue#262]

LEVEL (Czech Republic)

80

A very accessible arcade game with highly repeatable shooting shenanigans. I can’t quite decide if the storyline is trying to be edgy or funny, but it doesn’t really work on either level. Thankfully, much of it can be safely ignored in favor of the awesome physics-based gunplay.

80

A stark and slowed down shooter that behaves more like a puzzle game, filled with neat out-of-game menus and secrets to find, Superhot is one of the coolest things I’ve played in a long time.

80

This clever time-warping feature transforms the game from a twitchy shooter into a series of strategic, almost puzzle-like set pieces.

80

There are speed runs, challenges and endless survival modes to add longevity, but it takes a special kind of game to provide such a lean playtime with such self-assured verve. That is Superhot all over: stylish, confident and perfectly formed.

80

Superhot might not be the shooter you’re expecting, as it’s actually more puzzle oriented and a lot of trial and error, but don’t let that sway you from one of the best in breed of shooters out there. With a stylish presentation, interesting plot for what could have easily been a tech demo, and an overall satisfying package, Superhot comes at a time when we thought “all shooters were the same,” but it breaks that mold with ease.

80

A wonderful experience only marred by its brevity.

80

I’m confident in saying that Superhot is absolutely worth spending two hours on and, in fact, is among the best two hours any game can provide right now. Whether or not it’s worth $25 is a matter of how you value your time versus your money.

80

Regardless of the limited content, SUPERHOT is certainly one of the most innovative FPS games I’ve played in recent years, and well worth playing for anyone who’s tired of the same old formula.

80

Superhot, separated from his own kind, reveals the importance of the concept of time. Remember: “Mind is Software!”

80

Superhot is a shining example of how to build a game around a single clever game mechanic. Its story mode is short, but the unlockable Endless and Challenge modes provide plenty of worthwhile reasons to go back for more.

80

Think of it as the videogame equivalent of a brilliant short film. Wasn’t that great, and wouldn’t you be excited to see it developed into something feature length? Stranger things have happened.

80

Superhot is a smart but short FPS. The unique game mechanics reward intelligence instead of fast reflexes.

80

No matter what genre of games interest you, Superhot is one you’ve got to play.

COGconnected

80

Superhot’s time-freezing antics are finally a full-length game. No plot. No nothing. Just killing red guys.

80

Superhot made quite a leap from the prototype stage to full version and changed for the better in the process. A fair warning though, if you crave a deep storyline and don’t like additional challenges or levels the fun will end quickly. But if you love first person shooters and tend to max out every game you own, you might just have found your new favorite FPS. It’s original and unique and deserves your attention.

80

Its methodical, stop-motion approach to gameplay forces players to be as economical as possible.

80

SUPERHOT presents a fun sort of arcade/puzzle game that has plenty of materials to last well beyond its core experience.

80

Superhot is a fascinatingly unique take on the shooter genre. Its time manipulation mechanics truly alter the gameplay, making it feel more like a puzzle game than a standard shooter. Great visual and audio design push the game to even higher levels, but the experience might feel a bit short for those who aren’t total completionists.

80

Superhot is a clever game with deep, hidden elements that require committed and thorough examination.

80

Superhot is an intense and thrilling blend of action and puzzle with a solid bit of narrative to tie its murderous mysteries together into something worth seeing.

80

SuperHot uses its time-altering core idea to great effect, creating a puzzle game that forces you to balance slow, thoughtful moves with quick, precise shooting. It’s a puzzle shooter that is easy to digest in small does but hard to put down, making the entire mind-bending journey one that will get your adrenaline pumping and brain thinking in equal measure.

80

The world looks simple, but the minimalistic approach works really well. I would hugely recommend this game, and has been one of my favourite FPS games recently.

78

Superhot initially seems like style over substance and as it develops, it proves that this isn’t the case. However, it decides to take substance too far which can actively detract from the game. However, the gameplay, great design and added features more than compensate for any detracting factors.

78

Superhot is a short-but-sweet experience. Its basic mechanics don’t evolve much after the first few levels, but the unique brand of bullet-time proves that games don’t have to be fast to feel action-packed.

78

Superhot’s conversion from gamejam demo to full product was a success in our book. The gameplay could do with a tad more variation but that’s compensated nicely by a nice package of extra modes and options.

78

There is no shooter quite as willing to prostrate itself before its audience as SUPERHOT while always reminding them that, no matter how tough the game may make them feel, that same sensation can be stolen from them in a heartbeat.

77

Two-hour campaign with pretentious tacked-on story that constantly interrupts game flow is a major source of negativity. But the thing is – the campaign is nothing more than an overlong tutorial; once you’re done with it, the real fun with challenge runs and endless mode opens up. [Issue#207, p.50]

Game World Navigator Magazine

75

Superhot is short but full of style and substance, taking an inventive mechanic to its furthest and providing a unique shooter experience. The current offering is slim, but unlike anything else around.

75

SUPER HOT is more a puzzle game than a shooter, making each level more challenging for your brain than for your reflexes. Its white and red aesthetics and MS-DOS like menus show a unique charisma, but beyond repeating levels with new rules and beating the clock, SUPERHOT relies on its simplicity.

75

Superhot has unique and addictive time-bending puzzles, but it lacks variety and is and very cheesy.

70

It’s a victory for style over substance, in which style smashes substance’s head into a million pieces. [May 2016, p.116]

Edge Magazine

70

Superhot makes everything you do look unbelievably stylish, but offers so little content that three hours with the game was enough for me. It needs more varied enemies, a broader arsenal, larger stages. I believe Superhot’s innovative mechanics can be squeezed for more and I’m looking forward to a sequel. [04/2016, p.54]

CD-Action

70

Superhot isn’t ground-breaking. It’s a fun game with a unique concept and I was fully immersed during my playthrough, but I like to look at the replay value of anything I review, especially when it comes to FPS games. Some people might find it addictive and they might get huge amounts of enjoyment out of playing through the challenges and endless mode, but for me, after playing through some of the after-game content I’m fairly confident that I won’t pick it up again, at least not for a while. Not because it’s a sub-par product but because there’s nothing else for me to gain in playing it.

70

An engaging and different action fix with interesting time stopping mechanics and a bold visual style.

70

Superhot is fun in short bursts thanks to its innovative game design, but it doesn’t last very long.

70

Quotation forthcoming.

70

The creators came up with a great concept, but they could not build a great game. None the less, the Superhot is a unique shooting experience that will delight all fans of innovative games.

70

It’s more like you’re playing an aperitif for the thing that’s really going to blow your mind and send the genre spinning. Maybe next time.

70

Superhot almost seems like the teaser for a Kickstarter campaign, one that I think I would support, but as a standalone game it is just too thin.

70

The huge Kickstarter success story is now a finished game – with a great concept and solid execution, but it’s also too small and short to really engage the player. Constant action drags us forward in neck-breaking pace, only to emphasize this flaw.

70

SUPERHOT is a game with an amazing gameplay mechanic (time), that is also bolstered by an unusual but interesting plot and equally curious art style. Unfortunately, hit detection issues compounded with SUPERHOT’s short-lived Story mode meant that once I’d given the additional modes a try, I was quite happy to put SUPERHOT down and move on.

70

SUPERHOT is an innovative FPS that brings something new to the genre. Time flows only when you move, allowing you to see bullets and dodging and dancing around them, finding the right time to aim your weapon and kill the the bad red guys. The key is moving one step a time. Patience will reward you.

68

My advice is to wait until this game gets a major price cut, check out the whole “time moves when you do concept” (in) one evening, and then think about all of the amazing things that could have been done with that concept and how SUPERHOT wasted the opportunity to do any of them.

65

It’s one of those games that truly falls into two extremes of the quality spectrum. On one hand it introduces a truly fresh time manipulation mechanic which can lead to some intense and utterly satisfying action scenes, no small feat for a game of the FPS genre. On the other hand it offers limited content and an overall feeling that the release version of Superhot is still in its beta phase.

60

Pure gameplay delight exists. And Superhot shows us that it is within our reach. All you have to do is turn a hot idea into a full-fledged game. Meanwhile, you can buy and enjoy an expensive sliver of hope.

60

It doesn’t push its ideas as far as it should, but this is a cleverly unique puzzle game that turns normal first person shooters on their head.

Game Reviews from around the web

The overall effect is a good simulation of what it must feel like to have super-speed and recalls some of Quicksilver’s memorable scenes in recent X-men movies. But there are a few clever design choices to prevent your superpower from becoming super-overpowering in a gunfight.

I was thoroughly entertained during the couple of hours that the story lasted. It’s brief, yes, but it’s packed with ideas, both in the plotting which is alternately creepy and humorously self-aware, and in terms of level design and modifications to your toolset.

With something to work toward and create, the thrill of arranging, executing, and watching back a flawless performance never has to go away.

Summary

Superhot is a short-but-sweet experience. Its basic mechanics don’t evolve much after the first few levels, but the unique brand of bullet-time proves that games don’t have to be fast to feel action-packed.
8.2

Great

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