Puzzle games come in a lot of forms. There are things like match-3 puzzles, mazes, word puzzles, and more. Some of the best puzzle games are the ones that play with your expectations though, and Superliminal won’t just play with them; it’ll ruin them forever with its unusual blend of perception-based puzzling, and completely absurd solutions.
Puzzles in this game have you coming across a seemingly unreachable ledge, or a place where you clearly need a specific item, but with no version of that item around. You then have to look around the world to see if you can find a picture of that item, or a small box that you can turn into a massive box by moving it closer to you and plonking it down.
One of our favourite puzzles involves the moon, and we’re not going to say anymore about it because we’d be giving the game away, but we spent dozens of minutes on it fruitlessly before finally solving it, and being amazed at just how inventive the solutions could be.
There’s also one section that changes the feel of Superliminal completely and will have you on the edge of your seat, but again, we don’t want to spoil things. Just trust us when we say that, if you can, playing this in one sitting is the best way to do so, and if you can get a group huddled around a computer, all of whom haven’t played it, then you’ll find it even more enjoyable.
Plus, if you really like how it does things, you can get a similar experience from Viewfinder, which is a few years newer, and involves pictures instead of just celestial bodies. Look at that, we’ve sneakily recommended two games in one place. You can’t do anything about it either, that’s just how it is now.