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Recursed (2016) is a puzzle game where you must reach the crystal in each room using blocks, keys and chests. The twist is that the chests contain other rooms with items you need and can retrieve. It stands out for the mind-bending puzzle design that lets you nest chests and rooms inside each other to find recursive ways to get what you need to get to the crystal.

It's a puzzle game where the rooms are items and the items are rooms. Chests contain rooms, but can also be taken in and out of other rooms. As is the way with these kinds of games, it starts simply but soon you need to rearrange, duplicate and alter the structure of the world to get to the crystal.

The result is a puzzle where the structure of the world can be twisted to your advantage. There's no way to die, no enemies to fight and no holes to fall in or spikes to hit. The only tool you need is logic.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Recursed 12 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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This is a Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle game with Action and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete. This depends on how quickly you figure out the puzzles. There are also hidden bonus puzzles to find and solve.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children need to be able to get around the level and deal with the slightly fiddly picking up and transporting items. The big challenge is to be able to think iteratively and recursively to solve the problems.


Recursed usually costs £6.69. 


Steam StoreSALE PC £6.69 £1.67 until 30/05/2024
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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/09/2016

Price: 75% off

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle (Action and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Developer: Portponky (@Portponky)

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