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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Superliminal (2019) is a puzzle game incorporating optical illusions and forced perspective. As you play and explore you can manipulate objects so that when put down their perspective, scale and size have changed. This enables you to progress through areas previously inaccessible.

You play a character in a dream therapy program, but you have become trapped. As you are guided by the voice of the study's overseer, Dr Glenn Pierce, you try and escape from the dream. The deeper you go into the dream the stranger and more perplexing the illusions are for you to solve, but at the same time, the world starts making more sense.

There's an online multiplayer battle royale mode that pits up to 12 players against each other through a series of randomly generated rooms full of surreal obstacles in a race to the end, under the watchful eye of the Standard Orientation Protocol. Just look for the exit signs, and watch out for the ducks.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Superliminal 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle and Traversal game with Action and Adventure elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 12-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 2 and a half hours and 4 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Horror.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Blood.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Along with navigating the game world, you need to deal with how perspective works, to interpret what you are seeing and how this might be subverted to solve a puzzle.


Superliminal usually costs £14.99 to £16.99.


XBox Store Xbox X|S £14.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £14.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC £14.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £16.19
Steam Store PC £15.49
Steam Store Mac £15.49
PlayStation Store PS5 £16.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS4 £16.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/11/2019, updated in 2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (12 online)

Genres: Puzzle, Traversal (Action and Adventure)

Accessibility: 9 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: Pillowcastle (@Pillowcastle)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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