Parents' Guide to


By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody near-future adventure covers cautionary horror tale.

Game Windows 2017
>observer_ Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Fine for most 10+

Again not as bad as commonsensemedia says.
age 17+

Great game

One of the best games you will ever play, brutal, scary and mature, this game is a must play for gamers who like engaged / strategy games. Abords mature subjects matters but is quite realistic in that

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This disturbingly fascinating adventure succeeds around a compelling antihero and a frightening horror tale that feels incredibly relevant to our reality. The protagonist of this tale is a world-weary cop played by Blade Runner alum Rutger Hauer. Hauer's Lazarski is a company man whose uses his built-in technology to spy on the populace and keep them docile. >observer_'s vision of the future is grim, a place where paranoid people suffer under a corporate-run government and stay locked in their homes watching endless hours of holovision. It's a frighteningly convincing projection from our current reality. This depressing setting plays host to a great story exploring a range of disturbing themes and brought to nightmarish life by (mostly) intuitive puzzles, great sound design, and visionary graphics.

Awesome as this is, >observer_ isn't for everyone. It's definitely not for kids under 17, and if the sight of blood (gallons of it) and dismembered bodies (lots of 'em) makes you queasy, it's not for you, either. Also take into consideration the heavy special effects (strobe lights, melting images, and other headache- or nausea-inducing elements) that run throughout the game, not to mention the sudden scares and constant tension. Die-hard horror fans, though, are in luck, because this is an outstanding horror adventure.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release date: August 15, 2017
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: M for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Drug References
  • Last updated: August 15, 2017

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