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- _firexe, December 4, 2019

My Favorite Parser Game, October 7, 2019

Yes, "One Eye Open" is over the top, but it's just so well fleshed out (heh heh, "fleshed out") and engaging that I cannot help but absolutely adore it. That and I'm already sort of a sucker for horror games anyways. This game has great replay value, the story runs near cinematically (that is, no matter what choices I made, the story felt cohesive), the dark humor is on point and it plays a variety of tropes to clever and original ends. 10 out of 10 from me.

- E.K., December 8, 2018

- HarryKile, December 4, 2018

- Helena Vernon, February 19, 2018

- karlnp (Vancouver, BC), August 22, 2017

- E. W. B., February 23, 2016

Huge horror game with tons of gore, February 3, 2016

by MathBrush
Related reviews: 2-10 hours
One eye open was an IFDomp game much longer than two hours. In it, you play someone being tested for psychics powers.

Without giving away too much, this is a search-the-lab game similar to Babel, but with gruesome gore in the vein of the SCP foundation (like SCP-610, for instance). The horror has also been compared to the Poltergeist.

Somehow Vespers and Varicella disturbed me more than this game. In a way, the horror are not as scary because of the way that they are described, but they provide a coherent atmosphere. There are many endings, many Easter eggs.

There was no profanity, no sexual material. Not recommended for most people, due to the gore. I probably won't play it again because of it.

- <blank>, June 30, 2015

- Thrax, March 11, 2015

- bluevelvetwings, August 25, 2014

- M. Tea, August 19, 2014

- DJ (Olalla, Washington), May 9, 2013

- Stier, March 27, 2013

- ptkw, February 28, 2013

- Sig (Olalla, WA, US), January 20, 2013

- Andrew Schultz (Chicago), May 14, 2012

- Meredith (California), November 30, 2011

- Hannes, November 12, 2011

- Jizaboz (U.S.A.), June 16, 2011

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Console horror videogame in IF form, May 29, 2011
by Janos Honkonen (Helsinki, Finland)
One Eye Open left me a bit torn on some issues - on the other hand it was a good and atmospheric game in the "deserted lab, biological horrors, piecing together the back story" genre of horror, and the game was skillfully written. Then again, I feel like I've done this a dozen times in console and computer FPS games during the last few years: going through labs full of biological monstrosities and looking for voice lo... ahem, I mean pieces of paper. The "concentrate on" gameplay was interesting, though, and a good way to build the back story.

In the end I played to the first ending, and then tinkered a bit to find some others but gave up. One reason for this was the feeling of having seen the genre too many times, others were some annoying disambiguation problems. If I mention the file cabinets and desks, I think people get what I mean.

This review might sound a bit too negative, since I did enjoy the first playthrough. For someone with a different gaming background this could be a four star game, easily.

- RandomExile, May 19, 2011

- Scott Hammack (Tallahassee, Florida), April 25, 2011

- JohnW (Brno, Czech Republic), March 16, 2011

- Danielle (The Wild West), March 3, 2011

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