James Pikover from Gadget Review: The Unfinished Swan is one of the few games I’ve been looking forward to since E3. The first minutes of gameplay completely encapsulate players in a new environment, and a new experience. I marveled at the play style back in June when it seemed so fresh and unique. Of course, at any convention, it’s easy to become elated with a game when the atmosphere itself is brimming with excitement, often of just being there.
For this game it’s too easy to be enthralled, and then bored. The Unfinished Swan, the first game made by developer Giant Sparrow, begins brilliantly but sharply declines in the level of complexity, difficulty, challenge, and discovery, the last of which has been the game’s defining feature.