Simon Wolfe of Capsule Computers writes:
"One of the most interesting aspects of Magrunner: Dark Pulse is one of the hardest for it to rise above. Being likened to Portal is sure to get almost anyone on board to give it a try, but also means that Magrunner also has very big shoes to fill in that regard. Throw in Cthulhu and the attention of Lovecraft fans is also a given. With both of these, Magrunner has the makings of an outstanding game or a colossal flop as players are left wanting something more. Now that the game has released it is time to see which of the two situations is true."