Chaz at Twinfinite writes,
It seems that, more and more, games are pushing for open-world, exploration-style gameplay. Often, this presents a great way for players to feel like they have more control over their destinies than traditional level-based games or purely-narrative stories. Sometimes, though, it falls short, as my experience with Song of the Myrne: What Lies Beneath abruptly reminded me. A strange and difficult game to wrap one’s head around, this game so tightly embraces this openness that I spent nearly every moment wondering what, if anything, I was meant to do, or where I should be headed to accomplish anything. With such a free-form style of gameplay, is there anything worth discovering, or any story to uncover?
David Tierney writes: "On the surface, Song of the Myrne: What Lies Beneath is the neat, 8-bit packaging of various elements borrowed from many big-name games, including the likes of Skyrim. However, take a look indeed at what lies underneath, and the title soon manages to establish itself in its own right, with the uniqueness of its top-down, real-time gameplay trumping many of our RPG overlords."