VGChartz's Evan Norris: "Sludge Life is paradoxical. As a video game it's short, shallow, and often rudderless. As an artistic experiment, however, it's powerful, expressive, and bold. Additional directives, more varied gameplay, and a bigger world would enhance the overall experience, but might dilute the thoughtful weirdness of the game. In any event, keep this one on your radar. Love it or hate it, you'll never forget it."