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Save Or Quit (Feb 14, 2020)
Table Manners: The Physics-Based Dating Game is my first attempt at a hands-on physics-based game but it’s one that I’m glad that I picked up and played even if it’s not one that I’ll be adding to my all-time favorites. It’s an enjoyable casual experience that can be downright hilarious if you’re playing with someone and I can see myself hopping back into it once in a while for some good, clean, stupid fun. It excels at what it sets out to be but don’t go into it expecting a true dating sim at any level.
Darkstation (Feb 24, 2020)
Table Manners simply is ridiculous and fun, and it knows it. All it asks of you is that you be as lighthearted about the gameplay as it is. And if you can do that, and you don’t mind failing some levels in the process, I think you’ll love every second of it.
GamingTrend (Feb 15, 2020)
Table Manners is a dating game with intentionally wonky controls that tests your ability to impress dates with only one hand. It may seem like a butler simulator, but the reasoning behind your actions doesn't ruin the fun. Some people may get annoyed with the game's controls and design, but fans of Surgeon Simulator are sure to love it.
Entertainment Focus (Feb 14, 2020)
There’s a fair bit of variety with the levels, tasks and extras themselves, making Table Manners more than just an average physics nightmare. If you have issues with flipping desks or throwing controllers, this one might not be for you. If you managed to do a triple lung transplant and sew the scalpel successfully into the patient, having what Imaginary PC Magazine quoted as, “Fingers any keyboard or mouse would shed a tear to have itself graced upon”, then heck, pop this on your wishlist and get ready for a wonderful night out on the town.
3rd Strike (Feb 28, 2020)
Table Manners feels like a fun experiment that screams ”VIRTUAL REALITY” without actually implementing VR. The game is cause for some entertainment but it also calls for frustrated feelings to arise. The game is nicely polished except for buggy mechanics and physics that are just not fine-tuned enough to really keep enjoying Table Manners. It’s like a sandbox or a playroom, but with added assignments. If people would tell you ”point at the red cube” and you only have two blue spheres, and then they shout at you for not doing it right, you would want those rules to be fixed right? That’s the main issue with Table Manners. But don’t let it stand in your way of the fun there’s already to be had.
63 (Mar 13, 2020)
Table Manners can be fun and silly and it can also be frustrating and annoying. Kind of like real dating, I suppose. This is certainly a game that will be great to stream and to watch your favourite streamer play. It’s better played with a group of friends too. That way you can all share in your failures and successes.
Saving Content (Feb 12, 2020)
Table Manners gets the experience of dating half-right, capturing the nervousness and awkward conversation in totality. The in-game app meant to cultivate your relationship(s) often leads to disappointment or confusion. Unless you’re out to sabotage everything in the name of a good time, there’s not much room for fun or risk losing the relationship. When trying to do your best, the simulation and physics often get in the way. It’s certainly enjoyable for hours on end, but it doesn’t quite come together like it should.
Cultured Vultures (Feb 14, 2020)
For the completionists, there’s a decent chunk of unlockables to swag out your hand with, including tattoos, rings, and even nail polish. The customisation in general is fairly robust, though there’s unfortunately not much content here overall to keep you playing past the novelty. If you just want something preposterous and short to play for an afternoon, though, Table Manners may do just fine — even if it’s more like an appetiser than the main meal.
Table Manners is fun while it lasts and successfully provides a flurry of hilarity and progression, but beyond a few hours, the game has little new to bring to the table. Fans of Surgeon Simulator will undoubtedly enjoy what feels like a natural progression of familiar mechanics. Indeed, if you are looking for but a few hours of honest fun, challenge and enjoyment, Table Manners may be for you. If you can take a dose of frustration along the way, then the game will certainly not disappoint. However, if you haven’t got time for the learning curve or are looking for longer-term longevity, it may be worth waiting for the next Steam sale…
Gameplay (Benelux) (Feb 28, 2020)
Table Manners is hoogstens geschikt voor vluggertjes, maar is verre van mariage material. Nog een goed geschenk voor Steak & Blowjob Day, maar waag er niet mee af te komen op Valentijn!
TheGamer (Feb 16, 2020)
There's no doubt you'll eventually see your favorite content creator or streamer yell in a comical fashion as they scramble to play this. But as a single-player experience, Table Manners is very much like a bad Tinder date: after one awkward night, you'll probably never want to see it again.
God is a Geek (Feb 27, 2020)
Ultimately Table Manners is seemingly designed for people who want to experience extreme frustration at the same time as extreme boredom until extreme disinterest takes over instead. I feel like it was a game built for streamers who’s audience would fall in love with the slapstick comedy, only the devs forgot to put the slapstick comedy in the game. It’s disappointing and frustrating at the same time, and feels like a bit of a wasted opportunity to make something fun and different and entertaining. If this is an accurate simulation of modern dating, I’ll stick to take-out, thanks.
The Guardian (Feb 14, 2020)
There’s a fine line between playfully obtuse instructions and infuriatingly vague game design. Being unable to complete a task because it’s challenging is one thing, but not knowing exactly what the task is (and being blocked from doing it by bugs) is another. Table Manners has a brilliant premise and provides incisively funny commentary on modern romance but, just like when a Tinder date doesn’t match their profile and then proceeds to behave inexplicably, sometimes you just want to make your excuses and leave.
ScreenRant (Feb 12, 2020)
Table Manners does what it sets out to do, if what it wanted to do was make dating seem even more difficult than it is in reality. Its physics are fun for a time, but for those without a proclivity towards the asinine and goofy, this relationship wasn't designed to last.
GameSpew (Feb 12, 2020)
I’d have liked to have had more fun with Table Manners, but its purposefully-awkward controls ended up being just too awkward to bear. It’s a balancing act, and sadly I feel like developer Echo Chamber Games has missed the mark. It should be silly and entertaining – and it is, for a few minutes – but it quickly devolves into frustration. Maybe involving some friends might make it a bit more enjoyable. But by yourself, Table Manners just isn’t much fun.
GameGrin (Apr 24, 2020)
Table Manners tried to find humour in its obstructional gameplay, but ended up being stood up by a quality delivery. Although a funny social commentary in its title screen, the gameplay itself falls well short of being entertaining. Bland and broken, Table Manners is a game you probably won’t be swiping right on any time soon.
PC Gamer (Feb 14, 2020)
The colourful art might lead you to believe that this is a game buzzing with fun and humour, but it's surprisingly dull in execution. When physics simulation was a relatively new concept, there was inherent entertainment in knocking objects around and watching them topple over. But now that just isn't enough to base an entire game around. I'd say the joke wore thin, if there was one. If you really want to play Table Manners, it's available on Steam now. But you should probably save your money, even with a 20% Valentine's Day discount.
Mashable (Feb 15, 2020)
There's plenty to do in Mr. Hand's dating wonder emporium and while I haven't made it to the end of my Table Manners adventure yet, I am having a blast. Back on Blundr, you can play the field with numerous cuties, or land in a committed relationship that spans levels. Just be sure you're giving everyone quality time or you could face a breakup. At my most engaged I was alternately screaming "I got you, baby," humming the Indiana Jones theme song, nervously stomping my feet, and wondering aloud if I should "just go back to Jessica." According to my boyfriend, I looked pretty dumb. Nice. [Finger guns.]