Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Mar 14, 2014
    77
    An interesting take on the Metroidvania formula enriched with creative time manipulation.
  2. Mar 10, 2014
    70
    Aeterno Blade is Castlevania on a budget. Messy visuals, whiffy animation, endlessly recycled enemies, middling bosses.
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    70
    AeternoBlade may not move the genre forward in any way, but it's a fun little game for action enthusiasts. It has a deep combat system, just the right amount of RPG elements, and an engaging enough narrative to keep things moving.
  4. Mar 12, 2014
    65
    Turns out Aeterno Blade is that kind of game which is filled with good intentions: it's interesting and engaging and it offers plenty of customization but once you hit the road not everything works as it should.
  5. Apr 1, 2014
    60
    Although this modest, vintage flavoured production stands in the shadow of a glorious vampire slayer franchise, AertenoBlade reveals a sharp edge through time manipulation, these mechanics applying efficiently to the narrative, the puzzles and the gameplay.
  6. Mar 20, 2014
    60
    AeternoBlade offers decent combat, platforming and puzzles that involve its time manipulation mechanic. Unfortunately, it is lacking polish, and several cheap segments later in the game can lead to unnecessary frustration.
  7. Mar 9, 2014
    60
    The game does not work as good as we think the dev team planned, but it offers some interesting ideas and does entertain. We recommend trying the demo first, since it might be a choice worth considering.
  8. 60
    Overall this is a decent game with a deep combat system and some replay value if you want to explore the levels fully and find every hidden item. A weak story with a nasty potential glitch keep this game from being as good as it could have been. Fans of classic Castlevania games should especially enjoy this experience.
  9. 55
    Rather than the fast-paced, explorative action platformer with a cool time traveling twist, Aeternoblade turns out as a dull repetitive button mashing without much soul.
  10. Mar 26, 2014
    54
    Another bland metroidvania game with nothing particularly exciting to offer. There are too many great alternatives to give this one a shot.
  11. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    May 6, 2014
    52
    Not worth the exorbitant eShop price. [May 2014, p.88]
  12. Mar 19, 2014
    50
    AeternoBlade gets several points of the videogames textbook right but it doesn't go beyond that, almost as if the skeleton was enough to give a soul to a body. While technically competent, though far from impressive, this game offers very little to those already familiar with both action games and RPGs. Add to that a painstaking navigation through the off-play menus, and here's the formula for an overwhelmingly disappointing and frustrating experience.
  13. Feb 20, 2014
    50
    AeternoBlade isn't a bad game, it's just bland and occasionally frustrating.
  14. Apr 11, 2014
    30
    This is a game with bad production, a weak story, a distant combat system and characters far from charismatic. All this makes for a boring and painful experience.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Feb 26, 2014
    8
    AeternoBlade doesn't break a whole lot of new ground. However, those people looking for a fun new game on their 3DS should give it a try.AeternoBlade doesn't break a whole lot of new ground. However, those people looking for a fun new game on their 3DS should give it a try. The game is a 2D action platform with RPG elements. There's a bunch of fun secrets and stuff to find. Full Review »
  2. Mar 12, 2014
    7
    AeternoBlade is a mixed package, and if it's a gem in the rough, it's a fairly small one. But it does glitter in its own special way.

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    AeternoBlade is a mixed package, and if it's a gem in the rough, it's a fairly small one. But it does glitter in its own special way.

    You might find yourself admiring the gorgeous backgrounds, and there's something that may take you back in time, something you can't quite put your finger on. Maybe it's the ambiance, maybe it's the scenery, maybe it's that it's an action platformer, but you might easily find yourself revisiting your bedroom in the 90's, smelling the smells, feeling the emotions, in small doses.

    But it's not all magic. The controls are awkward, for one thing. If you expect to jump and attack at the same time like in Mega Man or Castlevania, you'll come up short...literally. Your jumping attacks cause you to freeze in midair while you deliver your barrage of sword strokes. This could be a cool concept, but lack of grace in the delivery might make your experience bittersweet.

    I found myself liking Freya, even if her creators delivered her in a watered-down way. There's not a whole lot of character development here...but then again, I suppose it is an ARPG metroidvania. Still, it's incredibly refreshing to see that this story's protagonist is female. It gets an extra point for that, and it prevents the story from being truly an awkward repeat of an old model.

    Try the demo before buying, for sure!
    Full Review »