Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Sep 12, 2012
    100
    It's a game that naturally intersects action platforming with lateral thinking, never splurging on one over the other. Fractured Soul's dual-dimension gameplay, combined with its speed run-focused online leaderboards and forgiving checkpoint system, showcase it as one of the finest 3DS games among both retail and online titles.
  2. Jan 21, 2013
    90
    Fractured Soul is a cleverly constructed game that really makes the most of it's humble format. The challenges can be excruciatingly difficult, but overcoming them leaves you with a genuine sense of accomplishment.
  3. Oct 12, 2012
    90
    If you can look past the generic space-robot visuals and lackluster combat, Fractured Soul is a fantastic idea for the multi-screened device. The dimensional swapping is a cool way to bring life to some old platforming concepts, and the controls and gameplay are so polished you can feel the dedication the team had to making the game challenging, yet still playable.
  4. Sep 12, 2012
    90
    All in all, Fractured Soul is a really well-crafted and polished game that manages to do justice to both side-scrolling action platforming and shooting. Anyone who loves the Mega Man series will love it, and I'm sure shooter fans will as well.
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    85
    Fractured Soul is perhaps on par with several other plataformers on eShop, but stands out from the crowd by including online leaderboards.
  6. 85
    Fractured Soul is a superb and fairly extensive collection of clever, interesting, and devious platforming ideas; most of it is good, much of it is fantastic.
  7. Sep 11, 2012
    85
    A clever, fun, and challenging Nintendo 3DS game well worth your time.
  8. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    Fractured Soul constantly makes you switch between both screens of the 3DS to finish levels. Difficulty gets high quite fast, but having a lot of checkpoints and an infinite amount of lives limits frustration. It might not look great and enemies might just as well have been left out of the game entirely, but in its core Fractured Soul really works.
  9. Oct 12, 2012
    80
    The concept may no longer be original, but Fractured Soul still boasts some great gameplay.
  10. Sep 13, 2012
    80
    Fractured Soul might have taken a while to see a release, but it lives up to the hype by taking a smooth platforming experience and weaving a dual screen play mechanic into the mix that greatly increases the playability and charm of the game. The price is a bit high by eShop standards, but for a gaming experience as rich and polished as this, it's not the deal breaker you might imagine. Those who aren't sold on the genre may wish to look elsewhere, but fans of intelligent action platformers will consider this money well spent.
  11. Among the toughest games on the console and none the worse for it. Want to hear what your own screams sound like? You won't find better on the 3DS.
  12. Jan 11, 2013
    77
    A nice surprise that Mega Man fans will like. A great arcade presentation that will keep us entertained for a long while.
  13. Feb 11, 2013
    75
    A new incarnation for an old - but smart - idea built around the two screens setup of Nintendo 3DS. It asks a bit too much in terms of unforgiving mechanics, especially considering that the two screens gameplay is pretty demanding by itself, but if you like a challenge.
  14. May 13, 2013
    74
    Fractured Soul is a quite clever 2D platformer, but there are too many instant death moments with no nearby checkpoints. [May 2013]
  15. 74
    Fractured Soul offers a lot of replay value, and with over 30 levels to navigate, online leaderboards, and unlockable challenges, there are many hours of entertaining, challenging, and addictive gameplay that the hardcore platforming fan should not miss out on.
  16. Jan 15, 2013
    72
    The relentless difficulty level hides some potential for frustration. But nonetheless the handling is surprisingly simple, the level design is interesting.
  17. Sep 24, 2012
    72
    A solid entry to the 3DS' eShop, Fractured Soul offers plenty of challenging action platforming gameplay for a fair price.
  18. Feb 8, 2013
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  19. Jan 14, 2013
    70
    If only Endgame Studios opted for a level of difficulty a bit less prohibitive, Fractured Soul could find a much wider audience.
  20. Sep 12, 2012
    70
    If you can grit your teeth and take its serious difficulty on the chin, Fractured Soul is a marvellous puzzle-platformer well worth the download.
  21. Mar 24, 2013
    68
    Its turnaround of ideas eventually won us round. [Apr 2013, p.83]
  22. Jan 25, 2013
    68
    It's a frustrating game, with a structure that definitely lacks balance: however, Fractured Soul is indeed going to appeal to those hardcore gamers looking for a true challenge.
  23. Jan 28, 2013
    60
    Fractured Soul is fresh and clever, but it will probably appeal most to masochists.
  24. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    An original and promising experience, spoiled by a frustrating dual-screen gameplay mechanic and an irritating difficulty level.
  25. Sep 21, 2012
    60
    So while Fractured Soul has some good ideas and at times is a pleasant return to the tough standards of old-school gaming, it takes it to an excess that eventually breaks the game and undoes the good will of its nostalgic positives.
  26. Oct 3, 2012
    50
    This one may only appeal to the more hardcore players.
  27. Jan 14, 2013
    40
    There are some great ideas here, with clever use of the dual screens, but the game in which they find themselves is far less entertaining than it should be.
  28. Oct 10, 2012
    40
    Fractured Soul is not a bad game by any means, but its keen concept is played out again and again with a taskmaster's sternness, and little else.
  29. Sep 24, 2012
    40
    With generic platforming and a generally unpolished feel, the novelty wears off quickly, and Fractured Soul is best left out in space.
  30. Sep 20, 2012
    40
    Maybe there's a great game beyond level 8. Maybe it turns into peaches and honey. Maybe a magical unicorn bursts from the screen. Who knows? After playing a single level beyond any possibility of ever getting any enjoyment from it again, I turned the game off and walked away. Gameplay masochism only stays enjoyable so long before a feeling best described as "screw this!" sets in, and Fractured Soul blew past that point and never looked back.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 18, 2014
    8
    If you like challenges and are a masochist, this game is for you. Very well designed, but I haven't put a lot of time into it due to the factIf you like challenges and are a masochist, this game is for you. Very well designed, but I haven't put a lot of time into it due to the fact that its insanely difficult. Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2012
    9
    This game is one tough game to beat. So don't buy this game if you get frustrated when you lose. This game is for pros. One thing why thisThis game is one tough game to beat. So don't buy this game if you get frustrated when you lose. This game is for pros. One thing why this game is for pros is because you have to look up and down most of the time. Then there are also lots of enemies and hard places to pass. If you played the older version of fractured soul you can see that the 3ds version is redesigned and looks better. This new version has some new features through. One new feature is the leaderboards. This is to show how fast they can beat this selected level. Also, if you want some more challenge, try the bonus levels. You can get them by getting lots of stars. Getting a 5 star is really tough. It's even more harder than playing the game without it! There are only 3 bosses in this game. If you want a challenge then this is a game you should play. Full Review »