Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. 90
    Endlessly charming and unusually engaging, Tomodachi Life is a fantastic diversion.
  2. Jun 6, 2014
    90
    Tomodachi Life reminds me what I love about Nintendo. Another developer might try an experience like this on iOS or Android, but it’s unlikely they would leave it unsullied by in-game purchases. I also doubt that many other studios could nail the effortless humor that makes this so refreshing to play.
  3. Jun 6, 2014
    90
    In all, Tomodachi Life is filled with pure, unbridled joy. It puts a stupid grin on my face and keeps it there through its duration. Some might complain that it is "not a game," but they can go on hating. It does require the player to put in some love, flair, and wit, but what comes out is magic.
  4. 88
    Overall, I think anyone who takes a chance on this unorthodox property will have a positive experience, and hope Nintendo will build upon this franchise.
  5. Jun 19, 2014
    85
    Tomodachi Life is a hilarious experience that could only come from Nintendo.
  6. Jun 6, 2014
    84
    Nintendo gets a lot out of mileage out of this Sims-like concept, but still manages to find ways to make it simple, accessible, and entertaining.
  7. Jun 20, 2014
    83
    This is the sort of game that open-minded players will love if they give it a chance.
  8. Jun 17, 2014
    83
    A unique experience, something that could only come out of Japan. Do whatever you want with the absurdity of Tomodachi Life.
  9. 82
    It’s laid back and it’s a good, clean, silly-fun game that will no doubt appeal more towards a social like audience. As for the hardcore gamers out there, I issue you a challenge: pick up Tomodachi Life, whether you rent, borrow, or play some form of demo, and tell me you haven’t cracked smile.
  10. Stop reading and play: you'll have more fun if you don't know what's coming. [Aug 2014, p.68]
  11. Jul 18, 2014
    80
    Releasing a game as Japanese as Tomodachi Life in the West has been a brave move from Nintendo, and I think courage must be rewarded: this doesn't mean the game is flawless, but will keep all the ones that are looking for something unusual to play on their 3DS busy.
  12. Jul 14, 2014
    80
    Tomodachi Life is by far the weirdest game that I’ve ever engaged in. And much like my Miis, the experience has been completely unique.
  13. Jun 7, 2014
    80
    Tomodachi Life is more toy than game, but it’s an intriguing, colorful, and consistently surprising one.
  14. Jun 6, 2014
    80
    The latest of Nintendo's experiments to create games with appeal beyond the usual clichés of the medium, Tomodachi Life may actually be the most humanistic creation the company has ever put together. While it could (somewhat notoriously) stand to be more inclusive, its focus on the concrete personalities and tangible interactions of tiny digital people make it one of the most addictive and fascinating life sims ever made.
  15. Jun 6, 2014
    80
    Ridiculous, hilarious and full of the unique surrealism that Nintendo does so damn well, it’s hard not to fall in love with Tomodachi Life and the characters you create. The sedate pace and minimal interaction might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this is guaranteed to be a cult hit.
  16. Jun 6, 2014
    80
    Tomodachi Life finds fun in the most mundane of activities, thanks to quirky style that makes hanging out with digital friends surprisingly engrossing.
  17. Jun 6, 2014
    80
    Tomodachi Life is like a strange mix between The Sims and Animal Crossing that can lure you in with its awkward and lethargic fun. Maybe it will not be the better choice for an hardcore gamer, but it’s difficult not to find it funny.
  18. Jun 6, 2014
    80
    Tomodachi Life is the new life simulator game from Nintendo. But that doesn’t mean a boring 9-5 office simulator, it means more mad and crazy Japanese things to do with your Mii kinda game. Which, as far as anyone is concerned, equals awesome.
  19. Jun 5, 2014
    80
    It is difficult to give Tomodachi Life a direct score, but the game does have the unique Nintendo look, feel and charm.
  20. Jun 5, 2014
    80
    Tomodachi Life is perhaps best described as the glorious culmination of the Mii concept that was heralded by the release of the Wii back in 2006, and at long last gives your virtual avatar a life of its own — as well as many humorous and entertaining escapades to enjoy.
  21. Jun 11, 2014
    78
    While life simulators in general give players the opportunity to create a persona and live out that avatar’s life in ways they might not to live their own, this game gives the player the ability to affect dozens of lives without dictating every single moment of any given individual Mii’s existence.
  22. Jun 6, 2014
    75
    Tomodachi Life has its flaws, but its charms are undeniable. Even at its most repetitive, it's enormously likable, because it has a message that few other games really possess: When you don't have control over life, wonderful things can happen on their own.
  23. Jun 8, 2014
    74
    Tomodachi Life isn’t for everyone, but it's still a fun game that can also be enjoyed in short bursts when pressed for time.
  24. Jul 7, 2014
    70
    Despite its relaxing gameplay and great Japanese sense of humor, it can be repetitive at times and even disappointing for those who expect something resembling Animal Crossing.
  25. Jun 28, 2014
    70
    Although less game and more contemplative, Tomodachi Life leads the simulation of real life hand in hand with comedy and surprise.
  26. Tomodachi Life might not have the lasting appeal of a title like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but the game certainly offers up an interesting experience — one that will probably appeal for a longer period of time to a much younger audience.
  27. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    Tomodachi Life is not really a life simulator. If you were expecting a sort of Animal Crossing with Miis, you are going for a huge disappointment. As it is, Tomodachi Life is a fun game to play for a few minutes once in a while: it gets pointless and repetitive fast, but it's always fun to see Miis interact and do weird things.
  28. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    It is definitely not a game for everyone, but we appreciate Nintendo made the effort to bring such a Japan-oriented title to the West. It's weird, fun and can last ages, so if you're looking for something different, this one can be a great choice.
  29. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    Tomodachi Life wore out its welcome for me quicker than any Animal Crossing game ever did, due to its comparative lack of structure and progression, and its brilliant spark of creativity fades much more quickly than you'd like.
  30. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    There are so many hilarious and curiously bizarre moments to be found along the way that even if the journey to fully fledged family life is a short one before the repetition sets in, it's well worth the trip.
  31. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    If you thought Animal Crossing was too sparse on the gameplay front, Tomodachi Life’s superficial interactions may stretch your definition of the word “game.” In spite of the repetition, this island is a pleasant place to visit, even if I’m not ready to take up a permanent residence.
  32. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    Tomodachi Life is not what you can call a Nintendo masterpiece but it's a good alternative to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The Mii's become endearing with time and classic scenes of life come alive in a very smart way. It's always getting funnier and offers some great moments, but we can't ignore the lacking elements that make Tomodachi only a challenger.
  33. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    Tomodachi Life is a trip into a world where your Miis live out a never-ending series of bizarre and amusing adventures. While I’m glad that Nintendo of America decided to take a chance in bringing it our way, those adventures are unfortunately tainted somewhat due to a few gameplay decisions that really should be rectified in a future sequel.
  34. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    As a game, Tomodachi Life seems a little weak. But as an absurd sitcom with the Tomodachi's version of your friends, expect some hilarious moments.
  35. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    A delightfully strange and often surprising piece of work; it’s more plaything than game, perhaps, but the smiles it generates will be broad and frequent.
  36. Jun 5, 2014
    70
    Controversy aside, Tomodachi Life is a pleasingly directionless life-sim-lite that fans of Animal Crossing should investigate further.
  37. Jun 6, 2014
    68
    Quotation forthcoming.
  38. Jun 6, 2014
    66
    Playing Tomodachi Life is no different than life in its purest sense, but it makes one wonder: who’s playing you? Should we care?
  39. Jun 27, 2014
    65
    It could've been perfect as a 3DS integrated experience, but, as a standalone game, it lacks the depth of other simulations.
  40. Jun 29, 2014
    62
    Soap opera fans should get involved, but this is frustratingly narrow for everyone else. [Aug 2014, p.77]
  41. Aug 19, 2014
    60
    There is plenty to philosophize about regarding Tomodachi Life. It’s an alienating product of its own time: we’re dealing with a game where the player is forced, passive-aggressively, to take the role of voyeur. But as a game, Tomodachi Life is never really fun. Tomodachi Life is no more than a stiff repetition exercise that is intriguing, yet kind of boring.
  42. Jun 16, 2014
    60
    Despite being hilarious the first few hours, Tomodachi Life rapidly becomes tedious. More variation would've been needed for higher grades.
  43. Jun 11, 2014
    60
    Tomodachi Life is a promising concept, and its abstract sense of humor can be very charming. It does, however, get old fast, and you'll find yourself making the characters say lewd things to keep yourself amused.
  44. Jun 8, 2014
    60
    Tomodachi Life does its best to cut through a lot of society's hateful garbage to produce an incredible island paradise of distraction and more often than not succeeds, but not without stumbling all over itself, revealing too many embarrassing inner thoughts.
  45. Jun 6, 2014
    60
    Tomodachi Life is undoubtedly a strange and hilarious game, but there's little to keep you around once the quirky humour starts losing impact.
  46. Jun 6, 2014
    60
    The pervasive sense of quirkiness in Tomodachi Life works, but can’t sustain the entire game. It’s the type of thing that will make you laugh for a few hours and then you'll never want to pick up again, since it isn’t worth the effort of endlessly doing the same tasks. Sometimes weird isn’t enough.
  47. Jun 6, 2014
    60
    A bonkers life-sim with bags of personality and lots of charm, the entertaining Tomodachi Life is let down only by its limitations as a gaming experience.
  48. Jun 5, 2014
    60
    A playground, rather than a game, is what could be used to describe Tomodachi Life. That’s what it’s all about, creating and importing Miis, watch their lives unfold while helping their fulfill their needs. Not the most groundbreaking in terms of socialization games, but it provides some amusing moments. Alas, a god-game this is not and the experience is never immersive or rewarding enough.
  49. Aug 21, 2014
    50
    Tomodachi Life tries to be fun, and it sorta is. The problem is that it only lasts for an hour or three, and then the magic’s gone forever.
  50. Jun 28, 2014
    50
    An engaging game for kids, but no more than that. [Issue#149, p.121]
  51. 50
    An amusing novelty on a good day but a tedious non-game for the rest of the week, Nintendo’s life simulator proves voyeurism is not all it’s cracked up to be.
  52. Jun 5, 2014
    50
    The abundance of surreal moments make for game that's fun to tell others about, but dull to play.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Jun 6, 2014
    10
    Tomodachi Life is a fun game. Overall, I enjoy the feel of it. Its happy, silly and fun! 10/10. Also, don't mind the social justice warriors.Tomodachi Life is a fun game. Overall, I enjoy the feel of it. Its happy, silly and fun! 10/10. Also, don't mind the social justice warriors. They tried too hard to hurt the game. Full Review »
  2. Jun 7, 2014
    8
    Fun game and enjoying watching the everyday interactions of miis. But sad to say you will either love or hate this game. The game is fun,Fun game and enjoying watching the everyday interactions of miis. But sad to say you will either love or hate this game. The game is fun, silly, funny but can also be shallow, weird, and bizarre at times, I cannot really recommend it to everyone. Full Review »
  3. Jun 6, 2014
    10
    This game is probably going to get a lot of hate because of all the social warriors. The fact is, this is a great game. It's very funny andThis game is probably going to get a lot of hate because of all the social warriors. The fact is, this is a great game. It's very funny and random, like an ultimate tamagotchi. It's also uncanny how easily this game puts a smile on your face! Tomodachi Life is both more and less than just a game, and I believe it's worth trying it out to see what could happen to your Mii's. There's not much to hate in this game, unless you expected something completely different. Full Review »