Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. Big Bang Mini is beautifully presented and innovative in terms of its design and gameplay but the further you progress through the 90 stages, the more the flourishes get in the way.
  2. The shmup is a genre that's struggled to find a place in gaming's mainstream, and we doubt Big Bang Mini on the DS will change that fact. But it's an impressive effort with an interesting control scheme that, for the most part, works well.
  3. games(TM)
    With nine mostly identical levels standing between each boss and each change in style, the game can become rather monotonous when it could so easily have soared, had it changed styles a little more frequently. [Apr 2009, p.118]
  4. Edge Magazine
    The fact that Arkedo has made such a simple gimmick work as well as it does over a longer distance is a testament to the developer’s skills at providing cheerfully mindless variety. [Feb 2009, p.95]
  5. A hugely original and beautifully presented shooter sadly in search of proper difficulty curve.
  6. 58
    Like so many games that try to straddle a balance between mass market and fervent gaming enthusiasts, what Big Bang does well and what it does bad are both incredibly noticeable. Yet, on the whole, it's worth a try. Weird.
  7. If you've got massive amounts of patience and skill you might enjoy this game, but we're talking the kind of patience and skill required to solve Rubik's cubes in the dark and balance marbles on tightropes.

Awards & Rankings

#61 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. KelleyDavis
    Aug 12, 2009
    A shump with a new control scheme that is solid. Shumps are all suppose to be hard, they are suppose to take practice and this game is noA shump with a new control scheme that is solid. Shumps are all suppose to be hard, they are suppose to take practice and this game is no different. If you have never played a shump this will be a challenge while if you have, the first few levels will offer no challenge let you get used to the controls. As you progress though the worlds the game gets tough even for the most experienced players. A simple game play with a 9 gorgeous worlds that all look completely different. Full Review »
  2. EwanM
    Mar 21, 2009
    The immense style of this game alone makes it one of the best games on the DS.
  3. nikosg
    Mar 17, 2009
    Shame Arkedo stopped developing for DS. I love their graphics designer(s). Great game overall.