Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 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.
  2. Big Bang Mini is an innovative game thanks to its good control. The experience is simple, crazy and original that brings to us the memories about the classic games in the arcade machines. A beautiful visuals, innovative control scheme, amazing fireworks theme and the touch screen shooting works very well. Definitely Big Bang Mini is one of the best funny shooters.
  3. A somewhat eclectic game, Big Bang Mini offers all the spectacle of fireworks with plenty of visual attraction paired with an old-school-tough level of challenge and classic arcade-style gameplay.
  4. Couple the pyro-firing controls with diversified addictive gameplay and some truly engaging art direction, oh, and a $20 price tag, and you’ve got a DS experience that's more fun than lighting illegal fireworks on the Fourth.
  5. Big Bang Mini is a $20 title that will rival many of the top releases on the system in 2009.
  6. 90
    Big Bang Mini takes the shooter formula, shakes it around and serves up a definitely triple-A piece of gaming goodness that will test gamers to the maximum.
  7. It is one of the most perfect examples of bite-sized gaming, giving you a pleasant feeling of accomplishment even if you were just looking to kill time for 5 minutes.
  8. Shmup veterans will recognize tributes to classic favorites at every turn.
  9. 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]
  10. 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.
  11. The simple mechanics work well, providing an ingratiating twist on the top-down shooter. [Feb 2009, p.87]
  12. It's great to play a shooter that contains more than just planes, tanks, and machine guns. The fireworks theme gives the game an excuse to take you around the world, celebrating local cultures with glittery explosions, while still granting you the rare opportunity to blast a hole in a flying squid.
  13. 80
    Talk about full-featured-Big Bang Mini is a $19.99 package that is hard to pass up.
  14. Big Bang Mini is a game that will come as a pleasant surprise for anybody that gives it a shot.
  15. Big Bang Mini is a tremendous success. It isn’t an incredibly deep game, but the mechanics work on a number of levels, and set a bar for what gamers should grow to expect from budget titles.
  16. Pretty as a picture with crazy themed levels and enemies. [Feb 2009, p.87]
  17. 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]
  18. Beautiful visuals, great music, exciting gameplay, and an innovative control scheme make Big Bang Mini one of the best DS games out there.
  19. Big Bang Mini is a distinctive game that simply wouldn’t work on any system but the DS—but there it works brilliantly. With so much content, challenge, and visual insanity packed into a $20 title, this game deserves a spot in any DS owner’s library.
  20. With amazing graphics and a control scheme you've never seen before, this $20 DS game is a no brainer!
  21. The great graphics and sound will grab your attention, and the diversity of the worlds and the ability to pick up and play will keep it.
  22. Big Bang Mini is an extraordinary shooter for the Nintendo DS. Easy to learn and hard to master – a title worth playing!
  23. 87
    The touch screen shooting and dodging controls feel great, and over 90 levels the game always has a new trick up its sleeve. On top of that, there are fun multiplayer modes and a no-fail "relax" mode where you can just enjoy the fireworks display.
  24. 80
    Big Bang Mini comes together nicely with a great combination of simple yet addicting gameplay, innovative design, catchy music, great production value and unbelievable price point.
  25. A hugely original and beautifully presented shooter sadly in search of proper difficulty curve.
  26. 80
    For $20, you get your monies worth from Big Bang Mini. Multiplayer actually serves a purpose here (rather than being a tacked-on gimmick), and the single-player modes will keep you busy for hours. The best part? You won't lose any fingers.
  27. For the wealth of quality that has been put into this title plus the enjoyment to be had from it this really is something that deserves to be in every shoot 'em up fans DS collection.
  28. This little gem was made by three blokes in a Parisian attic. Basically a shoot-'em-up, but one stuffed with loads of great ideas and lots of content. Tres bon. [Mar 2009, p.67]
  29. Nevertheless, Big Bang Mini offers plenty of satisfying action at a bargain price. [Jan 2009, p.91]
  30. 80
    Big Bang Mini is among the best shooters on the DS.
  31. Original, polished and heaps of fun, this is one of the finest shooters available on the DS.
  32. 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.
  33. Big Bang Mini is a funny shooter, and it easily provides more quality than most of its competitors on NDS. A try before buying could be the right choice: to do this, just download the Demo available on the Wii.
  34. Big Bang Mini retails for $20, and it’s truly a lot of “bang” for your buck. There’s a ton of fun and a ton of style crammed into this card, and ultimately, the game lives up to its name – it’s a big bang of enjoyment on your tiny DS screens.
  35. Big Bang Min is a pretty similar game to Nervous Brickdown: a simple game, without much aspiration in the technical part, but extraordinarily addictive, at least during the first hours of gameplay. The problem is that it can become too repetitive, and in a few hours can come to bore the player.
  36. 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.
  37. Big Bang Mini is a great addition to the DS. With over 90 levels, great visuals and some excellent gameplay, this title will keep you hooked for a long time, and at the end of the day what more can you ask for than that?
  38. This is a title that's definitely worth checking out for DS owners, and while it's a relatively smaller game that hasn't received much media attention, I hope players will still give this a shot.
  39. "Big Bang Mini" really came out of nowhere and totally surprised me. What appears to be a innovative take on the vertical shooter genre then explodes into a content-rich title that is constantly changing and expanding.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KelleyDavis
    Aug 12, 2009
    10
    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 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
    10
    The immense style of this game alone makes it one of the best games on the DS.
  3. nikosg
    Mar 17, 2009
    9
    Shame Arkedo stopped developing for DS. I love their graphics designer(s). Great game overall.