Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Stylish, vintage puzzling let down slightly by some wonky controls. [Jan 2009, p.96]
  2. A solid (if unspectacular) title worthy of some frustratingly fun bus rides. [Nov 2008, p.106]
  3. Fans of the original may not be up for playing through the same game again, even with tacked-on touch controls that end up being fairly problematic. It offers a large amount of challenges that make the game worthwhile.
  4. Mr.Esc has done it again, and this time he's going to rescue as many people as he can in this irrisistible NDS port of the critically aclaimmed puzzle-based Exit. More than 100 levels of puzzles and platforms await to the players who have not experienced this enjoyable work from Taito.
  5. Unfortunately the game doesn't feel as fresh two years later, but that shouldn't keep you from having a great time playing through this disaster-filled puzzle game!
  6. Exit DS is an incredibly frustrating title because at its most basic core it's fun and incredibly well designed. It’s an absolute shame that Mr. Escape’s adventures are marred with imprecise controls and one insidious game design choice.
  7. EXIT DS is a flawed classic in the puzzle game genre but there's definitely enough here to be worth checking out if you haven't played any of the other versions in the three years since the game's original release, you don't mind hair-tearing frustration, and you have the patience to get to grips with a control scheme that should be far more intuitive than it is.
  8. 70
    And to be honest, the DS controls should work, but due to their hideous inaccuracy and twitchy nature, they don't. That's a real shame, as what you'll find beneath the frustration is a gem of a title that will really get your noodle working.
  9. Worth a look if you don’t mind the frustration when you try to get good at it.
  10. It doesn't have a big gimmick to it, and the touch screen controls are pretty worthless, but it's still well worth playing.
  11. 67
    While the controls are frequently irksome, Exit DS is a challenging, rewarding, cleverly designed game for any puzzle fan.
  12. 65
    Exit isn’t the best franchise in the Taito galaxy of stars, but it has its strengths and the Nintendo DS version, even with its flaws, isn’t all that bad of a puzzle game. It does some things right, but other things wrong – just deal with the quirks and you’ll probably have a good time.
  13. Exit DS is one of those games that really would have benefited from the Nintendo DS’ touch screen but, sadly, the awkward controls make for some rather frustrating gameplay.
  14. 65
    Exit is still an enjoyable puzzler, which challenges the grey matter like few puzzle games on the market do. Just be warned: Exit is a title that deserves, nay demands your time if you want to succeed.
  15. Exit still stands out as the unique puzzle-game it was on the PlayStation Portable, but escaping from all kinds of hazards is a lot less appealing with the sketchy and frustrating control system on the Nintendo DS. The amount of fun you’re gonna have with Mr. Escape depends on the height of your own boiling point.
  16. Your characters will not do what you want them to a decent portion of the time.
  17. We find it a bit strange that it took the developer three years to make a DS version of the game. But, with Exit making finally making it's appearance on Nintendo's handheld, they can add another successful puzzle game to their ranks. Exit is mostly a game for the strategic thinker, so be sure that this type of puzzling is your cup of tea. Exit DS has it share of flaws, but with its charming looks it will, eventually, get your attention.
  18. Poor controls plague Mr. Esc's first action puzzler romp on the Nintendo DS.
  19. Exit DS has some likeable aspects, but the tedious control scheme keeps it from greatness.
  20. The same flaws that have always plagued the game still persist, yet Exit is just too charming to be mad at. Its more fiendish levels are brilliant, and the visuals and general uniqueness produce a game that is simply enormously likable.
  21. 60
    Yep, I'm gonna say it, "Lackluster port."
  22. While Exit DS is amusing for a few minutes (and for puzzle fans, it's worth the purchase... from the discount aisle... maybe), it's a puzzle action title that's already been done and it really isn't exciting enough to get worked up about.
  23. In most ways, Exit DS is essentially the same game as the two earlier versions, only with weaker graphics and horrible controls.
  24. I suppose even a professional escapologist can’t find a way around poorly implemented touch screen controls.
  25. 40
    With over 100 levels and Wi-Fi functionality via leaderboards, Exit DS isn't totally without merit.