Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. It's nothing short of an ingenious set-up and, while there's the odd glitch, in general matches are fast-paced and exciting.
  2. Aug 12, 2012
    Be sure to check out Inazuma Eleven and hope that it sells well enough to get the superior sequel also localised.
  3. Sep 25, 2011
    Even if football doesn't appeal, there's still a solid RPG experience to be had. [Nov 2011, p.95]
  4. Aug 26, 2011
    It may not have the size or depth that other more comprehensive RPGs possess (including Level 5's very own Dragon Quest IX) but Inazuma Eleven is a refreshing take on the genre that proves compelling despite its little foibles.
  5. Aug 25, 2011
    A great football game, a great RPG and a wonderful mix. If you like football or RPGs its for you. If you like both, and maybe even anime, then it is a must buy.
  6. Aug 25, 2011
    A lively, imaginative and fun RPG, with a football element charmingly blended in. And while some may wince at the unbearably chipper voice acting, there is considerable depth and human drama hidden behind its boyish enthusiasm.
  7. Aug 25, 2011
    The game's a solid and fun addition to the DS's heaving RPG roster, although it never quite sparks into life like you hope it will and feels a bit young at times.
  8. Sep 7, 2011
    Inazuma Eleven is an intriguing blend of RPG and soccer that works on so many levels, though the occasional scripted match leaves us crying in the stands.
  9. Aug 28, 2011
    A football sim and role-playing game may be one of the oddest genre mix-ups ever attempted but this shoots and scores with surprising accuracy.
  10. Aug 25, 2011
    The story, for all its daftness, is a charming one that pulls you in, and this being Level-5 the characters are superbly drawn and animated.
  11. Sep 2, 2011
    Inazuma Eleven is a charming RPG with a lot going on, but it doesn't offer a great game of football.

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