• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Jun 24, 2003
Metascore
44

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. The virtual Slayer actually looks, moves, and grunts like the real Ms. Summers. Coolest feature: the ability to kill vamps by demolishing rooftops to let the sun shine in. [18 July 2003, p.83]
  2. I played for half an hour on my GBA SP and started getting pains in my wrists. It would have been a much sounder decision to have only one attack button and use A to jump.
  3. Has its shining moments of fun, but these precious moments are overshadowed by a far greater evil--terrible level design and slow-as-molasses controls.
  4. The graphics and music are pretty nice, and the license is put to excellent use with digitized cutscenes and top-notch dialogue, but it could have been a lot more. [Sept 2003, p.81]
  5. What little gameplay there is on this cartridge is mindless and not very fun.
  6. Her actions are stiff and the play control is often slow to respond, making tense situations frustrating. [Sept 2003, p.137]
  7. Without the hair, this would be no more than a mediocre platform game.
  8. 45
    There isn't a single original or inspired moment in any of the game's 16 levels...The level design is so pathetic that the game first recycles a background tile set from Level 1 in Level 3!
  9. In a game, you need a control scheme that makes sense and works. Buffy's doesn't. At all... Try as I might, there's nothing that I can compliment or even remotely endorse in this game. [Sept 2003, p.126]
  10. Teenhood merely as drab and awkward survival.
  11. 40
    The collision detection in the combat engine is a bit wonky since some punches connect but others don't...and it's not exactly fun to miss stabbing someone in the chest by only a pixel or two when they're down on the ground.
  12. 40
    With its anemic presentation, difficult jumps, and random and completely obscure puzzles, it's tough to enjoy everything else Buffy has to offer.
  13. Un-challenging, un-fun, easy to beat and way too short. It’s such a boring game that the only saving grace is that it’s mercifully short.
  14. A generic and frustrating side scroller that could have been much better had it spent a few more weeks in development. Likewise, more work should have gone into tying the game into the television show.
  15. Add in the poorly executed control scheme, muddy graphics, tinny sound and less than five hours of gameplay, and you're looking at a game that simply doesn't justify the price of admission. [Fall 2003, p.43]
  16. I can't think of a single positive thing to say about Buffy. It's boring, unoriginal, ugly, takes only an hour or so to finish, and falls far short of the mark. Even if you're a hardcore Buffy fan, I wouldn't recommend this sorry excuse for a game to you.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. RurikJ.
    May 6, 2004
    10
    Hey its really fun to be the slayer and kick ass, killing demons, vampires and following some cool unique story ! I loved this game ! Its one Hey its really fun to be the slayer and kick ass, killing demons, vampires and following some cool unique story ! I loved this game ! Its one of my favorates ! And with some pics from the characters it makes even better ! I say its an A+ ! 1000000 all the way ! Full Review »
  2. GilbertMulroneycakesInConversation
    Jul 17, 2003
    3
    Watch the show instead. This is almost, but not quite, entirely not worthy of association. It feels like a Streets-Of-Rage-but-platformy rip Watch the show instead. This is almost, but not quite, entirely not worthy of association. It feels like a Streets-Of-Rage-but-platformy rip off from about 7 or so years ago. Buffy fans: take the identity of the game's Big Bad as a warning. It's not Angelus, the Mayor, Glory, or even Warren. It's Adam. Skip it. Full Review »