Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Apr 8, 2013
    Featuring silhouetted foreground aesthetics, brilliant one-touch controls, and plenty of objectives to keep gamers busy, BADLAND is a standout game that we can’t stop playing.
  2. Apr 5, 2013
    Badland’s unique gameplay and atmosphere make it a must-download.
  3. Apr 4, 2013
    BADLAND doesn't simply look pretty, it's an absolute treat to play as well as you guide flocks of disturbing creatures through a labyrinth of hazards in an attempt to uncover the secret behind its strange pseudo-mechanized world.
  4. Apr 4, 2013
    Badland ($3.99, Universal) is such an immersive experience that is not to be missed if you have an iOS device. There are just so many marvelous aspects whether it’s the ornate level design, beautiful graphics, immersive soundtrack, action packed layouts, touch friendly and precise controls, and combination of traps and power-ups. All of it works together in harmony to make Badland an absolute must that is one of the best experiences on iOS.
  5. Apr 10, 2013
    Badland is easily one of the best iOS games of the year so far; an atmospheric, beautiful, cruel little gem that really shines and shows the quality of this talented 2-guy team.
  6. May 9, 2013
    Brilliant proof that it's possible to craft amazing, substantial games around simple tap controls. [June 2013, p.83]
  7. Frogmind’s debut side-scrolling action adventure game is the most beautiful iOS release I’ve played in a long time.
  8. Apr 17, 2013
    Badland is a joy to watch, listen to and play. At times the gameplay may feel as if it's dragging you along with little control, but a split second's tap can also make all the difference between life and death and the journey is certainly worthwhile.
  9. Apr 15, 2013
    A fresh and novel take on the runner genre. Instead of magical reflexes, you need to the rattle the ol' brain box to progress through the ever-darkening day. [Apr 2013]
  10. Apr 12, 2013
    That type of versatility and richness speaks to the strength of the core ideas behind Badland. In a marketplace lousy with them, Badland is a well-considered and well-executed physics-based puzzle-platformer, tetchy controls notwithstanding.
  11. Apr 5, 2013
    Though $3.99 seems like a high asking price for the typical iOS game, BADLAND is more than worth it with a beautiful, challenging single-player and fun multiplayer component, and the added bonus of more levels and a furthering of the mysterious story coming in a later update.
  12. Apr 4, 2013
    Darkly atmospheric, this auto runner of sorts offers plenty of challenges and excitement, all through the use of one-touch controls.
  13. Apr 4, 2013
    Badland turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The game takes you on a special journey through a beautiful world. From the environments and sounds to the deadly obstacles and puzzles, all elements work seamlessly with each other and it feels like one harmonious whole.
  14. May 1, 2013
    Without any of the microtransaction complications that so characterize the mobile scene right now, Badland stands apart as a world that draws you in completely and immerses you in its charms free of distractions.
  15. Apr 9, 2013
    Simple, gorgeous, and brutal, Badland is a real treat for the senses that marvels as it challenges.
  16. Apr 8, 2013
    Badland is a frequently clever and always gorgeous side-scroller for iOS. It has some issues in level pacing, and the physics simulation has that inherent quirk of sometimes acting in unexpected ways, but they are issues quickly forgiven in the moments when Badland truly soars.
  17. May 30, 2013
    It's all pleasingly strange and atmospheric. [July 2013, p.84]
  18. May 6, 2013
    However flawed Badland is, you won’t go wrong if you buy it on sale – it’ll help you to kill some time on a trip.
  19. Apr 8, 2013
    It’s a great shame, because with tighter controls Frogmind’s charismatic debut would be a memorable one, but as it is it lacks the power to draw you back into its world.
  20. Apr 4, 2013
    A gorgeous-looking game, Badland doesn't quite have the moves to make it a classic.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 20, 2014
    The perfect iOS game. Takes on the AppStore most popular genre and shows that it can be remade. Its perfect. Lots of levels, multiplayer, missions, amazing power-ups and NO IAP at all. One of the best games on the AppStore. Full Review »
  2. Jun 12, 2013
    great idea! i love this game because is unique, you must download it right now! perfect for playing in a few minutes when you are in the doctor waiting! Full Review »
  3. Nov 6, 2014
    Good but gets way too difficult up in the advanced levels.. So you tend to get bored trying to pass some levels like for 10 times in a row. The game'd be rated as 9/10 if it wasnt for this problem... Full Review »