Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Nov 25, 2012
    88
    This is tower defence at its most pure. [Christmas 2012, p.98]
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    With great level design and some unique twists, Blade Guardian is an absolute must-play for fans of tower defense. It's not a flawless game by any stretch, but with so many competitors on the market, Blade Guardian does more than enough to set itself apart from the crowd.
  3. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    Heck, if Mistwalker simply adjusted the amount of resources given for taking down enemies (giant boss-like bugs grant 2. Yes, 2) it could make a huge difference. As-is, though, it pales in comparison to other examples within the genre. Even with the inclusion of Blades.
  4. Oct 9, 2012
    60
    It might have interesting ideas, but Blade Guardian buries them under an uninspiring style and repetitive levels.
  5. Oct 9, 2012
    50
    There might be a good game buried somewhere in here, but there are enough poorly designed elements to keep players from wanting to find it.
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    40
    Blade Guardian does one thing out of the ordinary, and it doesn't work well. There are a sea of tower defense titles out there, and Blade Guardian seems content to blend in.
  7. Oct 9, 2012
    40
    Without the guardian units, Blade Guardian would be a fairly generic entry in the tower defense genre. With their inclusion, the game becomes more interesting, but they are arguably more trouble than they are worth, making Blade Guardian difficult to recommend except to the most stalwart strategy fan.

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