Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. May 14, 2012
    Max Payne Mobile pays tribute to the original, and if you have never played the original you owe it to yourself to give it a go. It is by no means a perfect game, and you will get annoyed with Max spastically drying to jump, or getting stuck on something. Still it is an important piece of gaming history, and despite the flaws it is highly enjoyable due to a great story, amazing voice acting and relentless action.
  2. 70
    A piece of gaming history that, despite a few blemishes, still deserves a playthrough in this day and age.
  3. Apr 30, 2012
    Sure, the mobile version is a third of the PC price at only $3, but with variable performance issues and clunky controls, you probably won't play more than a third of the game before moving on.
  4. Apr 21, 2012
    The iPad isn't exactly the ideal platform for an action game, but it doesn't get any better than the experience Max Payne offers. It's still a classic, with a gripping story and amazing action. Players might get tangled up in the controls from time to time, but for the ridiculously low price it's offered on the app store, it's a game you shouldn't miss.
  5. Apr 20, 2012
    A good port of the first Max Payne game is spoiled by the only thing - its controls. Even though the control system is adjustable, it is not as impressive as it should be, and it can be annoying from time to time. That's the reason why the gunfights are not entertaining enough as they used to be. However, there is no reason to turn your back on this port because the rest of the game is exactly the same as we've remembered - stylish, rough, funny, and above all of good quality.
  6. Apr 20, 2012
    Max Payne fails miserably at perpetuating its gameplay on a tactile device. It's either largely unplayable, or too easy if the auto-targeting is on.
  7. Apr 18, 2012
    For a game that defined itself by making you feel like a cold-blooded killer thanks to its accurate controls and great bullet time mechanic, Max Payne's iOS port is disappointing. The wealth of control options is impressive, but they don't do enough to combat the inherent clumsiness of the virtual sticks and buttons.
  8. Apr 17, 2012
    A great porting of the original Max Payne. A piece of a story you must download. You have to play it waiting for Max Payne 3.
  9. Apr 17, 2012
    Not every title from the early 2000s has stood the test of time, but Max Payne Mobile's fantastic presentation and storytelling keep it a must-have for action junkies looking for a serious game on iOS. It might not look or control as well as it did over a decade ago, but much like the hundreds of mobsters and bullet wounds you'll encounter over your 10 to 15 hour adventure, it won't stop Max Payne from emerging successful.
  10. Apr 17, 2012
    A good port if you only look at the graphics, but the controls aren't there.
  11. Apr 16, 2012
    The controls make me question the future of such extraordinary titles on iOS devices. Rockstar Games has clearly done everything possible to make them work but there's still that sense that this would all be so much easier with a physical controller.
  12. Apr 16, 2012
    Max Payne Mobile is a perfect port... gone wrong. The game is the same as the original PC version, but the touch controls and the low difficulty make it less enjoyable than what it should have been.
  13. Apr 13, 2012
    While it looks old, and has virtual joysticks, Max Payne is every bit the great game it was 11 years ago. I wish Rockstar had put more love into the port, but for costing me 1/25th of the original game, I'll cut them some budgetary slack.
  14. Apr 13, 2012
    Max Payne Mobile is just the original Max Payne on your iOS system. A faithful adaptation of the original with slightly tricky controls.
  15. Apr 13, 2012
    Good old Max shares his problems with the mobile version of GTA 3: It just doesn't suit the platform.
  16. Apr 13, 2012
    Max Payne Mobile's repetitive gameplay and irksome controls definitely won't impress newcomers. But for gamers who enjoyed the original, this iOS edition is a strong enough port to bring back good memories.
  17. Apr 12, 2012
    Max Payne has one of gaming's grittiest, most noir-ish stories, and it's worth buying for that reason alone. The slow-motion gunplay is a big bonus.
  18. Apr 12, 2012
    Time hasn't dulled Max Payne's wit and explosive action by any appreciable amount - given how stable, fast and easy to play it is on the iPhone, there's no reason not to grab and enjoy (or replay) this classic shooter.
  19. Apr 12, 2012
    Bullet Time is almost useless due to awkward controls.
  20. May 30, 2012
    The controls disappoint but this is a great excuse to revisit an old favourite. [July 2012, p.92]
  21. May 23, 2012
    A perfect way for new gamers to learn the story of Max before they delve deep into Max Payne 3.
  22. May 9, 2012
    Overcomes the perils of aged graphics and gameplay because the more interesting elements help to keep it fresh and unique. It still remains an excellent game and one that is well worth playing through or, if you played it the first time, revisiting.
  23. Apr 25, 2012
    One of the most beloved franchises return on iOS and Android in a very well executed porting.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 15, 2012
    Beautiful PC port of Max Payne! The story is 100% the same as the original PC version! Though the auto-aim and touch screen controls were a bit annoying...
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  2. Jun 2, 2012
    An expertly made port of one of the best shooter games ever. Max looks and plays great on the iPhone 4S, maybe losing to some games in terms of graphics, but totally not in terms of gameplay. The nearest example, 9mm, another Gameloft's piece of **** ripoff, is nothing compared to this game. The controls are highly customisable, and ive had the best shooting experience on the iPhone with Max. (Here's a scheme that worked very well for me: move the shooting button to the left, set the auto-aim to "Soft lock" and turn on the "Tap to shoot" option. Now you can run and gun by tapping the right side of the screen and fire precisely, aiming with your right finger and shooting with the left.) To sum up, Max Payne is one of my favorite games of all time, and this is a great opportunity to get nostalgic and experience the noir story again. And for some people, just to get to know the classics for a reasonable price. Full Review »
  3. May 6, 2012
    Max Payne was great back on the PC and consoles in 2001 and it still is today after being released on iOS. Everything about the original game is here and while I loved the control set-up of the game, I did find the game a bit too easy when you have auto-aim on in combat. But, this does not make the game unplayable and it does make bullet-time more than possible in this game. This game is a great blast from the past and it will prepare you for Max Payne 3 out on 5/15/2012! Full Review »