Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. All in all, Anachronox is a long, rich, elegant, worthwhile, and above all satisfying gaming experience. The characters, story, and quests are really loads of fun. The goals are always clear, and if you get sidetracked you have no one to blame but yourself, and ultimately no harm is done.
  2. The game is reminiscent of a well-written novel that is funny, suspenseful, and, yes, epic in scope.
  3. Anachronox is full of vibrant color and rich detail, and could easily pass for an "Unreal Tournament"-based game.
  4. All of this gaming goodness is presented to you by the cutting-edge "Quake 2" engine – well, it was cutting edge years ago. Now, its age shows drastically.
  5. 84
    Fun, engaging, and very entertaining. Some will be drawn in by the story, some by the humor, and some by the sheer originality of the world that has been created.
  6. A unique and refreshing console style RPG whose superb story and irreverent characters easily overshadow its minor technical limitations.
  7. It tells you a great story, but it never goes beyond that in terms of giving the player more freedom...Don't get me wrong, the game is still very addictive in that classic adventure sense, as it makes you wanna play an extra hour to see what's gonna happen.
  8. 80
    Despite the aged graphics, the game makes you laugh and once you get past the first couple hours you'll find a truly fun RPG. While it isn't the 200+ hour monster that most PC gamers are used to (see "Baldur's Gate II" for that), it will keep you busy for over 60 hours, and for a console-style RPG that is a very good length.
  9. Anachronox is an extremely enjoyable game. Although billed as a console style RPG it has a lot of adventuring and puzzle elements mixed in which might appeal to some adventurers as well as RPG fans.
  10. The slowdowns in the game are semi-frustrating, while the 'adult' nature of the program is overstated. The program is a terrific combination of gaming elements.
  11. The game evokes memories of Blade Runner, the dark-grey/pink palettes lending a film noir ambiance that fits the plot like a black leather glove.
  12. Past the technical issues and bland combat system is a universe that’s worth exploring.
  13. In terms of gameplay, it's a by-the-book entry in an established genre, but its American perspective and a successful sense of humor set it apart from the pack.
  14. Brief moments of brilliance speak of the fantastic game that Anachronox could have been, but it never quite makes it up to anything more than slightly above average.
  15. The writing and design are fresh and clever, but the actual gameplay can drag at times.
  16. GamePower
    62
    Anachronox has a deep and satisfying noir sci-fi back story and genuinely well-wrought characterization. For all that, it is remarkably unengaging to play.
  17. 60
    Ion Storm seems absolutely dead set on making you scream with frustration for the long haul through the opening section of the game.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 73
  2. Negative: 5 out of 73
  1. Dec 4, 2011
    10
    Wow, this game is incredible! I've just played it recently, ten years after it's original release date, and it is one of the best games I'veWow, this game is incredible! I've just played it recently, ten years after it's original release date, and it is one of the best games I've ever played. If you love story driven, epic in scope, RPG's with a variety of fascinating environments to explore, you'll love this game. And the humor, it's truly laugh out loud-able in more than a few occasions. Very well written and creative. Full Review »
  2. May 3, 2013
    10
    A forgotten (by masses) masterpiece

    PRO: - wide variety of interesting, breathing worlds; - awesome camerawork; - great dialogues full
    A forgotten (by masses) masterpiece

    PRO:
    - wide variety of interesting, breathing worlds;
    - awesome camerawork;
    - great dialogues full of humour;
    - memorizable characters and epic plot;
    - tons of details;
    - nice music and excellent voice cast;

    CONTRA:

    - fights are pretty boring until you get MythTechs
    - different bugs & glitches (c)
    - Quake2 Engine with it's limitations

    P.S.
    No one is making games like this nowodays, sadly.
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  3. Feb 17, 2015
    5
    Played just over 10 hours before the game got stale.

    Pros: -Good humor -Setting/immersion Cons: -Combat is tedious -No leveling
    Played just over 10 hours before the game got stale.

    Pros:
    -Good humor
    -Setting/immersion

    Cons:
    -Combat is tedious
    -No leveling skills (game automatically allocates points which kills the role-playing factor and adds to the tediousness of combat)
    -No dialogue trees (only one or two places in the entire game where you can make an actual decision)
    -Story is not as good as most claim, it is silly and not meant to be taken seriously
    -Story is revealed almost entirely through cut scenes, so the game has the grind->cut scene-> grind ->cut scene format, and the parts inbetween cut scenes are mostly "puzzle" solving which is essentially a scavenger hunt.
    -No real side quests
    Full Review »