Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 86
    A better fusion of casual and hardcore gameplay styles would be difficult to come by, particularly one with such boundless source material. The game is yours to manipulate as it readily acquiesces to your mood, making it a worth playing on nearly any occasion, for any reason, for any person.
  2. Audiosurf's addictive gameplay is a fun new way to experience your music collection.
  3. The arcade style of gameplay in which the difficulty increases to make new levels more challenging is going to bore the novelty seekers, but hardcores will appreciate the virtually unlimited replay value, the two-player mode, and the online leaderboard.
  4. The game is simple, it is good, it includes the Orange Box soundtrack, and it's a 10-dollar title that will outlast many 50-dollar games. No more words are necessary; only action is needed.
  5. 80
    If you're really into your music collection and want to do something with it besides listen to it, you'll love AudioSurf.
  6. 95
    I can see anyone coming back to this again and again over the next few years, and that's more than enough to justify the peanuts they're asking for Audiosurf.
  7. games(TM)
    A game that almost anyone with a love of music will enjoy. [Apr 2008, p.122]
  8. PC Gamer
    Audiosurf is about experiencing music with more than your ears. [June 2008, p.75]
  9. AceGamez
    Audiosurf revels in its simplicity.
  10. Pelit (Finland)
    A very relaxing music game where you pilot a futuristic vehicle and race different tracks. You can add your own music into the game and the songs will be transformed into new racing tracks, so you will always have plenty of different types of tracks. The game mechanics and graphics are pretty simple, which is a bit disappointing. [May 2008]
  11. Of all the games in this feature, Audiosurf is the one most reassuringly rich in innovation and potential, and proves beyond question that plastic instruments and pricey downloadable content are not the be-all and end-all of the rhythm action genre.
  12. AudioSurf is very good value for money. It’s fun, fresh, and addicting.
  13. Obviously a work of passion, Audiosurf is a game that must not be missed by anyone, especially with an above average interest in music.
  14. While the game at its heart may be simple, and the presentation equally so, AudioSurf’s near perfect melding of music and gameplay guarantees your fiver will be well spent. That’s right – a fiver.
  15. A blissful union of game and music.
  16. PC Format
    The connection with the song and tapping into your musical taste is enthralling, but the project ins't quite all it could be... yet. [May 2008, p.110]
  17. PC PowerPlay
    The exhilarating rush of climbing a hill as a song builds up, and crashing down a slope as the music explodes through the speakers is incredible. At first it may seem like a fancy visualiser, but after mastering the more difficult modes it becomes insanely addictive. [May 2008, p.65]
  18. Audiosurf takes the other approach: It breaks down your mp3s and lets you play a game on top of them, in the form of a spaceship that has to race on a winding track while stars explode at the sound of a hi-hat.
  19. The game is simple, addictive, and fun, and the way the track moves and shakes to the beat of the music will keep your attention much better than most casual games.
  20. As any addicting game goes, you can lose hours in its flashy presentation or just play a few songs before going to bed at night. Either way you will get your moneys worth.
  21. PC Zone UK
    A technological feat mingled with a fun, yet shallow game. [May 2008, p.76]
  22. Frankly, if your pocket allows it, skip the demo version and just buy the game directly - I guarantee you won't regret it.
  23. 90
    The basic fusion of the core puzzle gameplay and the dynamic spin that the music applies to this is delightfully successful in itself, but is stretched even further by a drive for perfection.
  24. Audiosurf is an experience unlike any other, and at very least deserves kudos for that. The best part is the game is only $10, and that's a great value for what you get.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 716 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 716
  1. SilasCalzas
    Nov 6, 2008
    i dont really understand why everyone rates this game skyhigh. i couldnt help but getting the impression, i'm watching at a screensaveri dont really understand why everyone rates this game skyhigh. i couldnt help but getting the impression, i'm watching at a screensaver from itunes or winamp. for the game itself the music is barely necessary. it is like you're playing tetris with your mp3-library as backround music. if you want to play a music-puzzlegame i recommend amplitude or or even frequency, but this game is definitely not worth the money or the time spend on playing it. Full Review »
  2. KeithB.
    Mar 4, 2008
    This game is by far the best way to enjoy your music, it's fun, addictive and fast.
  3. PolarniM.
    Mar 6, 2008
    This game actually has no real point. you drive and along with the music you choose... synchronization with it is there, but it's not This game actually has no real point. you drive and along with the music you choose... synchronization with it is there, but it's not absolute to be worthy enough since there is no goal to this. it's so generic and meaningless sometimes... that I can't give it more than 3/10. Full Review »