Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. CD-Action
    Jul 4, 2015
    90
    With backtracking done the way it should be done, properly balanced difficulty level and great level design Axiom Verge is the best love letter to Samus in years. [07/2015, p.70]
  2. Games Master UK
    May 24, 2015
    88
    Retro done right. [June 2015, p.63]
  3. Jun 2, 2015
    85
    Axiom Verge is an excellent tribute to the first 2D Metroid games. With an enormous map, constant supply of new skills, and a breadth of secret locations this game is a must for anyone that searches for the next good metroidvania game.
  4. May 19, 2015
    85
    A nearly top notch homage to one of the best sci-fi 2D action adventures of all time, the classic Metroid saga.
  5. May 13, 2015
    85
    A massive, challenging retro-flavoured shooter that takes the Metroid formula and runs with it. Old school, but with a modern edge.
  6. Jun 10, 2015
    80
    Axiom Verge is an action- and exploration sidescroller that pays homage to the classic 2D Metroid-games. Being a one-man project, the scope and presentation is very impressive. Only a few issues with the pacing and mechanics keep Axiom Verge away from the very top scores.
  7. May 20, 2015
    80
    A homage to retro classics is one thing but having gameplay that’s both challenging and fun makes Axiom Verge special. If you grew up in that era, you’d be a fool to miss out on this and if you’re new to the genre, I can’t think of a better entry.
  8. May 13, 2015
    80
    Axiom Verge is a great game that will scratch the itch for anyone scorned by Nintendo’s failure to give Samus a needed and deserved shot in the arm.
  9. May 17, 2015
    75
    Everything in Axiom Verge works well, but fans of metroidvania games are probably familiar with better examples of the genre. Still, Axiom Verge does not disappoint and delivers an experience worth playing.
  10. Sep 25, 2015
    70
    Honest and robust platformer with an interesting story, which is gracefully bowing to its old-times ancestors. It has the potential to entertain you, but the repulsive appearance does not help it at all.
  11. May 15, 2015
    62
    Compare this to Ori and the very conservative interpretation feels old-fashioned. It shows some cool gadgets, though, while the weaponry and abilities are well connected to the exploration. But nonetheless this is “too” retro for me.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 19, 2015
    10
    This is pure retro gaming ecstasy. Responsive fluid controls, a wide variety of creatures, worlds and music. It's a game for the adults whoThis is pure retro gaming ecstasy. Responsive fluid controls, a wide variety of creatures, worlds and music. It's a game for the adults who grew up playing these games. It has evolved and matured into something new and interesting, but feels nostalgic and comforting. It's like a love letter to the past with some new edginess. Full Review »
  2. Feb 14, 2016
    9
    Phenomenal sound design.
    Really nice visuals.
    Great nod to classic metroidvanias, specifically Super Metroid (almost too good a nod to Super
    Phenomenal sound design.
    Really nice visuals.
    Great nod to classic metroidvanias, specifically Super Metroid (almost too good a nod to Super Metroid)
    Solid, unpredictable environmental obstacles.

    Gets a little overly ambitious with it's controls, as late game environments become a little unwieldy on the fingers. Still, nice that it is also mechanically challenging, not just figuring out where to go and what gun to use.
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  3. Dec 24, 2015
    8
    Not without some reservations, this is a game to lose yourself in.
    Tagged as retro, this shouldn't pigeonhole your expectations of the game.
    Not without some reservations, this is a game to lose yourself in.
    Tagged as retro, this shouldn't pigeonhole your expectations of the game. Like Fez or Hotline Miami before it, this is a love letter to those glorious early days of gaming. Even if you're not old enough that this kind of game doesn't make you dewy eyed with nostalgia, the collection of upgrades and weaponry, storyline and exploration should be more than enough to entice you. A huge map that will occupy your first run through for probably tens of hours, where upgrades you unearth make earlier barriers accessible. Metroidvania at its purest.
    Some little niggles: Its easy to toggle through weapons by mistake when using climbing controls, and for me there were times when being unclear where to go tipped the balance from "exploration" to frustration.
    That being said, you will get a ton of enjoyment from this little gem.
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