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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. While some unique gimmicks and solid gameplay have made other god games fun to play, these elements are curiously absent from Heaven & Hell, leaving it a short, and otherwise dull, experience.
  2. 43
    One of those games that tried to step in the follow in the footsteps of innovative god games like "Black & White" or the classic "Populous," but is woefully cursed with poorly executed gameplay.
  3. A bland experience with nothing innovative to free your mind from concentrating on the annoying aspects of the gameplay.
  4. 40
    There are some good ideas in Heaven & Hell, but they rarely end up making for a fun game. Completing a mission feels more like work. Add a number of interface issues and plain old bugs, and you've got a pretty solid disappointment.
  5. Even the combat is boring, since it's entirely automated and gives you no control whatsoever over your troops. [Dec 2003, p.132]
  6. It's a cynical and soulless exercise that deliberately eschews any aspect of modern game design that might make it accessible - like complexity, stylish art direction, and mechanical variety. [Feb 2004, p.78]
  7. Witless, repetitive, and utterly devoid of interesting strategy elements. [Dec 2003, p.142]

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