Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. A solid, traditional platformer made extraordinary through immersive narrative, a whimsical setting, and sheer creativity.
  2. Epitomizes everything that I love about gaming. Creativity, ingenuity, artistry, variety, innovation, passion and emotion -- Psychonauts was designed with all of these attributes, and with them it is one of the most satisfying gaming experiences from start to finish you’ll ever have.
  3. A brainy winner, at once mindlessly entertaining and intelligently designed.
  4. Psychonauts is one of those games that truly stands out from the crowd. With its eclectic mix of styles and outstanding design, it’s likely to be remembered in the same kind of way we look back at games like Beyond Good and Evil.
  5. If you wake up in your chair at home, having mysteriously forgotten the last half hour of your memory, but with a fresh copy of Psychonauts in hand, don’t question it. Just play and have fun.
  6. A small issue I had with the game is the replayability; while you can go back and clear out all areas, there is no real payoff for doing so. Even with these minor issues, Psychonauts definitely comes strongly recommended.
  7. Weird, funny, immensely playable, and has that nigh-unclassifiable thing we can only call charm.
  8. The crazy visuals are almost worth the price of admission alone, but the decent gameplay and a great sense of humor also help.
  9. Psychonauts isn’t for genre enthusiasts; Psychonauts is for anyone who’s ever looked at a game.
  10. Hugely inventive, charming and funny. Psychonauts is a surprise hit and this year's star platformer. [Nov 2005, p.128]
  11. Psychonauts isn't merely a game to watch, or a game you don't want to miss. It's THE action/adventure to get.
  12. The freshest game we've played since "Katamari Damacy." [Aug 2005, p.72]
  13. This port's still brilliant, still mind-bending and (certainly) still Psychonauts. [Aug 2005, p.51]
  14. A trip through his cerebral mass would be an interesting journey, just to see where Schafer comes up with his characters and their quirky realms.
  15. 90
    Whatever travails Psychonauts endured throughout its development history, the end result is a gem. It's a brilliant debut for Double Fine, and here's hoping it's just the start of what we can expect to see from them.
  16. Holds up to the challenge of being a platformer on the PS2 by delivering an experience that ranks right up there with the best the system has to offer.
  17. In the history of PS2 platformers, there has never been an example that positively drips character like Psychonauts does. In fact, you'd be hard pushed to find an example in any genre.
  18. This is one of the best platformers around and easily stands up to the best that Sony puts out every year. I’d love to see a sequel.
  19. A wildly imaginative platform adventure. Framerate and visibility issues are a bit of a letdown, though. [Mar 2006]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Dec 3, 2011
    The greatest game ever created. If you don't enjoy this game then you are truly lost in life. Everything about it is spot on and amazing. You can't ask for more. Full Review »
  2. Jan 12, 2013
    I recently got Psychonauts on PSN, and it was worth all 10 dollars. The atmosphere is wonderful, the characters are great, even if the main character looks like Tim Burton directed a Puffs tissue commercial. Heck, they even give the extras distinct personality's. My only problem lies with the beginning of the last level and the annoyance of "Little Oly". Overall, it is a great value and is on my top ten favorite PS2 games Full Review »
  3. NickG
    Aug 23, 2009
    You can play and finish this game once, however once you finish it you will have this great warm feeling that you have just played and finished one of the best platform game ever. Levels do get a little repetitive particularly if you try to get all the bonuses, but ever single level has a completely different theme and feel. This is not a generic platform game, this is what platform games were meant to be like. A gold standard. Full Review »