Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
Buy On
  1. The amount of strategy required to play this game is impressive, if not intimidating. It will take some time to understand the mechanics of the game, but once you do, you’ll likely find the gameplay strangely addictive.
  2. The game at the core of Capsule Monster Coliseum actually borders on engaging, and as such comes incredibly close to being worth playing for those who aren’t fans of the series. But close, as they say, only counts for horseshoes and hand grenades: not PS2 games.
  3. PSM Magazine
    At least mildly accessible and appealing even for entry-level fans. [Jan 2005, p.72]
  4. 65
    The marriage of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe with strategy-based combat is an addictive one, making this game one that even the curious fan should check out.
  5. As a turn based battle game however, it’s not very good. You are given a small amount of creatures, a single strategy that will win almost every time, and lackadaisical enemy AI.
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    For the rest of us [non-Yu-Gi-Oh! fans], it's a passable strategy RPG. [Jan 2005, p.107]
  7. Game Informer
    There is some decent music and graphics that don't make me want to die. I guess that's the highest recommendation I can offer on this one. [Jan 2005, p.125]
  8. 59
    Just because this is an original concept, doesn’t mean that it is any fun. In fact, I prefer the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game to this monster chess game.
  9. 40
    Somewhere there is an audience for the kind of soul-crushing ennui that Capsule Monster Coliseum drapes around you like a ravenous anaconda…made of ennui.

Awards & Rankings

#94 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#30 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. ShawnU.
    Dec 29, 2006
    Awesome game. Love the music in this game. Graphics were superb. It was very fun to play.
  2. Omega
    Feb 24, 2005
    Nice game.
  3. King
    Feb 15, 2005
    This game is great i bet its the best yu-gi-oh game ever made.