Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 11 out of 16
  1. Zathura isn't a particularly bad title; it just lacks anything that puts it above most other recent releases.
  2. Regardless of the fact that it is a kids game, Zathura really doesn’t do anything more than create bad frame rate issues and a straining time on anyone.
  3. Ultimately Zathura is a full priced game with the least amount of play value I've seen in recent memory. An average gamer would get through this adventure in a few short hours which means for goodness sakes, rent this one if you're itching to play the movie.
  4. It actually plunges past mediocrity into outright craptitude.
  5. This is a short, tired, and ineffectual piece of work that is best left forgotten.
  6. An utter disgrace. It’s tedious, blatantly made on a zero budget with zero effort, and consequently is about as much fun as spending a day transcribing random pages from the phone book.
  7. A brief and generic action game that does nothing to distinguish itself from the glut of similar--and cheaper--games on the market.
  8. I can’t really say I enjoyed anything about this game. It is completely normal for a franchise title, anything based on a film or TV property, and although I wish it weren’t true, I can’t recommend this game to anyone.
  9. It is rushed, cheap looking, repetitive and gets old fast, and for the price it’s not worth it.
  10. 34
    The laughable A.I., boring level design, pedestrian graphics, and tattered story make this a game that should be avoided by young and old alike.
  11. Unfortunately Zathura plays like it was won in a car boot sale. Avoid.
  12. Those in search of family-friendly thrills should pick up the last "Sly" game instead. [Mar 2006, p.85]
  13. Blocky, awkward and creatively broken, Zathura is another lazy, cut-price movie tie-in that just isn't worth getting involved in. [Apr 2006, p.73]
  14. To me, I wouldn’t even leave this game in the basement, as you never know who may find it.
  15. 55
    I don’t care how much you loved the film, do not buy this game. If your children absolutely loved the movie, then give Zathura a rental at most for them to get their thrills.
  16. Kids have done this all before over and over again in more distinct and sleeker settings. Besides the cool runaway Robot sequences there's nothing that's challenging, innovative or eye-catching about Zathura.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 28, 2011
    I didn't like the game very much but there was some cool stuff in it! The Creature animations were pretty good. Two of the boss fights were interesting as well. Full Review »