• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: May 11, 2010

Generally favorable reviews - based on 66 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. 90
    There's much to like about 3D Dot Game Heroes, and though it may seem cheap to appreciate a game where so much has been borrowed from games of the past, it's hard to deny that Heroes executes on these stolen ideas commendably.
  2. Definitely a love letter to old-school gaming fans.
  3. 3D Dot Game Heroes is challenging, but it's nowhere near as difficult as Demon's Souls - but it really doesn't need to be. The overall experience is relaxed and humorous, and the retro concept stays amusing for the whole ride.
  4. 87
    On the one hand it brings nothing new to the table and has some irritating faults. On the other, it's a joyful experience and will warm the cockles of anyone who plays. [Issue#192, p.88]
  5. 3D Dot Game Heroes is a fantastic game that can scratch the Zelda itch for PS3 owners looking for some retro sexy action. Though we could see the main story being beaten in about 12 to 15 hours if you declined to explore the world, we explored enough that it took us 25 hours to beat the game and complete a number of side quests.
  6. It's a fun and gorgeous jaunt through a half-remembered childhood. If this doesn't bring a smile to your face then you must be dead inside.
  7. 90
    3D Dot stands proud for offering both a charmingly familiar and sublimely unique experience.
  8. 3D Dot Game Heroes is a must-have addition to any RPG-lover's video game library.
  9. The foundation for all this goofiness is a remarkably well-designed, engrossing quest.
  10. It's faithful to its source material, sometimes to a fault, but it also adds enough depth and playablity to make it a worthwhile title in its own right.
  11. The game doesn't blow you away with its story or characters, but instead with its charm that shines through with every "dot".
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 5, 2010
    Excellent game that brings back memories from the past, zelda, final fantasy, those low bit games we liked so much. 10/10 flawless epic looking forward to some more blast from the past like this one Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2012
    This game is a true throw back to old school gaming. If you ever wan't to see a game like the original Zelda, this is as close as you'll probably get. The graphics look beautiful, it looks like someone took a bunch of cubes and stuck them together. This game is also really fun. Full Review »
  3. Sep 20, 2010
    Only buy/rent this one if you're looking to play a Zelda-Clone. This game does nothing to further or detract from the Zelda design, except make a few alterations. The other reviewers of this site and the critics really said it best, "retro adventure game built for HD." That's really all it is. With that said, if you fully enjoy this genre and can see yourself playing it all the way through, then it is definitely worth renting (first), and buying (if you want 100% completion). Full Review »