Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Feb 8, 2011
    80
    Mastering each stage, finding all of the collectibles, and earning various Trophies should prove to be a very satisfying experience.
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    70
    An eclectic mix of platforming and combat mechanics help compensate for Explodemon's mundane inclinations.
  3. Feb 10, 2011
    55
    Explodemon isn't a broken game by any accounts, but the presentation, controls, and level design are wholly unoriginal and unsatisfying if you enjoy action platformer. Those that dig deep enough may find some fun buried beneath the repetition, but it won't last long. If you're looking for a downloadable distraction on your PS3, there are many more fulfilling options than Explodemon.
  4. Feb 18, 2011
    50
    Still, it isn't all bad. Explodemon has a lot of heart and some interesting ideas at play, but even in its short shelf life it wears a little thin. There are leaderboards and lots of collectibles to uncover, but once you've played the first two levels you've seen it all.
  5. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    As is seemingly the law with platform games, new abilities get bolted on, the challenge becomes more multi-faceted, you go blue in the face, forget to breathe, and pass out in front of your PS3 from platformitis. It's a common condition. Look it up.
  6. Jun 22, 2011
    70
    Explodemon! is a decent action platformer which bases its gameplay on the explosions and does it pretty well. Across three different planets you have to deal with a large number of enemies, but the funniest part is the puzzles you must solve in order to activate switches and doors. Too bad the boss fight are very repetitive and the graphics lack of originality.
  7. Feb 26, 2011
    40
    The irony is that in mining some unforgettable games, Curve has delivered a forgettable hodgepodge. [Mar 2011, p.105]
  8. Feb 14, 2011
    72
    Explodemon can't speak right (intentionally, that is), but explodes in a much more sophisticated manner. Casual and core gamers alike will love the simplicity of the controls, but don't expect too much variety.
  9. Feb 10, 2011
    50
    Its explosive thunder has already been stolen (twice) leaving this unfortunately-timed platformer to arrive late for its own party.
  10. Mar 21, 2011
    70
    It's let down slightly by occasionally frustrating controls and monotonous boss encounters, but the inventive level design keeps you returning for more. [Issue#203, p.99]
  11. Feb 15, 2011
    65
    Explodemon tries its best to bring back fond memories of games that are nearly twenty-five years old, but it's geared towards such a niche audience that most gamers will be hard pressed at finding any long-term enjoyment.
  12. Feb 18, 2011
    75
    Explodemon is great fun for a few hours, providing interesting puzzles to blast your way through and many a secret to uncover. Repetition swiftly sets in, however, and you may well find yourself not bothering to play through to the end. Still, it's worth grabbing the demo to see whether you're into the concept.
  13. Mar 13, 2011
    68
    There's the odd difficulty spike, too. [Apr 2011, p.90]
  14. Feb 21, 2011
    58
    Explodemon feels nice and weighty as you move through the stages, but overall, the game's physics are unwieldy. It's too hard to predict how objects will react to explosions: A missile that seems like it should deflect instead explodes, for instance, or a block ends up on your head instead of on a switch.
  15. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    Ultimately, Explodemon doesn't coalesce into a product that's as refined or as beautiful as the Treasure classics that inspired it. But thought it may be a bit rough around the edges, it's also precisely the kind of game I would've bought used from a Japanese import store -- so, in that sense, it's still something of a gem.
  16. Feb 15, 2011
    80
    The game is an homage to the 16-bit era, and is a reminder of everything I love about gaming. Unfortunately, repetition does sneak in, and the boss battles are a little disappointing, but if you are a fan of the genre you really should check it out.
  17. Feb 10, 2011
    75
    Explodemon! is a must own for old-school platforming fans, but anyone else should do a bit of research for they drop their hard earned cash on it.
  18. Mar 4, 2011
    50
    16-bit retrostylings, humorous writing and the explosion-based platforming entertain for a while, but unless collecting items and looking for secrets is your cup of tea, the game gets repetitive even in the short time it takes to finish.
  19. 70
    Regardless of these minor draw backs, Explodemon! is a fun game, and does a good job of bringing back retro game elements that are rarely seen in new titles any more.
  20. Feb 24, 2011
    80
    Suitably, this notion serves as a separate allegory for Explodemon! as a whole - a very loving homage to its 8-bit heritage that modernizes the now 'retro' design approach for both the right cost and length.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable 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. GT6
    Mar 7, 2011
    9
    Great platformer, and THE most underrated one. Its my favourite PSN game with by far the lowest meta score of the PSN games i have. It reminds me of Pulseman and Drill Dozer but better. You can explore the level for half hour or speedrun it in a minute. And Explodemon is a great character hes crazy; funny and cool. Hes cool when you play , dashing , exploding ,wallsliding(btw the coolest wallslide i ever seen) but when he speaks hes crazy and funny. For me this is the best platformer on ps3. Full Review »