Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    Sadly, once the conceptual veneer peels away, you'll be left only with hollow rattle of an empty aerosol can.
  2. Oct 16, 2011
    It's a fairly short game, with only 16 levels, but there are several hidden areas and bonuses that make going back worthwhile.
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    As a ten dollar DLG, I can say that there's enough about Sideway that's unique and ably designed for it to do well, despite the Skyrims and Modern Warfares of this season.
  4. Nov 10, 2011
    Sideway: New York may not be an epic platformer, but it is a great deal of fun and certainly worth the $10 price point. While it may not introduce innovative gameplay, the stylish presentation and imaginative artwork makes it one of those games that gamers will pick up just to show friends how cool a game can be.
  5. Oct 19, 2011
    The setting, urban art theme, and gravity-shifting mechanics give Sideway: New York plenty of opportunities to stand out, but it squanders all of them. Instead, Nox navigates bland levels and takes out repetitive bosses with a set of generic powers. With so much potential, it's remarkable that Sideway ended up being so ordinary. Unfortunately, that's the only remarkable thing about it.
  6. Oct 11, 2011
    Sideway: New York is available for download for $9.99 on PSN and is well worth a look. While it's probably going to be derided as an easier version of Super Meat Boy or a less intellectual Braid, the truth is that Sideway: New York carves its own identity and deserves consideration among the best regarded downloadable platformers.
  7. Oct 20, 2011
    Sideway comes across feeling more like one of the me-too Mario clones of the NES era despite its unique, singular look and perspective-shifting style. The platforming is nowhere near as tight or as taxing as in Super Meat Boy and it lacks the dynamism and genre synthesis of Outland. It's not even as compelling or innovative as IOS examples such as Mos Speedrun or League of Evil
  8. Oct 20, 2011
    Sideway: New York is packed with lavish details that make it as fun to look at as it is to play.
  9. Oct 16, 2011
    The game's main failing is its short length, mostly because it's so fun while it lasts.
  10. Nov 3, 2011
    Unlike anything you'll have ever played. For this fact alone, it's worth a look. Even if the platforming itself is floaty, and later levels fail to inspire the same 'wow' reaction that early ones do, this is an interesting addition to the PSN.
  11. Dec 5, 2011
    It's not a horrible game by any means, but it's certainly not a fully realized idea based on what's been shown in this first of three titles.
  12. Nov 16, 2011
    Sideway: New York is a refreshing take on one of the industry's oldest genres. Things can get frustrating (boss fights) and the music (unfortunately) gets really repetitive, but the overall gameplay experience is definitely one worth experiencing. It's just too bad that the cooperative gameplay isn't anywhere near as refined as the single player mode.
  13. Nov 7, 2011
    Sideway: New York could have been something really cool, with some fresh ideas and a cool setting. But the developers didn't tap the potential of the game. The controls are tricky to handle, the co-op mode is a no-go and the story is pretty weird. On the other hand, there are some pretty cool things like the bossfights, the different points of view and the cool spray and grafitti setting.
  14. Oct 11, 2011
    Its unique approach to such a saturated genre should be celebrated, and while it's not the perfect game by any stretch of the imagination, it certainly novel. And not novel in a "this game is unique, but garbage" sort of way. No, friends -- quite the opposite.
  15. Oct 17, 2011
    The cel-shaded graphical style and kid-friendly characters keep the game from delving into morbidity and the message, overall, is one of positivity and joy. Nox and his friends aren't hoodlums, they're just young artists caught up in a dangerous situation. It's just a shame the game's frustrating design makes it so hard for you to help them.
  16. Nov 29, 2011
    With its distinctive and unique approach to gender, Sideway: New York is a nice side-scrolling platformer with a new interesting 3D concept. Even though the combat may not be the best and the checkpoint system makes the longevity of the game not memorable.
  17. Anyone remember Marc Ecko's Getting Up or the ridiculous dance game B-Boy? Sideway: New York shares the same urban lifestyle-roots, and combines it with fairly original platforming action. [Nov 2011, p.98]
  18. 80
    Yes the game is too short, clocking in at around 4 hours to complete, but sometimes it is not about length and instead about the pure fun you have. I found myself sitting there with a friend and just raving over and over about how beautiful and fun this game was, as we were moving from wall, to roof, to bridge, as only a piece of graffiti could do.
  19. Controls are awkwardly mapped and the music is unbearably repetitive, but exploration is rewarded and the mechanic is neat enough to keep you playing. [Christmas 2011, p.104]
  20. Altogether, Sideway's disparate parts add up to a fresh, creative take on a classic journey. [Holiday 2011, p.84]
  21. Oct 13, 2011
    You've never really seen a game like Sideway: New York before, which is the biggest compliment I can bestow for SOE's latest.
  22. Oct 19, 2011
    Sideways: New York separates itself with it gravity tricks and keen aesthetics, but comes charging back to the pack with its mediocre gameplay and slightly repetitive content. There's a lot of nice glitz here but not much substance.
  23. Nov 20, 2011
    Sideway: New York is a charming side-scrolling platformer.
  24. Oct 27, 2011
    I may sound a little harsh on the game, but Sideway: New York is not bad by any stretch. It does have some annoying parts, but the art style and constantly changing perspective is something you don't see every day. For the most part, the game is enjoyable.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 19, 2011
    I first played this game at Gamescon and really appreciated it. Sideway is a new genre of 2D platformer.
    I bought it recently and went
    through the game in about 4 to 6 hours. Worth the 10 bucks I spent on. Full Review »
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    Wrapping a sidescrolling game around the edges of buildings and rooftops is really original and stays fresh for the whole game. The look of the game is really stylish and the music fits well. There's lots of upgrades that make your dude really strong as you progress through the game and the levels challenge you to use what you've learned at a good pace. Every level also has 5 secrets which are often hidden behind much tougher puzzles than you find in the first playthrough. A great exclusive for the PS3 platform. Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2011
    Awesome game! Moving around in the levels is absolutely mesmerizing. I'm about half-way through, but once I finish I'm sure I'm gonna be retracing all the levels to collect everything (yes, I'm a trophy-whore :) ) Full Review »