• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2012
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 62
  2. Negative: 12 out of 62
  1. 80
    Little Deviants has great potential as a franchise with its range of incredibly fresh and entertaining mini-games, though we can't see players spending too much in their company in this first instalment.
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    76
    An entertaining minigame collection, and it never tries to be more than that. It's certainly a lot of fun when you are still experiencing that warm fuzzy feeling after unboxing the brand new Vita, but I'm pretty sure that six months down the road, we'll be remembering the more substantial Vita titles like Uncharted and WipEout 2048 instead.
  3. Feb 27, 2012
    72
    While a couple of the games are downright boring, and a few frustratingly difficult, most do definitely have an interesting X-factor about them; even if they're ultimately hamstrung by a lack of polish.
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    71
    Little Deviants utilizes the full potential of the PS Vita controls and it is also fun to maneuver the squeaky little guys through the levels. Unfortunately, no multiplayer, and it's most definitely just a collection of mini games.
  5. Apr 17, 2012
    70
    A decent minigame collection with no proper multiplayer elements. The characters are quite dull, also. [Apr 2012]
  6. Mar 19, 2012
    70
    The developers did successfully use the innovative controls of the PS Vita but unfortunately sometimes less is more and this is the case with Little Deviants. The games itself are fun initially but unfortunately as you progress, things become to get harder and it becomes quite a frustrating experience. Now if only the game was more Pikman than Little Deviants, we would have probably have a winner on our hands but for the price, it's still a great way to showcase this console but just be warned... it comes at a cost to your gaming sanity!
  7. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    Little Deviants acts as a techincal demonstration of the many gadgets PSVITA has inside, but is a very entertaining game most of the time. It makes the most of all VITA capabilites, but is a bit limited in duration.
  8. Feb 22, 2012
    70
    A "showcase game" that was created in order to advertise PSVita's technology. With a right price tag and some truly funny and enjoyable mini-games it's a safe bet for a day-one purchase.
  9. Feb 16, 2012
    70
    A fun enough way of investigating the PS Vita's new functions.
  10. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    Little Deviants is an easy game to like. It plays well, for the most part, looks nice and demonstrates what the Vita can do. It's just a shame that there's not more to it, and although the scope is there to replay beaten levels, I'm not entirely convinced you'd want to.
  11. Jan 9, 2012
    70
    It's not remarkably stylish or memorable - although it never looks less than charming as it sashays in rich cartoon fashion across the Vita's luxurious high-resolution screen - but it's a splendid ambassador for the console's many functions, and among its better mini-games has the potential to save you from a boring train journey every once in a while when more addictive smartphone games desert you.
  12. Feb 20, 2012
    69
    This party game might provide some addictive fun, using a lot of Vita features along the way. Not every minigame works as well as it should though and when you find out that there aren't that many different minigames in the first place, you'll realize that there are better ways to spend your hard-earned money.
  13. Feb 17, 2012
    69
    This minigame collection serves as a good example for the potential of the various control options the Vita has to offer.
  14. Feb 16, 2012
    69
    It provides a basic distraction. It offers an introduction to control methods that both might be unfamiliar to Vita users and might not even end up being used in future games. It does what it means to and it handles itself competently – you'll just be bored of it within a week.
  15. Sometimes the touch controls work magnificently, like in a game of Wac-A-Mole. At other times, though, they drive you crazy because the creators tried to cram every single feature the Vita has to offer into their collection of minigames. [March 2012, p.52]
  16. Feb 15, 2012
    68
    Solid launch title that gives a workout to Vita's hardware but doesn't do much else. [March 2012, p.71]
  17. Mar 19, 2012
    65
    Little Deviants takes advantage of the PS Vita features to give us 30 minigames, but it lacks depth and addiction.
  18. Mar 22, 2012
    63
    Swims in shallow waters. [Apr 2012, p.108]
  19. Feb 13, 2012
    63
    Feels like it's held back by the need to incorporate the different features of the Vita, ultimately over complicating a package that would have benefited from some simplification.
  20. Apr 2, 2012
    60
    It's hard to tell if this is mostly a game or a tech demo. As a game it doesn't have much to offer, but it showcases the Vitas controls in a great way.
  21. It's just unremarkable. [Apr 2012, p.60]
  22. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    Little Deviants is a moderate showcase of PlayStation Vita's features, however such features are not always well implemented and lead to awkward moments of pure frustration. When minigames are good and well designed Little Deviants is a fun and enjoyable compilation, otherwise it often becomes dull and repetitive.
  23. Feb 20, 2012
    60
    It's a fun game for kids but may not have the same value for the adults and even being an acceptable title on the PlayStation Vita, it's necessary to take into account the age placed on the cover of the game.
  24. 60
    For those of us who have already played a lot of these kinds of mini games, it feels like reheated roast. We already know it'll be great tasting, but we're being asked to eat a different utensil to make it more fun.
  25. Feb 20, 2012
    60
    If you're looking for a game that will show you just about every in and out of the Vita's control experience, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more thorough showing than Little Deviants. Of course, if you're looking for a game that will keep you engaged for the duration and coming back for more, you might want to look elsewhere.
  26. Feb 17, 2012
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  27. Feb 14, 2012
    60
    It's more of a demo (that does a great job of showcasing Vita's features) than a real game and it should come free with the handheld. [March 2012, p.77]
  28. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    The novelty of using the various Vita control schemes is a fun reason to play Little Deviants, but score chasing generates most of the game's lasting appeal. The Deviants themselves add little to the package; their generic brand of wackiness and the insipid looping soundtrack are easy to ignore and mute, respectively.
  29. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    Bottom line, Little Deviants is a good game. If anything it brings to mind numerous iPhone and iPad titles we've seen over the years. Thing is, none of those games cost $29.99 individually, and would probably not cost more than $6.99 in one package. As it stands, this game doesn't have what it takes to compete against Vita's better offerings, but if you give it a chance (and have the money to burn), it does the job.
  30. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    There's no better game to demonstrate the cool new ways to interact with the Vita, but Little Deviants's long-lasting appeal is minimal, relying on too few gameplay ideas over too long a period of time.
  31. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    It's a decent piece of (admittedly overpriced) software. And its pretty, vivid graphics and surprisingly catchy old-school inspired soundtrack certainly please aesthetically. But a strong hook doesn't exist.
  32. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    Little Deviants has become the Wii Play of the PlayStation Vita; quite boring, not challenging and just not that fun to play. The multiplayer however can be great at times. But that's all there's to it.
  33. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    These hardware features may offer gamers a way to show off the capabilities of their new handheld, but Little Deviants isn't supposed to be a tech demo. It's a game, and not a good one.
  34. Mar 29, 2012
    55
    The lack of inspiration and variety of the mini games makes Little Deviants a boring game, not worth the money spent.
  35. 55
    The lack of depth and overall variety and longevity make Little Deviants feel more like a $9.99 PSN title over a retail title.
  36. Feb 21, 2012
    52
    Little Deviants has some ambition and creativity and it's often inarguably amusing. But the generic, bland nature of the goals in each game mode, the lackluster presentation, and the erratic and unreliable control hinder it big time. Worse, there's always a pervading sense that this is less a game and more of an incomplete production with only hardware features as the inspiration.
  37. Apr 12, 2012
    50
    None of it is particularly well done. [May 2012, p.80]
  38. Mar 8, 2012
    50
    A funny mini-games compilation, good for a fistful of hours... nothing more, nothing less. One of the weakest PlayStation Vita launch titles.
  39. Mar 8, 2012
    50
    Don't get me wrong, there is some fun to had with Little Deviants, however the $30-$40 price tag hurts this collection of mini games. If they were on an iOS device, I might pay a dollar for one or two of them.
  40. BigBig has put its shoddiest mini-games first, and mastering these challenges to get to the 'good' stuff is very tedious. Even if you do stick with it, the sense of reward soon give way to growing disappointment, thanks to re-skinned repetition. Not good. [March 2012, p64]
  41. Feb 29, 2012
    50
    Few minigames, most of which repetitious and dull, and a coarse style. A good showcasing of touch based control scheme reactivity, but nothing more.
  42. Feb 29, 2012
    50
    Little Deviants isn't much more than a technical presentation of the Vitas capabilities, and the quality of the minigames is uneven. Some are a real treat, whilst many others seem like a right chore, and there's little motivation to continue playing after the story has been completed.
  43. Feb 28, 2012
    50
    Little more than a mediocre effort. [Issue#119, p.96]
  44. Feb 24, 2012
    50
    Little Deviants is the sort of inevitable minigame collection that seems to grace every new console with more exotic control options, but is forgotton rather quickly. (...) You have to wonder why Sony saw the necessity to make a game that says little more than "We can also do smartphone-gaming". As if we ever asked.
  45. Feb 14, 2012
    50
    While it lasts an entertaining and fairly imaginative tech demo, but none of the mini-games will have you coming back for more.
  46. Between the travel sickness, the lurid colours and the nightmare-inducing soundtrack, one level is the playable equivalent of food poisoning. Another over-used puzzle has you rolling around collecting stars as time ticks away in a manner horribly reminiscent of a smartphone app that would cost around £17 less.
  47. Feb 13, 2012
    50
    I hope against hope that studios calm down and learn a little restraint when it comes to exploiting these features, as this collection of clumsy, discommodious distractions is indicative of what can happen when developers forget the elegance of simplicity. New features are only worth including if they enhance an experience. When they get in the way of it, they should be axed on the spot.
  48. Feb 13, 2012
    50
    Little Deviants' real problem is simple: it's not moreish, and its challenges fail to reveal the kinds of nuance on the second and third tries that will have you refining strategies and aiming to better scores. Without that incentive to return, you're unlikely to.
  49. Feb 13, 2012
    50
    In small doses, Little Deviants is an enjoyable experience and a great way to become familiar with the PS Vita's new tech. But beneath all that charm and googly-eyed cuteness, there isn't much to offer beyond the 30 minigames, with a chunk of them repeated on a various maps. It seems like Little Deviants would have been better suited as a tech demo, and should have come bundled with the system.
  50. Feb 13, 2012
    50
    At £19.99 Little Deviants might seem like a bargain, but on a platform that promises to deliver proper console gaming experiences (and does so decently at launch with a number of other titles), it feels like nothing more than a series of hit and miss tech demos.
  51. Feb 27, 2012
    42
    There's simply not enough good content here to recommend a purchase at $30. You'd be much better off putting that money toward Uncharted, Wipeout, Hot Shots Golf, or Super Stardust Delta. Buy with caution.
  52. Feb 20, 2012
    42
    It's a ripoff of Face Raiders, the 3DS game whose novelty evaporated in its first five minutes.
  53. Feb 13, 2012
    42
    Unfortunately, Little Deviants is a mini-game collection that shows you everything it's got in the first 30 minutes. You'll do the same handful of activities over and over again in specific-themed worlds for several hours on end until it all ends in a shoulder shrug.
  54. Mar 12, 2012
    40
    Even Apple will feel aggrieved, as Little Deviants traces over various templates for iPhone games and submits the result as something to be proud of. The copycat tactics fail every time.
  55. Mar 5, 2012
    40
    One can feel the touch of the void on every aspect, the faint droning echo of sick, tuneless piping for an inscrutable and alien corporate master. The end product serves no one.
  56. Mar 5, 2012
    40
    It's a shame that so much of Little Deviants is so difficult and (literally) painful to play. There's a handful of games in it that really work, and a further set of minigame concepts that could have been pulled off if they hadn't been bogged down in unnecessary control complications.
  57. Mar 4, 2012
    40
    Everything Frobisher does well, Deviants does too – just a bit worse.
  58. Feb 27, 2012
    40
    What should've been a fun collection of minigames showing off the Vita's capabilities ended up a completely unappealing tech demo. There isn't enough game here to justify the price.
  59. Feb 21, 2012
    40
    It can be entertaining as a series of curious tech demos, but not for any longer than a few hours.
  60. Feb 21, 2012
    40
    It's difficult to work out exactly who Little Deviants is aimed at. The system is too flash and fragile for kids, but the games are too simple and irritatingly cutesy for adults. Further work on each of the games would improve this no end, as would a cast that packs a bigger punch.
  61. Feb 16, 2012
    40
    It feels like a string of vaguely amusing tech demos rather than a game in its own right, and even in this regard it fails to captivate for any length of time.
  62. Feb 13, 2012
    40
    The largest issue is that the games simply aren't much fun. It's clear that players are expected to repeatedly play each game, hoping for a high score and the elusive gold rating, but I found myself intentionally failing after achieving a bronze, the minimum requirement for unlocking new games. "New games," might be a little generous, actually, considering many of them are simply new levels for game types you've already played.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Feb 15, 2012
    5
    A collection of mini-games that does little to justify the game's retail price. Not exactly sure what Sony saw in this considering how much they pushed and advertised it but it lacks the kind of charm and addictive gameplay Escape Plan, Hot Shots Golf, or Star Dust Delta. Considering how much cheaper two of those games are, I have trouble understanding why anyone would choose Little Deviants over those at all. There are some great games in the Vita launch lineup, but this isn't one of them. Full Review »
  2. Feb 18, 2012
    3
    This game should not cost more then $10 it's gimmicky and has no real replay value. After the first two boards I pulled the game out and traded it in for store credit Full Review »
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    7
    It's pretty fun, not fantastic...but ok. I agree, that it's a good tech demo to show off the Vita's controls, sensors, and other capabilities. I would have preferred a different title (ie: Uncharted or Rayman) with First Edition Vita bundle. Full Review »