Metrico PlayStation Vita

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Aug 5, 2014
    90
    Metrico is a beautiful, imaginative, and ingenious puzzle game with an original idea at its heart and some seriously sharp brainteasers.
  2. Sep 30, 2014
    88
    An original take on the genre, Metrico is a shining example of what can be achieved with the Vita's hardware and a must-buy for puzzle fans.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 29, 2014
    80
    Despite some minor technical flaws and a few clumsy moments, Metrico is a smart and rewarding experience that uses PS Vita's features brilliantly. [Oct 2014, p.94]
  4. Aug 20, 2014
    80
    Metrico is a great puzzle/platform, probably the best puzzle/platform title released this year on PS Vita. If you love the info graphic style, this game is for you.
  5. Aug 20, 2014
    80
    A unique concept that uses all of Sony's handheld features in a creative way. If you own a Vita and like puzzle games, you might want to consider this, even though some of the moves you need to do in order to play Metrico aren't exactly advisable to do in public.
  6. Aug 15, 2014
    80
    The game abandons some of its mechanics too quickly and the ending will leave you scratching your head, but when it comes down to it, you can count on Metrico.
  7. Aug 11, 2014
    80
    It’s an elegantly detailed and calculated puzzle-adventure that throws players into an office-clerk nightmare of pie charts and statistics with the only means of escape is some good ol’ fashioned thinking. It’s a strong contender for the best puzzle game of the year so far and, if nothing else, will leave you marvelling at the sheer beauty of its unified ambition.
  8. Aug 10, 2014
    80
    A thoroughly enjoyable game and in a market bursting with puzzle platformers, it manages to shine bright and bring something truly unique to the table.
  9. Aug 7, 2014
    80
    The occasional issues with the gyroscope mechanics don't stop Metrico being a must own title for the Vita.
  10. Aug 6, 2014
    80
    Without a clear system to give players feedback on whether their inputs are constructive or destructive, Metrico's emphasis on perpetually shifting rule sets and experimentation just wouldn't work. Instead, all of the game's ideas respond to each other much like its own delightful infographics, creating a short and beautiful puzzler that feels like a wholly self-contained piece.
  11. Aug 5, 2014
    80
    I suspect that it will be a game which polarises opinions among Vita gamers but I loved almost every aspect of it and I’m very happy that the Vita remains such a strong platform for imaginative experiences like Metrico.
  12. Aug 5, 2014
    80
    It is immensely fun to play and the puzzles never get monotonous. If you love platform games, you absolutely have to experience Metrico. And if you’re an info-graphic lover, this is your holy grail game.
  13. Aug 5, 2014
    80
    Metrico is without any doubt one of the best games available for PlayStation Vita and probably the best puzzle/platform title released this year. A must-have if you own the little/big Sony’s console. Unfortunately, it will only last a few hours.
  14. Aug 10, 2014
    78
    This is one of those games PS Plus users should not miss, and if you like puzzles and platforming it's a must-have. It's original and fresh, and even though it could have been a little bit more polished, it still is a great experience.
  15. Aug 5, 2014
    78
    While I love that Metrico doesn't hold your hand, there were times when I felt I could have used a bit more to hang on to - especially the levels where some of the on-screen "hints" are actually obfuscating the true course of action. However, for every moment of frustration, there were greater feelings of pride and the thrill of discovery.
  16. Sep 4, 2014
    75
    Metrico is an original puzzle game, but is too short to stand out.
  17. Sep 3, 2014
    75
    The ever-changing mechanics lead to interesting puzzle elements, but the fun hits the brakes when you are faced with an annoying motion control.
  18. Aug 28, 2014
    75
    In fact, that line pretty much sums up the whole game: it's easy to appreciate Metrico on an intellectual level and it's easy to admire what the game is doing on a technical level. But there's a world of difference between admiring a game and loving it, and, unfortunately, Metrico falls very clearly on one side of that divide.
  19. Aug 20, 2014
    75
    With puzzle games there’s the all-important line between just ‘fiddling about’ and ‘feeling smart’. Metrico is on the right side of that line. The game can feel a bit pretentious at times, but it’s still an excellent puzzle experience.
  20. Aug 5, 2014
    75
    It remains a solid adventure today despite the late-game efforts of one of the worst system-based game mechanics of this or any other year. The afternoon of graph diving it takes to beat Metrico is all that’s needed to forever see a small silhouette jumping to and fro on all of the financial documents in your future.
  21. Aug 7, 2014
    70
    That aside, Metrico is a interesting puzzle game, albeit one that can sometimes feel like it's down to trial and error: a lot of times you'll have to show your working out.
  22. Aug 5, 2014
    70
    When it sticks to its best features, Metrico is a stupendous experience. When it pushes the envelope, it’s far too obtuse to enjoy.
  23. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Sep 19, 2014
    65
    Exploration and experimentation that's clever but runs out of steam far too quickly. [October 2014, p83]
  24. Aug 7, 2014
    65
    The concept behind Metrico is both innovative and unique in the platformer genre. Most of its puzzles are clever and quite satisfying to complete. However, others become physically uncomfortable due to the game mechanics related to the unique characteristics of the PlayStation Vita.
  25. Aug 7, 2014
    65
    It is flashy fun, a succinct use of the Vita’s abilities, but the game burns quick and leaves nothing to chew on afterwards, like an infographic that missed its own point.
  26. Aug 5, 2014
    65
    Metrico is an ingenious and unique Vita puzzler heavily weighed down by gimmicky controls and technical issues.
  27. Aug 13, 2014
    64
    Metrico isn't a bad game. On the one hand, you're immediately captivated by the unique gameplay. On the other, the interface keeps hindering your progression and immersion.
  28. Sep 9, 2014
    60
    While I applaud Metrico for using the Vita’s various tools, it is a game I might not be fully comfortable playing at a park bench or bus ride. I can only imagine the puzzled looks I get as people see me twist the handheld in different directions. And when the game requires the camera, I had better be in an area with a good light source.
  29. Sep 4, 2014
    60
    The first half of Metrico is challenging and interesting. The second half is just irritating, due to the schizophrenic use of all the input methods of PSVita.
  30. Aug 15, 2014
    60
    Metrico is a visual and auditory delight: a sumptuous treat of a game with presentation that consistently impresses. However, a short running time, combined with occasionally shonky controls and a slightly frustrating central premise means that its gameplay never really lives up to its grand graphical grace.
  31. Aug 11, 2014
    60
    Metrico has lots of good intentions, with original visuals and attitude, but its insistence in using all of Vita's control methods ends up being a big problem.
  32. Aug 5, 2014
    60
    Metrico is beautiful puzzle-platformer with a great minimal, infographic-inspired aesthetic complemented by an awesome soundtrack. Unfortunately, the game gets in its own way by focusing on gimmicky Vita controls. It has moments of greatness, but ends up just being "good".
  33. Aug 5, 2014
    60
    Metrico has interesting visuals and creative mechanics, but getting stuck brings your enjoyment to a full stop.
  34. Aug 5, 2014
    60
    Metrico looks and sounds the part of a critical darling, but laborious controls and empty narrative agency mar this chromatic trip.
  35. 55
    The concept of using metrics based on your character’s own movements to manipulate a living infographic that you need to platform on is one that sounds great in design, but the execution of said concept needs to be tweaked before I could recommend that anyone spend much time with Metrico. Sadly, it does feel like you’re just bringing work home with you.
  36. Games Master UK
    Sep 19, 2014
    51
    This infographically-inspired puzzle game only lasts a few short hours, but for most it'll be a case of dipping in and out between bouts of frustration. [Nov 2014, p.80]
  37. Aug 28, 2014
    50
    With a bit of restraint and more focus on the types of relational challenges that it does well, Metrico would have been an easy recommend to fans of the fringe. In its current state, it's an aggravating equation that produces unhappy results.
  38. 50
    It is disappointing to see a game like Metrico take so many wrong turns and squander so much promise. It becomes yet another example of a game burdened by creep, one that started with a simple premise that becomes buried by complexity.
  39. Aug 10, 2014
    50
    The presentation is excellent but by trying to use every trick in the PS Vita’s book the game does far more harm than good to the portable’s reputation.
  40. Aug 5, 2014
    50
    It does so much so right so quickly in the beginning that its subsequent avalanche of inputs felt like the worst kind of betrayal. Metrico takes its concept and buries it under needless complication, and there's not much left to recommend underneath all that wreckage.
  41. Aug 12, 2014
    40
    This is your game only if you have the need to play every and each puzzle game. Any other gamer will run away from its strange visuals, the minimal use of technological resources and and idea that, far from the innovation intended, it goes in the opposite direction. Not worthy even being one of the free games of Playstation Plus.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Aug 10, 2014
    10
    All I can say is that Metrico is one of the best platformers for PS Vita. It has interesting design, nice music and great gameplay. Metrico isAll I can say is that Metrico is one of the best platformers for PS Vita. It has interesting design, nice music and great gameplay. Metrico is very unique, you can't find any game like this on any other platform. Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2014
    7
    Games which are exclusive to the Vita are extremely rare, they are like a dying breed which is almost extinct. Nevertheless the Vita housesGames which are exclusive to the Vita are extremely rare, they are like a dying breed which is almost extinct. Nevertheless the Vita houses plenty of unique games with original ideas and designs, the newest of which is Vita-exclusive Metrico.
    Metrico is a side-scrolling puzzle plat former unlike none other. Unlike in other platformers such as Super Mario, the platforms adapt to your actions, if you jump they may rise or if run to the right the platform may move to right aswell. There’s no pattern to the platforms as each will respond differently to your character no matter their size or shape.
    The main challenge of Metrico is it’s puzzles. The answers to the puzzles are always different and extremely unconventional. For example certain puzzles will require you to fall to your death and respawn in order to pass. Players must think far outside the box to beat Metrico’s conundrums. This may annoy some as the answer maybe too obscure on occasion but overall this is what makes Metrico stand out from the crowd and also have extremely fun and interesting gameplay.
    The puzzles steadily increase in difficultly through-out the game due to the increased options available to the protagonist. Metrico utilizes almost every aspect of the Vita. The touch-pad and touch-screen are used for shooting, the gyroscope for manipulating platforms and even the camera is used for light sensitive objects, yes that’s right, so expect to be holding your Vita like in Uncharted and AC liberation, up to a light bulb in order to progress in the game. Thankfully most of mechanics are great due to how well Metrico is designed for the Vita. Metrico is a great example of a game which truly understands the system. But that being said the light sensitive puzzles are annoying as you have to break the flow of the game to find a light source.
    Metrico has no story and no dialogue, this leaves this tail of infographics up to your imagination, the levels of ambiguity are heightened by the door choices at the end of each stage, what does this all mean? Well it’s up to. It’s not as intriguing as pulp fictions brief case but it certainly peaked by interest. What also peaked my interest was Metrico’s art style which is simple yet stunning. It’s great to watch the world in both the foreground and background unravel at every movement. It’s fun to see the colour schemes completely change as you progress through the game. The sound design also deserves praise for it’s deeply fitting and smoothing melodies.
    Metrico has some small gameplay problems, some minor stuttering issues and a small trophy list but the biggest problem with the game it’s length which is only 2.5 hours. This was deeply disappointing as the gameplay is so fun and it abruptly ends.
    For $14 dollars it is a little on the short side. However if you have Playstation plus price is no object as Metrico is free for the month of August so make sure to download it because it is certainly a unique experience.
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  3. Dec 31, 2014
    6
    Metrico is a puzzle platformer in which the platforms move in reaction to the players actions as they attempt to traverse from left to rightMetrico is a puzzle platformer in which the platforms move in reaction to the players actions as they attempt to traverse from left to right across the screen. At first this is relatively simple with moving and jumping causing platforms but as the game goes on increasingly complicated inputs, such as titling the Vita or pointing the camera at specific colours, are added to the mix.

    The game certainly looks unique and the majority of the puzzles are fairly logical which prevents the game becoming frustrating for the most part, although the insistence on trying to use every feature of the Vita does become a little tiresome when you are searching the room for something green to scan just to get a platform to move. Overall this is a decent game but by no means a must play as there are more entertaining/interesting puzzle games, such as The Swapper or Thomas Was Alone, available for Sony’s handheld.
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