Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Surge Deluxe will keep you hooked from start to finish making it one of the best games I have played on the Vita for a long time. With its simple yet addictive gameplay, players will be compelled to keep plugging away at it in hopes of beating their high score, while the Trophies are sure to keep you coming back for more.
  2. Feb 5, 2014
    Energetic, exuberant, and engaging: Surge Deluxe is a puzzler from an earlier time... and is all the better for it.
  3. Feb 4, 2014
    Puzzle games have always been a highlight on handhelds, and Surge Deluxe carries on this tradition. It’s amazing that despite largely lacking the AAA blockbuster titles, the Vita has become something of an indie paradise. Surge Deluxe is the latest, and one of the best.
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    Surge Deluxe is a shockingly enjoyable experience built upon an engaging leaderboard system that constantly encourages you to up your game.
  5. Feb 4, 2014
    FuturLab demonstrates a fine understanding of what once made puzzle games so great. If you own a Vita, you should buy this -- particularly at such a generous price point.
  6. A neat and deceptively inventive puzzler. [Apr 2014, p.87]
  7. 80
    It has just enough little nuances to set it apart from the vast ocean of similar puzzle games available across the digital oceans and it’s yet another solid indie title in Vita’s ever-growing catalogue.
  8. Feb 5, 2014
    The only occasionally clumsy element in Surge Deluxe’s otherwise efficiently streamlined processes is you – or, rather, your big fat finger. Tracing lines between blocks obscures the screen, which can make quick, precise movements difficult, especially between narrow gaps.
  9. Feb 4, 2014
    It is an update but the features added are substantial, this seems to be a reworking of the title as opposed to just adding in trophies and shipping it.
  10. Feb 4, 2014
    Bright and beautiful, frenetic and challenging – it’s a wonderful puzzle game that works brilliantly on the PS Vita. There’s not a lot of content, though, and once you get bored of trying to climb the leaderboards you’re unlikely to go back for a blast of the puzzle mode more than once or twice.
  11. Feb 4, 2014
    Futurlab does it again! Surge Deluxe is a wonderfully challenging and highly addicting - though rather short - experience that shouldn't be absent in any puzzle fan's gaming collection.
  12. Feb 4, 2014
    If you’re looking for an intense and addictive puzzle game for your PS Vita, Surge Deluxe will blow your fingers with an interesting and fun gameplay.
  13. Feb 4, 2014
    Ironically, what makes Surge Deluxe so instantly sensational is perhaps also what holds it back from being one of the greats. That riot of colour and sound, that constant positive reinforcement, can make it feel a little too eager to please. And yet each play session offers a very tangible surge, a rush of dopamine that will take some time to wear off.
  14. Feb 13, 2014
    Surge Deluxe is perfect for a handheld system, allowing the player to dip in and out as they please.
  15. Feb 4, 2014
    It’s slightly off-putting that it definitely takes too long to get to the higher levels, and consequently that it strays close to undermining that desire to instantly have “just one more go.” The overall quality of the matching experience was ultimately strong enough to pull me back, largely helped by the smart secondary Puzzle Mode.
  16. 70
    A great alternative to Candy Crush and its clones, that’s just a few tweaks – and a visual makeover – away from being a classic puzzler.
  17. Mar 12, 2014
    If you're after value, Surge Deluxe delivers: it's pretty, it's cheap and it's a good quick game to play. Just don't expect anything game-changing. [Issue#145, p.115]
  18. Feb 10, 2014
    Objectively speaking, it’s a game with visuals that functions, and that’s how it shall be scored.

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