Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. The game is also fashioned entirely from clay and contains strange synthesizer music--wait I'm getting a news flash..."techno" they say, and it is reportedly "simplistic and fun," whatever that means. [Feb 2007, p.44]
  2. It's a good, solid game that has a tremendous visual appeal and is generally a ton of fun to play, but at the same time does absolutely nothing spectacular that hasn't been seen in any shooter before it and falls short of delivering a long-lasting playing experience that would justify it being a must have addition to your PSP collection.
  3. 70
    What it lacks in options and complexity, it makes up for with good old-fashioned mass destruction action. It's simple enough for anyone to pick up and get into, but it still manages to offer a lot to hardened genre fanatics.
  4. Platypus is a simplistic, short-lived shoot-'em-up with visuals and gameplay that are adequate rather than impressive.
  5. At a bargain bin price, it's hard to completely fault the game's length, but this is really something that probably should have been released as a downloadable PS3/PSP game on the new PlayStation Network Platform. As a brick-and-mortar offering, though, it's just a little too steep.
  6. It's one of those games that parents will buy for their kids and end up playing it themselves.
  7. On its own there is not enough in the game to make it compelling and the gameplay is just too lackluster to sustain interest.
  8. As basic as you can get for a shooter. What makes Platypus stand out is the graphics that have been wrapped in an layer of clay, this brings out a unique charm and the quality that pushed me up from a [50 to a 60].
  9. While far from a terrible game, Platypus lacks enough variety and challenge to make it worth it even to the most casual gamer or fan of the side-scrolling genre. It's a game best enjoyed in the bargain bin.
  10. As far as side-scrolling shooters go, Platypus for the PSP doesn’t stray from the traditional 2D shooters of yesteryear but it still manages to be forgettable experience hardly worth buying.
  11. Unless you really, really dig old-school shooters that will take no more than a day to completely finish, this game isn't for you. Unfortunately, for what Platypus is, a thirty-dollar asking price is hard to accept.
  12. 50
    There is nothing here that stands out beyond the clay graphics and even those are shrunk to complete irrelevance.
  13. It's nice to see another shooter where shooters are not, but Platypus only incorporates bare-bones play which can't figure out if it wants to be hard or easy.
  14. 40
    What could have been the modern equivalent to classic bizarre Japanese shooters like Parodius is instead a one-trick pony.

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