Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 75
    Ultimately, however, we think you'll prefer to have a friend close by as you experience the game. Root of Evil may not be to die for, but for $40, it's an easy way to kill a weekend.
  2. Overall, Death Jr.: Root of Evil is another solid platform entry in this largely successful franchise.
  3. The great art style and smart writing sometimes mask the staid gameplay, but, in the end, the cookie cutter platforming buries the game's strengths.
  4. Forty dollars is a little steep for a cookie-cutter game with bad camera control and repetitive levels.
  5. The levels are colorful but dull, and after a mere five minutes a lurking sense of deja vu descends. Dead poor. [July 2008, p.82]
  6. Improvements over the PSP game make the Wii version of Root of Evil a competent, stylish platformer.
  7. 90
    Though it could be viewed at first glance as a warmed-over port of a middling PSP title, DJ finds new life on the Wii through its tight control scheme and clever writing
  8. 74
    It’s still not an “amazing” title by any account, as the core game was fairly simple, short, and mainly a generic pocket version of a competent action/platformer, but the added Wii IR controls and stylistic offering of Root of Evil Wii could still make it a solid purchase for Wii owners that – rightfully – are looking for an entertaining action game with some decent co-op and competent controls.
  9. Great for young kids, but not so much fun for serious gamers. [Issue#23, p.64]
  10. Bone idle. Soulless. Death warmed up. Putting the grim in Grim Reaper. Afterlife? No life. We could go on, but we can't will ourselves to. Avoid.
  11. Using the Wii remote to look around and shoot is a big improvement that addresses the PSP version's camera issues, and it's an overall better-looking game. [July 2008, p.88]
  12. Wicked cool character design, cutting edge Wii visuals, great level design, a double-shot of great gameplay, massive bosses and a quirky score that ties it all together...what more could you ask for? [May 2008, p.56]
  13. 73
    Death Jr. Root of Evil manages to convincingly sidestep the bargain bucket graveyard thanks to its character appeal, solid platform action, amusing and inventive weaponry, and a control system that largely succeeds in papering over any emergent sense of creeping mediocrity.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. FredX
    Jun 2, 2008
    Looks nice, but can make you puke if you're susceptible to motion sickness (in games). I wanted to play a bit longer than 15 minutes to see if it was worth it, but basically my brain fried and the rest of the evening I had to lie down and take it easy. Full Review »
  2. PaulD.
    May 28, 2008
    Decent platformer, but far from perfect. i kinda got bored with it rather quickly. i suppose i expected too much and got too little in return. RENT FIRST! Full Review »