Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Apr 13, 2012
    70
    Even given the irresistible pull of the narrative, Pandora's Tower isn't quite up to the standard of other recent Wii RPGs. Yet if at times it seems ugly, confused and repetitive, at others it's creative, gripping and wonderfully atmospheric.
  2. Apr 19, 2012
    80
    Pandora's Tower is an exciting, chain-swinging race against time to save your beloved from a beastly fate.
  3. 70
    While Last Story reflects the emotional and narrative side of H. Sakaguchi, Pandora's Tower is more offensive and closes a large cycle of production for Nintendo Wii.
  4. Apr 26, 2012
    60
    With an identity of its own, some clever ideas and a well written story, Pandora's Tower can be quite charming. On the downside, some of its gameplay mechanics simply don't work.
  5. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    It's a slightly old-school adventure with a vibe reminiscent of Castlevania (especially the PlayStation 2 sequels). But while those games under-delivered on a compelling world with a consistent structure, Pandora's Tower will draw you in and make you care.
  6. Apr 13, 2012
    70
    This title has much to recommend it, as long as you're willing to look beyond some of its faults.
  7. Jun 3, 2012
    70
    A mature RPG that's been suffering from bad technical quality, repeating of the same in-game situations and from the excessively fast monster respawn. If you manage to get over these flaws, you are going to be rewarded with nice gameplay, a well-made motion control system and especially with its emotional story with five different endings.
  8. May 29, 2012
    50
    Pandora's Tower doesn't offer anything appealing or unique, and is not a Wii title that will find a home with many gamers.
  9. May 22, 2012
    80
    With an excellent time-management mechanic, some great dungeon design and an emotive love story at its heart, Pandora's Tower is an action-RPG well worth checking out.
  10. May 16, 2012
    80
    The release of Pandora's Tower will probably be the last in Nintendo Wii's history. After Xenoblade and The Last Story, the circle is closed, with all the three oriental RPGs out. It may not be equally epic or wonderfully told, but still it's an enjoyable game.
  11. May 7, 2012
    75
    This is a game full of gambles, and most don't pay off the way you might expect. There are as many triumphs as there are failures, and it's almost like it's cursed by its own design. It certainly won't be to everyone's tastes– you'll either love it or you'll hate it– but if you can look past its flaws, there's still plenty of enjoyment to be found underneath.
  12. Apr 28, 2012
    60
    It's cast from a different mould than that of Xenoblade and The Last Story, and while it may not reach the same level as its contemporaries, those looking for a decent adventure should find plenty to like.
  13. Apr 26, 2012
    75
    The developing relationship between Aeron and Elena is a truly enjoyable one, and it is interesting to watch how the flashbacks Elena gets after eating the Master flesh start to shed light on the mystery of why she was cursed in the first place.
  14. Apr 24, 2012
    75
    Developer Ganbarion shows it has a lot of talent and great vision, yet not enough to turn Pandora's Tower into a great game. The story and bossfights do make this a fun experience, but the combat lacks depth and the camera is occasionally uncooperative.
  15. Apr 24, 2012
    85
    It's not as monumental as Xenoblade Chronicles but nonetheless you experience an exciting and moving adventure. It quotes the likes of Shadow of the Colossus, Castlevania and Zelda but is able to stand on its own two feet.
  16. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    Pandora's Tower is the last great title of the Wii cycle. A good action rpg that mixes a lot of different features from different games. If Ganbarion Studios was more careful about some technical issues and put more effort into pushing the limits of the hardware we would have one of the best game of the current generation.
  17. Apr 23, 2012
    79
    Pandora's Tower got its weaknesses, but the wonderful soundtrack, the grotesque atmosphere and the dynamic relationship with Helena offer a great deal of fun.
  18. Apr 21, 2012
    82
    Pandora's Tower is some kind of a perfect example of what a small Japanese developer should do: a niche product with many interesting qualities and some kind of innovation to a starving genre. Some control issues and a disappointing graphical engine are the lows of an overall recommended game.
  19. Apr 18, 2012
    70
    Ganbarion, the creators of the most famous fighting games on DS, are back with Pandora's Tower, an action-RPG that will seduce those who loves great adventure.
  20. Apr 16, 2012
    80
    Pandora´s Tower is a game that takes its time to reveal its own charm and qualities.
  21. Apr 15, 2012
    70
    Between well-designed dungeons, thrilling boss battles and a compelling hook in Elena's deteriorating condition, Pandora's Tower is a unique treat for those still loyal to the Wii.
  22. Apr 15, 2012
    70
    Solid hack-and-slash mechanics and classic RPG elements for this entertaining action game, that unfortunately is also one of the worst-looking Wii titles up to date.
  23. Apr 13, 2012
    90
    What's more yummy than an Action RPG that uses well the recipes of Zelda, Rygar and Castlevania combined? Something that does just that and more, a game that is a surprise for Nintendo, a true mature story of illness and love, a dark, and deep tale wrapped in old-school game design.
  24. Apr 13, 2012
    78
    Pandora's Tower is an Action RPG with a pleasant love story and a brilliantly smooth battle system. A good game for wii, no doubt.
  25. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    Playing it makes us remember classics like Castlevania or even Ico, but Pandora's Tower has a strong and charming personality and it is a pleasant surprise. It will engage and entertain most players, especially those who are looking for an adventure like this one, but other players may find the game a bit repetitive.
  26. Apr 13, 2012
    70
    A very solid, fast-paced action romp with islands of greatness in a sea of repetitive combat. Still, there are surprisingly few better Castlevania alternatives on Wii to this day.
  27. Apr 13, 2012
    60
    A little slicker, and Pandora's Tower could have provided a surprisingly effective alternative in the character-action genre. Its blend of pointer controls and button-based combat begs to be further explored. But as it is, this a clunky action title – albeit one with a flicker of genuine emotion at its heart.
  28. This is an average-to-good hack and slash that is unfortunately hobbled by some off-the-shelf RPG elements and a well-meaning - if ultimately tiresome - girlfriend management system.
  29. Apr 11, 2012
    60
    There are some clever ideas at work here, particularly the hero's primary weapon, but a lack of gameplay refinement and bland storytelling fail to make the most of it.
  30. Apr 10, 2012
    80
    Many will look at Pandora's Tower as being the weakest of the three Wii RPGs, with Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story easily making Ganbarion and Nintendo's effort seem unworthy of attention. However, such a judgement would be unjust, since this Action RPG takes a totally different slant, offering an almost 3D Castlevania and Metroid feel to proceedings, mixing in a pleasant love story and a brilliantly smooth battle system that will widen its appeal.
  31. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    Pandora's Tower is one of the most interesing action-RPG games for the Wii, an atractive quest to rescue a beauty and defenceless woman who is cursed. Ganbarion developed a game with hardcore gamers in mind that fits perfect in your collection if you bought Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story.
  32. May 17, 2013
    55
    Pandora's Tower is loaded with interesting concepts, but it fails to pull them through an entire playthrough in a sustainable, engaging way.
  33. May 15, 2013
    70
    Pandora's Tower is an enjoyable RPG, and if the Affinity thing wasn't involved, I'd easily put this up to the ranks of four stars and beyond. There's a lot of exploring to do, puzzles to solve, and great action that requires serious thinking. The gameplay as well as the presentation are top-shelf. If you can put up with Elena, in either form, you'll find this to be a great action adventure title.
  34. May 13, 2013
    80
    Much like Elena in the throes of disfiguration, Pandora's Tower is imperfect, but begging to be loved.
  35. May 7, 2013
    72
    Pandora's Tower isn't the best-playing action RPG out there. Its fixed camera and control issues are often quite frustrating. Yet these issues aren't enough to completely outweigh Elena's convincing character.
  36. May 1, 2013
    80
    It’s rare to see a compelling hack-and-slash dungeon crawler work as well as Pandora’s Tower, but this game needs to wear its accomplishments proudly. You very well may never go back to your Wii after this transition between console generations.
  37. May 1, 2013
    80
    What it does offer, though, is enough to warrant a recommendation, namely its fun dungeons, great bosses, an enjoyable chain-flinging gimmick, and emotional warmth in the relationship between Aeron and Elena.
  38. Apr 23, 2013
    65
    The last of the “Operation Rainfall Three,” Pandora’s Tower borrows heavily from Shadow of the Colossus—young lad must rescue his beloved from a gruesome fate by felling massive beasts—but you can’t help but think you’ve played a far better version of this game before. Hardcore Japanese RPG fans might forgive some of the glaring flaws here, but Pandora’s Tower certainly won’t have the mass appeal of Team Ico’s 2005 PS2 classic.
  39. Apr 22, 2013
    85
    Pandora’s Tower may not be remembered as fondly as other games in the Wii’s lineup, and it feels a bit dated right out of the gate, but I couldn’t think of a better third party sendoff for the Wii.
  40. Apr 19, 2013
    80
    It’s hard to think of another Big N game that has its heroine munching on monster flesh, so here’s hoping that Nintendo recognizes what a fantastic action-roleplaying experience they missed localizing and gives stateside players more of this kind of mature title in the future.
  41. Apr 17, 2013
    80
    A bittersweet end to the Wii's life: a taste of the kind of software that could have carried the console during those slow months. As it stands, it won't be anything more that an engaging action RPG with a clever hook. But I suppose I can live with that.
  42. Apr 16, 2013
    60
    Ganbarion went out of its way to craft a title that experiments with interesting ideas. Unfortunately, none of its unique elements are refined enough to be successful, making it impossible for me to cheer for this underdog.
  43. 70
    In some respects, Pandora's Tower shares similarities with Shadow of the Colossus, and while it doesn't ascend to the high barometer of that game, it is worthy of the comparison.
  44. 80
    Smart and colorful action RPG offers not only a romantic story line but adds innovation in the progressing illness of the main heroine. [June 2012]
  45. Jun 13, 2012
    80
    There's an overwhelming sense of melancholy and dread as well as a real element of body horror. [July 2012, p.68]
  46. May 11, 2012
    80
    Pandora's Tower is a fun action adventure in an interesting world. Too bad the level design can get a bit monotonous and the main characters lack a lot of charisma. [May 2012]
  47. Apr 3, 2012
    81
    Clumsy it may be, but this is the perfect pick-me-up for Wii owners with post-Skyloft blues. [May 2012, p.85]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Apr 14, 2012
    8
    This game is great!If you like the older zelda games like Ocarina of Time, then this is a must buy!It has a great storyline and the gameplay feels really good.This game gives us what Zelda couldn't give us for a long time now.Thank you Ganbarian and Nintendo!!! Full Review »
  2. Jun 29, 2012
    6
    Aaah, Pandoras Tower. Finally I thought, one of the few games that wasn't a first person shooter.As I walked into the shop and bought the game my brain went all fuzzy as I brushed the lower part of my torso, I had a warm feeling inside me as I inserted the game into my console and started the game.My brother then proceeded to shout "Alien Paedophiles" as he watched Cowboys and Aliens. I told him to shut up and started my intense journey through Pandoras tower. When I finished the game I went and watched Cowboys and Aliens. I then watched some porn and felt that this was a slightly more satisfying experience than Pandoras Tower. The game just doesn't have enough to make me feel like I truly invested my valuable time in to. If only they had spent a little more time on this. But if you like JRPGS then you may want to pick up this game amid a market of similar games Full Review »
  3. Apr 14, 2012
    9
    I´m quite surprised to see so many mixed review of this game, the story has kept me interested so far (about halfway through) and you get to know more about the world and characters as you go along. graphics and music are some of the best on the wii, while it´s true that the textures are pretty low res, the artstyle easily makes up for it with varied and beautiful enviroments. The gameplay itself might not be as smooth as say Zelda, but it does it´s job well enough with one of the most awesome weapons ever. Highly recommend it. Full Review »