Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 35
  2. Negative: 33 out of 35
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    AMY is just bad, full stop. At 800 Microsoft points, it may look like a bargain. But all you get for the money is grief.
  2. CD-Action
    Mar 13, 2012
    It has a certain old school charm and a couple of really good ideas, but it's also rather ugly, repetitive and tiring. [April 2012, p.82]
  3. Jan 13, 2012
    2012 may just be getting started, but AMY is already a contender for the worst game of the year. The game has no point, is extremely disorganized, and controls like three blind mice on Mars. Pretty much everything available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network is better than this.
  4. Jan 12, 2012
    A disgusting joke of a videogame...There is no justification for releasing a game this unapologetically loathsome.
  5. Jan 19, 2012
    Worst of all for a game hoping to sell itself on scares, Amy is never frightening. Instead, its horrors are derived from the game's shoddy execution, weak puzzles and frustrating play rhythms, a nest of poor game design decisions through which disappointment, not fear, are hatched.
  6. Jan 20, 2012
    You could compile a massive list of all the shortcomings and outright failures Amy has to offer, but the message to you should be clear: Stay away!
  7. Jan 20, 2012
    There is absolutely no reason why you should want to buy this game. Awful gameplay and visuals, along with a pathetic storyline make this one of the worse downloadable games of this generation.
  8. Feb 6, 2012
    Amy tries to be a survival-horror game, but fails on most accounts due to tiring trial-and-error based design decisions which strip away any horror elements due to the repetition required. One possible, redeeming use for this game could be in treatment of gaming addiction, since any prolonged exposure is sure to guarantee aversion towards video games as a whole.
  9. Jan 23, 2012
    Amy is bad, sloppy, and seems as if it was released in an unfinished state. Make no mistake: It's not good-bad. It doesn't have the loveable cult vibe of a game like Deadly Premonition, a goofy-fun gaming experience with similar last-gen graphics and terrible voice acting. Amy is alternatively throw-your-controller frustrating and deadly dull.
  10. Jan 12, 2012
    AMY is choked full of interesting concepts, clever puzzles, and a truly terrifying gameplay atmosphere, but whatever potential this game has to be great, or even good, is torpedoed by the unforgiving checkpoint and save system.
  11. Jan 12, 2012
    As a downloadable title, I wasn't expecting Amy to measure up against the triple-A juggernauts of the survival horror genre. However, I was expecting a game that was at least playable and contained some kind of entertainment. Make no mistake: Whether Amy is delivered to you via download, retail SKU, direct brain wave, or retinal implant, it is terrible and should be avoided.
  12. Feb 2, 2012
    AMY has a reasonably decent premise and a really creepy opening sequence, but this just isn't a finished game. It's the kind of game that makes me wonder if the people who designed it were actually gamers themselves, and if so, if they don't enjoy fun for some reason. I really want to say nicer things about AMY than this, because survival horror badly needs a good shot in the arm from some upstart independent developer, but this is one of the worst games in the genre.
  13. Jan 13, 2012
    Amy should never have gotten off the drawing board and into production the way it is, and I genuinely regret that it didn't turn out better.
  14. Games Master UK
    Feb 15, 2012
    Everything good about Amy is undone by laborious puzzles and miserable controls. [March 2012, p.95]
  15. Jan 12, 2012
    Just a couple of button presses away from Amy on both the Xbox and PlayStation marketplaces is a little game called Resident Evil 4 that does this idea brilliantly with a girl named Ashley instead of Amy. Sure, it costs twice as much but you'll be buying and playing one of the best games ever made-not one of the worst.
  16. Jan 17, 2012
    Decent ideas can't rescue this shoddy survival horror game from its dismal fate.
  17. Jan 13, 2012
    The main offender here is easily the gameplay, which alternates between frustrating and boring. The controls are clumsy and unresponsive, which in a different setting wouldn't be as aggravating, but when paired with lethal foes and unforgiving environmental "puzzles" leads to constant misery.
  18. Jan 19, 2012
    Amy is both a throwback and a runt, with meager cult appeal. The low price point will bait dedicated horror enthusiasts tired of Resident Evil and Dead Space's recent action motifs, but the horror here comes from the code, not the context.
  19. Jan 24, 2012
    Do not buy Amy. Do not play Amy. Do not look at Amy. Do not think about Amy. If your sister is named Amy, move to another country, and tell people your entire family was eaten by racist wolverines.
  20. Feb 2, 2012
    Rather hide in a closet when you see Amy – good ideas alone don't cut it.
  21. Jan 12, 2012
    Amy purports itself to be survival horror, but the only surviving you'll be doing is trying to make sense of the muddled gameplay mess laid before you as you're "scared" by the same gimmicky frights, like bursting gas pipes and falling portraits, over and over again.
  22. Jan 18, 2012
    It's almost unfair to review Amy, given the state it's in. On the other hand, it's sort of unfair that it was published at all. The thought of anyone spending money on Amy -- possibly drawn in by the promising trailers -- only to wind up with this mess, is quite honestly a little enraging. There might have been a decent story here once, or even good survival horror, but it's gone now.
  23. Jan 31, 2012
    This so called "horror" game fails on so many levels. The camera, the controls, the animations, the puzzles, the checkpoint system - everything about Amy is less than acceptable. Amy is just painful to play.
  24. Jan 12, 2012
    Even being paid to play it we felt we were being ripped off...Awful in almost every possible aspect, this hugely disappointing download is not just a failure as a survival horror but as a video game.
  25. Jan 19, 2012
    Paul Cuisset's survival horror effort sadly is a complete mess. Gameplay is broken, so many bugs and the save system is unacceptable. Avoid this.
  26. 40
    Its novel setup could've made Amy an exciting, emotionally charged adventure. Instead, it's a grueling death-march through a gauntlet of poor design choices and feckless player punishment.
  27. 10
    Amy is a travesty from start to finish, a game that plainly admires but fatally misunderstands its peers. Save yourself an infinity of soul-crushing distress, and forget you ever heard about it.
  28. Jan 17, 2012
    This is one of the worst games of the year, and we're not even at the end of the first month yet. It's poorly realized and a huge technical failure, and no one – not even die-hard survival horror fans – should touch it. Someone banish this kid to a private school and never send her my way again.
  29. Jan 19, 2012
    A potentially interesting game but with too many technical problems to be appealing. Not recommended at all.
  30. Jan 23, 2012
    Oddly, it is tempting to look forward to a second outing, however unlikely. Because videogame disasters this gruesome are fascinating. And, to be dangerously optimistic, Amy can't get much worse.
  31. Jan 19, 2012
    Pick something to hate about videogames, and Amy has it. Graphics glitches, lousy design, repetitious gameplay, mushy controls, bad acting, horrible save system ... it's all there. The game's few good ideas simply aren't enough to suffer through the amount of crap surrounding them.
  32. Jan 16, 2012
    It's as though everything the designers came up with was carelessly implemented just to aggravate you. Guess what? It will.
  33. Jan 17, 2012
    Amy is the special kind of bad that rarely comes along, spoken of in the same breath as Superman 64. The plot is incoherent and unenjoyable, the characters are bland and unlikeable, and the setting is poorly established. The gameplay is broken and awkward to a degree that would be inexcusable in 2000, let alone 2012. Not even the budget price of $10 can come close to making this remotely worthwhile.
  34. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Mar 10, 2012
    Intense, riveting, terrifying and masterful are just a few of the words we wouldn't use to describe Amy. One of the worst games on Xbox Live Arcade. [Issue#82, p.102]
  35. Jan 16, 2012
    There is nothing that could get me to come back to this atrocity, nor a price tag that I might deem it worth checking out for. Amy is definitely scary, but not in the way it intends to be.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 88
  2. Negative: 54 out of 88
  1. Jan 13, 2012
    It has some good ideas and promise. But that slowly fades as the game is stopped by boring game play, annoying combat, screen tarring andIt has some good ideas and promise. But that slowly fades as the game is stopped by boring game play, annoying combat, screen tarring and constant frame rate slowdowns. The controls feel very sluggish and stiff. Its not unplayable but you can spend ten bucks on somthing else Full Review »
  2. Jan 11, 2012
    I really enjoyed this game. It took me about 5 hours to complete it and it was enjoyable. Tho the game does have it's fair share ofI really enjoyed this game. It took me about 5 hours to complete it and it was enjoyable. Tho the game does have it's fair share of problems: easy puzzles, awkward movement and a not so interesting story. What made me enjoy it was the characters and setting. Having to protect this little girl named Amy while facing a zombie infestation makes for a interesting game. It's only $10 and for that much you'll easily get your money's worth, unless you're picky with your games. If you still don't trust me you can at least try the trial versions to see if you enjoy it. Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2012
    The developers of Amy are a bunch of lazy, untalented, unimaginative people, who doesn't understand what gaming is about and shouldn't work onThe developers of Amy are a bunch of lazy, untalented, unimaginative people, who doesn't understand what gaming is about and shouldn't work on games. Making the game hard is one thing, using cop-out tactics widely despised to do so, is why Amy didn't make it to shelves and why it doesn't deserve any ones time.

    It gets a 1 because there's a genuinely interesting and original idea behind the game and storyline, and how the game SHOULD work, but it doesn't deliver.
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