Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 71 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  1. And even after spending nearly 20 hours amassing enough jiggies to take down the final boss, I'm compelled to get back in there and keep playing new missions, unlocking new vehicle parts, and exploring more of the game's beautiful world. I had no affection whatsoever for the Banjo-Kazooie franchise or characters going into Nuts & Bolts, but its list of great qualities quietly won me over to make it one of my favorite Xbox 360 games of the year.
  2. 91
    The combination of a surprisingly lengthy single-player game and a robust multiplayer mode make this one game that just about anyone can enjoy. While the challenges get a little repetitive, the ability to create and operate custom vehicles -- both online and off -- make Nuts & Bolts a unique, entertaining spin on the everyday platformer.
  3. 90
    With so many vehicle parts, places to go and people to see, Nuts & Bolts is going to be a game you keep going back to. Just getting to the end will require hours of commitment, but, it’s not like you need an excuse, right? Apart from a confusing premise (the story is a little bit weak) and the small text, this game is a massive success.
  4. Nuts & Bolts offers true next-gen gameplay, with user created content being core to the experience. Simply making vehicles is good fun, and with the ability to instantly test them out you can sink hours into one creation alone. It certainly won't be for everyone, but with spectacular presentation, highly entertaining Robot Wars style multiplayer and a lot of good hearted humour, the bear and bird are back.
  5. Nuts & Bolts is a fantastically fun game. It may threaten to overcomplicate itself from time to time, but it’s impossible to play and not come out with a smile on your face.
  6. The new generation Banjo game is the flagship platformer for Xbox 360 – similar to Super Mario Galaxy for Wii. One of the best games this year offers an extreme amount of fun. [Dec 2008]
  7. Quite simply Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts is not a renter, but a must buy in my eyes!
  8. It's a shame that Nuts & Bolts is so overlooked and undervalued, as it it genuinely brilliant, and shows that Rare does have what it takes to make a classic, even if they misjudge their audiences a little bit.
  9. The story's specific games and challenges are not always innovative, and some can get darn right repetitive and frustrating, especially if you can't quite beat the clock. But the ability to craft mind-blowing vehicles provides an endlessly addictive experience that'll keep this title in your 360 longer than it probably has a right to be there.
  10. After years of keeping Banjo fans waiting RARE successfully delivers the goods. The new direction works well and you owe it to yourselves to give it a shot.
  11. An excellent combination of platforming, racing, combat and freeform vehicle building. [Jan 2009]
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 267 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 59
  2. Negative: 18 out of 59
  1. Oct 31, 2012
    4
    Seeing how beautiful the game world looks but being unable to platform in it and having to build stupid vehicles breaks my heart. It could ofSeeing how beautiful the game world looks but being unable to platform in it and having to build stupid vehicles breaks my heart. It could of been an AMAZING platformer. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2012
    0
    This game got score 79 for what it this game not good game i mean racing flying making cars and plane meh what the point.....

    Oh yes i am
    This game got score 79 for what it this game not good game i mean racing flying making cars and plane meh what the point.....

    Oh yes i am banjo kazooie fan only first 2 where best ones i said nuts and bolt game i said why not got it free with xbox but when i stuck it on i was so disappoint this not like first 2 pathetic of course u cant die which stupid
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  3. BanjoK
    Aug 7, 2009
    2
    Ever since Rare moved to Microsoft they have gone into the shadows and their games have gone by unnoticed. This game is another example of Ever since Rare moved to Microsoft they have gone into the shadows and their games have gone by unnoticed. This game is another example of the once brilliant developer that has gone downhill. I absolutely loved the first 2 banjo games and have fond memories of playing them when I was a kid. This game however is nothing like those 2 and so I can't relate with it Full Review »