Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Apr 5, 2013
    Don’t be fooled by BattleBlock Theater’s downloadable format and low $15 price tag; this is a massive game filled with opportunities for exploration, collection, and fun.
  2. Apr 4, 2013
    There are moments of glorious frustration, as there are in any great platformer, but the sting of such hurdles is always soothed by the sweetness of victory when you overcome them.
  3. Apr 8, 2013
    An excellent platform puzzle by The Behemoth team and one of the best Live Arcade offerings of 2013. Lots of fun with multiplayer modes. If you like the genre, don't miss this game.
  4. May 9, 2013
    Fun and funny, the spirit of Castle Crashers lives on in this mischievous co-op treat. [June 2013, p.75]
  5. Apr 3, 2013
    BattleBlock Theater is filled with absurdity, fart jokes, and curious characters that will easily suck you into a colorful world. Its stages are creative and get more complex as you get used to its mechanics and controls and offer enough challenge and funny dialogue to keep you amused. Play it alone and you’ll laugh; play it with a friend (and push him off a ledge) and you’ll laugh even more.
  6. Apr 16, 2013
    For those seeking an extra challenge there’s the Insane mode, which removes the level checkpoints. It’s a shame that the game doesn’t explain itself better, but it’s a lot of fun, and constantly had me saying “just one more level”.
  7. 90
    Between the remarkably replayable eight-hour campaign and competitive multiplayer, BattleBlock Theater already offers an exceptional value for your $15. But the cherry on top is a level editor that allows anyone to create, decorate, and upload their own collections of linked levels, complete with secret areas.
  8. Apr 9, 2013
    Fun, humorous and challenging. Battleblock is an excellent platforming game by The Behemoth team.
  9. Apr 3, 2013
    Content wise, this game is bursting at the seams. With cross-game promotion add-ons, tons of heads to unlock (that you can trade with other players), new weapons, replayable online and offline game modes, bonus levels, encore story levels, collectibles to capture, A+ grades to earn for every level, and the level editor with community challenges, you'll be at BattleBlock for quite a while.
  10. Apr 18, 2013
    At 1200 MS points it’s a small price to pay for the madness, and certainly lives up to its Castle Crashers pedigree for polish, poise, and preposterous premise.
  11. 90
    The Behemoth’s best game yet and a hilarious mix of co-op platforming and absurdly entertaining multiplayer madness.
  12. Apr 4, 2013
    BattleBlock Theater is like an HD version of the best Saturday-morning cartoon you can remember: hilarious, amazing in terms of visuals and also has one of the great co-op modes we've seen on Xbox Live Arcade. In short: Rayman Legends on acid, 'indie style'.
  13. Generous almost to excess, Battleblock Theater is one of Xbox Live Arcade's masterworks, and a reminder that genuine, bona fide imagination is possible even in the twilight of a console generation.
  14. May 22, 2013
    The Behemoth's follow-up to Castle Crashers has been well worth the wait. [Issue#98, p.79]
  15. Apr 10, 2013
    It’s a fascinatingly engaging game, drawing you in with humour and charm, then keeping you hooked with its intelligent level design that guides you to the hidden treasures subtly, making you feel like you’ve achieved something without ever forcing you into frustration.
  16. Apr 8, 2013
    Anybody who loved anything The Behemoth has done before will dig this, as will platforming fans who were raised on Super Mario Bros. and enjoy a challenging game of Super Meat Boy from time to time.
  17. Apr 11, 2013
    Chaotic, frenzied platform action with loads of entertaining online modes: This is a dream come true for sociable jump&run fans.
  18. Apr 5, 2013
    As a platformer with beat-em-up tendencies, Battleblock Theater is a rousing good time, alone or accompanied, and it weaves a charming tale throughout every challenge.
  19. Apr 24, 2013
    Another great game from The Behemoth: a brilliant platform game with bright humor, great art and a very addictive gameplay. The easy and intuitive level editor is just icing on the cake.
  20. Apr 21, 2013
    A clever, great looking and very genuine experience that belongs among the very best downloadable games ever created.
  21. Apr 3, 2013
    Between taking in the hysterical story, trying your hand at level creation, or just blowing up some buddies in versus mode, most every gamer will find something to love about BattleBlock Theater. Whether played alone or with friends, The Behemoth’s latest is an absolute blast that’s well worth the price of admission.
  22. Apr 8, 2013
    It took me a while to get into it but by the end of the review I can easily say this is the most action packed, intense, and mind stretching platformer I've played in many a year.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Apr 4, 2013
    Got this yesterday, couldn't put it down. Incredibly addicting with a nice learning curve no platforming fan should miss this.

    Got this yesterday, couldn't put it down. Incredibly addicting with a nice learning curve no platforming fan should miss this.

    Controls, the tightest I've had for a plat former since super meat boy.

    Great art style

    Hilarious and quirky sense of humor with a great story

    Level editor and community content

    Many different modes to play

    Incredible 4 player coop

    Massive customization options

    Yea buy this, its even more perfect and bursting with content than Castle Crashers, the Behemoth's last game
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  2. Apr 3, 2013
    Following from the success of their top rated XBLA game "Castle Crashers", The Behemoth manages to reinvent the tired genre of platforming andFollowing from the success of their top rated XBLA game "Castle Crashers", The Behemoth manages to reinvent the tired genre of platforming and makes something beautiful out of it. The presentation of the game is top notch with a hilarious narrator (that surprisingly never gets old) and music that all fits in perfectly to the quirky humor and unique art style of Dan Paladin.

    The game offers a lengthy story campaign that can be played solo or with a buddy, for multiplayer there is plenty of content to keep a party laughing the whole time as you backstab your friends over and over again in the name of comedy or compete with each other on 2 vs 2 in their own take of basketball, king of the hill, golden whale, and many more. When there's no friends around and you try to find something else to do, there is always online play, time trials or my personal favorite, the level editor. The tools in the level editor are robust, easy to use and definitely have a sense of achievement when you get your friends to try out your masterpiece (especially if they enjoy it).

    For 1200 points ($15), this game goes far and beyond the average XBLA game to provide you with a full package of both single player and multiplayer content, highly recommend it.
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  3. Jun 7, 2013
    This game is amazingly blended and combines the elements of puzzle, action, comedy, and parkour so smoothly. Consisting of an amazing (andThis game is amazingly blended and combines the elements of puzzle, action, comedy, and parkour so smoothly. Consisting of an amazing (and stupidly hilarious) storyline, in depth level editor, and great multi-player, this is easily one of the Behemoth's best products yet.

    The money system works on gems and yarn, which are assorted through each level. With these, you can buy new faces or tools and weapons. I instantly found myself scanning every corner of every level to find more gems for that new, random face.

    This game is only 15 dollars and worth the price for sure. With the ability to play other gamers' playlists the replayability is infinite. I think anyone who buys this game will have a joyous time.
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