Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Jan 5, 2011
    100
    It's an ingenious puzzle game that's sure to challenge and please every type of gamer and comes highly recommended from this author.
  2. Jan 5, 2011
    93
    There's no reason not to pick up ilomilo unless you just totally detest puzzle games.
  3. Jan 10, 2011
    91
    The lovely settings and cheery sound effects help soften any feelings of frustration that can build up during a particularly challenging puzzle.
  4. 90
    Strong, simple concept, executed beautifully. [Mar 2011, p.102]
  5. Jan 28, 2011
    90
    Cozy graphics and great puzzles. Get it now!
  6. Jan 10, 2011
    90
    Ilomilo is an absolutely delightful game full of charm and character.
  7. Jan 6, 2011
    90
    Overall, these issues are minor annoyances. ilomilo is an endearing, thought-provoking, and addictive puzzler. And with a selection of bonus mini-games and a well-balanced co-op mode, gamers are sure to get their money's worth.
  8. Jan 5, 2011
    90
    It may be over before you want it, but we'd much rather be left wanting more than feeling the game has worn out its welcome. If that's even possible with ilomilo, it sure wasn't obvious to us.
  9. Jan 5, 2011
    90
    A dreamily pretty and astonishingly compulsive puzzler that's a good deal more polished than many full-price retail releases.
  10. Jan 25, 2011
    89
    A beautiful, innovative game with loads of details and content – you can feel the love of the game designers and will be bound to Ilo and Milo in this puzzle madness. But: Nothing for action freaks.
  11. Dec 13, 2010
    88
    The overall experience of playing Ilomilo is absolutely addicting; it's as much fun as I've had with a puzzle game in ages. [Jan 2011, p.87]
  12. Feb 25, 2011
    85
    Essential for puzzle fans and highly recommended for everyone else, ilomilo is one of the most unique experiences on Xbox Live.
  13. Jan 31, 2011
    85
    Ilomilo is possibly the cutest puzzle game available on Xbox 360. It's even a well crafted and compelling game and one you shouldn't really miss if you don't get scared by games which may get tricky for your brains.
  14. Jan 27, 2011
    85
    SouthEnd has produced an endearing experience that deserves to be judged on its creative merits alone, and one that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the month's high profile releases.
  15. Jan 18, 2011
    85
    ilomilo is one of the cutest games on Xbox Live Arcade and it's great fun. You won't regret spending your Microsoft Points on it.
  16. Jan 12, 2011
    85
    Ilomilo it's a fantatsic puzzle game with a great artistic design and a good soundtrack. More than 40 levels, cooperative mode and full of secrets, is a great game for XBLA.
  17. Jan 9, 2011
    85
    We strongly recommend Ilomilo to all those players that want to try a different experience, made up of fun characters, colorful worlds and a story that could have been written and interpreted freely by our imagination.
  18. Jan 5, 2011
    85
    Pleasantly cute, yes, but more importantly consisting of smart designs and inventive game mechanics.
  19. Jan 5, 2011
    84
    It's all been done before one way or another, but the new style and story helped this score.
  20. Jan 5, 2011
    83
    If you're looking for a great puzzler, Ilomilo is an awesome choice. This is probably the more mind-intensive out of the trio of Holiday promotion releases.
  21. A gently challenging head-scratcher with lovely presentation and a worthwhile story to tell. [May 2011, p.121]
  22. Mar 7, 2011
    80
    Ilomilo is charming, no doubt. But it's also a well balanced puzzle platformer with elements that captures and entertains throughout.
  23. 80
    Cutesy looks mask a videogame of near malicious difficulty, though it still proves to be endlessly entertaining for those with the patience. [Issue#69, p.100]
  24. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    ilomilo is extremely cute and charming, with excellent design and a well made co-op mode. It delivers plenty of fun hours of gaming. Even though the final chapter is a bit of a letdown.
  25. Feb 3, 2011
    80
    A beautiful and extremely cozy platform puzzler. You play it with a big, constant smile on your face.
  26. Feb 1, 2011
    80
    Combining surreal challenges with mind-bending gameplay and packaged with some of the most delightful visuals to ever grace a console, ilomilo is one of the best titles in XBLA's steadily growing catalogue.
  27. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    Serious puzzlers will plough through the levels in a matter of hours (although there's some family-pleasing, inter-generational mileage in the two player option) but, for the price, it's hard to grumble. It's also hard to grumble about any game that can leave such a big, goofy smile on your face.
  28. Jan 23, 2011
    80
    A great puzzle game with one of the most beautiful settings seen on the Xbox Live Arcade.
  29. Jan 18, 2011
    80
    ilomilo is a must-have for anyone who loves visual logic puzzles, or co-op puzzle games like the Lost Vikings, as this is basically that mixed with a bit of Katamari Damacy-esque strangeness.
  30. Jan 13, 2011
    80
    Its surprising story and excellent visual design make it a very recommended game for puzzle lovers.
  31. 80
    A charming little puzzle game with a novel concept and plenty of challenges. The cute look and feel might be a bit too much for some, and the difficulty is a little uneven, but the game is still well worth a look, especially for its two-player mode.
  32. Jan 10, 2011
    80
    Like most Xbox Live Arcade games, ilomilo isn't terribly long, but collectables and unlockable bonus puzzles add a good deal of replay value.
  33. Jan 8, 2011
    80
    Ilomilo is enjoyable enough, but it's not the kind of puzzle game that you'll find yourself obsessing over.
  34. Jan 8, 2011
    80
    ilomilo is a complete joy from start to finish; exactly what XBLA needed; and exactly what's needed after fighting some non-cuddly alien maggots with a size 13 boot.
  35. 80
    An outstanding meal for one. [Feb 2011, p.72]
  36. Jan 6, 2011
    80
    Ilomilo is an incredibly charming puzzle game that will likely be too frustrating for some players and the lack of a fully featured multiplayer mode decreases the replay value dramatically.
  37. Jan 6, 2011
    80
    At 800 Microsoft Points ilomilo is ludicrously good value for money.
  38. Jan 6, 2011
    80
    Thanks to its wonderful visuals and simple but challenging gameplay, ilomilo proves to be a great puzzle game that will surely arouse interest in both fans of the genre and potential newcomers. Give it a chance, you won't regret it.
  39. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    While prone to feeling slow at times, Ilomilo is an undeniably well crafted title. Most of its puzzles feel perfectly tuned, and despite the occasionally flabbergasted controls, the amount of polish on display is something to be applauded.
  40. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    ilomilo is a challenging game disguised in an adorably harmless costume. If you're a fan of visual logic puzzles, definitely check it out.
  41. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    ilomilo is a wonderfully delightful puzzle game that will capture the imagination of just about anyone who enjoys a good thinking-man's puzzle game. The visuals and music are intoxicating and the level design is incredible.
  42. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    My apprehension toward abandonment is exactly what kept me coming back to ilomilo, because I couldn't bear to leave those errant thumbs unsupervised (in the game, I mean).
  43. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    Yes, ilomilo may be designed to appeal to casual players, but there is more than enough challenge present to satisfy hardcore gamers. It's rare when a game has universal appeal, but ilomilo nails it.
  44. Jan 13, 2011
    79
    Ilomilo is a nice puzzle game with a great artistic design. A game full of charm and personality.
  45. Dec 12, 2011
    75
    Excellent co-op puzzle game that in this reviewers opinion, tries far too hard to be cute and quirky which forces the game off the mark.
  46. Jan 8, 2011
    75
    Like some of the better Xbox Live Arcade titles, ilomilo is predominantly quality over quantity. While there's only a few hours play to be had, it's a thoroughly puzzling and enjoyable experience. Top it off with its heart-warming feel and ilomilo is certainly a game to consider purchasing, especially at 800 Microsoft Points.
  47. Jan 5, 2011
    75
    While multiplayer is a disappointment, the underlying puzzle game is one that is both challenging and entertaining. It's also pretty difficult not to fall in love with the adorable cast of characters.
  48. Jan 5, 2011
    75
    This delightful downloadable game combines heartwarming aesthetics with devious puzzles to create an engaging experience.
  49. Jan 13, 2011
    70
    All in all, ilomilo is a successful puzzle game that's sure to delight. Most challenges are fun and satisfying, while never quite out-of-this-world difficult. While the addition of the emotional element doesn't quite fulfill its promises, it's easy to overlook in favor of the careful presentation.
  50. 70
    The level of whimsy may seem artificially high but this is an inventive and fun puzzler - and a great opening salvo for Xbox Live Arcade in 2011.
  51. Jan 5, 2011
    70
    ilomilo is gorgeous, but flawed. Great ideas are quickly stretched out until they are barely recognisable anymore, and the gameplay moves from being interesting to an almighty slogfest.
  52. Jan 11, 2011
    60
    Even though it's not as much of a must-have as Super Meat Boy, Flower, or Limbo are, ilomilo is a nice little game full of charm and cleverness. It will probably seduce the puzzle fans. Its price and its poetic and polished world will conquer the others.
  53. Dec 23, 2010
    60
    Southend's spatial puzzler is clever enough to survive such a heavy-handed dose of focus-grouped fancy: you won't need to love it in order to appreciate some of its better tricks. [Jan 2011, p.103]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 6, 2011
    8
    First impressions when you look at 'ilomilo' is the style, the colourful and somewhat bohemian style are a easy on the eyes. There is aFirst impressions when you look at 'ilomilo' is the style, the colourful and somewhat bohemian style are a easy on the eyes. There is a different soundtrack for each different world and is constantly refreshing and relaxing. The game is pure 3 dimensional puzzles, this means there are no health bars, plat-forming or skill involved which may be a turn-off to some. From having completed indy games such as 'Braid' and 'Limbo' I thought I was average more or less at puzzle games, the later levels prove to be very challenging and only truly great minds will complete it first time without having to come back.

    My only gripe with the game was the camera, it always seems to be either too far away or too close when toggling between the views with the Y button, also it moves at ninety degree angles and is not as flexible as I would of hoped and therefore caused me some motion sickness after a couple hours.

    Visuals-9, Originality-9, Game-play-7, Sound-9.
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  2. Jan 8, 2011
    10
    The style and presentation of this game are wonderful. However, you don't expect the puzzles themselves to be so clever and enjoyable. This isThe style and presentation of this game are wonderful. However, you don't expect the puzzles themselves to be so clever and enjoyable. This is one of the most wonderful XBLA titles I have played, right up there (but just below) Trials HD and Shadow Complex.
    Let us hope they release more levels via DLC.
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  3. Jan 7, 2011
    9
    I was surprised by ilomilo. It really is a fantatsic puzzle game. It also has an excellent soundtrack. If you are sitting on the fenceI was surprised by ilomilo. It really is a fantatsic puzzle game. It also has an excellent soundtrack. If you are sitting on the fence about this one at least play through the trial. Full Review »