Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. A lot of fun after all these years. [Issue #16, p.78]
  2. Even though Joust is weird it still has a quirky loveable quality to it. Don't let the simplistic levels and objective fool you, Joust is a challenge.
  3. Joust is a bona fide arcade classic, and this Xbox Live Arcade edition is a fine tribute to the 1982 original.
  4. It's this progressive difficulty that makes Joust just as intense today as it was 20 years ago, and a welcome addition to the Live Arcade for those who fondly recall the Defender days of yore.
  5. 75
    As these Arcade games go, Joust hasn't lost a bit of its originality, challenge, and skill-based gameplay. It's way better with another player, especially in co-op.
  6. Sadly, this flashback is best left in the tar pits of old-school. [Jun 2006, p.61]
  7. You’re going to get a great deal of bang for your buck here, there’s no question about it. For a mere five dollars, you acquire a cult classic with online play and a flopping thirty achievements for your unlocking pleasure.
  8. The game doesn’t offer up a lot of variety in terms of it’s challenges, but its simplicity is also part of its appeal.
  9. 76
    A remake with its heart in the right place, but its mind in the gutter.
  10. An enjoyable slice of vintage magic. [Issue#23, p.97]
  11. Joust is a pretty good game, but it is strictly only for those who were actually gaming when the game was still out in the arcades, and at 400 points or five bucks you can’t go wrong.

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