Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. The title retains most of what made it a success, and additions like Planet Impact are a nice touch. On the other hand, the online multiplayer is a bit of a letdown, so in the end, whether Meteos Wars is worth your hard-earned $10 depends on how much you need a new puzzle game.
  2. Meteos Wars is a fast puzzle game that has a refreshing presentation and good gameplay execution, but it lacks substance.
  3. For Xbox Live Arcade it's not quite the return to last summer's form, and there are more substantial falling-blocks puzzle games with comparable production values elsewhere on the service (Lumines Live, for instance), but if you can look past its slender framework and online issues then Meteos Wars is a decent death blow to a few otherwise productive evenings, and more proof from Q that there's life in the old blocks yet.
  4. A cool concept for a puzzle-block game that is unfortunately hampered by an overly aggressive AI and a real lack of multiplayer opponents on XBL. If you can get a friend or two together though, you'll have a blast.
  5. From the looks of things the formula is still going strong and is in no real danger of becoming stale any time in the near future. [Feb 2009, p.113]
  6. Online play is a huge disappointment, but the frenetic action of the Meteos series has survived the journey to the Xbox Live Arcade intact.
  7. While the music and visuals are still up to the standards of Q Entertainment, the game has undergone a severe downgrade with the new control scheme.
  8. Meteos Wars is definitely a lean package, putting in just the bare essentials, and while it might lack the visual zest of some of Q Entertainment’s better-known titles, the gameplay, which hits the right balance between approachability and replayability, more than makes up the difference.
  9. While the mission mode and various attack modes can certainly keep you occupied for a time, Meteos' real legs come from human competition. Unless you're planning on playing with friends and don't care about random encounters in ranked matches, Meteos Wars is pretty tough to recommend.
  10. 80
    It looks snazzy and sounds great. It's just too bad the online multiplayer didn't perform better in my experience.
  11. 60
    The main reason I would buy Meteos Wars is if a mate or two already own it.
  12. With all that content to complement its addictiveness, Meteos Wars shouldn't be missed by those who crave block puzzles. [Holiday 2008, p.69]
  13. 75
    Meteos Wars may not be ideal with a standard controller, but it is still a fun, hectic and different take on the traditional block clearer.
  14. The blocks are appropriately vibrant, the launching effect is cool, the backgrounds sci-fi-ish, and the momentum-driving music never grows too repetitive—a significant achievement for a puzzle game.
  15. We can safely say that Meteos Wars isn't as good as its dual screen brother, but don't take that to mean you should cast the thought of forking out your hard-earned MS Points aside.
  16. The lesson here is that if you own a DS, you're far better off buying the original than you are settling for this new port that comes in high on style but low on substance.
  17. Put simply, it works exactly how you'd expect a tech demo for touch screen to work when the touch screen's taken away. [Issue#39]
  18. A great bit of old-fashioned block busting fun marred slightly by the sluggish controls. [Mar 2009, p.94]
  19. 81
    Meteos Wars is an excellent addition to the XBLA family and a delightful treat for fans of Q Entertainment in general. While it does suffer from transition issues to a traditional control scheme you can easily adjust to it after less than an hour.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. AnonymusAnonymus
    Jan 10, 2009
    6
    Not as fun as the original Meteos, but is somewhat fun. The fusion is cut out and that made me mad, but they add 2 new types of elements. INot as fun as the original Meteos, but is somewhat fun. The fusion is cut out and that made me mad, but they add 2 new types of elements. I believe they are ice and ink. Anyways, there is no point for new elements if there is no fusion. But the new planets are kinda cool... Last resort:a 6. Full Review »