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Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. May 4, 2011
    70
    A good game for the niche of gamers it's aimed at, but it's also inconsistent and flawed.
  2. May 5, 2011
    73
    If you're interested in Moon Diver, play halfway through the game by yourself to gain some levels, collect various magic, and get used to the structure. Then fire up multiplayer and never look back.
  3. Jun 19, 2011
    75
    For gamers looking for an old-school experience on their newfangled Xbox 360 they really won't go wrong with Moon Diver, especially if they were fans of the previous Strider games. Like a space-age Castlevania, Moon Diver will kick most any gamers ass – but in an old-school way that feels so good.
  4. May 30, 2011
    85
    Moon Diver feels like the kind of game that was released near the end of the Dreamcast's life cycle. It's aimed directly at people who grew up playing this kind of game, with very few token nods to the fact that time has passed between now and 1999. You can usefully compare it to most if not all of the good 2D games of the last ten years.
  5. May 1, 2011
    75
    It will not be remembered as one of the greatest in the digital catalogue as it could be much better, but retro gameplay fans will enjoy it.
  6. May 31, 2011
    25
    Moon Diver simply can't compete with recent entries like Outland, Vampire Smile, or Hard Corps: Uprising. Although fundamentally similar, those games offer much more variety and dynamic gameplay that combine retro and modern sensibilities to far greater effect. I would have loved to have seen Mr. Yotsui come forward with a game at least as good as Strider, which was one of the best action games of the 16-bit era, but this title feels more like one of the also-rans from that period that no one remembers or plays any longer. I suspect that it won't be very long before those descriptors can be applied to this miserable game.
  7. 45
    Some of the bigger bosses are fun to take down, and the grim backgrounds are often quite pretty, but robotically pounding or charging the X button for hours on end will wear down the will-power of even the most stalwart gamers. [May 2011, p.71]
  8. Jun 1, 2011
    75
    While it's easy to compare it to Capcom's 1989 hit Strider, Moon Diver certainly stands on its own. The game does suffer from repetitive gameplay and a bit too much grinding, but the fact-paced action and four-player mode more than makes up for the shortcomings!
  9. May 30, 2011
    40
    Moon Diver has many flaws: poor gameplay, an absent narration, an unbalnced difficulty level. More than enough to stay away from it.
  10. Jun 2, 2011
    60
    Moon Diver is a game largely imperfect, but at the same time it's able to amuse and entertain. For those who are looking for a challenging hack'n slash, this could be a good choice.
  11. May 20, 2011
    60
    Moon Diver is one of those old-school action games that Castlevania and Strider fans will recognize at first sight. Unfortunately it offers a very difficult "solo" gameplay and a confusing multiplayer experience.
  12. May 29, 2011
    85
    If you are looking for an action-packed game that is reminiscent of some of the best side-scrolling action games of yesteryear, you can do far worse than Moon Diver.
  13. May 30, 2011
    70
    If you enjoy your old-school 2D action games played with a friend or two, Moon Diver could certainly scratch that itch. On the other hand, it doesn't really do anything all that special and if you aren't used to the punishing nature (read: difficulty!) of these games, then it might be best to avoid this one.
  14. Stylistically bland and clearly confused, the game's initially slick descent quickly twists into a belly flop. Floundering in a mush in ill-advised ideas, Moon Diver drowns itself in a paddling pool of tedium.
  15. Jul 25, 2011
    60
    The experience is rather decent, even if its unforgiving nature can grate on occasion. [Issue#74, p.101]
  16. 40
    The only way to experience the whole game with relative ease is by dipping your toes in the online pool. Unfortunately, most of the title is plagued by repetition, lifeless design, and enough Japanese obscurity to deter most enthusiasts, meaning Moon Diver's appeal is broken quicker than Ryan Giggs' super injunction.
  17. Jun 1, 2011
    60
    It's tough but it's worth it. Grab some friends and kick back for serious old-school fun. If you're not into the genre, though, there's nothing here that will transform you.
  18. May 17, 2011
    62
    If you are looking for a single player experience, then you will want to look elsewhere. But even if you and three friends are looking at tackling this as your next co-op game, be warned that the slow pace of customization/level-up points requires a deep amount of dedication. Only the hardcore should apply; everyone else will probably be happier playing Castle Crashers.
  19. May 18, 2011
    40
    This game is a complete mess from start to finish.
  20. Jun 19, 2011
    80
    If you are looking for a great 4 player side scrolling adventure then look no further.
  21. 30
    A lackluster side-scrolling action game with boring graphics, tedious combat and shoddy interface design. Boss fights are ocassionally interesting, but it's not enough to change the overall impression of a game not worth your time.

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