Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 10 out of 17
  1. Given the amount of quality puzzle alternatives already available on XBLA, Mr. Driller Online should be avoided at all costs.
  2. Unfortunately, Mr. Driller Online is plagued by a meager selection of gameplay modes and bug-ridden online play that keep it from being worth the $10 price tag.
  3. If you're a huge Mr. Driller fan, I urge you not to purchase this title. Namco doesn't deserve to be rewarded for their less-than-lackluster effort. I truly feel that this game is a complete rip-off!
  4. Even with the Quest Mode’s extra goals, the game felt too simple for its own good. Extra value should’ve come from the online modes, but horrific lag rendered them unplayable, and there’s no offline multiplayer.
  5. 33
    And the core game is familiar territory these days -- familiar to the point of contempt.
  6. Take the thing online (that is the name of the game after all...) and the results are truly beyond atrocious. [Issue#33, p.116]
  7. Disappointing single player, poor character models, awful sound, and the online portion of the game is hideously broken.
  8. 28
    The last time I tested the online multiplayer, it froze my Xbox 360 completely, forcing me to shut the system off and restart. Needless to say, I didn't make another attempt.
  9. With a shallow single-player campaign and a broken online mode, Mr. Driller Online leaves little to recommend.
  10. A great game, but one which doesn't even come close to doing what it says on the tin. [July 2008, p.95]

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