Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 63 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. Jul 11, 2011
    90
    Another excellent, thrilling platformer from the insane team at Twisted Pixel. This one is a little harder than the first, so be warned that you are in for a serious challenge. But there is more creativity packed into one Ms Splosion Man level than many other games can muster in their entirety.
  2. Jul 13, 2011
    85
    Thrilling level design makes Ms. 'Splosion Man an explosively fun platformer.
  3. Jul 12, 2011
    88
    Though the format is identical to the original 'Splosion Man, the new protagonist's sassy attitude goes a long way in making the experience feel fresh again.
  4. Jul 13, 2011
    88
    Though the silly humor and high challenge curve could scare some players off, everyone should try one of the best downloadable games this year.
  5. Jul 14, 2011
    70
    Ms. 'Splosion Man may lack the impact of its predecessor and the taut focus of rival Super Meat Boy, but it nevertheless offers an explosive start to the summer season of Xbox Live Arcade releases, a game surprisingly freshened by lipstick and a bow.
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    100
    This game is a great value considering everything you get for only $10. A funny and fun title with tons of personality, Twisted Pixel has yet again shown its skill at being able to develop interesting characters and addictive gameplay in downloadable form.
  7. Jul 11, 2011
    85
    The basic gameplay is untouched, but you get new levels, new enemies and new obstacles. Ms. Splosion Man features all the same fun and exciting gameplay as the original game, but it also adds in a fair amount of new things. It still has rough edges, but if you liked the original Splosion Man, there's more of the same here to enjoy.
  8. Aug 1, 2011
    67
    I managed to have quite a it of fun with Ms. Splosion Man, despite her pushing me away and at times downright annoying me.
  9. Aug 9, 2011
    83
    While the sometimes automatic nature of Ms. Splosion Man is enough to make me turn it off for a few minutes every session or two of playing, the rest of the game just screams "I'm too hard and you better quit"... and I'm the sort of player who digs a challenge.
  10. Jul 11, 2011
    100
    It's the kind of balls-out platforming design I'll eat by the spoonful, without any of the nagging at the back of my head that I should be beating the rest of my Xbox Live friends' times instead of just having fun...It's punishing, but still so strangely addictive.
  11. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    Different and mental. [Oct 2011, p.85]
  12. Dec 7, 2011
    100
    The gameplay is solid and polished, and every level is fiendishly designed. There's and endless amount of content to conquer. Ms. Splosion Man excels in every way, and it has my absolute approval.
  13. Jul 21, 2011
    88
    Ms. Splosion Man is a fantastic sequel of the original game, with some great improvements particulary on the level design. Keep in mind that this is a hardcore, frustrating and hard game; but the reward is well worth the price.
  14. Jul 13, 2011
    80
    Even if it can intermittently be too clever for its own good, it's still a great throwback to the old-school platforming, and expertly builds on the original.
  15. Jul 25, 2011
    88
    Just like the original game, Ms. 'Splosion Man is well worth not only your time, but also your money.
  16. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    It is not as surprising as the first game, but it is again a fun, complete and well made arcade game that becomes one of the best Arcade titles of the year.
  17. Jul 25, 2011
    100
    For what could have been just another jump in a sea of platformers, this game stands out because it has personality. Don't miss this one.
  18. Jul 20, 2011
    70
    Ms Splosion Man might have done little to fix the 
first game's flaws, but it confidently follows up on its raucous appeal.
  19. 90
    A veritable clinic on how to enhance your game for a follow-up. Most of Splosion Man's niggling issues have been replaced with a dizzying grab bag of interesting and compelling design choices. Well done, guys.
  20. Jul 12, 2011
    90
    One area Twisted Pixel always excels is writing and humor. Their games are genuinely funny, and Ms. Splosion Man continues that trend, even if it does rely too much on female stereotypes.
  21. Sep 13, 2011
    90
    There's a ridiculous amount of content here. [Issue#113, p.104]
  22. Jul 15, 2011
    80
    Ms. Splosion Man might not have the same immediacy and freshness of her orange-hued male counterpart, but with more variety and intelligence in the level design she's definitely more fun to play with.
  23. Jul 14, 2011
    91
    MS. Splosion Man is again full of absurdity, character, and classic platforming bravery. Twisted Pixel creates another truly amazing videogame.
  24. Jul 15, 2011
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  25. Jan 10, 2012
    94
    If you're a fan of classic platformers, Ms. Splosion Man is going to steal your heart.
  26. Oct 11, 2011
    80
    Defeated levels give you points to use in the mall, a shop for unlocking everything from concept art to an exclusive theme of the game. Did you succeed in acquiring the hidden pair of shoes? More points to spend!
  27. Jul 11, 2011
    95
    With all of the "just made it" moments scattered throughout the game, Ms. Splosion Man is an easy candidate for "Most Toes Curled" and "Most Butt Cheeks Clenched" awards in 2011.
  28. Aug 4, 2011
    80
    Ms. Splosion Man is the predecessor on drugs. While higher-faster-further does certainly have an appeal Twisted Pixel causes hallucinations that are less of a walk on a field of flowers and more of a dance on a volcano. This is a game that will drive impatient gamers crazy but will be loved by perfectionists.
  29. Sep 30, 2011
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  30. Jul 21, 2011
    80
    This game is really a nice platformer that you can get for a low price. The puzzles are difficult and therefore challenging but there's plenty of humor to relieve the tension. However you have to like all of the chaos and speed to fully enjoy this game.
  31. Aug 11, 2011
    90
    Ms. Splosion Man is pure fun. The sequel of the awesome Splosion Man is bigger, faster and better. If you're looking for a fun and challenging platform, this is the game for you, both in single player or with your friends.
  32. Jul 15, 2011
    60
    Not a sequel that seemed desperately necessary, and it's arguable if the end result is any real improvement, but still an enjoyable - if quickly disposable - download.
  33. Jul 13, 2011
    85
    Some players may get frustrated with the level of trial and error, but if you're up to the challenge, Ms. Splosion Man is a satisfying pursuit of timing and control with an ending that's well worth the effort.
  34. Jul 15, 2011
    90
    Splosion Man is back again, but this time with a female character that's going to 'change the world'. Twisted Pixel made their best work with this one, a unique masterpiece that won't turn anyone off. Just don't miss it.
  35. Nov 1, 2011
    87
    Ms. 'Splosion Man's gameplay provides a manic, engrossing, and dizzying experience. But its feel and its humour add so much more.
  36. Jul 18, 2011
    75
    The formula of play still holds much appeal, and there's a lot of game on tap for the now-lower-than-average price of 800 Microsoft points. Ms. 'Splosion Man may not be a perfect sequel, but it has little trouble justifying a return trip to the lab that spawned 'sploding in the first place. R
  37. 80
    Perfectly pitched pink platforming. [Sept 2011, p.98]
  38. Oct 13, 2011
    80
    Played properly though, Ms 'Splosion Man is a game for platforming purists. If you enjoyed the original or find titles like Ninja Gaiden a cakewalk, you'll find just what you're looking for here, namely a worthy sequel packed to the rafters with content and a more-than-decent test of your skills. As for everyone else, approach with caution: there is fun to be had with Ms 'Splosion Man, and when the game is good it's very good, but just when you start to smile and enjoy yourself, things might splode all up in your face.
  39. Sep 19, 2011
    90
    A classic example of a developer polishing a great idea until it's virtually gleaming. Go get it now. [Issue#76, p.101]
  40. 80
    Extreme difficulty is the only obstacle to enjoying this elite arcade game. If you liked the previous part this one cannot disappoint you. [Issue#208]
  41. 70
    Our conclusive advice is to avoid the single player in anything but very small doses when your chums aren't around and stick to the co-op almost exclusively.
  42. Jul 22, 2011
    60
    Twisted Pixel started with a lot of ideas and good will for this semi-remake, semi-follow-up to their best game to date, 'Splosion Man. If gamers will get a lot of value, thanks to an amount of content that could put to shame several better-established productions, its implementation suffers too many shortcomings, starting with the basic concept that strayed too far away from the original by design. It's like this good old saying : if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  43. Oct 6, 2011
    60
    Fun in short doses, Ms. Splosion Man is not a game I'd spend more than 20 or 30 minutes with at a time.
  44. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    It's almost impossible not to have fun with Ms. Splosion Man, but also to get furious when the extreme difficulty punishes you like never before. But still, a must buy for arcade fans.
  45. Aug 25, 2011
    80
    Ms Splosion Man is willing to innovate and improve some structures of Splosion Man. It continues to offer the same level of adrenaline and this is good news for fans of the original.
  46. Jul 19, 2011
    81
    Ms. Splosion Man is worth its 800 microsoft points provided the gamer playing has a lot of patience to make it through the more difficult levels in the game.
  47. Oct 2, 2011
    82
    Ms. Splosion Man is frequently good with equal parts brilliance and frustration. Sometimes you might get the feeling that the folks at Twisted Pixel had so much fun making their game they sort of forgot we common folk would wind up playing it, but it's hard to fault ambition.
  48. Jul 20, 2011
    95
    Overall, Ms. 'Splosion Man is a great old school styled platformer that takes what the first game did great, and makes it even better. With single player being around the twelve to fifteen hour range, and multiplayer weighing in at around the same, it's a great value. And for only 800 MS Points, you can't beat it.
  49. Jul 13, 2011
    60
    Given all the improvements and additions and craziness, though, it's a little disappointing that I didn't enjoy PLAYING this sequel as much as the first one.
  50. Sep 30, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  51. Dec 12, 2011
    90
    Priced at a very accessible 800 Microsoft Points anyone who enjoyed Splosion Man needs to pick this title up, and if you haven't played Splosion Man before either buy that one or just buy both, you won't be disappointed if you enjoy tough, yet rewarding titles.
  52. Aug 31, 2011
    90
    Every level of this platform game brings a new challenge and a new surprise and that results in an extremely high playability. [September 2011, p.75]
  53. A deceptively hardcore and thigh-slappingly funny platformer with secrets and challenges galore. [Nov 2011, p.111]
  54. Jul 13, 2011
    89
    The sound is exquisite. Along with an inspired soundtrack featuring several original ditties (complete with vocals straight out of the 80's), the game also has terrific voicework for Ms. Splosion Man, who utters everything from Valley Girl talk to Madonna to current lines by Lady Gaga.
  55. Jul 11, 2011
    100
    Stuffed with new mechanics, meticulous level design and what I believe (with some confidence) to be the best ending of all time, Ms. 'Splosion Man excels over its predecessor in every way.
  56. Jul 29, 2011
    80
    From the first moment to the last (and the final boss fight really has to be seen to be believed) Ms. Splosion Man urges you to succeed by dangling forthcoming treasures in front of your nose, while at the same time trying to kick your legs out from under you. It's a vicious mistress, but one with rich rewards.
  57. Aug 31, 2011
    80
    Whether you've played 'Splosion Man, or you are new to 'sploding, Ms.'Splosion Man is a lot of fun, and when you combine that with all of the other great things you can do it makes it a pretty amazing deal. Priced at just 800 MS points, I would say this game is a definite must have and a great addition to any gamers collection.
  58. 90
    The challenging and constantly varying level design that keeps on indtroducing new elements is an absolute joy, and given the bargain price, we have no choice but to award Ms. Splosion Man with a well deserved top rating.
  59. Aug 1, 2011
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  60. Jul 15, 2011
    80
    Ms Splosion is a very solid sequel that delivers great fun on the same basis as its predecessor. It's crazy, over the top and just as harshly difficult as Splosion Man, and then some.
  61. Jul 19, 2011
    95
    For every Mario-like overworld map screen and shifting platform puzzle it recycles, it sprinkles in a dash of new-age ingenuity, with fast-paced and complex obstacles, comical scientist slaughter, and laugh-out-loud '90s pop culture references.
  62. Jul 19, 2011
    90
    Fans of Splosion Man should purchase without hesitation, while newcomers owe it to themselves to jump, or splode, on in.
  63. Jul 11, 2011
    90
    With Ms. Splosion Man Twisted Pixel took a formula that already worked and simply added more craziness.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jul 13, 2011
    10
    A harder game than the original but if you succeed at a puzzle the reward is always funny, but if you don't succeed at first always remember this review. overall 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    8
    One of the funniest multiplayer games I played this year. It's so funny to blame other people for your own faults... Jump'n'run games sort of celebrate their comeback via xbox live. This game is one of the best of the genre. Though it is not as innovative as its predecessor, it has such a good humor and nice visuals that it's totally worth the 800 ms points. Full Review »
  3. Jul 20, 2011
    8
    Playing this game reminded me of the days when I played Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, it's just as addicting, this game is packed to the brim with personality, it's goes from funny to downright hilarious, I couldn't help as Ms. 'Splosion Man quoted famous singers like Beyonce and Lady Gaga and then turned right around and referenced movies like Predator and Willy Wonka, and the ending is probably one of the most funny things of all time, the gameplay is your basic platformer, easy to grasp but difficult to master, and has a lot of content for only 800 Microsoft points ($10), there are 47 single player levels, tons of unlockables and secret levels, and then 50 multiplayer levels, and shoes to collect in every one of the single player and multiplayer levels, so there is a lot to keep you busy, and just when you think you've seen everything the levels can offer they through in a new twist to keep you on your toes, but with all these good things it does have its flaws, long load times are frequent, while Ms. 'Splosion man's one liners are funny by the hundredth time you hear them they begin to lose their charm, same goes for the soundtrack, and levels could use more variety, and it can be frustratingly difficult at times, where if your even a hair off, or a split second too late or too early it means an instant death, but thankfully they gave you an option to skip sections that are too hard for you, and checkpoints are generally well placed but there are several levels that have awful checkpoints, and one minor complaint is that when you hit certain enemies they slam onto the screen blocking your view of what's happening, I found it incredibly annoying, but even with these flaws I found myself falling into the just one more level trap time and time again, this truly is a great game, and if your looking for a fun platformer and don't mind some punishing difficulty look no further, however the easily frustrated should look elsewhere. Full Review »