Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. An addictive mixture of fast-paced vehicular combat that combines a fluid arcade feel with vivid graphics, making it yet another worthwhile addition to the growing library of Xbox Live Arcade titles.
  2. Whether you prefer the eight-player Live free-for-all or the strictly linear single player campaign, Novadrome delivers a spartan but reasonably attractive vehicular-combat experience with just enough bells and whistles to justify its $10 download. [Jan. 2007, p.74]
  3. If you like your car-based beat-'em-ups and don't fancy 20 for a second-hand copy of "Full Auto," then this is a worthwhile investment. [Feb 2007, p.102]
  4. 60
    The main problem is, like most arcade games, I can’t see it lasting too long, or not long enough to justify a ten-dollar purchase. You’ll have to ask yourself, then: “Do I like racing around and crashing things?” If yes, this is probably the XBLA title for you.
  5. Novadrome offers a glossy-looking take on the tried-and-true concept of futuristic car combat, but fails to do anything interesting or noteworthy with it.
  6. Novadrome packs it all in in terms of options and modes, but fails to capture any of the charm of classic car combat titles like Twisted Metal or even its less good rip-off merchant of a friend, Vigilante 8.
  7. There's just nothing particularly great about it. The only incentive to sink any major amount of time into it is that most of the achievements on offer require the best cars in the game to attain. But it's highly unlikely most people will be able to stay interested for even that long.
  8. It might run smoothly and offer a half-dozen modes, but Novadrome is the type of sterile, seen-it-all-before mid pack performer that there was no reason to produce. [Issue 21, p.57]
  9. 37
    Novadrome just turns out to be a generic, vanilla action-racer with little going for it. XBLA doesn't offer too many racing games yet, so it's tempting to buy this, but even though it hardly costs anything, it's not worth the time.
  10. This is Xbox Live Arcade at its very worst. [Issue#25, p.118]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 17, 2012
    Novadrome, a new car combat game. The game is not perfect like Burnout or Split/Second, but people the game is really funny, the graphics are interesting, the gameplay amazing. This game is perfect. Full Review »