Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Open Season’s only true flaw is its lack of replay value.
  2. Open Season is one of this gaming season's most pleasant surprises - a game of a kids' CGI film that isn't a total sell out.
  3. I seem to never get tired of riding an outhouse down raging rapids, call me silly.
  4. As Open Season shows, the search for a kids movie game that appeals just as much to parents as it does to little ones proves to be an elusive one. Sub-par controls and by-the-numbers gameplay aside, this one is still worth a purchase if A) you're buying strictly for your child or B) you're looking for an easy 1000 achievement points.
  5. It's cute, comical but simple. [Christmas 2006, p.96]
  6. There is nothing at all wrong with Ubisoft's Open Season; it's a technically competent, well produced adventure game designed for kids, and is a game they will probably love.
  7. 63
    The comedy, while basic, actually had us laughing a few times through the game, and even though the story and character designs from the film are amazingly cookie-cutter, the game offers a few high points for anyone with little tikes in desperate need of some gaming goodness to go with the afternoon flick.
  8. The target audience is gaming kiddies, and Open Season manages an attractive string of 25 short and bloodless missions for the prepubescent set, plus a few basic minigames. [Holiday 2006, p.86]
  9. The majority of the game’s levels do feel repetitive. If you like to get some easy achievements from the game, then these can easily be attained.
  10. If you're not into the movie or cute fuzzy forest animals then Open Season doesn't offer up much to the causal gamer, especially with the voice mimic talent they found for the production.
  11. This rendition of Open Season is a plodding adventure full of inane fetch quests and lifeless dialogue scenes.
  12. Hackneyed missions and claustrophobic environments are just two of Open Season's problems. Is the box recyclable? [Issue 13, p.89]
  13. Open Season is definitely a good kids' game - nice to look at and very easy with it. However, adults will burn through this game in less than six hours with no real difficulty.
  14. Put it this way: if your kid gets stuck on a game like Open Season, you know something's amiss. Consider it a good test of whether videogames really are for them.
  15. Feels like a game that was made out of obligation to the movie. [Issue 17, p.74]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KarenH.
    Sep 22, 2006
    Sweet characters in a great game. What can you say about a game that's perfect? It's so much fun and it's 4 player, so my whole family (hubby and 2 young ones) can play together. This is what gaming is all about to us! Full Review »
  2. KullD.
    Sep 22, 2006
    I love this game simply for the way it brought joy to my children every minute that they played it yesterday. There are precious few GOOD games for children. This one shines. It's got the whole package. Great graphics, a wonderful storyline, and great game play functionality. My kids are great at the Xbxo controls, but their dad sucks! Even I found the game easy to control though. Full Review »
  3. GarS.
    Sep 22, 2006
    Join those fun furry creatures as you relive the adventures from the movie. I don't have kids, but us adults can play kids games too, right? Ahem. Well, I love animated kids films and I love some movie based kid's games too (Shrek was a great game!). This one is top notch for the kid movie loving adult. Full Review »