Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Fun driving and an inviting world make visiting Planet 51 a pleasure in this family-oriented open-world game.
  2. This is a game for kids! They will have a lot of fun with it. To all the others: “Hands off!”
  3. Better than expected, worse than it should be. [Feb 2010, p.111]
  4. Planet 51 is a game for kids, it’s by no means entertaining, but is the perfect fit for a GTA friendly open world game – perfect training for the later years. The problem is that even youngsters will likely quickly tire of the game, assuming they’ve had the privilege of playing anything that offers up gaming entertainment.
  5. A mediocre game at best and one that will not even appeal that much to the target audience. Kids want a game that offers fun and excitement and this drawn out sandbox affair has very little of either.
  6. You can buy it to your little child, and try it for a couple of hours, but the gaming experience will not entertain you for long. The dark side of tie-in acquires a new disciple.
  7. 50
    Planet 51: The Game isn’t a bad licensed game, really, but something far worse: it’s a boring game.
  8. Whether it's the floaty and complicated vehicle handling, the confused radar, the repetitive nature of the missions, or the random and surprising difficulty spikes, Planet 51 gives players (especially younger ones) a multitude of good reasons to stay away.
  9. 50
    The title completely lacks innovation, engagement, or for want of a more empirical term, soul. It does not even have the accolade of being actively bad, it is instead just utterly mediocre.
  10. Sadly, Planet 51 is a classic bad tie in; despite its young target, the title misses the point, and even if you loved the movie you won't be compelled by the boring gameplay.
  11. On top of frequent loads, lots of quest-to-quest driving, and graphics akin to Sneak King's, it's clear that no one really tried to make the game work. [Jan 2010, p.77]
  12. With dull events, terrible lip synching in the cut scenes, short story and just not enough to do for a sandbox game the few fun vehicle parts just aren’t enough. If you have some small children who enjoyed the film it’s probably worth picking up just to keep them quiet for a bit, but for anyone else it just isn’t worth it.
  13. Deathly dull and completely without purpose, it’s an alien piece of software that appears to have crash-landed in from another, entirely more forgiving era.

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