Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Jan 25, 2012
    70
    Its strategy is just complex enough to demand some skill, and breaking down words is right up every word nerd's alley. Quarrel is flawed, but selective players who know what they want will find themselves enraptured by a siren song written in eight-letter words.
  2. Jan 25, 2012
    75
    Quarrel is an unconventional game of conflict and domination that will delight puzzle enthusiasts.
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    80
    A well-made and fun game that will put your vocabulary to the test, and at a price of just $5, it's a good buy for Risk and Scrabble fans. It will be especially fun for gamers who have friends online who share their tastes. However, some aspects of this game are quite frustrating, so expect Quarrel to become a pleasant diversion, not an addiction.
  4. Feb 2, 2012
    85
    Minor issues aside, Denki has created a wonderful, addictive game that I'm sure I'll be returning to throughout the year. Whether you're a dictionary-reading diehard or an armchair general, Quarrel has enough depth and charm to keep most gamers smiling.
  5. Jan 25, 2012
    90
    Quarrel is still the horribly compelling single-player game it's always been on mobiles, with an extra dollop of polish and a few new tantalising game modes for the console release - and all for the laughable sum of 400 Microsoft Points.
  6. Mar 14, 2012
    78
    It's best played against humans. [Apr 2012, p.85]
  7. Jan 31, 2012
    80
    Very nice mix between strategy and word game, same great playability from iOS version, plus the multiplayer. English could be harsh for someone.
  8. Feb 3, 2012
    60
    An interesting game that blends intelligently two types of well known games: one of territory conquest like Risk, and one in which we have to form words. It may result very addictive for some players, but those who are not native English speakers will find too much of a barrier.
  9. Jan 31, 2012
    91
    The game is cute, well designed, well implemented and just the thing to show off your big brain to all of your friends.
  10. Jan 31, 2012
    70
    Word games are only as good as their dictionary is reliable, and while Quarrel has one of the best around, it's occasionally hamstrung by Microsoft's Victorian sensibilities.
  11. 80
    Quarrel does have some odd quirks, such as claiming words like "Monday" don't exist while accepting more obscure words. But for logophiles, its mix of strategy and vocabulary is a true pleasure.
  12. Jan 26, 2012
    88
    Quarrel is a masterful combination of classic tabletop war gaming and wordsmithing. For those that enjoy the domination gameplay of Risk but recoil at the overly random nature of dice rolls, Quarrel is worth a look. If you're a word nerd that is looking for a competitive experience that is fresher than Words with Friends, this is the game you've been waiting for.
  13. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    The whole thing is wrapped up in a darling Fisher Price aesthetic and presented with wit and style. A lack of offline multiplayer and Microsoft's dodgy dictionary compromises the package, but it's got more modes than you deserve and a ridiculous 400 point price tag.
  14. Feb 15, 2012
    42
    Quarrel is a bright idea hamstrung by a series of unfortunate design flaws, lack of offline multiplayer, balancing issues, and a desperate need to remain inoffensive.
  15. Feb 7, 2012
    70
    Quarrel is a game very fun and different. Unfortunately, in Italy his success is linked to more than a good knowledge of english: essential to appreciate the game.
  16. Feb 24, 2012
    90
    Overall, Quarrel is an enjoyable game that word puzzle fans will really appreciate since such games are a rarity on XBLA. Add an extra layer of strategy from the Risk aspect of the game, and you have a great little game to play when you want to give your brain more of a workout than your reflexes.
  17. Feb 14, 2012
    72
    An interesting puzzle, half way between Scrabble and Risiko.
  18. Jan 29, 2012
    80
    Quarrel is the prefect combination of Risk and Scrabble. You can pick it up whenever you want and still be able to kick some lexical buttocks. The only problem us Dutch gamers have, is that the game is only playable in English. A problem we're willing to overlook for mere 400 Microsoft Points.
  19. Feb 9, 2012
    60
    Quarrel is an interesting mix between Risk and Scrabble where you must conquer the enemy territory using anagrams. It's a nice game that can keep you playing for a long time, if you tolerate its frustrating AI that sometimes gives the sensation of cheating.
  20. Jan 29, 2012
    90
    One of the best smartphone games of last year gets the multiplayer mode it's always needed, in this superb mix of Risk and Scrabble.
  21. Feb 11, 2012
    85
    Rarely a dull moment means you always have something to do, and the games can be quick and decisive, or hard won - depending on the skill of your opponents.
  22. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    Despite this, much of the game is a joy to play, providing more than its share of simple, disposable fun. Moreover, Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai nails the spirit of its protagonist and the atmosphere of the adventure. Although its scenario is silly and many of its incidents are ridiculous, the game succeeds because it never takes itself very seriously.
  23. 90
    Relentlessly clever and deviously charming. [May 2012, p.85]
  24. Jan 26, 2012
    90
    All of this adds up to a very feature rich game that deserves praise, it has taken the best bits from board games such as Scrabble, Risk and Boggle and mixed them up into a unique and satisfying experience. At 800 Points it would be more than worth it, however at just 400 Microsoft Points it is an absolute no brainer, go ahead and buy it right now.
  25. 80
    A great combination of genres that manages to really tax your brain, be great fun and work as a competitive and addictive multiplayer game. Not so great for solo players, though. [Issue#83, p.104]
  26. 70
    As a straight-port with added multiplayer, developers Denki have done a decent job with Quarrel. Moving forward, there's plenty to build on in order to establish this as a successful series. When it comes down to business, Quarrel does its best to puff out its chest, but loses breath quicker than expected upon first playing. There's no doubt this is a charismatic, challenging and fun way to spend your time, if you don't mind some irritating tendencies along the way.
  27. Feb 11, 2012
    80
    Quarrel is what you get if you combine Scrabble with Risk. Battling opponents with words to conquer areas has never been this fun.
  28. Feb 1, 2012
    85
    An instant classic. The brilliant mixture of Risk and Scrabble is as simple as it is motivating: You command troops on the battlefield, rage war with words and try to capture all territories. For merely 400 points every hobby tactician should give this cute letter warfare a chance.
  29. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    All of this amusement with words is priced at a smashing 400 Microsoft Points, a bargain when there has been a noticeable increase of prices recently on XBLA. It's quite hard not to recommend the title, and I can only see people who really loathe games that require a good use of vocabulary hating it. For everyone else, this gaming dictionary is worth your time and you might even learn a few new words during your play – who says learning can't be fun?
  30. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    A nice remix between the rules of Risk and Scrabble.
  31. Jan 30, 2012
    79
    While Quarrel doesn't really do too much to push the word genre forward, it's really not that bad a game at all. While the AI has its moments of cheapness and the presentation could've used a little more ingenuity (and for that matter, lessened loading times), the game has a light-hearted appearance, gameplay that can really grow on you (especially if you're an English major) and online options to make it a real party.
  32. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Quarrel is a charming and challenging little wordgame for a very resonable price. It's cleverly designed and is a delight to play against friends over Xbox Live or in your living room.
  33. Feb 24, 2012
    90
    Quarrel! is one of those games that comes from out of nowhere but instantly will keep you playing through a whole day without warning. It doesn´t matter if you compete against the AI or other players, Quarrel! turns out to be an intelligent and highly motivating challenge.
  34. Feb 2, 2012
    65
    At its core, this is a really good game with a winning gameplay mechanic, but its flaws often grind the fun to a screeching halt.
  35. Jan 25, 2012
    90
    I was really pleasantly surprised at the tremendous amount of content I was able to get for such a small price and even more pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had with it. If you're looking for something to workout your mental muscles and don't want a plot driven game, then I can't more highly recommend Quarrel.
  36. Jan 26, 2012
    88
    All I know is that the world would probably be a better place if we all treated words with the same reverence Quarrel does.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 25, 2012
    10
    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I have Quarrel Deluxe on my iPad, and the one thing I felt was missing was multiplayer--well I have it in full force on my Xbox and it really completes the game play experience. Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2012
    9
    A very nice XBLA game, a mixture between Scramble and Risk: you take turns, with the AI or your Friends (local and online multiplayer), in a determined scenario, where each one of you has territories, and the amount of "soldiers" in the disputed territory, determines how many letters you can use to form a word, the winner is the one who spells the highest points, and with this beat the enemies soldiers. Well, to resume: it's Risk with words in the place of numbers... very fun indeed! My score: 9,0 / 10, 0 . Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2012
    10
    I love this game on the iPad. Thank you, Ignition, for bringing it to the 360 and adding multiplayer! Canâ