Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 58
    For all its competence, there's no real hook for anyone who doesn't remember the original Rocket Knight game. It appeals mainly to nostalgia for the way platformers used to be. Although it has a lovely next-gen presentation with the hi-res, 3D graphics engine, this is very much two-or-three-gens-ago gameplay.
  2. Most of the platforming is top-shelf stuff, and the few issues with the controls notwithstanding, I had a great time with the game. Fifteen dollars is a bit high, though, for the amount of pleasure most folks will likely mine from the experience.
  3. Rocket Knight certainly bares it's 16-bit brethren well, taking an interesting character with plenty of uniqueness and not spoiling it with a remake and re-visioning.
  4. Rocket Knight is a solid revival of a classic Genesis franchise, but it suffers from a tragically short lifespan and high price tag.
  5. It's hard to know how many people are really going to care about the return of Rocket Knight. Climax has done a decent job of giving it a modern sheen, but while it's mildly entertaining and completely inoffensive, it's also forgettable.
  6. The gameplay is challenging and enjoyable and I would spend 1200 MS points in a heartbeat for Rocket Knight.
  7. A game like this is exactly what I wanted in the classic remake trend. Sure, it doesn't bring much that's new, but it does expand on all that makes this genre great and, even better, it brings back the memories of great games from years past.
  8. 70
    Daunting price point aside, Rocket Knight is a fun, albeit short, adventure with a variety of gameplay that doesn't reinvent what was great about the 16-bit era, but instead serves to remind us how much fun it was.
  9. This is a remarkable example of a series reboot, which remains faithful to the source material while making changes that increased its enjoyment tenfold. I recommend this game to anyone who has ever enjoyed a platformer in their life.
  10. Updates are tricky; they need to be handled with the utmost love and dedication. We're not suggesting Rocket Knight hasn't been, but whatever made its ancestor appealing isn't as appreciable here. [July 2010, p.118]
  11. Rocket Knight is a retro platformer with outstanding gameplay, even if it is overpriced and a little short.
  12. As entertaining as Rocket Knight’s jetpack mechanics and gameplay are, the whole experience still winds up feeling pretty standard.
  13. There are times when Rocket Knight shines and is reminiscent of the good ol’ days of Saturday morning cartoons. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s a shallow, one-off title that once it is completed, will fade from memory.
  14. I think that Rocket Knight is a great attempt at revitalizing the character, and while I know there are people put off by the new design and the use of "2.5D" instead of traditional pixel work, I think the game looks great in action.
  15. 75
    If you've been waiting for the return of Rocket Knight I think you'll be pleased with this effort. It's got a vibrant, modern look but the gameplay is rooted in the 16-bit original.
  16. 85
    The big take away is that Rocket Knight is still a viable franchise in 2010 as it was in 1993 thanks to beautiful visuals, fun gameplay and a healthy dose of variety.
  17. Rocket Knight comes back with good old school platform moments and nice graphics, but despite the intense rhythm, ends up being too short, and too expensive.
  18. What it lacks in longevity, it more than makes up for with smart level design, retrofitted gameplay and a presentation that’ll put a smile on your face, no matter what your age.
  19. Rocket Knight will undoubtedly provide an entertaining experience with its welcoming visuals, detailed control and perfect pacing whether you played as Sparkster on the Genesis or not. The only solid flaw that this game has is its pricing.
  20. 90
    ocket Knight is one of the best downloadable games available and Climax, and Konami deserve all the acclaim they are bound to get from it.
  21. Clunky controls. [July 2010, p.79]
  22. Control is tight and the levels are enjoyable, but even with leaderboards it doesn't draw you for multiple playthroughs. [July 2010, p.105]
  23. But once those colourful environments are replaced with dull mechanical labs, and the few rocket pack-related ideas presented in the first stage are reused ad infinitum, any initial enthusiasm is dispelled quickly.
  24. It is a loving re-creation of an experience from a bygone era, warts and all. Keep that in mind going in, and you won't be disappointed.
  25. The perfect example for developers looking to resurrect old series. [Issue#60, p.107]
  26. Has little reason to exist beyond nostalgia. [July 2010, p.121]
  27. It's a decent revival of an old title, but at 1200 MS points it's really not worth the price of admission.
  28. 75
    This is a straight up side-scroller from gaming's past, and it executes that extremely well. While the price tag may be a bit on the high side I still think it is worth checking out if you have fond memories of the original game, or are simply in need of a blast (processing) from the past.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. d0x
    May 17, 2010
    8
    A fun game but a little pricey.