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Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Oct 16, 2011
    91
    Sure, it gets a little repetitive, but Rotastic reinvents itself on almost every level, with minimal cognitive reconstruction required.
  2. Oct 25, 2011
    80
    Rotastic is a perfect fit of XBLA, again the sort of title that could never have come to consoles as a full retail release and at just 800 Microsoft Points, it is a must buy, even without the inclusion of online multiplayer, there is more than enough to keep player going.
  3. Oct 11, 2011
    80
    Initially appearing to be a kid's title, or glorified mobile game ported to the Xbox, Rotastic quickly proves itself to be 70 levels of great action puzzling full of zany humour, lovely backgrounds and nice attention to the smaller details. The physics are perfect, and Tarzan-ing it up is extremely enjoyable, even if you generally prefer games that use more than an eighth of your controller's buttons.
  4. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    Rotastic is a little XBLA game full surprisingly full of qualities. It didn't have a lot of buzz when it came out, but it deserves all your attention. Structured like an iPhone game and blessed with a fun atmosphere, the game offers around 70 very short stages to rack up points by getting gems and crushing bricks using a grapple. It's a very simple game, using only two buttons, for chasing the best possible score in order to unlock the following levels. There's even a multiplayer mode, and despite some shortcomings, it's a nice surprise.
  5. Nov 20, 2011
    77
    Simple yet surprisingly varied gameplay. [Christmas 2011, p.85]
  6. Sep 29, 2011
    75
    With its simplistic but challenging gameplay, Rotastic will welcome you, no matter how adept you are at puzzle games.
  7. Oct 25, 2011
    70
    Its gameplay is delicious and shows us how to make the most of a simple concept through 70 levels that last for hours.
  8. Sep 23, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  9. Sep 22, 2011
    70
    If you can get past its price and lack of online multiplayer, though, Rotastic should at least keep you happily swinging-and-flinging until the holiday release schedule heats up.
  10. Oct 12, 2011
    67
    Rotastic is a good game that through a couple of poor choices limited its own potential. Its premise is simple but engaging and developer Dancing Dots builds effectively upon that premise throughout the first half of the game. Unfortunately, past that point, unforgiving level design combined with unwieldy controls make for a gaming experience that's ultimately So-So-tastic.
  11. Nov 16, 2011
    60
    A fairly simple arcade title that offers a so-so experience. Some of its gameplay is fun and it is challenging. But it doesn't offer you anything particularly engrossing.
  12. Nov 16, 2011
    60
    The steep ramping of difficulty makes for a game that never feels as effortlessly addictive as titles like Angry Birds. [Issue#78, p.101]
  13. 60
    Unless you're really hankering for a relaxing puzzle fix to break up this year's AAA releases, I'd hold off for this to hit Deal of the Week.
  14. Oct 4, 2011
    60
    As puzzlers go this is a pretty decent effort, good fun for a while, but it does start to feel a bit too much like hard work as you near its end. If you could have just opened up new worlds as you completed the last one then it would be better, instead of the helmet system. But it's still worth a go if you like your arcade-style puzzlers. Not to mention, it definitely won't break the bank at 800MS Points.
  15. Oct 7, 2011
    50
    Simply put, Rotastic is on the wrong platform. Its casual foundations are squarely rooted in the iPhone market and it's a shame that it has gone for the console market instead.
  16. Sep 24, 2011
    50
    Rotastic features Vikings soaring through the air, but control and level-design problems quickly ground them.
  17. Oct 6, 2011
    45
    Rotastic is simply not worth the 800 Microsoft points it'd take you to buy it. With graphics, presentation, and gameplay comparable to a $1 game on a mobile phone, and with some of the most amazing, creative, beautiful games ever to grace the Xbox Live Marketplace available for 1200 points, there's no way this game is possibly worth what they're charging.
  18. 40
    Roatastic is fun at times, but is way to shallow and lacks enough content to justify the steep price tag.

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