Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. 100
    ‘Splosion Man is a game that does things right from beginning to end and even though it may have you cursing up a storm every now and then, it’s a game that you can get a sense of satisfaction from, either playing it for an hour or for five to ten minutes at a time.
  2. All in all, Splosion Man is a definite must-buy. Its combination of challenging, but addictive gameplay, impressive graphics, and humor combine to form a memorable experience that stands out and sticks in your head long after you’ve shut the system off.
  3. It is one of those rare games that are perfect for the casual gamer who cannot spend much time gaming or is not very good at gaming in general or the hard core gamer who likes to play with friends and see this fast unique title in action. It is a must buy for all gamers and is a great way to start off Microsoft’s 2009 Summer of Arcade. If the rest of the titles are this good it will be a great summer to be indoors.
  4. Splosion Man maybe my sleeper hit of the year on XBLA. It just popped up on my radar upon release and I've pretty much fallen for it since I started playing it.
  5. It's great to see yet another great downloadable game come from Twisted Pixel that not only brings something fresh to the table but does it with style.
  6. 90
    'Splosion Man is bursting with humor, personality, and classic platforming challenges. Not a moment goes by without seeing something new and exciting and 'Splosion Man himself is one of the most endearing new videogame characters of the year.
  7. ’Splosion Man is not for the weak, or the uncalloused of thumb. But if you do have the druthers to give it a whirl, you’re going to find yourself playing one of the most addictive and challenging games to come out on XBLA so far. To put it simply, it’s a blast.
  8. 'Splosion Man is one of the most enjoyable and unique platform games I've played in years. The gameplay is simple to pick up but full of complexities to master.
  9. ’Splosion Man is without doubt one of the most polished, original, and enjoyable games on Xbox LIVE, a great way for Microsoft to kick off its “Summer of Arcade.” If you enjoy stern, sometimes unforgiving platforming challenges, you simply shouldn't miss it.
  10. 'Splosion Man has come out of nowhere, with little to no hype surrounding its release, but it easily ranks as one of the best XBLA games we've played. It's a remarkably simple idea that's been turned into a truly devilish platform puzzler, and it's full of charm and humour without coming across as cheesy.
  11. Splosion Man has the graphics, the humour, the sound and the joy to become one of the greatest arcades of this summer. The latest work from Twisted Pixel is one of the most innovating games of this generation, a mixture between action and puzzle that slowly makes his way to the top in an incredible show of originality and wisdom. Despite some minor unattended matters, this is a very good chance to enjoy a good game without wasting a pence.
  12. 90
    'Splosion Man will probably prove too difficult for a lot of people to want to play through in its entirety, but I urge you to at least try.
  13. ‘Splosion Man has personality and humor to spare, and it’s easily one of the most polished side-scrollers you’ll ever have to pleasure of playing.
  14. 90
    While not for the meek, Splosion Man is terrific game and at a paltry 800MS Points, a great value. Not only is it funny and fun to play but with tons of content (50 single and 50 multiplayer levels; theme, gamer pics and Avatar clothing to earn; time trials to participate in) its a must add to your XBLA game library.
  15. Overall, Splosion Man is a really fun title and a great start to the “Summer of Arcade”. It is a unique take on the side scrolling genre and definitely something everyone should experience.
  16. For those who crave a bit of old-school platforming with a few unique twists, it’s an essential purchase.
  17. It has a certain charm you can’t help but love and the precision based, high octane gameplay is one you’re going to keep coming back to.
  18. 90
    Splosion Man is one of the best Xbox Live Arcade games, a fantastic platform game nobody should let escape.
  19. Original, various, addictive e above all, funny: 'Splosion Man is the must buy for summer 2009. A new masterpiece that enrich the already huge offer on Live Arcade: and the great score is for you! BOOM!
  20. 90
    'Splosion Man is about the most fun I have had with a platform game since New Super Mario Bros, or Sonic Advance 2.
  21. Though Splosion Man definitely is a platformer on the harder side of the difficulty fence, the great level design and presentation really does a great job of making you want to continue playing to see what’s next even when you get frustrated.
  22. In conclusion, it's good to see an original game hit the market that is quite affordable priced and contains decent graphics, a great soundtrack and some fun gameplay, Splosion Man is deliciously delectable.
  23. ‘Splosion Man is a solid action-puzzler that will provide hours of entertainment, and delighting characters.
  24. There's a lot here, the price is right, and games this well-realized don't come along very often. If you ask us, this manic little ball of fire has a long career ahead of him.
  25. A great game steeped in retro design.
  26. Pelit (Finland)
    Fast and furious platformer with an excellent co-op play. [Aug 2009]
  27. With its great visual style, simple mechanics, quality level design, and goofy sense of humor, Twisted Pixel has created a game that makes even its most maddening parts a good time.
  28. Brilliant. Splosion Man brings tons of humor and challenge, and it is without a doubt one of the best platforming arcades on Xbox Live in months. Vintage lovers can’t miss this one.
  29. Splosion Man is a top title, its packed with humor, is very well presented and is also great fun to play.
  30. 'Splosion Man offers a lenghty and engaging puzzle platforming experience that's only helped by great music and hilarious jokes.
  31. A strange platform, that clearly shows how in 2009 is still possible to make a really funny game in which you have to press only one button, with the right timing.
  32. 85
    Splosion Man is a wonderful breath of fresh air that's enjoyable, well priced and full of personality.
  33. It's visually attractive, tuned to perfection, and presents a classic formula that never goes out of style.
  34. And if it doesn't fulfill your platforming needs at least it'll be good for fair amount of mindless laughter.
  35. As the game manual expressly states, every button on your controller makes you do the same thing: “splode.”
  36. This game could have probably used a custom level editor to create your own levels, but as an arcade game that just costs 800 MS Points, you really couldn't ask for a whole lot more. The most important thing is the game is fun, imaginative (to a certain point), and contains a good sense of humor and a quirky protagonist.
  37. A wider variety of backgrounds would be nice, but the gear-works within them change and evolve at a rate that the makes the sameness fade away. Gameplay this pure, this tuned, and this fun is rare indeed, and the ‘S-Man himself is a total blast.
  38. ‘Splosion Man lives up to his name, providing a burst of exciting, arresting fresh IP that significantly changes the landscape around.
  39. This is one of the most original platformers to come down the road in a while and is one that just might be good enough and addictive enough to spawn a new franchise.
  40. If you're looking for a solid Arcade title to pick up then you could do a whole heck of a lot worse than 'Splosion Man. This game is a blast from start to finish and it's even better with friends.
  41. ‘Splosion Man’s many humorous moments and generally pleasant silliness counteracts stage design that doesn’t really offer enough visual variety through the game’s 50 levels.
  42. 80
    'Splosion Man is a great way to kick off the Summer of Arcade program and is a steal at only $10, if you enjoy platforming. If you're not into some serious timing and precision trial-and-error gameplay, then 'Splosion Man might not be for you.
  43. Just fun enough and charming enough to make it worth gritting your teeth through all the tough spots. It's a great second effort from Twisted Pixel, and a tidy little value for the money.
  44. The cruelty of the levels can be frustrating, but you'll keep coming back. The infinite lives and near-instant reloading of checkpoints means stress always loses out to the classic "one-more-go" syndrome.
  45. Official Xbox Magazine
    There's a vast supply of goodies for determined 'sploders, making this a sparkling, silly treat. [Oct 2009, p.80]
  46. games(TM)
    It's brash and ridiculous, but better for it - the insane climax easily among the most entertaining endings we've seen in years. [Oct 2009, p.132]
  47. X-ONE Magazine UK
    It's still not as good as N+, though. [Nov 2009, p.104]
  48. Twisted Pixel showed that it had promise with The Maw, but with ‘Splosion Man it’s definitely cemented its place as one of the top developers for the XBLA.
  49. Its immediate charms are tarnished only by some repetitive level design and some minor control frustrations.
  50. Like any good firework display this fun platformer retains its charm even after the novelty runs out.
  51. If you’re looking for a fun and simple platform game, then you’ll have to take a look at this explosive hero.
  52. Splosion Man is an old school platformer that is more related to Sonic and N+ rather than Mario but still manages to be as charming and colorful as the Italian plumber. Though the game is low on new gameplay elements towards the end, it never gets boring or monotonous. It's an instant buy for all platform junkies.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 105
  2. Negative: 9 out of 105
  1. May 30, 2014
    'Splosion Man is yet another original title on the XBLA. It's challenging, humourous and just plain fun to play. It's definitely worth the'Splosion Man is yet another original title on the XBLA. It's challenging, humourous and just plain fun to play. It's definitely worth the price. The co-op is just as good as SP. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2012
    A great game for everyone. It's original, funny and fun!!! It will get you frustrated, but the are super fun and challenging that you justA great game for everyone. It's original, funny and fun!!! It will get you frustrated, but the are super fun and challenging that you just keep on playing to the 50th level. Yeah there's 50 levels. Full Review »
  3. JoeyK.n
    Sep 6, 2009
    One of the best purchases I've ever made on XBLA. I'm not one of those hardcore twitch speed run N+ guys, either. I'm not that One of the best purchases I've ever made on XBLA. I'm not one of those hardcore twitch speed run N+ guys, either. I'm not that good at platformers, but I had a blast beating this one. It's hilarious, loaded with charm, has great production values, is very creative, and it mindblowingly fast paced and intense at times. It does get challenging, but not unbeatably so. Except for the boss fights which were genuinely annoying, it always stays fun. Despite dying hundreds of times, I rarely got actually frustrated, and I was never stuck for too long. I could go on about all the things they did right, but let's just say that it's practically perfect. Try the demo, and if you had any fun, then it's totally worth the bargain price of 10 bucks. Full Review »