Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Mar 24, 2011
    When you combine engaging and unique gameplay with Swarm's pleasant (but dark) aesthetics and whimsical nature, what you have is a great downloadable game.
  2. Mar 31, 2011
    Swarm's bizarre take on platforming is a great, addictive challenge, but this strange journey is over too quickly. Here's hoping for some DLC.
  3. Mar 29, 2011
    Swarm is an original and addictive game. It offers a deep gameplay that keeps us busy for many hours.
  4. Apr 16, 2011
    Swarm can be summed up in one sentence: There's a big red button with a giant sign stating 'DO NOT TOUCH'. Regardless of the mission at hand you can't help but interact with everything along the way and Hothead have embraced this by making death as much fun as success. It's silly, immature, creative and ultimately lots of fun from beginning to end.
  5. Apr 11, 2011
    Swarm is evolving in a violent way a concept dear to titles such as Lemmings or Pikmin. Solid and fun gameplay make Swarm one of the most entertaining games of the marketplace.
  6. Apr 5, 2011
    Swarm is far from perfect, with often frustrating moments, but once again XBLA comes through and gives a game that offers something a little different a market in which it can flourish. At 800 Points there is no reason not to jump in and enjoy all that Swarm has to offer.
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    Swarm is a unique blend of addictive gameplay and humorous antics that will hold the attention of gamers willing to shell out the cash to download the game.
  8. Mar 31, 2011
    A great downloadable game with a balanced gameplay, good graphics and, most of all 50 funny Swarmites you can kill in the most unpredictable way. Ok, to kill them all is not your primary goal, but since you get also awarded, why not?
  9. Mar 29, 2011
    I highly suggest fans of games like Pikmin and Lemmings to download the demo and give it a whirl. There is enough addiction here to warrant the price tag. Much like Super Meat Boy and Trials HD, this is one game that can have you replaying levels over and over again just to better your score. And that is a sign of fantastic game design.
  10. Mar 25, 2011
    Sometimes it pays to do things differently, even if you risk driving your audience slightly insane in the process.
  11. Mar 24, 2011
    Swarm links together superb gameplay design, a deep but accessible control suite, and an original premise with such well measured pace and verve that it would send its own brilliantly engineered score multiplier off the charts. It's yet another example of why the most innovative and refreshing games of our time sit on the digi-download platforms. Content is a slight issue for the asking price but, then again, you'll enjoy every second of what's on offer.
  12. Apr 18, 2011
    Swarm really has a killer one-two punch with its combination of engaging and unique gameplay and whimsical presentation style.
  13. Apr 11, 2011
    Overall Swarm is a game that is highly addictive yet contains a certain frustrating aspect mainly in relation to the demand for a high score in order to progress. Fans of Lemmings should definitely pick up this game as well as gamers looking for that extra brain teasing challenge. The 1200 MS Points price tag shouldn't put you off though, and if it does, download the trial and give it a bash.
  14. Apr 1, 2011
    Gnarly deaths and cute aliens make for a fun combo in this challenging action game.
  15. Mar 30, 2011
    It may not look it in the screenshots, but Swarm is fast-paced, and absurdly hectic when you're playing it as intended.
  16. Mar 29, 2011
    Swarm is a tough game to judge. The difficulty is without a doubt the biggest hurdle someone must overcome when playing. It takes a while before feeling comfortable and even then, the challenge doesn't ease up.
  17. 75
    If only Swarm played to its quirky strengths instead of working against them, its maddening obstacles would be much more enjoyable. [April 2011, p.80]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 25, 2011
    It seems to me that the critics are being a little too harsh on this game. Sure it has its faults, but this is a solid download title for itsIt seems to me that the critics are being a little too harsh on this game. Sure it has its faults, but this is a solid download title for its price. Cool level design, and the scoring system allows you to continually improve on your best scores. Controls can be finicky at times, but nothing to fret over. Boss battles are intense and give the game a little bit of variety. The game is somewhat repetitive, but with the great visuals, interesting game-play mechanics, and clever scoring/multiplier system, it seems to overcome its small faults. Overall the game is a solid 8, but if you are a player who enjoys a good challenge, or someone who likes "high score" games where you replay levels to try and top yourself, this game is more like a 9 or 10. Hats off to Hothead for delivering a solid arcade title to the market. Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2011
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  3. PL3
    Mar 25, 2011
    great game one of the best one the arcade market for this early 2011 level design suck a little because is really repetitive but the gamegreat game one of the best one the arcade market for this early 2011 level design suck a little because is really repetitive but the game innovate the gameplay This game's like a mixe of a scoring and platform game and I can tell you that game is for hardcore gamer
    Kids gonna enjoy kill this little blue monster but make big score is really harder then we can think well, i fall in love with this little game and I enjoy it all night! Replay value:8
    multi: N/a
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