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  • Summary: An action-platformer where you take direct control of 50 pudgy blue morons and drive them through an intense and suicidal gauntlet of destruction. Run, bash, huddle, boost, stack, jump, push and throw your way through a ridiculously dangerous world in your attempt to collect valuable DNA and ensure at least one swarmite survives. Swarm features fast-paced platformer action and includes death medals, boss fights and a scoring system that encourages heated competition with your friends. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Mar 24, 2011
    85
    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 24, 2011
    80
    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.
  3. Apr 5, 2011
    80
    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.
  4. Mar 28, 2011
    70
    Even when it's at its most curiously punishing, Swarm is dexterous enough to reward those who put the time into learning its methods and also satisfies with the type of cartoon violence that makes for a very endearing and well-made game on the whole.
  5. May 25, 2011
    70
    When all is said and done, Swarm is one of the few titles that can make frustrating, fun. It's certainly not a game for everyone, but if you can overlook some of the rough edges, there is a good time to be had. At 1200 MSP ($15), Swarm is on the pricier side for a downloadable title, so if you're on the fence, give the demo a try first. But if you've been jonesing for some good Lemmings-style action, this may be the closest you're going to get unless Sony decides to revive the Psygnosis classic one day.
  6. Apr 26, 2011
    60
    The core game just needed a bit more refinement to match up with what seems to be an exciting initial vision. If that had panned out, I honestly believe Swarm could have been something great.
  7. Apr 25, 2011
    40
    A contradictory videogame premise that screams frustration from its opening stage, and continues in that vein thereafter. [Issue#71, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 25, 2011
    10
    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 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. Expand
  2. PL3
    Mar 25, 2011
    7
    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 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
    graphic:7
    Gameplay:8
    multi: N/a
    Story:5
    music:6
    Fun:10
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