Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. While Tecmo Bowl Throwback definitely scratches your nostalgia itch (if you have one), it's just plain and not very fun in the long run in this day and age.
  2. Kudos to Tecmo for the neat ability to swap between the classic 16-bit look and 3D makeover on the fly (offline only), a la Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition. But sadly, the rest of Throwback feels as flat as those ancient visuals. [Jun 2010, p.82]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JohnF.
    May 3, 2010
    Good for a walk down memory lane, especially against another person. The game has the same fun and addictive quality that old school Tecmo Bowl has. Newcomers to Tecmo Bowl might be put off by some of the game's football inaccuracies though. The biggest problem I have with this game is the horrible rubberband AI of the single-player season mode. Maybe my memory is hazy, but I don't remember Tecmo Super Bowl or any old-school sports game being quite this bad. You'll have to be very patient with it because there are going to be times when it seems like the AI will not let you win no matter what. Full Review »
  2. PaulC
    May 2, 2010
    A very solid update to the greatest game of all time: Tecmo Super Bowl. The new look is great - graphics and framerate are rock solid. In terms of single player gameplay, Tecmo Bowl Throwback is a 10. However, there are a few reasons why this update doesn't get a final score of 10 from me. The online multiplayer is broken. First, there is no way to change your playbooks online and you cannot check status of players online either. This is unacceptable. Also, there is no way to change team colors. Lastly, there is no season mode online. There is also an issue w/lag in some (not all) multiplayer matches. Hopefully, they can patch this game and bring my score up to a 10. Full Review »
  3. BrandonP
    May 2, 2010
    A lot of people that review this game obviously did not play the original Tecmo and Super Tecmo Bowl......This new bubblegum version of the game is crap and is a disgrace to the original. First off you do not even have the same original teams you had in the original version....instead they made stupid fake teams with fake players....I am guessing this is because of the legal battle against the NFL for using NFL football players in the original game and not paying them as promised.....regardless Tecmo Bowl Throwback is complete garbage....Worst 10 dollars I ever spent. The only positive thing is that I didn't get herpes from this cheap transaction.....I WANT MY MONEY BACK!! Full Review »