Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 98
    Probably the most fun I have had playing an XBLA game, so far. With its simple to learn and use controls to the ton of levels you can play, I can see why this game was so talked about when it made its first run on the XNA.
  2. While Dead Samurai’s gameplay could have used a bit more Dawn for it to truly shine, the visuals and overall presentation value makes this unique, indy-produced IP easily worth its 800-point asking price.
  3. A Xbox Arcade title that shows all of the big publishers how to make a good game. Fun for both high score gamers and beat-em-up fans.
  4. An immensely enjoyable and visually stunning game. [July 2009, p.82]
  5. Beneath The Dishwasher's grungy surface is an original and polished take on a genre that may yet have its best years ahead of it. [June 2009, p.96]
  6. For those who persist with The Dishwasher, however, there's a deep and interesting set of mechanics here, which ought to appeal to fans of Viewtiful Joe, God Hand and perhaps even those a little disappointed by MadWorld.
  7. By far one of the strongest downloadable titles of the year so far. [June 2009, p.121]
  8. The Dishwasher made its way from a community game to a fully equipped Xbox Live Arcade title. And it even competes with the big boys. Keep in mind that the game has a very high difficulty setting and that only the true Dishwasher will get to the end.
  9. For those of us who like a little tough love with our games, Dishwasher's ironclad challenge and simple-but-effective design scratch an itch few games can reach. [Feb 2009, p.83]
  10. A 2D fighter with a 3D combo system; The Dishwasher is a huge chunk of game for a small price. [Apr 2009, p.102]
  11. The Dishwasher may be too difficult to handle, but please remember that the game shines the brightest when you have all of the weapons unlocked and are tasked with fighting more than two or three starter enemy types -- don’t let the demo’s simplistic nature fool you.
  12. 80
    An incredibly fun (albeit seriously depraved) experience. If you're a fan of side-scrolling games and aren't easily offended, grab the demo at least - just be sure and play it long after the kids have gone to bed.
  13. As a complete package, The Dishwasher : Dead Samurai is good value at 800 points, and is a nice modern touch on a classic arcade style.
  14. This brutally difficult side-scroller is good, bloody entertainment.
  15. For those who love a real challenge and enjoy a good bloodbath will go head-over-heels for what The Dishwasher has to offer. The tight controls and long length make this a valid purchase for those who want to experience a test even if the story is fairly weak.
  16. James Silva and Ska Studios did a good job with The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, a very nice beat'em up without a deep storyline, but a great gameplay that remind us the classic games of the genre. This is not the "new Castle Crashers", but it's really a game that deserves an opportunity.
  17. 75
    Easy isn't easy and difficulty levels above that are just stupidly tough.
  18. 73
    It has a nice visual style to it, but it falls short of greatness.
  19. For a single designer, though, a cracking effort. [Issue#40]
  20. The Dishwasher Dead Samurai has a great design, unique style and funny gameplay, but it lacks in detail quality. After few hours of gameplay you could get bored because of its repetitive mechanics, and a too-short story mode. Online Multiplayer is too far, in terms of functionality, from Castle Crashers; so consider the game only if you want to play in single or in local, trying to get better scores everyday.
  21. 65
    Apart from a few bad design issues and ridiculous premise, The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai has most of the elements required for a good and possibly even a great game.
  22. The gameplay is fun enough to make you want to come back, just not fun enough to make you never want to leave. On the bright side, there is co-op play, so if you and a friend are looking to shoot the breeze while you whack away at some bad guys, this just might be your cup of Bancha.
  23. If you dig the sort of masochistic experience found in bullet hell shooters and beat 'em ups like Alien Hominid, there is a challenge, albeit a repetitive one, in Dead Samurai.
  24. For a game that won an amateur game design contest, this lacks in both imagination and implementation.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 13, 2012
    This is the best xbox live game i have ever played besides limbo the drawings are different and cool looking the fighting is fun and the executions are brutal the storyline isnt that great but at the very least its interesting theres also an arcade mode where you play through 50 levels of enemies the weapons are neat and this game very very hard so i do not suggest this for people who throw their controllers at their tv Full Review »
  2. MatthewP
    Apr 28, 2009
    This is a good title on XBLA. Dishwasher is not without its small flaws, but what more can you really want out of 800 MSP? It has lots of levels, lots of modes, a variety of enemies, weapons, bosses, levels, and so on. If it has any setback it's probably the co-op settings, which are either local but not online, online but not local, or neither. See Castle Crashers as a better example of co-op implementation. Full Review »
  3. AdamR
    Apr 2, 2009
    The game is a simple, yet brutal side-scrolling brawl fest, caked in vast quantities of blood and creative ideals. The game basically revolves around out Protagonist, who was a dishwasher before he died and his heart ripped out, goes on a mission of revenge, revealing the storyline along the way in short comic-book like strips. The graphics have a dark grunge-like style, the music is a "gothic" feudal-Japan era composition (accompanied by the occasional electric guitar). This game earns the M-rating, being VERY brutal, some of the execution techniques are very bloody and violent, and having a menagerie of weapons from meat cleavers to chainsaws, you hack and slash and some magic skills to kick ass through a TON of levels. Also, there's a few "guitar-hero" themed sections, which earn you points based on accuracy (a perfect rewarding an item needed to upgrade gear and etc) with a spetacular light show as the song progresses (yes, you CAN use the guitar controller for it). Very cheap, tons of fun, suggest buying, plain and simple. Full Review »