Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 13 out of 18
  1. 49
    The visual style will bring feelings of nostalgia to those who are old enough to remember the original, but like most classic XBLA releases the notion is fleeting. Once it wears off all you’re left with is a game that controls poorly and isn’t all that much fun to play.
  2. The Xbox Live Arcade release of Tron hobbles this absolute arcade classic with some technical problems.
  3. It’s obvious to see that Tron hasn’t lasted the “test of time.” For only 400 MS Points, you shouldn’t expect much more than a straight up port with a few additions thrown on top.
  4. It deserved to be left dying in the gutter, begging for loose change, and is in no way a glorious representation of a fondly remembered era of classic arcade gaming. It's a clunky, somewhat charming period piece that's interesting for five minutes if you have childhood associations with it, but, for everyone else, it isn't even worth going beyond the free trial version.
  5. We suspect that control scheme would work better if it emulated that found in games like Robotron 2084 or Geometry Wars - though that wouldn't be as authentic, it could make Tron a fantastic Live Arcade game. But as it is, this just doesn't work.
  6. While you'll miss the novelty of a glowing blue joystick and an analog spinner, setting the controls to "Absolute Aim" (preset C or D) gives you enough precision to do battle on the Game Grid. [July 2007, p.79]
  7. This is one game from the past that's best left forgotten.
  8. I suppose things could've been worse: they could've done a poorly emulated version of the Intellivision hit "Maze-A-Tron."
  9. Once a great game in the arcade, now not worth mentioning on Xbox Live Arcade. The controls are way too slow and inaccurate and everything feels so outdated. Not worth 400 points!
  10. The sole purpose of a coin-op ROM is to steal quarters away from the user. With that said, some of Tron’s achievements can be very difficult since such goals were originally designed as quarter munchers.
  11. Like a train wreck - can't help but look. [Aug 2007, p.103]
  12. Do you love wrestling with duff, clunky controls and replaying the same four levels over and over and over again? [Issue#30, p.119]
  13. While this game was once top of the line it hasn’t aged well nor has it been given a new coat of paint to make it more visually appealing.
  14. Magnificently reproduced in a way to feel terrible even for a port of a 1982 arcade title.
  15. If you really must play Tron then by all means, but don't say I didn't warn you, as the appeal wears off pretty quickly.
  16. It was bad back then - it's bloody awful now. A new low for XBLA. [Apr 2008, p.96]
  17. A disappointing experience. Leave this one in your childhood memories, where you did not mind how shallow it was.
  18. Another case of a classic game that's just a bit overpriced on the Xbox Live Marketplace, but probably can't reduce the price due to Microsoft's pricing format.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. edzill
    Feb 6, 2008
    I agree that if not for nostalgia, this game doesn't have many redeeming qualities. At 31, I have very fond memories of this game as a coin-op. That being said, I was frustrated that the xbox controls didn't translate well to the classic 8-direction joystick and spinner wheel. However, the 'absolute aim' setting helps to get close to the original feel. Kids of my generation dreamed of owning coin-op games in our own houses (i.e. Ricky Schroder in Silver Spoons). Now we can. Full Review »
  2. khan800
    Jan 9, 2008
    I'm having a lot of fun playing this game, but it may be just the retro vibe that's responsible. The controls are fairly wonky, Tron for XBLA really misses the spinner from the arcade machine. Overall, they did with it about all they could do with the limitations of the controller. They did incorporate online modes (vs. and co-op) but the net code is lacking. If you like(d) Tron, and don't mind mastering the dual analog sticks, you'll enjoy this game, but I imagine the younger crowd may go 'wtf'. Full Review »