Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
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  1. The surprising thing about Scaler is the game is just plain fun to play. The gameplay is robust with reasonably challenging puzzles to solve, the control system is enjoyable as Scaler is easy to move and smooth, and the story is humorous with a solid plot.
  2. It's fun, it's challenging, and it's breathtaking to look at, even if you are watching somebody else play it.
  3. Most experienced gamers will find this game a little on the short side, but most kids, the actual target audience, will probably think it's just right.
  4. 80
    What it lacks in innovation it more than makes up in style, humor and solid game mechanics. Controls feel smooth and responsive and the action is always brisk. The inclusion of evolutionary transformations is an especially nice touch.
  5. 80
    It looks amazing, sounds great, and most importantly, it's a lot of fun. What's even more impressive is that all of this entertainment is offered at such a reasonable price.
  6. I honestly recommend the Xbox version because it looks better then the rest. It is also kind of hard to find a platform title for the Xbox that is geared toward children. So check it out.
  7. If you are on a limited budget and need a game for the kiddies, than look no further than Scaler!
  8. The mixture of varied and well executed gameplay, along with tolerable graphics make for basic yet entertaining action that even grandma can enjoy, well, at least until she has a photosensitive seizure.
  9. When it is all said and done, Scaler isn't much more than your functional, slightly-but-not-much above average platformer. For $20, there are certainly worst buys and the game would complement perfectly "Ty 2" and "Tak 2" for a platform-hungry younger gamer.
  10. It isn't without its faults, in particular the controls, hokey dialogue and cheap voice acting, but if you can see past these minor imperfections, you'll discover that Scaler is a first-rate platformer that gives the offerings of some big-name characters like Crash Bandicoot a real run for their money.
  11. To be fair, the game is aimed at kids and it's by no means poor – the fact that it's available for less than twenty quid doesn't exactly hurt either.
  12. This is a strictly average game in a market saturated with this kind of fare.
  13. AceGamez
    70
    Like a welcome blast from the past, taking us back into pure platform-filled levels with a great range of designs, all enhanced by the gameplay variation that the five transformations provide.
  14. It's not entirely engaging or original, but it is fun. It's attractive, sounds nice, and the story-for all its faults-can be ignored safely with no detrimental effects.
  15. Official Xbox Magazine
    67
    It's no "Mario 64," and an occasionally irksome camera frustrates, but Scaler is an enjoyable $20 game. [Jan 2005, p.74]
  16. Play Magazine
    67
    A sweet ride (especially for a value title) if you can stomach the almost blindingly psychedelic graphics and the talkiest character since Awesome Possum. [Dec 2004, p.81]
  17. This just isn't an especially engaging game, so it's unlikely that anyone past the youngest of audiences will get too much fun from it.
  18. Scaler is perfectly acceptable - if you're 5 or under. We're much older.
  19. One of the biggest issues with this game is the common sense factor, meaning that the common sense of a person starts to balk at some of the things expected in the game.
  20. Obviously not the most groundbreaking title out there, but a solid title that, with a bit more concentration on the presentation front, could have scaled the heady highs of platformers.
  21. Adults will hate the characters so much they'll probably never get past the second world, whereas the children will be turned off by the games dark look and steep challenge (especially towards the end).
  22. "Ratchet & Clank" fans may turn up their noses at the largely failed attempts at humour in the dialogue, but if your Christmas games are already losing their appeal, you could do a lot worse than this, especially for the price.
  23. It does well by the proven conventions of the games before it; The story is, at the very least, entertaining to watch unfold and there's more than enough game for $20.
  24. Xbox Nation Magazine
    50
    It just seems to be content to wallow in mediocrity. [Jan 2005, p.99]
  25. Game Informer
    45
    Wow, generic platform games have reached a new pinnacle of dull and cliche. [Feb 2005, p.113]

Awards & Rankings

99
100
#100 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MickeyMouse
    Dec 7, 2004
    10
    FABULOUS, DARLINGS!
  2. Nov 13, 2017
    9
    Uno de mis juegos favoritos en xbox, es un plataformas muy completo y muy bello, a ratos te puede confundir, pero es un desafio muy divertidoUno de mis juegos favoritos en xbox, es un plataformas muy completo y muy bello, a ratos te puede confundir, pero es un desafio muy divertido para cualquiera que disfrute de este genero, Nadie puede arrepentirse de jugarlo Full Review »
  3. Mar 8, 2014
    9
    this game is a prized memery from my childhood i may not be able to play it anymore but i will never forget the fun i had with it.awsomethis game is a prized memery from my childhood i may not be able to play it anymore but i will never forget the fun i had with it.awsome gameplay great charicters and a decent story make this a great joy to playthroth Full Review »