Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. 82
    Undoubtedly the most remarkable thing of the title is its gameplay system, based in dungeons with interchangeable parts, which will make us think fast to avoid being swallowed by the ever-changing levels. This is a very accountable title in the already large Nintendo DS portfolio.
  2. Game Informer
    It leaves you wanting more. [Oct 2008, p.15]
  3. A title with an identity crisis. It doesn't know whether it wants to be a dungeon crawler or action adventure title, and sadly, it doesn't do either particularly well.
  4. Away: Shuffle Dungeon has a lot of charm and a great central gameplay system, but the gameplay is too shallow and simple to ever really draw the player in. It’s a cute, simple dungeon crawler with a great gimmick, but unfortunately it never really becomes anything more.
  5. Nintendo Power
    RPG veterans who want a real challenge for their reflexes should check it out. [Dec 2008, p.102]
  6. This would be a nice alternative to Zelda games and if you liked those games, then this one will be a nice addition to your collection.
  7. Away: Shuffle Dungeon for the NDS is fun, but not much else. It grows repetitive and lacks replay value, and the game is short enough that it is difficult to recommend over longer and better games on the same system.
  8. Nicely done and with an interesting premise, Away Shuffle Dungeon is a good Action RPG with a nice soundtrack and very colorful graphic style. The gameplay is also original, but doesn't take advantage of all its potential. Anyway, is a good game that deserves an opportunity.
  9. AWAY: Shuffle Dungeon mixes the classical with the modern and it has got some features of the action-RPG genre with an extra original point in the dungeon style. Its playability is simple, not so deeply and a little repetitive but it bets for build a new way. A funny and charismatic adventure suitable for players looking originality in a game.
  10. Nintendo Gamer
    An intriguing title. [Jan 2009, p.76]
  11. 67
    Shuffle Dungeon's strength lies in its level designs, which are cleverly crafted so as to force tough choices at the spur of the moment. The limited structure grows a bit long in the tooth once you've been playing for a while...but even so, it never stops pushing you to make those snap decisions.
  12. 61
    Away has an interesting premise, nice visuals, great audio, and an original take on an established genre. That original take isn't strong enough to carry the player throughout the entire game, though, and eventually the gimmick wears thin.
  13. 60
    An innovative and quirky experiment, Away: Shuffle Dungeon never quite rises above simple hack-and-slash mediocrity.
  14. You may want to shuffle away from this dungeon crawler.
  15. Edge Magazine
    A strangled idea, and while hard to dismiss it’s difficult to recommend entirely. [Feb 2009, p.94]
  16. Fans of dungeon games might find some benefit here, because Away can offer some challenging missions. The big problem is that its basic idea makes the game almost always a boring experience.
  17. It's all a shame because the central idea of a constantly transforming dungeon is a good one. The actual game that's been constructed around it though is nowhere near good enough.

Awards & Rankings

#93 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#74 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. MyronA
    May 27, 2009
    This is a great game. I just bought it yesterday. All of the complaints in the reviews about this game are bogus, so don't listen to This is a great game. I just bought it yesterday. All of the complaints in the reviews about this game are bogus, so don't listen to them. The dungeon areas feel a lot like a collection of Legend of Zelda minigames (it's fun and challenging) and the 3-D portions feels a bit like Animal Crossing (a great combination). Both have a stylish look to them. I got it at GameStop for $9.99. Go and get it! Full Review »