Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. 100
    This is awesome stuff. I couldn't recommend it more highly, especially at 10 bucks, and I'm sure you'll be telling everyone you know the same after you clear the first stage (if not sooner).
  2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game is a must-have for anyone who has ever loved beat 'em ups - especially River City Ransom.
  3. The only problem? There is absolutely no online play. How was that feature left out in this day and age? I would have gladly paid an extra $5 over the $10 asking price for this feature. Picturing my friends list full of people playing this awesome game and not being able to team up just hurts.
  4. 90
    Absolutely no context is needed to take this thrill ride that tours all the best parts of gaming's romanticized history and love every second of it.
  5. 90
    As a "comic-to-movie-to-game" of sorts, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a resounding triumph, and well worth its measly $10 price-tag.
  6. If you're looking for classic side-scrolling beat'em up action, along with a blasting soundtrack, tough yet rewarding game play, and plenty of character, you can't go wrong with Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.
  7. As a downloadable title Scott Pilgrim is almost what everyone could want. It does nothing but pay homage to the ghosts of gaming past while it improves a long forgotten genre of gaming.
  8. As far as beat 'em ups go Scott Pilgrim vs. The Word is a dream come true.
  9. It is guaranteed that you will spend here a really lovely and refreshing experience.
  10. A few nagging but workable issues prevent Scott Pilgrim from a perfect score, but you will not find a brawler out there that looks as unique, sounds as great, and packs as much fun in it as this one.
  11. Looks greats, sounds awesome (Anamanaguchi!) and plays wonderfully. A must have for PS3 and Xbox 360.
  12. It may be short but this geek-chic brawler's fine blend of style and substance makes it worthy of praise.
  13. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Great retro scrapper. Superb in co-op but can drag when playing solo. [Oct 2010, p.84]
  14. The lack of online play is a shame, but if you've been looking for a great follow-up to Castle Crashers, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World should not be passed up.
  15. Even for those who aren't Scott-aholics or retro-game obsessives, Scott Pilgrim is one of the best downloadable games available on home consoles, worth it simply for the solid play, the incredible sprite work from Paul Robertson and Stéphane Boutin, and the bitchin' soundtrack by Anamanaguchi.
  16. 83
    And that highlights Scott Pilgim's real problem: the lack of any online multiplayer. If you want to play with friends, they have to be sitting on the couch in the same room with you.
  17. Jan 13, 2011
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World lends itself to different interpretations: if you're a novice gamer, forget this title since it's way too hard and frustrating for actual standards; but if you're thirty years old or more, you'll enjoy Scott's battle though its failures (the lack of an online multiplayer mode) and weaknesses.
  18. Though a playthrough won't take you more than five to seven hours (depending on how many people you have on your team), some decent replay value comes from maxing out your favorite characters.
  19. At its core, Scott Pilgrim is still just an upgraded version River City Ransom, but its polish and sense of style aims to keep players engaged, nostalgic, and smiling. Never trying to do more than it sets out to do, the game offers a fine balance of presentation and gameplay mechanics.
  20. 80
    If you don't enjoy old-school looks, repetitive gaming and blips for music, then you obviously aren't the one this game is aimed at. However, if those things give you goose bumps and memories of beating up the same enemy over and over then Scott Pilgrim is your game.
  21. Winners Don´t Eat Meat - and they don´t pass a chance to waste some hours with retro loving friends on this charming pixel brawler. This is a trip down memory lane, with lots of great references to the games of the past. If you are looking for a new Castle Crashers then this might be it.
  22. For the most part, it's brilliant. An entirely robust fighting engine has been crafted here, with a whole host of different moves each with their own characteristics and applications.
  23. Like the movie and comics, Scott Pilgrim the game speaks perfectly to a specific generation of people that will absolutely enjoy this breezy blast from the past. And anyone who's wanted a new yet classic brawler will be satisfied by this no matter how they feel about Scott Pilgrim getting a life.
  24. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    This is a licensed game done right. [Nov 2010, p.85]
  25. If you don't like classic beat 'em ups, I tentatively recommend this game with the qualifier that you need a few friends to play with. If you do enjoy classic beat 'em ups -- then why are you still sitting here reading this?
  26. Putting all of that potential entertainment against the price roughly equates to something ridiculously cheap like 50p per hour of gaming.
  27. Simple, intuitive and, most of all, fun: three adjectives that perfectly describe Scott Pilgrim's gaming experience. Thanks to a wonderful retro visual style and an extremely accessible gameplay, this "old school" scrolling beat'em up proves to be one of the best arcade games out there. Don't miss out, especially if you have a few friends to share the experience with.
  28. 80
    Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game is also incredibly good value.
  29. 80
    Really enjoyable, even if at times it can be really frustrating. The music is incredible and it has an amazing style unlike anything else out there. If only it had online co-op.
  30. Play UK
    The lack of online play is absolutely unforgivable. [Issue#197, p.103]
  31. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a great beat'em up for keep players engaged, nostalgic, and smiling.
  32. I love this game. It pushes all the right buttons for me.
  33. Though I really enjoy this game, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is almost too retro for its own good. Even on the lowest difficulty setting, playing the game is at times a chore.
  34. A classic beat'em up, with good multiplayer and better artistic work. It has no online, nor is it varied, but with company it's fun.
  35. A must buy if you like beat'em ups and have some friends to call over. Might even be worth your money playing it solo if you're into the genre, pixel graphics and Scott Pilgrim.
  36. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Super-nostalgic retro "kick'em up" serves more as a reminder what games once were than anything else. Modern gamer will be soon get bored by waves of generic opponents, probably. [Issue#196]
  37. Just like Streets of Rage or Mutation Nation, this game is a simple and primitive 2D beat 'em all that manages to speak to nostalgic gamers with its pixilated graphics and great MIDI soundtrack... A very good recipe.
  38. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Our biggest gripe is it's just too cheap and mean, leaving you very alone and swamped in single player against the hordes of enemies and overpowered bosses. Foes come thick and fast and players who charge at the edge of the screen whilst it's scrolling will get a sudden foot to the face for their eagerness [Oct 2010 p.76]
  39. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is pretty much the perfect Scott Pilgrim game, hitting all the notes that fans of the series and its worldview could want. But for those who couldn't tell an Envy Adams from a Julie Powers (pity them), it's little more than a cute parody game, meticulously detailed, but outdated by design.
  40. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game makes for one of the better movie-based games out there. It carries its homage to old beat 'em up games a little too far, forgoing online play and a consistent checkpoint system, especially for a game that's not meant to be played by yourself.
  41. 65
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is fun to play but only for a little while. The monotonous gameplay, simple graphics and bad music will make sure that you get bored very fast.
  42. Retro fans will feel acknowledged and loved but everyone else may miss the hype.
  43. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a fun throwback to a simpler era, but visibility issues and a lack of online co-op get in the way of your enjoyment.
  44. A magnificent tribute to retro graphics and music, but the game underneath remains a hollow tie-in.
  45. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a great homage to beat-em-ups of old that plays well, but is hurt by a few technical issues and gameplay missteps. No online co-op can also sour the experience.
  46. Edge Magazine
    A detailed and intelligent fraud: a slice of cool, corporate entertainment for an audience that probably sees no contradiction within that notion. [Oct 2010, p.98]
  47. There's a fairly good game here that's just marred by a terrible co-op system.
  48. This game is tough. Maybe I just suck at it but it seems unreasonably hard for what I expected to be a fun brawler. Then again, at least it didn't turn into licensed shovelware.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 137
  2. Negative: 10 out of 137
  1. Aug 21, 2010
    i dont know what to say about this game other than I signed up just to review it. I grew up on these games but it isnt so must of a nostalgiai dont know what to say about this game other than I signed up just to review it. I grew up on these games but it isnt so must of a nostalgia pull but rather just a simple and perfectly made GAME. And boy is it fun. At ten bucks, its a steal. I really just want everyone to know how great it is. get the demo and youll see! Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2010
    It's an awesome game to play for those who crave nostalgia and every aspect of it. The 8 bit music, visuals, sounds, and simple controls. IIt's an awesome game to play for those who crave nostalgia and every aspect of it. The 8 bit music, visuals, sounds, and simple controls. I think the only way to really enjoy it is to play multiplayer with a close friend or relative much like you would with Streets of Rage or Final Fight, this game is very similar. Even better is to watch the movie in the same day. PS3 side scrollers are gradually becoming a big favourite of mine and are awesome developments that make me enjoy the vintage style of games that I feel are neglected nowadays. This is one that deserves a lot of credit and was certainly worth the time and little bit of money. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2016
    It's obvious that Scott Pilgrim is the game that the developers intended to create. The love for the source material shows. My only complaintIt's obvious that Scott Pilgrim is the game that the developers intended to create. The love for the source material shows. My only complaint about the game is that there is no online co-op, which is very unfortunate. Full Review »