Universal acclaim - based on 51 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 51
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 51
  3. Negative: 0 out of 51
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  1. Oct 12, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission is not only the best PSVR title to date, but also arguably the best platformer of this generation so far.
  2. 100
    Though the play room is where it's at its most pure, that sense of playfulness runs through the entirety of Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, from its creative level design and innovative use of VR to its cute characters, awe-inspiring environments, and subtle dose of black humour. Pure, joyful escapism doesn't get much better than this.
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission is an extremely fun and engaging game, and a dynamite addition to the growing PSVR library. At $39.99, it is an absolute bargain for what you get here. Once you start playing you will find it hard to stop. Games like these are the reason why I love PlayStation VR as much as I do. It’s a simple concept that works on so many levels here. If you have a PSVR system, Definitely check this one out, I can’t recommend it enough!
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    This is a PSVR killer app and there’s no reason to sit on this.
  5. Oct 1, 2018
    Super Mario 64 showed us the possibilities of 3D platform gaming more than 20 years ago. Now, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is finally here to do the same for VR.
  6. Oct 1, 2018
    A superb game; the promising result of tasking a group of clearly talented game designers and developers with building a game around a brand new medium like VR. The game expertly executes every idea it brings to the table. There's charm throughout, derived from excellent animation, art direction, FX and SFX, right down to the interactive credits sequence.
  7. Oct 30, 2018
    Frankly, if Astro Bot isn’t my favorite game this year, I’ll not only eat my hat, I’ll roam the lands eating every hat I come into contact with — it’s that damn good, and the definitive argument for owning a PSVR headset.
  8. Oct 24, 2018
    It is original, comprehensive and fun: Astro Bot Rescuie Mission is such a natural game, you tend to forget you are wearing VR goggles. It's a modern classic.
  9. 95
    Easily the best platformer and PS VR game on the market this year. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a showcase to how VR should be utilized moving forward. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a must buy.
  10. Oct 5, 2018
    This is an excellent platform and a must-have for PSVR owners. It shows off what virtual reality can be, creating an incredibly fun game and surprising you in ways you didn’t think it was possible. It is definitely a reason to buy a PSVR headset.
  11. Oct 9, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission is the best game for PlayStation VR to date. The levels are brilliant and the VR-experience is overwhelming. Everyone with a PS VR should buy this game.
  12. Oct 2, 2018
    A joy for the eyes, for the ears, for the fingertips and especially for the heart: a condensation of brilliant ideas and decidedly inspired platforming, which, thanks to VR, acquires an enchanting dimension.
  13. Oct 1, 2018
    When it comes to either VR games or 3D platformers, you can't do much better than Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. In fact, its incredible world and super-satisfying gameplay make it my favourite new game of 2018 so far.
  14. Dec 20, 2018
    The first board meeting held for Astro Bot Rescue Mission could have featured a single word written in all caps on a whiteboard: CHARM. It oozes through the game’s pores, but never feels like a cheap or thoughtless cash-grab; this isn’t another me-too half-baked mascot platformer fast-tracked out the door.
  15. Nov 30, 2018
    At the end of the day, Astro Bot Rescue Mission is an incredibly fun platformer that plays great and is even greater in VR. While not consistently mind-blowing, it often surprised me by its inventive level design and VR implementation, making it easily the title to own if you want a quality experience that is as innocent as it is fun to play.
  16. Edge Magazine
    Nov 9, 2018
    There are some VR games that still make our stomachs flip, but this captivating adventure is one to make the heart soar. [Christmas 2018, p.118]
  17. Nov 8, 2018
    One of the most impressive applications on gaming of VR. ASTRO BOT is a must have to all the owners of a PSVR.
  18. Games Master UK
    Nov 1, 2018
    Both a meticulously crafted adventure and a fabulous PS VR showcase - one of 2018's nicest surprises. [Issue#336, p.79]
  19. Oct 21, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a good platformer with tight controls that’s greatly enhanced by making the most of VR. Platforming, exploring environments, and fighting bosses, are all given additional layers of depth and scale that feel completely fresh and unique. Not only is it a good proof of concept for the PlayStation VR, it’s a legitimately great game, and one of the best uses of the technology so far.
  20. Oct 19, 2018
    One of the best VR games ever thanks to immensely creative level design, excellent bosses, great audiovisual style, an enormous amount of content and we could go on and on. If you have a PlayStation VR headset, this game is essential.
  21. Oct 12, 2018
    What begun as an experiment in Playroom and Playroom VR evolved into a fully fledged and quite revolutionary platfomer that changes everything for the genre in VR. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a must-have for PSVR owners and one of the most cleverly designed and enjoyable games of the year.
  22. Oct 11, 2018
    It’s fair to say that few other games have enchanted me this year as much as this platformer.
  23. Oct 10, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission feels like a greatest hits of platformers from a bygone era. The stunning implementation of PSVR truly elevates the game to a magical place. I really can't overstate just how much you need to play it for yourself.
  24. Oct 8, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission neatly unfolds platforming’s trick and tropes with immunity from the traditional hazards of virtual reality. Immersed in Astro Bot’s kinetic charm and engaged by its clever novelties, you’re left admiring the medium’s strengths rather than cursing its limitations. Astro Bot is a treasure for PlayStation VR enthusiasts.
  25. Oct 8, 2018
    This is the blueprint for all future VR platformers. Charming, full of surprises and visually stunning, this is the best VR experience you can get on PlayStatio VR right now.
  26. Oct 8, 2018
    Not only is it the best platformer on the PSVR, it's also good enough to rival some of the recent releases on modern consoles. It's a fun, friendly, and charming title that will make you 'ooh' and 'ahh' for the game's duration.
  27. Oct 8, 2018
    Astro Bot is really the PlayStation VR's killer app, and defines what VR can do, a bit like what Mario 64 did for the 3D. We would only have like this jewel to last a bit more as the playthrough is quite short overall.
  28. Oct 5, 2018
    Astro Bot is a VR platforming instant classic. In some ways, it is to virtual reality what Mario 64 was to 3D, as it uses a new technology to push new boundaries in the genre. We would have loved for it to have lasted a bit longer though.
  29. Oct 5, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission feels like it came out of nowhere to quietly prove that familiar genres can feel like new experiences with the aid of virtual reality. While the medium is capable of creating entirely new interactive experiences, Rescue Mission serves as a great reminder that the styles of games we already like can be translated to VR, and when it is done as well as it has been here, you get a chance to experience something that feels genuinely new and exciting.
  30. Oct 5, 2018
    Astro Bot Robot Rescue is more than an extension of flat screen platforming, it is the next evolutionary step that all family members will enjoy.
  31. Oct 5, 2018
    This is arguably PSVR’s biggest must-have game experience and a phenomenally good VR platform game. It’s too short and too linear to rival Super Mario Odyssey, but it shows a similar sense of invention, humour and good old razzle dazzle. And if you were losing faith in VR? Sony’s game will give you back the magic.
  32. Oct 5, 2018
    The challenging platforming and natural implementation of VR make it one of the most interesting and genuinely new-feeling games in recent memory. Astro Bot Rescue Mission delivers on the potential of PSVR and is a must-buy for owners of the device.
  33. Oct 4, 2018
    If you are a PlayStation VR owner, ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission is simply a must have.
  34. Oct 4, 2018
    Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is one of the best examples of the virtual reality that we’ve ever played, and it’s also one of the best platform games of the year.
  35. Oct 3, 2018
    Astro Bot would stand tall as a platformer on its own, but it genuinely uses virtual reality to elevate it beyond that. Delightful and joyous, It’s one of the best VR games to date, and an essential part of every PSVR library.
  36. Oct 1, 2018
    Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a one of a kind platform game. A smart, funny, unpredictable game that testifies to how the VR can truly change any game.
  37. 90
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a delightful PSVR platforming adventure. It's easily one of the best VR platformers out there, and is an excellent addition to any PSVR library.
  38. Oct 1, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission is an imaginative and innovative platformer which plays to the strengths of PlayStation VR and delivers an immersive experience that isn’t easy to forget. Stunning presentation elevated by insanely good animation ensure that you always feel present in the release’s virtual world, while tight controls and genuinely clever level design will keep you engaged. This is the kind of game that will leave you beaming long after you’ve taken the headset off – and we can’t give it higher praise than that.
  39. 90
    The most visually impressive and entertaining game on PlayStation VR, with an incredible sense of scale and boundless imagination.
  40. Oct 3, 2018
    Technical quality, gameplay mechanics, cute characters and interesting ideas shake hands in one of the best games of PS VR library. And not just that: probably is one of the best platform games in VR. It's hard to not surrender to its charm and flawless aside (the fixed camera, for example), it's a very, very enjoyable game.
  41. Feb 3, 2019
    Creative, VR-exclusive gameplay ideas embedded in a sugar-sweet world with pleasant mini-robots. A feast for platformer fans.
  42. CD-Action
    Nov 14, 2019
    Sony’s in-house studio brought us a really well made platformer. It is also the second (after Moss) mandatory buy for every owner of PS VR. [13/2018, p.79]
  43. Oct 3, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission succeeds in almost everything it tries. And it shows that you can have a great VR game without first person perspective. It is both entertaining, fun and unique, despite some bad camera positionning.
  44. Oct 1, 2018
    Priced at a lower entry point than most retail releases, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a must play for owners of the PlayStation VR headset, even for those who may not necessarily have a fondness for platformers or are turned off by the cute, cartoon-like aesthetics of the game.
  45. Oct 1, 2018
    Astro Bot is not here to reinvent the wheel or claim the throne as VR’s killer app; there are enough games trying to do that already. Instead, it fuzes the thrill of seeing a virtual world come to life with the dependably engaging gameplay of one of gaming’s most beloved genres and explores what that can mean with fascinating results. It’s a refreshing reminder of just how astonishing VR can be when there’s nothing in your way, and it’s an absolutely essential experience for any PSVR owner.
  46. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 25, 2018
    There’s nothing scaled-down about this family-friendly PS VR adventure. A delightful romp for both PS VR veterans and the pint-sized adventurers in the family. [Issue#155, p.78]
  47. Oct 17, 2018
    Astro Bot is easily the best platformer of the VR era and one of the best ever made on a PlayStation platform.
  48. Oct 1, 2018
    While Astro Bot Rescue Mission isn’t quite as charming as Moss, or as superbly crafted as Mario Odyssey, it is a great old-school platformer for the VR era, bringing some of the best features of both 2D and 3D platformers of old and incorporating VR in a way that doesn’t feel awkward. This is a fun, lighthearted way to spend some time in VR, and worth checking out.
  49. Oct 3, 2018
    Simple and fun, it uses all the features of PSVR. On the other hand, maybe the experience is too linear and easy to complete.
  50. 78
    First-party developer Japan Studio shows competence in the use of virtual reality, and even more in the way it takes the DualShock controller at the front of the action. The protagonists, Sony's Bots, are as cute as they come, and the general look and feel make Astro Bot a joy to play. On the other side, the game does barely offer any kind of challenge at all and more variety in gameplay would have been appreciated by experienced players. However, it is good to see this type of production for virtual reality, which show great potential.
  51. Oct 1, 2018
    Astro Bot Rescue Mission, like its titular hero, gets the job done.
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  1. Oct 3, 2018
    A generous and thrilling exploration of the wonders of VR. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Oct 12, 2018
    It’s rare to play a game with such a clear sense of purpose. Its designers — Sony’s prestige Japan Studios team — want simply to delight you. Each level is a fountain of new toys, gags and ideas. Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a platformer keenly aware of the platform it’s on. [Polygon Recommends]
  3. Oct 1, 2018
    A perfect example of how VR can be used in ways that go outside of the typical trappings of the medium and enhance regular gameplay. With its charming characters, expansive levels, and immersive tricks, it should be viewed as the new standard for platforming games in VR.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 531 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 531
  1. Oct 2, 2018
    An absolute joy to play its does seem like this could be VRs breakout moment as the game would not work as well without it. Game combines theAn absolute joy to play its does seem like this could be VRs breakout moment as the game would not work as well without it. Game combines the best of Sonic and Mario games past to give PlayStation its best ever platformer. - Absolutely essential for all PSVR owners and if you don't own a PSVR get one to play this! Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2018
    This game is absolutely incredible. Having been a lifelong fan of 3D platformers, I could easily see the potential of the short demo (RobotThis game is absolutely incredible. Having been a lifelong fan of 3D platformers, I could easily see the potential of the short demo (Robot Rescue) that came with PSVR, to have a full game is like a dream come true! Full Review »
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    Jeremy was right. This is the real deal. It truly is VR's Mario64 moment. It's just unfortunate that it's a lovely 3D platformer, as peopleJeremy was right. This is the real deal. It truly is VR's Mario64 moment. It's just unfortunate that it's a lovely 3D platformer, as people get all bent out of shape when they don't understand what that means. It's not comparing it to Mario 64, but instead that game's impact on gaming and its particular genre. This really is a watershed moment in VR. Full Review »