Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
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  1. 90
    Journey to the Savage Planet is an excellent and often funny firstperson exploration game. You could call it a Metroidvania game but that’s just lazy. Go out and buy this.
  2. Jan 28, 2020
    There's a profound sense of exploration and discovery in Journey to the Savage Planet. It's constantly motivating the player to double back and take another look at an area without ever explicitly telling them to. It's like being let into an amusement park with no lines and no rules, giving players the freedom to make their own fun whenever they need a break from an incredibly vertical, and hardly ever uninteresting, scavenger hunt for new resources and upgrades. It may not be an entire planet to explore, but it could easily fill one up.
  3. Jan 27, 2020
    One of the most interesting and unique indie games to be released in a very long time. The game manages to blend together several different kinds of gameplay mechanics in a way that mostly makes sense. Even when the game gets slightly frustrating, it is still impossible not to marvel at the beautiful and hilarious world that Typhoon Games has created.
  4. Jan 27, 2020
    There’s a lot to love about Journey to the Savage Planet but most importantly, it reminded me why I started playing games in the first place: for fun. Journey to the Savage Planet offers a ton of enjoyment in both its gameplay and storytelling. Bravo to Typhoon Studios for kicking off 2020 with what might just be the sleeper hit of the year and mic dropping a brand new IP that shouldn’t be missed.
  5. 90
    Journey to the Savage Planet is such a ridiculously zany and wonderful game. No matter how many times I die, whether it be to a monster I just didn’t see or missing a grapple after grinding my way up the Spire, I look forward to returning to my corpse and giving it another go (and a proper burial). Whether you play the game solo or with an online coop partner, I hope you enjoy your time on AR-Y 26 as much as I have.
  6. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet might just be the first great game of 2020. It’s beautiful, compelling, fun, and funny. It’s difficult to think about the game without comparing it to other recent titles. Visually, it’s similar to No Man’s Sky; tonally, it’s akin to The Outer Worlds; and the level-design takes a page from Metroid Prime. Even with all of these seemingly obvious inspirations, the way Savage Planet combines its various elements makes it feel completely unique. Despite the fact that, in the end, Savage Planet doesn’t fully stick the landing, it embodies the words of Shepherd Book: it doesn’t matter where you're going because how you get there is the worthier part. And this is a most excellent way to get there.
  7. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet was such a fun way to kick off the decade.
  8. Jan 27, 2020
    A really colorful, tongue-in-cheek adventure that offers many secrets to discover. Sadly, the balance in the challenges needs some tweaking.
  9. Jan 27, 2020
    An exploration title like this does not come around often. Typhoon Studios have crafted a highly enjoyable game with amusing humor and distinctive art direction. Moreover, this debut is a surprisingly stupendous sci-fi romp that shall make its swift journey to gamers' hearts and imaginations everywhere.
  10. Jan 27, 2020
    Sometimes almost too colorful action RPG with motivating Metroidvania elements and minor design flaws.
  11. Mar 16, 2020
    Its a wild, crazy, weird world out there. And you and a fellow victi…friend will be able to explore it. If you have been looking for an actually fun and enjoyable survivor exploration game then look no further. Even with a few hiccups, it can still be a nice adventure.
  12. Mar 13, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet does exactly what it sets out to do, and the end result is a perfectly enjoyable exploration game. It doesn't break new ground, but it executed what it does well, and I found it extremely relaxing to run around and search every nook and cranny for secrets aplenty. If you're looking for something to scratch the 3D Metroid itch, Journey to the Savage Planet does a wonderful job. The $30 price tag might seem a touch high, but if you're a fan of this game style, Journey to the Savage Planet is genuinely worth the money.
  13. Feb 18, 2020
    Overall, with all its gameplay design simplicity on the surface, Journey to the Savage Planet still held some fun discoveries along the way that was drenched in short stints of tongue/cheek humor. It does bring a solid adventure and the fact that you can co-op with a friend helps to keep it all fresh and fun.
  14. Jan 30, 2020
    The fun planet AR-Y 6 totally has us invested in Journey to the Savage Planet. This colorful playground filled with (un)friendly life offers many secrets that get uncovered bit by bit. A great experience with a great sense of humor.
  15. 80
    Journey to the Savage Planet ticks all the right boxes. It gets its core play loops right, and it respects the player's time - you'll clock it at 15 or so hours if you're not too concerned with collecting everything along the way. I had a good time in both single player and co-op, and for something that is so foreign to the kind of games I usually play, that this one hooked me in speaks to its X-factor. For all the good, however, the game's a complete misfire as a narrative experience.
  16. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a game whose greatest virtue is that it manages to generate a constant feeling of discovery in the player. Both its gameplay, its level design and its plot are oriented to highlight the most fundamental experience that must exist in every adventure: the one that conveys the feeling that, on certain occasions, the trip must be more important than the traveler.
  17. Jan 27, 2020
    It is a pleasure to rediscover today, arrived at the twilight of this generation, a title that enhances curiosity and sense of discovery; a product that, precisely in the name of its level design, the cooperative mode and its always inspired puzzles, lives beyond the end credits, sure to carve out a place in the hearts of all true videogame adventurers.
  18. Jan 27, 2020
    Fascinating, lighthearted and stupidly funny, Journey to the SavagePlanet is a delightful adventure between the mysteries of an unknown alien planet. A first-person metroidvania with a lot of great exploration and platforming which demonstrates the talent of Typhoon Studios' developers.
  19. Jan 27, 2020
    Rebel in tone, efficient in design, maybe Journey to the Savage Planet doesn't qualify as the kind of game that changes the medium, but it definitely falls among the ones that truly are a joy to play.
  20. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a great adventure game, particularly in coop. It’s like a light-hearted, more colorful and open Metroid Prime, so if you’re looking for something like that, it’s definitely worth your time and money.
  21. Jan 27, 2020
    The exploration serves as the centerpiece of Journey to the Savage Planet and almost all of its other parts enhance or are enhanced by it. It is usually some symbiotic fusion of the two as exploring opens the doors for more upgrades which unlocks more places to explore. And it does this all within a modest runtime that doesn’t beg for your every hour for months on end in order to yield a satisfying amount of adventuring. Such an outlook is refreshing that we should see more often from this style of game. It makes it clear that for every No Man’s Sky, there should also be a Journey to the Savage Planet.
  22. Jan 27, 2020
    A beautiful, colourful, and bitingly satirical sci-fi Metroidvania that also has a welcome respect for your spare time.
  23. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a very good adventure game, with a lot of humor and a great design. Overall gameplay is cool despite a quite linear progression.
  24. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is playing in a genre full of titans, and it’s holding its own. The quirky environments and slick traversal systems make it a pleasure to explore. While the humor doesn’t always land, it still has a charm to it. If you can find someone to go on an adventure with you, there’s a lot of entertainment to be found in this bubbly and zany little package.
  25. Jan 27, 2020
    As any Trekkie will tell you, discovery is addictive, and Journey to the Savage Planet is almost all discovery.
  26. Jan 27, 2020
    Anybody pining for more Metroid Prime needs to put Journey to the Savage Planet at the top of their list. The game has a few rough edges and its sense of humor might not be to all tastes, but it captures that inviting, adventuresome Metroid spirit better than anything I’ve played in a while. This Savage Planet will pull you into its orbit if you give it half a chance.
  27. Jan 27, 2020
    A memorable, if modest, open-world adventure with inventive mechanics and enjoyable exploration.
  28. 80
    Journey To The Savage Planet is a fun, arcadey ride with its comedic characters, cartoony art style and unique blend of game genres. Secrets and secondary objectives galore, creative creature design, and a rewarding gameplay loop only add to that ride. Although the co-op disappoints, you shouldn't overlook Typhoon Studios' great first game.
  29. Jan 27, 2020
    A rollicking space adventure, Journey to the Savage Planet has the smarts to make you laugh out loud while taking shots at consumerism and big business.
  30. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet provides highly rewarding exploration and discovery bundled with a genuinely funny sense of humor to make for a worthwhile first-person adventure experience. The game is clearly a labor of love and is only hindered by a few unrefined elements that don’t significantly detract from the overall enjoyment. Though the planet is a savage one indeed, in this case, the risk is absolutely worth taking.
  31. Jan 27, 2020
    Quotation forthcoming.
  32. Jan 27, 2020
    The game experience with Journey to the Savage Planet has been more than positive: if you love first person platformers, sci-fi and you are not really made for seriousness, you will certainly find "Grob" for your teeth...
  33. CD-Action
    Mar 17, 2020
    While it starts exceptionally strong, towards the end the game gets boring and the finale seems as creative as something I myself could have written in ten minutes. [04/2020, p.52]
  34. Mar 2, 2020
    Despite being a small indie developer that was only formed three years ago, Typhoon Studios have put out a game that is of wonderful quality with no graphical or technical issues that I have experienced. While I do have a few gripes about certain aspects of the game, overall it is a very successful first outing.
  35. Feb 5, 2020
    Often hilarious and always cute, Journey to the Savage Planet is an enjoyable adventure game that offers exploration and platform gameplay in spades. Some bugs dampen the fun a bit, but that's hardly worth complaining about.
  36. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is an unpredictable adventure that knows how to amaze, entertain and make fun of capitalism.
  37. 75
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a concise yet well focused adventure that channels the best bits of games like Metroid and Prey. Despite this, some unsatisfying combat and repetitive locales keep it from being the achievement that it could be.
  38. Jan 27, 2020
    With an enchanting and funny universe and some nice exploration components, Journey to Savage Planet shines, but fails a bit in bringing the combat system in on the formula.
  39. Feb 14, 2020
    A funny and colorful sci-fi adventure that lasts 10 to 15 hours, with an interesting planet full of places, enemies and secrets to explore. Although combat is nothing to write home about and the humor might not appeal to everyone, Journey to the Savage Planet still deserves your time.
  40. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 9, 2020
    There’s so much Savage Planet gets right: it’s slick, gorgeous, and dense with things to do. However, for all the exploration, much of the action feels quite samey. [Issue#172, p.89]
  41. Feb 2, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet takes around 10 to 12 hours to complete, and you'll come across some neat gameplay ideas along the way, although nothing is that special.
  42. Jan 28, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet borrows plenty of familiar elements from other games, yet it does so in a carefree way that sets it apart from other sci-fi exploration games, settling on a relaxing playstyle that's informed by its single, vivid planet and tightly focused design. It only takes a couple of hours to reveal its humdrum combat, but this is the only significant damper on what is an entertaining slice of lighthearted planetary exploration.
  43. Jan 27, 2020
    Even when the visuals remind us of so many other games, Journey To The Savage Planet has very unique ideas and its exploration mechanics are particularly remarkable. The experience is short-lived, with some major bugs, but still good, especially if you play it in co-op.
  44. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a game about exploration and looking for a change of pace in progression. It’s rewarding to those who take things slower or have a knack for adventure. It’s definitely on the easier side but has a gameplay loop that offers a bit of everything with sharp responsiveness. The parts that Journey to the Savage Planet really excel in don’t last for too long.
  45. 70
    Journey to the Savage Planet is absolutely dripping with charm and personality, but the repetitive nature of the exploration and the stiff combat hold it back from being truly great.
  46. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is well worth checking out if you’re looking for something to fill the void of time you’ve got during this fairly quiet start to 2020. The sense of exploration drives you forward, the satirical comedy lands every time, and the presentation on the whole just adds to the magical sense of exploring and mapping an uncharted planet.
  47. Mar 5, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is the definition of a mixed bag. The goofy live-action bits, cute creatures and overall aesthetic have a ton of charm, but the satire feels oafishly delivered and underdone. The first-person platforming is a cut above, but the combat is tedious and unpleasant, and the exploration is hamstrung by an unwieldy teleporter system and the absurd absence of a map. There’s a lot to like about Savage Planet, but I was also more than ready to be done with it long before it asked me to shoot dozens of GWPs on its engagingly ugly final boss.
  48. Feb 10, 2020
    The game doesn’t outstay its welcome over its 12ish hours, which is, truthfully, something of a blessing.
  49. Jan 30, 2020
    Strangely, for all the noise Savage Planet makes, its strongest moments are its quietest. There’s an element of silent theatre to the way your character communicates his goofy personality through his hands, while the world design is spotted with pleasing flourishes, such as trees bearing foliage that transforms into butterflies. In the end, it’s little touches like this, rather than the more in-your-face moments, that lend Savage Planet the dash of flavour it spends so much energy searching for.
  50. Jan 28, 2020
    I wanted to love Journey to the Savage Planet, but ultimately it falls short. While the world and its inhabitants are well-designed, the lack of any real payoff in both story and gameplay leads to an altogether forgettable journey. While some of the game's jokes hit the mark, there's just not that many reasons to grab your spacesuit and gun for this adventure.
  51. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a game with a lot of nice ideas – trying to single-handedly twist a well-worn genre into new and exciting shapes – but ultimately doesn’t quite have the courage to commit to them. There’s a lot to enjoy, particularly in its opening hours, but for all its grand ambitions, Savage Planet ultimately falls back on tired ideas to see it through to an underwhelming end. Like the ship you’re trying to repair throughout, it’s an admirable thing, but it can’t quite nail the landing.
  52. Jan 27, 2020
    It might lack some polish, but Journey to the Savage Planet is an enjoyable jaunt across a strange, open-ended landscape. This is a game you play in order to explore its intriguing environment and interact with the wildlife -- combat is fairly dull, attempts at humour rarely land, and the story almost feels like an afterthought at times. If you're looking for an easy-going sci-fi action game, this just about does enough to satisfy.
  53. Apr 16, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a frustrating game. Not because it’s that hard (it’s not, at least not intentionally), and not because it’s broken (at least not too much). No, it’s frustrating because it’s so close to being a good game, and you can see the tweaks that would have made it a good game…but absent those tweaks, it all just feels like a giant missed opportunity.
  54. Jan 27, 2020
    Ultimately, Journey to the Savage Planet is a little less savage and a little more tame. What it does, it does quite well; it's just a shame it doesn't do very much. A decent title for those that get excited at the thought of exploration, but an otherwise unremarkable experience.
  55. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet offers an atypical open-world feedback loop with some small bits of clever detail but there’s not much else going for it. The writing is tired while the combat is uninspired, with pea shooter guns and a variety of frustrating enemies. Despite this, there’s still no sense of difficulty or tantalising mystery to distance it from its peers or keep you exploring beyond the short narrative – and the addition of co-op feels pointless.
  56. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet puts you in a brilliantly colorful world, and tasks you with exploring to your heart's content. The moment-to-moment exploration is enjoyable, but the act of combat offers very little in the way of a challenge. The score and insane FMV adverts give Journey to the Savage Planet a lot of personality, but the tiresome parody nature of the writing really lets it down.
  57. Jan 27, 2020
    The game’s themes feel like facile wallpaper over mechanics that feed into the ideas being critiqued.
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  1. Jan 27, 2020
    Gentle anarchy reigns in this brilliantly humourous adventure. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Jan 27, 2020
    It’s unfortunate that Savage Planet suffers from some annoying bugs and I wish the story came together into something more meaningful or interesting. I still had a blast playing it. I want more games like this in 2020: Games that aren’t focused on selling a battle pass or being 200-hour epics, a game that knows it’s wacky and embraces that and lets the player have fun in the world. In 2020 I need to smile more, and Savage Planet made me feel great, even if I was covered in goo.
  3. Feb 2, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a fun little game that looks a bit like No Man's Sky and plays a bit like Metroid Prime. It's also full of bug-eyed round birds that are kind of adorable, and has a cute sense of humor. It's a fun little game that I've been having fun with because it's fun. How fun!
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 64
  2. Negative: 10 out of 64
  1. Jan 28, 2020
    So nearly a 9/10, but it misses a few beats later on in the game as it seems to stop pushing itself to innovate. That said, for a game that isSo nearly a 9/10, but it misses a few beats later on in the game as it seems to stop pushing itself to innovate. That said, for a game that is listed at £24.99 on console, I think you get a decent amount of entertainment for your buck here. It's definitely more fun with a mate in tow, and all together not a super deep game. The world is exciting to explore throughout, with around 15 hours of core gameplay and 25 to 30 if you want to 100% it. The FMVs are a standout point and just a great way to carry the games narrative. I really enjoyed the characters in these, plus the setting, style, and humor feel inspired by vertical early 90's tv, but inserted into a game with shiny current gen graphics and mechanics. A odd, But for someone who grew up in this decade, a pleasing experience all round. Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet
    No Mans Clank
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a first person 3d platforming adventure game that can be played
    Journey to the Savage Planet
    No Mans Clank
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a first person 3d platforming adventure game that can be played solo or co op where you play as a character whos job is to collect information about a potentially inhabitable planet, before we bring humans there to live…
    and during this first few hours of this about 8 hour journey, Journey to the Savage Planet was one of the most charming and ridiculously fun games ive played in a while…
    Journey to the Savage Planet takes inspiration from games such as ratchet and clank, no mans sky, and I’m sure borderlands with its quirky humour and characters
    So many moments I would just bust out laughing about how dumb or self aware certain moments in this game were… and this humor is what makes journey to the savage planet such an overall charming experience…
    The world starts out full of secrets, wonder, and color.. youll be scanning items and creatures trying to catch them all, pokemon style… youll find branching and hidden paths that lead to upgrades for your health and stamina, all of this got its hooks in me instantly… I wanted to scan all of the creatures, collect all of the orange goo, and upgrade my character to their full potential… this is what journey to the savage planet does right with its collectibles.. they aren’t meaningless.. they all have a pay off, you feel true incentive to explore and collect… what journey to the savage planet doesn’t do right though, is constantly locking off paths that require you to come back later with new items… the concept of journey to the savage planet is simple.. you’ve gotta fix your ship, you need to go collect items to do so… but in your way are enemies, enemies that drop materials that you an then use to upgrade your gear, however to actually unlock said gear, you must stick to the story until youre given the mission to get said gear, and along your way you are teased with things you cant interact with.. which is a fine thing ti an extent.. but this is constant from start to finish…all youll want to do is explore and become more powerful, but the game wont let you… youre rewarded for finding these really well hidden secrets with a sorry come back later, and it just becomes discouraging after a while… especially in this games final stretch.. how do I not have every ability unlocked already? I stopped caring during journey to the savage planets 3rd act…
    which bring s me to my next gripe… Journey to the Savage Planet is a brilliant 3d platformerfor the most part, you have so many consumable items at your disposal to uncover secrets and traverse through this world… but much like every other 3d platformer… the spark stays, but fizzles the deeper you go into the game… each act getting progressively not as fun, until the point where your hoppinh around broken apart floating islands.. again just like every other 3d platformer… Journey to the Savage Planets magic was in its exploration and collecting.. it was in its adventure and humour… while it was still enjoyable, it was a mistake to rely and focus on traversal and gun play for the 2nd half of this game… and not only that – but it was also a mistake to toss this pokemon like collection system out the window by just reusing and reskinning enemies, this caused exploration to quickly lose any bit of excitement, whats around the next corner? Everything you just saw except now theyre yellow instead of pink.
    But with all of my gripes, Journey to the Savage Planet challenged me in all the right ways, the gunplay was just annoying enough for me to constantly feel in danger, it encouraged exploration in all the right ways, having me search for spawn and teleportation points so I could quickly go grab my dropped items if I died… this journey to the savage planet was a pleasant surprise, and one that im glad I made.
    I give Journey to the Savage Planet
    an 8/10
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  3. Jan 29, 2020
    Cool Game. If you like platforming and funny characters, creatures, environments. Great CooP game. Just a silly game that is a fast story. ItCool Game. If you like platforming and funny characters, creatures, environments. Great CooP game. Just a silly game that is a fast story. It took me 8 hours to complete everything. Worth the price of $30 bucks. Umm if you like a cool little indie game check it out, you will like it.

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