Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Aug 15, 2017
    Matterfall is a fluid, frenetic, explosively colourful arcade shooter sure to satisfy both casual players and high-score chasers.
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    There's no question Housemarque once again gets its own brand of chaos spot on, and you're going to love what they've got in store for you this time.
  3. Aug 15, 2017
    Matterfall is an absolute gem to play, taking gameplay we know and love and adding just the right nuances to give us something great.
  4. Games Master UK
    Sep 7, 2017
    A fast-paced thrill ride with slick controls, becoming hypnotic and meditative once mastered. [Oct 2017, p.74]
  5. Aug 25, 2017
    Matterfall is brief, but intense; a highly memorable experience that offers outstanding visuals and great replay value.
  6. Aug 15, 2017
    Once again, the Finnish studio Housemarque delivers a twin-stick shooter full of surprises: undoubtedly short, but with deep and engaging gameplay, tailored for fans of the arcade genre.
  7. Aug 14, 2017
    There’s not much to Matterfall, but there doesn’t need to be. Once again, Housemarque has made a tight little game with polished mechanics that’s sure to delight.
  8. Aug 15, 2017
    Matterfall is a challenging game with simple controls and stylish combat. While some sections are more frustrating than others, it'll keep daring you to come back and try to beat it once and for all.
  9. Aug 15, 2017
    Matterfall is a safe bet for twin-stick shooters lovers. It is, yet again, a great title from Housemarque, although this time it feels a little bit too short.
  10. Aug 22, 2017
    Matterfall, as with many other Housemarque games, is a flawed but fun experience. Its relatively small number of levels helps keep it light on fluff, appealing to people who want to find every collectible and maximise their score on the leaderboards. Its short length also means it isn’t an imposing task for someone looking for a change of pace.
  11. Aug 28, 2017
    Matterfall is a platform game for the best speed runners. It is a bit too little to be called a PlayStation alternative for Mario, but it is fun to try to beat yourself by seconds.
  12. 80
    Housemarque take their twin stick expertise over to the run and gun genre and nail it, just as you knew they would. The game's short lifespan and bullet sponge bosses take off a little bit of the shine but the excellent controls and gorgeous presentation make the game a must-buy for arcade connoisseurs.
  13. Aug 16, 2017
    Housemarque merges twinstick shooting with platforming, while adding their signature particle action style. But with its focus on action there is not enough exploration to be found for oldschool platforming fans. Nonetheless in its best moments this feels like Metroid on speed.
  14. Aug 16, 2017
    Matterfall is a great side-scrolling shooter with addictive gameplay and worthy challenge. If you love these type of games or, at least, the previous works of Housemarque, then you will love it.
  15. Aug 15, 2017
    Quotation forthcoming.
  16. 80
    Matterfall may not be the best product developed by Housemarque in recent years, but it is still a thrilling adventure that boasts excellent gameplay and gorgeous visuals.
  17. Aug 15, 2017
    Matterfall is yet another great shooter from Housemarque.
  18. Aug 15, 2017
    Fast'n fun; that is how Matterfall works. An interesting videogame that takes back the 16 bits - Gunstar Heroes style with metroidvania elements and offers a hard (but also short) experience based on ability and patience.
  19. 80
    Despite closing weaker than it starts, there’s a lot to like about Matterfall‘s unique blend of platforming and shooting. It’s great to see Housemarque trying something new, and besides some tricky controls, they nail most of their ideas flawlessly. PlayStation 4 owners can safely rack this up as yet another Housemarque gem.
  20. Aug 14, 2017
    Matterfall is a great shooter and will give you many hours of entertainment if you like chasing high scores and challenging gameplay. However, it does feel like a slight let down after Nex Machina and is the least essential of all the Housemarque games on PlayStation 4. That said, the least essential Housemarque game is still better than most games you will find on the console, so it’s still recommended.
  21. Aug 14, 2017
    Matterfall’s brand of action is simple but refined, producing many doses of adrenaline as you survive overwhelming odds again and again. The shooting is satisfying, and zipping across stages while blasting foes is a great, dumb time. For those who like their action simple but visually pleasing and challenging, Matterfall is an easy recommendation.
  22. Aug 14, 2017
    Although a bit short and repetitive at times, the fast and frantic action of Matterfall is a delight if you prefer your gameplay more arcade-y and your goals to be focused on high scores and conquering leaderboards rather than saving the world.
  23. Aug 14, 2017
    Matterfall is a challenging and creative take on the twin-stick shooter. Even if it's sci-fi setting is bland, the multitasking gameplay rarely offers a dull moment. This is a strong followup to Resogun, and one of the PlayStation 4's better digital exclusives.
  24. Aug 15, 2017
    Matterfall has a variety of pleasant gameplay ideas and a good technical side, even if it remains a platform-shooter with no great inspiration.
  25. Oct 12, 2017
    As a spectacular and blasting experience, Matterfall rides on reflexes of the player. It rides with intensity, speed and... is short. It is so short that you will finish it in 2 hours, then stare at the wall for 2 more. But while it lasts and doesn’t force you to chase the high-score, Matterfall is an awesome little title.
  26. Aug 16, 2017
    Another shooter from Housemarque, an expert and masterful studio in the shooter scene. Brilliant and enjoyable in every way, but a bit limited and linear.
  27. Aug 15, 2017
    Matterfall is a nostalgic iteration of Nineties' coin-ops. It's an hybrid shooter, that combines side-scrolling with flying sections and platforming. It throws the player into the gameplay without premises, making him to survive among aliens, robots and bullet-hell levels. Its challenging gameplay will be a great thing for every person who lived the last coin-op era, but also modern gamers may have the will to try it.
  28. Aug 14, 2017
    Occasionally cumbersome controls and a generic sci-fi aesthetic do little to deter from a tight, addictive and explosive shooter.
  29. Aug 14, 2017
    Housemarque could have gone a bit farther with Matterfall, because while the general theme is on point, several elements, the protagonist design included, failed to make their mark on me. While it remains stylish throughout there were a few sections where I felt like I was just going through the motions, doing things I had done many times before, just with a nice HDR sheen to it. It's not quite Outland (which Housemarque also created), but it'll do.
  30. Aug 21, 2017
    In Matterfall there's a lot of explosions, tons of particles, fast paced action and an interesting mix of gameplay mechanics. Everything fits well with this Housemarque game but scarce content and lack of replayability refrain it from being a must.
  31. Aug 17, 2017
    With as solid a foundation that Housemarque has created here, the potential for a truly boundary breaking game definitely exists but the short length, lack of replayability and immense difficulty spikes dampen the overall experience.
  32. Matterfall recovers the dead genre called "Metroidvania", and it executes on it pretty well, but sadly game lacks story to move you and controllers are relatively difficult to get used to it.
  33. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 15, 2017
    An absorbing mix of ideas: an intense retro-tinged shooter with an unusual level of complexity. [Nov 2017, p.81]
  34. Aug 23, 2017
    Matterfall may be the weakest title Housemarque has released to Playstation 4, but it's still a mostly great mix of platforming and shooting. We really enjoy the intense action and demanding difficulty – but we wish the game was a bit more polished and significantly longer.
  35. Aug 19, 2017
    Outstanding and challenging gameplay. Unfortunately due to its inconvenient controls and some other problems, it won't be the best Housemarque game you'll encounter.
  36. Aug 16, 2017
    It's an entertaining genre mix full of effects, but it loses its charm fast due to the narrow scope and modest replay value.
  37. Aug 16, 2017
    Very good-looking and enjoyable with is nervous, but easy to understand, gameplay, Matterfall feels great but doesn't offer so much to do and ends too quickly. But if you're a scoring addict, it's definitely for you.
  38. Aug 15, 2017
    Amongst the hallucinatory explosion storms, some shaded platform phases are also shaded, which make it even less convenient and intuitive to aim with the right precision.
  39. Aug 15, 2017
    MatterFall is crammed with interesting mechanics and there’s something really lovable about its Metroid-meets-Contra-meets-Bullet-Hell style. It’s just a shame that the levels aren’t memorable enough or the enemies distinctive enough to make it another retro-arcade great. Throw in boss battles that go on way too long, and it’s a solid shooter that will please enthusiasts, but not quite up there with Resogun or Nex Machina.
  40. Aug 14, 2017
    Matterfall succeeds in adapting Housemarque’s trademark style of fast, action-packed, arcadey action to the 2D platformer genre, but it feels like a puzzle half solved. There’s virtually no content here after you finish its exceptionally short campaign, outside of some harder difficulty modes and a global leaderboard to climb, and its level design isn’t well-suited for replay value. It’s a ton of fun while it lasts, but once it’s over it’s hard to not be left with a feeling of “Is that it?”
  41. Aug 14, 2017
    Matterfall is perhaps the least essential Housemarque title in the PlayStation 4’s catalogue, but it’s still a cut above the majority of the competition. Had there been more variety to its levels, some additional features and a tweak or two to the gameplay it could have stood toe-to-to with the like of Nex Machina, but as it is, it just doesn’t feel like the well-rounded package that we’ve become used to.
  42. Aug 14, 2017
    Matterfall’s not the best game Housemarque will release in 2017 – but then, the virtually flawless Nex Machina was always going to be a tough act to follow. There’s a lot to like about this side-scroller’s pulsating platforming levels, and when it all comes together you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. An unorthodox control scheme means that it’s not the most accessible game, but once you slip into a rhythm it feels right. Unfortunately, it can be hard to stay in the groove, and while those looking for a challenge will undoubtedly relish the practice required to master this menacing sci-fi affair, it will put others off.
  43. Aug 16, 2017
    Matterfall is a game filled with ideas and mechanics that seem fine on their own, but contradict and conflict with each other when added together. The experience is so short and stifled, that even with some enjoyable moments along the way, it’s hard to recommend.
  44. Sep 5, 2017
    Admittedly, the overall quality of Matterfall hurts more than usual because we've seen exactly what Housemarque can do. The core game is fun, but mediocre platforming holds back the game's strengths of dashing and shooting. Controls seem fine on paper, but the inability to map the buttons means that there's a learning curve to the game that will result in many deaths and wrong moves. It may look and sound pretty, but with a short game length and a punishing leaderboard system, consumers may want to wait for a price drop before jumping in.
  45. Aug 31, 2017
    For a AA game, Matterfall is not that bad. It features great combat which requires both physical and mental agility. Other than that, it lacks loads of content. If you can overcome the hard-to-control mechanics and the long loading times, there is no doubt that you are going to enjoy that game, but only on the short term. If you are top-score hunters, Matterfall is the game for you. If not, you should probably look for another game where you destroy aliens.
  46. Aug 22, 2017
    Matterfall is a mechanically sound game but has very little to keep you coming back to chase high scores. As it stands, I enjoyed the handful of hours that I spent with it, but I can't see myself going back anytime soon.
  47. Aug 16, 2017
    Matterfall is a 2D shoot’em-up which combines platforms and bullet hell action like a classic 90s arcade game. Its controls are different from usual shooters and can be confusing, yet is the most intelligent choice for the mechanics of this game which has all the ingredients of Housemarque.
  48. 60
    If you can handle the uncomfortable controls, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in some good old platformer shooting fun.
  49. games(TM)
    Sep 8, 2017
    Good, but nowhere near Housemarque's best work. [Issue#191, p.78]
  50. Aug 29, 2017
    Not the best piece of work from the guys that probably know twin-stick shooters better than anyone else. Matterfall is beautiful and visually impressive, but feels rushed and is way too short with limited to no replay value.
  51. 60
    Housemarque’s understanding of arcade shooting mechanics is, as ever, strong with Matterfall, but it lacks the flair and bombast of the more thoroughbred members of its family. The core concepts carried over from Housemarque’s previous efforts may be signature moves now, but they are starting to grow a little tired, more so when the game they feature in isn’t among the best the developer has put out.
  52. Aug 18, 2017
    Matterfall contains some welcome formula tweaks and the usual level of Housemarque polish, but it's much less inspired than the Finnish studio's better shooters.
  53. Aug 16, 2017
    While I have to tip my hat to Housemarque for trying something different, Matterfall feels more like a side project than a proper release in the developer’s esteemed lineage of twin-stick shooters. The controls lack the same level of slick polish, the main experience is short, and there’s little to keep you coming back.
  54. Aug 16, 2017
    Nowhere close to the arcade perfection of Resogun or Nex Machina, this undercooked action platformer lacks the precise controls and instant appeal of its stablemates.
  55. Aug 15, 2017
    Matterfall brings back retro gameplay mechanics in a futurist set. However, it does not bring anything new and becomes a little bit repetitive due to this.
  56. Aug 14, 2017
    At first it's great to engage with Housemarque's tried-and-tested designs again, but Matterfall never manages to build off of its promising foundation, and it even mishandles one of the studio's longest-standing mechanics: dashing. There is still some fun to be had, and it's easy to appreciate the technical artistry on display, but factor in inconsistent controls and long load times, and it's easy to grow frustrated throughout the Matterfall's short campaign.
  57. Edge Magazine
    Sep 14, 2017
    It never quite feels natural, and you'll quickly find yourself pining for another recent Housemarque release, Nex Machina. [Issue#311, p.120]
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  1. Aug 15, 2017
    Housemarque widens its lens with a take on 90s run and gunners, resulting in an enjoyably chaotic if overly slight adventure.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 49
  2. Negative: 8 out of 49
  1. Aug 15, 2017
    This is a rare miss by the folks at Housemarque. Matterfall tries being one part Metroidvania and one part twin stick score attack shoot-em-upThis is a rare miss by the folks at Housemarque. Matterfall tries being one part Metroidvania and one part twin stick score attack shoot-em-up and ends up being inferior versions of each. Bosses fights are frustratingly inconsistent, the dash mechanic isn't nearly as refined or as tight as it is in Housemarque's other games like Resogun or Nex Machina, and the Metroidvania platforming is very rudimentary. While playing I couldn't help but feel that there was a lot more that could have been done. In fact, my mind kept going back to Shadow Complex and Epic Games' take on the genre back in 2009.

    The biggest issue, in my opinion, is that the game is painfully short. Three acts of three levels each. On veteran, that took a mere 3.5 hours to complete from start to finish. This is a great example of the game being stuck in-between worlds; Short gameplay based on score attack gameplay works well in games like Resogun or Nex Machina which are modern takes on old quarter munching arcade titles but Matterfall is a take on a completely different genre where "score attack" matters less than providing a solid platforming experience with satisfying progression and boss fights. The relay value doesn't seem to justify the $20 price tag and, again, made me recall when Shadow Complex launched for a mere $5 more with significantly more content and more reasons to replay besides Matterfall's score attack.

    Ultimately, I'd recommend putting this on a wish list and waiting to see if it goes on sale during one of Sony's periodic flash sales or potentially given as a "free" PS Plus game later down the line. I'd give it a 6.5 if I could but in this case I'll round it up to a 7 rather than down to a 6.
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  2. Sep 21, 2017
    Increible, no puedo decir nada más. Solo 20 euros, una jugabilidad super divertidad y una banda sonora de electronica ochentera que es unaIncreible, no puedo decir nada más. Solo 20 euros, una jugabilidad super divertidad y una banda sonora de electronica ochentera que es una delicia; no puedo decir nada malo de este juego sinceramente Full Review »
  3. Nov 15, 2020
    Drive, dynamic and perfect music. MatterFall it is RESOGUN+VECTORMAN+STRIDER = amazing formula for me.