Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 19, 2011
    Two bucks. That's all you'll need to grab this PSP Mini, and it is worth every cent.
  2. Dec 22, 2010
    A Space Shooter For 2 Bucks! really is the complete package. For a two dollar PlayStation Mini, A Space Shooter For 2 Bucks! offers an experience as fun, lengthy, difficult and worthwhile as some of the premiere standard games on the PlayStation Network.
  3. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Jan 2, 2012
    This is a bargain if you look at what you get. This shooter is long, challenging and has a great sense of humor thanks to cutscenes that remind us of Ratchet & Clank. Mega Man was also an inspiration: you get to use the weapons of every end boss you defeat. [January 2012, p.85]
  4. Games Master UK
    Feb 14, 2011
    The eventual carnage you wreak is well worth the effort. Funny writing, too. [Mar 2011, p.91]
  5. Jan 19, 2011
    For 2 bucks, this game has more to offer than some higher priced competitors. Recommended for retro fans and genre specialists.
  6. Jan 5, 2011
    The game has great replay value and it is relieving to see the developers not take their selves so seriously in expecting their own game to be more than it is. You are getting what you pay for... a (solid) space shooter for two bucks.
  7. Jan 26, 2011
    We can whine about how it might not be the best shmup we've ever played, but the best shmup we've ever played probably didn't cost $2, and Commander P. Jefferson's space odyssey is easily worth that to anyone who wants to shoot stuff throughout the universe.
  8. Jan 12, 2011
    If A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks is any indication of what other games are in the PSP Mini collection, then gamers are in for a treat. It doesn't try to do too much, it's a lot of fun, and it's cheap.
  9. Jan 10, 2011
    The attractive price is not the only thing that makes this frantic space shooter worth trying out. Looking past the hit or miss humor in the dialogue, the action is absolutely addicting and you will be replaying levels incessantly to build up some space cash to purchase your next upgrade.
  10. Jan 10, 2011
    Whether you're on the go with your PSP or if you need something to greatly occupy yourself between paychecks, we can be thankful for the fact that the option of killing space cretins is available as an alternative to spending the evening hitting up the drive-thru window.
  11. Jan 9, 2011
    A Space Shooter for Two Bucks! has a title that says it all. If you're looking for a quick pick-up-and-play shooter that will demand serious effort for a very reasonable price, Frima has your answer.
  12. Jan 7, 2011
    For a game that's entirely happy to plunder the past and repackage it all with a nod and a wink, this cheery portion of nostalgic blasting is well worth dusting off your neglected PSP for.
  13. Dec 22, 2010
    Even with its problems, A Space Shooter For 2 Bucks is the true definition of what a Minis game should be: an inexpensive yet worthwhile experience.
  14. Jan 10, 2011
    Problems notwithstanding, if you're a shmup fan who is waiting for the next big Treasure or Cave release, or just looking to blast some aliens, for $1.99, you could certainly do a lot worse.
  15. Play UK
    Feb 20, 2011
    A fairly conventional shooter. [Issue#202, p.96]

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2010
#22 Most Shared PSP Game of 2010
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jun 19, 2020
    This game slaps. Definitely brings me back to the psp era every time I play it.
  2. Jul 6, 2019
    Very good space shooter. Two bucks are a good price for what you get in the game.