• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 59
  2. Negative: 2 out of 59
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  1. If I had to hold one thing against Daxter (and Ready at Dawn) it’s that they raised the bar so high that it’s probably going to be a while before there is another PSP title that reaches this level of quality.
  2. It feels, moves and looks like a "Jak" title, and any fan of the series will have a blast taking this new title on the road.
  3. This is it, the first truly great game for the PSP. The entire game is just so polished, well-designed, and implemented that it could stand as an example of great gaming on any platform.
  4. 95
    Almost effortlessly, the game provides a wonderful offshoot of the established "Jak and Daxter" world, serving up scores of original content and gameplay mechanics while maintaining the franchise's charm and fun.
  5. Aside from looking great, the gameplay is very cohesive and tight, and though it doesn’t venture too far from the typical Jak and Daxter formula, it’s hard to complain when the game is this good.
  6. Put simply, Daxter is not only a great game for the PSP, it would make a great game on any platform.
  7. So far, Daxter is the most fun I've had on my PSP this year, and Daxter is a sure in for PSP game of the year.
  8. From the gorgeous graphics, solid control scheme to the writing and sound production, this one has "BUY ME" stamped all over it in big gold letters.
  9. Not only do the graphics look outstanding, but the developers went even further by having some of the best audio I have heard for a PSP game.
  10. It's just a really, really well-made platformer and probably one of the best to come along in quite some time.
  11. Daxter is one of the best experiences to be had on the PSP, and an excellent platformer on any system.
  12. The best platformer on the PSP and almost the best title period on the console.
  13. Daxter continues to prove that the PSP is the best handheld system out there and the closest thing you can get to a home console experience. I’d certainly stack this game up against anything in the genre on the PS2.
  14. Tremendously fun title to say the least.
  15. The pint-sized Daxter is every bit as good as its console counterparts, bringing all the best elements of the action-platformer Jak games fluidly to the PSP.
  16. Daxter is the most technically impressive game on the PSP and delivers and extremely fun platforming experience that could be the best in Naughty Dog’s history.
  17. It takes a rich universe and focuses it on a very popular character, and didn't just throw him into some clone of Jak 3, but instead designed a game around Daxter and the PSP.
  18. Daxter isn't just a great platformer with amazing graphics and sound, it's one of the best playing games you can get on the PSP. You can look around all you want, but there's no reason to; Daxter is the new king of 3D portable platforming games.
  19. Pelit (Finland)
    A smooth, portable platformer that looks gorgeous. It is very traditional, but the playability is flawless and the levels are top notch. Hilarious minigames are a nice bonus. [June 2006]
  20. With the non-existent load times and simple, but rewarding controls, this game feels like it’s been made with the idea of what handheld games need while not ignoring the presentation that the console-like power can provide
  21. 90
    Sure, its story is kind of ridiculous and even a little boring, but the events that said story lead into are fantastic. From the great level design to the ultra-refined controls to the excellent production values, Daxter is a game every PSP gamer should check out.
  22. 90
    This is the action/platformer we've pined for on PSP. With amazing graphics, an entertaining story and uber-accurate control, it's virtually flawless and its appeal knows no bounds.
  23. 90
    Even without the compelling multiplayer, Daxter is the best platformer available on the PSP, and a fantastic extra chapter for the series.
  24. It looks almost as good as its PS2 siblings and has full voice acting for all the characters, all without the excruciatingly long loading that seems to plague most other PSP games on the market.
  25. In short, Daxter is a highly polished game that, for once, really does set a new standard in terms of what we can expect from future PSP titles.
  26. Daxter is a superb platform adventure that I highly recommend, and Ready at Dawn is to be commended for coming to bat for the PSP and filling the void that's plagued the system for almost a year. Purchase it immediately.
  27. Play Magazine
    Daxter makes a much better lead than he ever did a sidekick. As a lead critter, he's everything I look for and then some. [Apr 2006, p.71]
  28. Daxter is an amazing looking creature. He's loaded with personality and his animated movements are fluid and well detailed as he slinks around with tail wagging and ears flapping.
  29. With great graphics, great sound and a fun multiplayer game the simply titled Daxter is a hit on the PSP.
  30. Lush visuals, solid gameplay and tight controls makes this one of PSP's best thus far.
  31. 90
    As the first game to truly establish the balance between a console game and portability, Daxter is arguably the best game on the PSP.
  32. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    This makes you realise how much Jak has been holding Daxter back all these years. It also shows just how good PSP gaming can get. [May 2006, p.84]
  33. AceGamez
    Only the issues of its periodically dodgy camera and short lifespan - along with the rock-paper-scissors-esque two player bug fighting game, which is frankly not much cop and not really worth a mention - even come close to bringing it down, and even with those minor faults, you really should make sure you pick up Daxter as soon as possible.
  34. It’s got everything; humor, excellent cutscenes, great graphics and strong gameplay. What more can you ask for?
  35. netjak
    Daxter is a game designed from the ground up for the PSP and it shows. The handy save anywhere feature allows for gaming on the go while the length of each of Daxter's levels is suitable for a bus ride to school or work. Daxter’s graphics and gameplay are unmatched on the PSP and contribute to what is a truly exceptional game.
  36. With such deep variety of familiar but accomplished gameplay, and visuals that are always immersive and frequently arresting, Daxter easily leaps ahead of the PSP platformer pack to put such concerns to rest.
  37. Games Master UK
    One of the best platformers we've played in years. This handheld treat is a minor classic. [June 2006, p.73]
  38. Game Informer
    Honestly, I'd have to say that this title actually manages to not only meet but exceed my expectations. [Apr 2006, p.135]
  39. Daxter, developed by Ready at Dawn Studios, is far closer in spirit to the original game than "Jak II" or "Jak 3," with wacky humor and imaginative puzzles and action that are challenging without being torturous.
  40. PSM2 Magazine UK
    A brilliant piece of crafted platforming that has the power to draw you in for an age. While not perfect, it's now the game by which all other PSP titles of its ilk will be judged. [May 2006, p.72]
  41. Sure, the story's nothing to call home about, but this is still the finest platformer to grace the PSP yet.
  42. Every aspect of Daxter screams quality, and Ready At Dawn studios deserve an ovation for putting together such a masterful platforming experience.
  43. PSM Magazine
    More important, however, is that this game serves as a prime example of how platformers should be designed for the PSP. [Jun 2006, p.80]
  44. The formula from the original series has been transplanted to near perfection and the Ready at Dawn crew has added a few gems that will keep you coming back for more.
  45. 80
    Completely skip the multiplayer aspect of Daxter, and you'll be pleasantly surprised to the game's accessibility and simple ways it draws you in for an all-around enjoyable adventure. Daxter finally proves that he can hold his own without Jak.
  46. 80
    Along with the great controls and the involving adventure that will keep you playing for hours at a time, the game also benefits from beautiful visuals that really bring out the best in the PSP.
  47. 80
    This is a full-on game that delivers a rich, beautiful, detailed gaming experience on a small, portable screen, which all makes sense when you consider some of the key development staff are former Naughty Dog employees.
  48. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    One of the better games you'll find for your PSP, and a must-play for die-hard fans of the series. [May 2006, p.90]
  49. Although the platform-leaping action is easily criticised for lacking originality, levels are inventive and varied.
  50. If Daxter can be accused of anything it’s playing it too safe. It’s a title never feels anything less than solid, but outside the impeccable presentation Daxter is rarely inspired; it’s enjoyable rather than exhilarating.
  51. The developers have really put an effort into getting an original game and storyline on the system and it has really paid off.
  52. A very good platformer - It's not kid's stuff, yet kids will love it just as much as the 20-somethings who wistfully look back to a time when all platformers were as much fun as this.
  53. Pure Magazine UK
    A fairly predictable but enjoyable platformer with some great parody mini-games.
  54. Daxter isn't the best platformer you'll ever play, but on a system where the genre is so often done poorly, it manages to stand out. Definitely worth a play, whether you're a fan of the series or not.
  55. Edge Magazine
    Ready At Dawn has successfully maintained its focus, making its debut game a standout title on a platform lacking in must-haves. [May 2006, p.91]
  56. games(TM)
    Handheld gaming is designed for brief sessions and, in bite-sized chunks, Daxter is a very tasty proposition. [May 2006, p.116]
  57. 60
    Daxter’s failing, despite it being a solid and entertaining platformer, is that it does feel a bit short and a bit lacking.
  58. Computer Games Magazine
    In Daxter, you get great graphics and not much else. [Jun 2006, p.91]
  59. When you first take a gander at Daxter, you see a beautifully recreated Jak & Daxter game on the portable Playstation. Some thousand bug squishings later, you’ll realise that looks can be extremely deceiving.

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
#5 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 180
  1. Sep 23, 2013
    Lovely graphics, memorable characters, intriguing level designs, laugh out loud humor, and the fact it is all portable.

    Simply put, if you
    Lovely graphics, memorable characters, intriguing level designs, laugh out loud humor, and the fact it is all portable.

    Simply put, if you own a PSP, you SHOULD have Daxter
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  2. Sheppard
    Feb 21, 2009
    Daxter is the best game Ive played for the PSP.Not only are the graphics good but the gameplay is too. The controls are great and are realDaxter is the best game Ive played for the PSP.Not only are the graphics good but the gameplay is too. The controls are great and are real easy to get into. And it only cost 5 bucks! I just wished the storyline was a little better but its still a great game Full Review »
  3. Nov 28, 2015
    Замечательная игра с очень неплохим сюжетом и, немаловажно, геймплеем. Отвечает на вопрос о том, как Декстер спас Джека между первой и второйЗамечательная игра с очень неплохим сюжетом и, немаловажно, геймплеем. Отвечает на вопрос о том, как Декстер спас Джека между первой и второй "большими" играми. Full Review »