Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 9, 2018
    Crimsonland has always been a book that you can judge by its cover: A loud and silly twin-stick shooter that throws buckets of enemies at you as you fend them off. Not the most complex game ever devised, it’s still a firm slice of action that’s perfect for killing aliens and time.
  2. 70
    As a whole, I had fun with this one. I think better twin-stick shooters are out there on the Switch, but that’s mostly because Crimsonland is from a different era of an already fairly niche genre. But, if you’ve played those highlights already and want more, you can’t go wrong with this. It’s not bland by any means; just exactly what the experience you’d expect is. It’s mindless fun, with enough addictive strategy to keep playing. I loved weaving through the hundreds of enemies (whether they were zombies, spiders, or something in-between) so I could reach a power-up orb at the last second, to suddenly fry everything around me with a flame thrower. It’s a great time all around, and if you have the itch, give it a try.
  3. Dec 6, 2017
    It may not be outstanding to look at, or indeed listen to, but Crimsonland is a pure, easy-to-pick-up gameplay experience that comes dangerously close to becoming pretty addictive stuff.
  4. Dec 5, 2017
    Crimsonland is a total guilty pleasure. It doesn’t look all that hot; the action is silly, loud, and dumb; but its quick and dirty gameplay is, most importantly, fun.
  5. Feb 5, 2018
    A top-down shooter where we have to survive hundreds of enemies with the power of our weapons and items. That's it. Forget about elaborate stories, exploration or any other kind of incentive.
  6. Dec 6, 2017
    Crimsonland is packed with gut-wrenching action and features plenty of weapons and elements that will keep up to four players interested for some time. It doesn't go too far on its level design, however, as the game becomes too repetitive and lacks some truly innovative elements.
  7. Dec 4, 2017
    Crimsonland offers some good twin-stick shooter fun that you'll really enjoy blasting your way through. It's great and addictive when trying to polish off the levels, but it is a little simplistic - that's ultimately what separates it from the likes of Doom.
  8. Nov 29, 2017
    Progressing the twin stick shooter genre is no easy task, and Crimsonland makes a mechanically valiant if visually lethargic attempt. There are the foundations of a great game here - the moment to moment gameplay is a basic yet guilty pleasure of relentless, gratuitous violence, and the perk system and weapons within a level are consistently and immensely rewarding to use. While the action is ludicrous, fun, dumb and obnoxiously brash, the game is let down by its bland presentation, repetitive and uninspired quest mode and non-existent level design. It hides what is, at its core, an addictive and sadistically entertaining experience.
  9. Nov 29, 2017
    If you’re in the mood for a twin stick shooter that is easy to pick up but provides hours of challenging gameplay, Crimsonland is worth a shot. While it doesn’t quite make me want to break my jeans that I could smuggle a couple of two-liters in, Crimsonland certainly means business up front with the promise of a party in the back.
  10. 50
    Of course there are a lot of top down shooters on the Switch now. Some, such as Jydge or Mr Shifty, actually do some interesting things with the structure. Crimsonland is the polar opposite. It’s the safest, most generic example of the dual stick shooter in years. There’s no denying there’s a visceral thrill in the action that it offers, but let’s just say it’s just as well the game’s priced to be a cheap bit of throwaway fun.
  11. Dec 4, 2017
    As a short time-waster, Crimsonland is perfectly fine, but don’t go into it expecting anything too deep. The option for four local players might suit you and the game might be fun with more people, but probably not. Wait for this one to go on sale.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 22, 2019
    It's a cheap looking but fun twin stick shooter. Very simple graphics and bit too addictive. For 15€ it is terribly overpriced. I bought itIt's a cheap looking but fun twin stick shooter. Very simple graphics and bit too addictive. For 15€ it is terribly overpriced. I bought it for 4€, even that feels very expensive. Full Review »
  2. Nov 30, 2017
    Get ready for a blast from the past!

    Originally released in 2003, then remastered for re release in 2014, three years later Crimsonland has
    Get ready for a blast from the past!

    Originally released in 2003, then remastered for re release in 2014, three years later Crimsonland has blasted its way onto the Nintendo Switch.

    Playing from a top down perspective, Crimsonland is an incredibly arcadey twin stick shooter with very straightforward gameplay. While each level has an “objective”, you basically just have to kill everything in sight. Along the way you acquire different weapons, perks, and special attack pickups that are a great help when surrounded by alien hordes.

    This being the fourth twin stick shooter released by developer 10tons on the Switch, their formula by now is very similar. Move with the left joystick, aim with the right, shoot with the right trigger. However, this being originally released before Neon Chrome, Time Recoil, and Jydge. Its interesting to see all of the mechanics they took from Crimsonland... to separate, develop, and form three new games. See links in my description for these reviews.

    As you play through the quest mode you progress to different worlds, each looking the same, except for a different color background, you unlock new perks and weapons. These systems keep the missions from feeling too repetitive as you play through the same levels with different enemy skins over and over. Switching from a plasma rifle to a rocket launcher truly feels different and changes your playstyle. Which is a nice change up and really makes you think whether it’s worth it to run head first into a swarm of enemies to grab that upgrade.

    After you venture through quest mode to unlock some new perks and weapons, then the fun begins. SURVIVAL mode is the bread and butter of Crimsonland. Hordes and hordes of creepy creatures surrounding you while upgrading and upgrading, to see if you can beat the high score on the leaderboard. While playing in this mode your choices are crucial, make a wrong turn and all too easily you will be surrounded with no moves left to make. If you feel you don’t have enough perks or weapons to survive...well jump back to quest mode to unlock more upgrades.

    While Crimsonland is a solid twin stick arcade experience, the progression system and level variation is left wanting. Compared to other twin sticks on the switch, it feels a bit over priced at the 13.99 US price point.

    Be sure to watch my video review at YouTube channel TheFlannelFox
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