Metascore
61

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. Dec 4, 2017
    40
    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
6.2

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
    6
    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
    6
    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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