Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 12, 2020
    100
    Huntdown stands as a neon-drenched monument on how to make a contemporary retro game. You might come for its highly stylised 16-bit aesthetic, but you’ll certainly stay for its authentic arcadey mechanics, amusing comedic overtones and unique boss battles. Despite being released long after its ancestors, Huntdown can stand tall within its genre, knowing that in reality, it probably holds more true to your nostalgic memories than what you actually played back in the day.
  2. Jun 9, 2020
    90
    Huntdown is a 2D shoot'em up that balances challenge and fun, with precise gameplay, a captivating soundtrack, and impeccable 16-bit art. Despite the short duration, the game brings an incredible experience being a mandatory title for lovers of 2D action games.
  3. May 13, 2020
    90
    Huntdown is a delightfully detailed and expertly crafted throwback to old-school run n' gun arcade shooters. The 16-bit graphical style is immaculately recreated whilst adding lots of modern bells and whistles to proceedings, including a fantastic soundtrack and audio design, optional CRT filter and an arsenal of heavy-duty weapons that chew scenery and enemies to pieces as your bounty hunter makes their way from boss fight to excellent boss fight. The flow of levels may be quite repetitive but the moment-to-moment gameplay, overall sense of fun that comes from the level of carnage you can dish out, surprising amount of hammy spoken dialogue and constant pop-culture references all combine to make this one an easy recommendation, and another excellent addition to the Switch's action catalogue.
  4. 85
    Huntdown should be lauded for how a clear vision was deliberately and consistently executed on throughout. The gameplay alone is rewarding, but its marriage and devotion to the tone of a grungy, anarchic city and a vision of the future that feels ripped from the ‘80s both feels retro in its sensibilities and contemporary with the incoming swell of cyberpunk-inspired titles. Huntdown had the foresight to get-in on that trend early with the understanding of how to make a gratifying shooter, making it one of the more complete feeling indie titles to date on the Switch.
  5. Oct 4, 2020
    80
    Huntdown is a very good game. Its frenetic and modernized action, its beautifully created setting and its design full of details, makes it one of the best run & gun games on Nintendo Switch and will delight veteran and new players.
  6. Jun 25, 2020
    80
    Huntdown is a cool, crass and challenging game that manages to do just enough to stand out above the static of analogue signals. Its strength is in how it never takes itself seriously, while the tried-and-tested gameplay and the clear attention to detail is a prime example of how to carve in quality presentation with a First Blood Survival Knife.
  7. Jun 16, 2020
    80
    It doesn't quite stand out for its originality, but the gameplay experience is more than satisfying, with frantic action, a good visual world, enjoyable soundtrack and plenty of cheesy dialogue lines. With an additional layer of fun if played with two players, Huntdown on the Nintendo Switch is a recommended game for anyone looking for a fun and action-packed arcade experience.
  8. May 17, 2020
    80
    Huntdown is a fun homage the 80's that enjoys a great soundtrack and well-designed levels with challenging and intriguing boss fights.
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  1. May 24, 2021
    A 2D run and gunner that's as in your face as an 80s Troma classic, Huntdown matches its excess with brilliant detail. [Eurogamer Recommended]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 56
  2. Negative: 6 out of 56
  1. May 16, 2020
    9
    Excellent run n gun! Nice surprise, flying under the mainstream radar! Great gameplay, scenarios and boss fights!
  2. Jan 28, 2021
    10
    10/10
    Once you get used to the gameplay, you'll have a lot of fun with this one.
    If you're a fan of the 80's, get this.
  3. Sep 4, 2020
    10
    This game is very fun. Its a simple 2d pixel art platform shooter. Theres a button for shooting, a button for secondary weapon, a jumpThis game is very fun. Its a simple 2d pixel art platform shooter. Theres a button for shooting, a button for secondary weapon, a jump button, dash button, and change primary weapon. But it does all of the things it is perfectly. The 2d pixel art is gorgeous. Its an homage to that era rather than trying to just trying to look like its from that era. There is voice acted lines for the characters that are pretty funny.

    The game isnt too long though i let it drag out and spent maybe 10+ hours with it. Cause it was so good i was savoring my time with it. The main attraction of the game are the bosses. there are 20 of them, and they all have a "theme" with their own funny voice acted one-liners. They all have a unique attack pattern and sometimes secondary form that you must recognize and counter. They were all decently challenging , i did die quite a few times per boss, but none of them felt impossible. Every one of the bosses made me laugh with their lines.

    the game plays well, provided decent challenge, looks beautiful. one of my favorites for sure.
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