Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
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  1. Jun 25, 2021
    There’s nothing new here and if you’ve played Maneater on other platforms you need to ask yourself if the portable nature of the Switch makes it worth double dipping on this one. I enjoyed the initial release and I am glad this title made it to Nintendo’s system, it’s done so with only relatively minor sacrifices making it a pleasure to dive back in!
  2. May 25, 2021
    Turning the usual “human hunts animal” expectation on its head, Maneater is much more than a simple shark simulator, and provides an fun open world RPG that you can really sink your teeth into.
  3. May 25, 2021
    Maneater was worth the wait on Nintendo Switch. It's not a perfect game, but it's a hell of a lot of fun. It's the murderous Ecco the Dolphin I didn't realize I always needed. If you're a stickler for graphics, you might prefer playing it on another console. But for playing a hungry shark on the run, there's nothing better. Here's hoping this isn't the last we see from Tripwire in this delightfully demented new IP.
  4. Jun 1, 2021
    Maneater is still one of a kind experience and if this is the only way to play it I think this is a really well done port that deserves the $40 price tag; just note that the Switch version doesn’t appear to be getting the DLC that other platforms will be getting later this year.
  5. May 26, 2021
    Maneater is a fresh, wild and fun proposal that puts us in the shoes of a shark to develop its life and revenge. The beauty of its seabed and an interesting proposal can attract many players who don't mind the little variety in its missions and its improvable controls.
  6. May 25, 2021
    This is a game that I could not put down when I originally played it on PlayStation, and I’ve enjoyed re-experiencing it on the Switch, despite the dip in visuals. If you have the means of playing Maneater on an Xbox or PlayStation, that would be my recommendation. If not, then the Switch is a competent port that will give you the same overall experience. Regardless, Maneater is friggin’ jawesome – don’t miss out.
  7. May 25, 2021
    Maneater on Nintendo Switch is still the same silly, irreverent offering it is on the other platforms, but it doesn't look quite as pretty and there's nothing to shout about here if you've already played it.
  8. Aug 19, 2021
    It may not tackle deep, meaningful themes, but Maneater is a great way to shut one’s brain off and chill on the couch for a couple of hours with a simple (but satisfying) power fantasy. This fantasy just so happens to involve a shark who can attack sunbathers by dropping in them from twenty feet in the air…
  9. Jun 1, 2021
    Maneater is a decent open-world Shark game. It's fun slicing through the water as a shark. The Switch version holds up, although it doesn't fix the repetitiveness of the game. If you want a game where you can just swim around an open world without thinking too much, Maneater will give you something to sink your teeth into and thrash the life out of it for ten hours or so. Also still got the song stuck in my head in case you were wondering, I hope it’s in yours too.
  10. May 25, 2021
    Maneater is a ridiculous, fun title that should be applauded for its ambition of making a viable action RPG starring a shark. The snarky narration provided by Chris Parnell helps cement the tongue-in-cheek nature while the gameplay reminds us why a shark is a good choice for a game that focuses on a violent force of nature. The repetitive nature, lack of variety and sometimes wonky camera hold Maneater back from being a true Apex RPG, but even with its limitations Maneater is a fun and unique game that should be experienced by action RPG fans who want something unconventional on Switch.
  11. May 25, 2021
    Maneater is the equivalent of a satisfying popcorn flick. It promises all the gameplay one would imagine when assuming the role of a killer mutant shark. Thrashing helpless victims and dominating other vicious predators still make for a ridiculously entertaining adventure. Even acknowledging the graphical inferiorities, the foundation of Maneater’s gameplay is enjoyable enough for it to still be a pretty solid experience. If you are concerned about testing the waters on this deep-sea Switch port, don’t worry, there’s a lot of massacring mayhem to be had.
  12. May 25, 2021
    Maneater, for all its flaws, is still unbelievably fun. Just having a game that lets you munch your way through the water as a rugged, vicious shark is wonderful. That being said, the monotonous gameplay can sometimes grate (although less so on a handheld console), and the visual downgrade is noticeable, though not egregious. All in all, it is still great fun, even if the issues of the original still persist.
  13. May 26, 2021
    Maneater certainly gives players a different point-of-view on the action/RPG genre. Taking a shark from its violent beginnings to an inevitable battle for vengeance makes for a unique gaming journey. Unfortunately, its nice visuals and sly sense of humor aren’t enough to break up the monotony of undersea survival.
  14. May 25, 2021
    It’s interesting and unique enough of a concept with some gameplay elements that keep it from being just a straightforward game or a straight-up simulator. It’s polished in some regards but rather empty in others—fun for a while, but ultimately, not the most captivating thing on the market.
  15. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Oct 7, 2021
    There are memorable moments, but you'll have to wade through myriad problems and poor design decisions in order to chomp into the meat of Maneater. [Issue #55 – October 2021, p. 21]
  16. Jun 27, 2021
    With a vast game world, full of points of interest, varied missions and a fun, comical plot, Maneater's flaws mostly derive from its performance mishaps, namely a less stable framerate when there's plenty going on in the screen, and a feeling of repetitiveness in the mid-term. Nonetheless, this is a fun game to explore, which fits the Nintendo Switch perfectly.
  17. Jun 23, 2021
    Maneater is far from the fin-tastic open-world RPG we all want it to be, but when treated as the goofy shark simulator that it is there’s a lot of fun and laughs to be had. The ocean is your playground.
  18. Jun 3, 2021
    Maneater is a grisly, carnage-fuelled experience, though the Switch port exhibits some rough edges, many of which dampen the fun.
  19. Jun 1, 2021
    The reality TV-style presentation remains a highlight, but the actual gameplay bits get repetitive. A shame, as this Switch port is excellent from a technical standpoint.
  20. May 26, 2021
    Maneater is a great idea for a video game, a ridiculous shark revenge fantasy in an open world setting with plenty of humour injected through its unique narrative framing and the vocal talents of Chris Parnell. However, as much as terrorising beach goers and snatching hunters from the bows of their fishing boats is a pretty good time, and as much as we enjoyed watching our orphaned bull shark grow from helpless pup to apex predator, the whole thing is let down by poor combat and the very worst kind of busywork side quests. With a little more variety in missions and a few refinements made to combat, this could have been a killer action-RPG. As things stand, however, it's all a little toothless.
  21. 60
    Maneater is a solid fit for the Nintendo Switch, but porting this ocean-faring adventure onto Nintendo's handheld/console hybrid after a year of availability does take away a lot of the luster.
  22. May 25, 2021
    While it's always impressive to play a fully-fledged open-world adventure on the go on Switch, Maneater is at its best played elsewhere. With a limited view underwater and reduced visual fidelity, the already repetitive game goes from just above mediocre to downright bad in spots, especially when the sacrifices to port it onto Switch affect the player's ability to navigate the world. Anyone who owns only a Switch and feels compelled to play through an RPG as a highly customizable shark will still find some fun here, but it's a lesser experience for a game that's already coasting on a great gimmick and not much else.
  23. 60
    While Maneater isn’t the best RPG or action title I’ve ever played, it very well could be the best shark game I’ve ever encountered. Smooth controls, collectibles and exploration, and top-notch animations make ruling the water as a great white shark all the better, but a middling, campy story with monotonous gameplay and light RPG mechanics sink this otherwise visceral shark-action title.
  24. Jul 19, 2021
    Most of the time, though, Maneater feels like a game where they spent all their creativity coming up with the premise. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a wonderfully goofy premise, and the fact I keep giving this game so many chances shows how easy it is to love. The unfortunate truth, though, is that no matter how much fun the idea of being an unstoppable killer shark may be, the reality — at least in Maneater — leaves a lot to be desired.
  25. May 25, 2021
    It’s clear that the developers at TripWire put sincere effort into the presentation and mood of Maneater, and far be it from me to dictate how they make games, but I can’t help feeling like the gameplay should’ve been a higher priority. The failures of Maneater are most heartbreaking to me because it’s so clear that the developers were in love with this premise. The tone here is pitch-perfect, but the realities of being a shark are pretty miserable.
  26. Ninty Fresh Magazine
    Dec 3, 2021
    Giving credence to the claim that the Switch can’t run games properly, Maneater seems poorly ported. The reality though? It isn’t very good anyway. [Issue #4, p. 67]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. Aug 22, 2021
    Easily my game of the year from 2020, although it's too bad I only got around to picking it up now. I'm not going to spend too long writingEasily my game of the year from 2020, although it's too bad I only got around to picking it up now. I'm not going to spend too long writing this review, but simply put, this game executes the concept well.

    It's a bizarre and outlandish revenge story of a shark evolving to become the supreme of its kind so as to get back at the fisher who killed her mother. Has all the makings of a great open-world game. At least give the game a shot, as it has me hooked (no pun intended).
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  2. Jun 2, 2020
    a swimmingly good time
    Maneater is an 8 hour long action rpg where you play as a shark, to prevent spoilers ill just say this is a
    a swimmingly good time
    Maneater is an 8 hour long action rpg where you play as a shark, to prevent spoilers ill just say this is a revenge story…
    A revenge story that is told through a reality tv style…
    here you swim the swamps and oceans on your quest to become a mega shark.. and really this is just a game about dumb fun,
    eating other animals, battling your way up the food chain, completing quests and finding collectables to progress through the story…
    And again this is just a dumb fun game.. it’s a nice distraction.. as maneater overall is pretty repetitive and tedious after a while… a game that’s more fun with breaks in between a new rigion… I never really found the exploration to be fun or even aquring new skills or leveling up the different equippable upgrades.. this game is simply swim and either take on a hunted animal in that region, take on an apex animal which is a regions boss fights, do some population control or eat some humans… rinse repeat all the way til the end of the game..
    Maneater is its most special during its first few hours as youre flaing with all the cool things you can do.. hopping on shore to snack on some human flesh.. antagonizing bounty hunters to come out and play so you can eat them and aquire a new upgradable item to increase your stains or gain a new ability… all of this is a blast… but it remains a blast to the past afterwards as maneater doesn’t really do much to keep you entertained beyond those first few hours..
    eventually it just feels like a map cleaning game..
    Ultimately though maneater is fun distraction… despite the tedium I thankfully had a revenge story pulling me through, and a progression system that actually felt like It mattered..
    I give maneater
    a 7/10
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  3. Dec 17, 2021
    If you’ve ever watched movies like the classic Jaws and found yourself vocally rooting for the shark, Maneater will likely be squarely in yourIf you’ve ever watched movies like the classic Jaws and found yourself vocally rooting for the shark, Maneater will likely be squarely in your wheelhouse. Wisely letting you initially get a taste of the carnage and mayhem to come you’ll get to terrorize some tourists and take on hunters right away, leading to some story elements that will then start you out as square one as a mere pup trying to survive in the bayou. From here the game plays much like classic titles where you’ll need to attack and consume other creatures roughly the same strength or less than you, with an option to take a chance on bigger creatures who you’ll get a great reward for defeating but could easily succumb to as well if you push too hard. The thing is, the grind can be very slow as you swim all around in search of prey and pick-ups to help your case, so ultimately even though you can slowly upgrade to becoming a truly fearsome force of nature those thrills are, by comparison, short lived to quite a fair amount of repetition to get there. The high points are a thrill, just be sure you’re ready for soldiering through the mid and low ones on the way.
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