Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Jan 28, 2020
    As a whole, Journey to the Savage Planet is a rather simple game but still manages to find unique ways to challenge a player both during combat and exploration. My only dislike is that there could have been a few more side missions that didn’t revolve around item collection. It would have been great to have more incentive to go off the main path aside from hunting for upgrades. But in saying that, I found the exploration aspect of this game quite fun thanks to the innovative level design. This is definitely a fun little game that is worth checking out or playing with a friend.
  2. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet on Xbox One is an amazing game – there are no two ways about it. It plays fast and fluidly, the enemies are challenging to kill (especially the bosses) and with a beautifully scripted, humorous thread of story running through it’s been a joy to play. In fact, if the netcode had worked properly at all times it would be a slam dunk for this Savage Planet, but even then you still owe it to yourself to play this game. It really is that good.
  3. Jan 27, 2020
    With solid mechanics, one of the most imaginative game worlds we've seen in a long time and a killer sense of humour, Journey to the Savage Planet is pure joy from start to finish.
  4. Jan 27, 2020
    The comedy which can be described as absurdist is also full of heart and warmth, and there’s a focus on positivity you can feel throughout.
  5. Feb 6, 2020
    I enjoyed my time with Journey to the Savage Planet, not only for its simplistic gameplay and exploration of an interesting and beautiful planet, but especially for its humor. Even the way that you hold items in your left hand throughout is funny, as is every email and commercial you receive on your ship. Typhoon Studios has created something special in their very first outing as a developer, and while it may not be perfect, it sure was an interesting Journey to the Savage Planet.
  6. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey is something unique unto itself; a better version of No Man’s Sky, complete with purpose and a wicked sense of humour.
  7. Feb 8, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a very enjoyable and satisfying space adventure, with great humour and full of surprises and crazy situations, even if a bit short. We'd love to see a sequel funded with a bigger budget.
  8. Feb 4, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a great freshman effort from Typhoon and one of the early surprises of 2020. I will be thinking about this game as the year goes on as one of the best surprises I had literally no interest in upon kicking it off. If you enjoy exploration games like Metroid Prime I highly suggest giving it a go. The charm, humor, and game loop are just fresh enough to keep players interested in this relatively slow time for releases. The price tag also doesn’t hurt.
  9. Jan 31, 2020
    I had a rather great time with Journey to the Savage Planet. With bright visuals full of colour and character sucking you in and some funny, engaging writing encouraging progression, Typhoon have done a solid job on their first outing. Great exploration and combat are just the icing on the cake, with more than enough to do to keep you coming back for some time.
  10. Jan 29, 2020
    By the time you have to leave this strange planet, there’s a real sense of disappointment as it’s a world that you want to keep exploring for as long as possible.
  11. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet’s greatest quality is that it respects its players. Perfectly paced, genuinely charming, and rewardingly explorable, developer Typhoon Studios’ debut is a love letter to thoughtful game design and the ancient art of fun over function. If you grew up loving 3D platformers and games with worlds that felt bigger than they actually were, Journey to the Savage Planet will make you feel like you’re coming home.
  12. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet presents you with a well-constructed world full of fun collectibles to hunt down and interesting wildlife to survey, but the way the world design encourages and rewards exploration is its biggest accomplishment.
  13. 75
    With a colourful alien world, cheeky satirical story and heaps of potential for self-directed exploration, Journey to the Savage Planet promises a happier and more completable small-scale take on familiar first-person exploration ideas, even if the back half of the game funnels you more and more towards prescribed scenarios and combat.
  14. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a good survival experience with an interesting narrative component and that lacks in gunplay.
  15. Jan 27, 2020
    Quotation forthcoming.
  16. Jan 27, 2020
    Alone or with a friend, life as an explorer for Kindred Aerospace is dangerous, but it's also a lot more enjoyable than it should be. Journey to the Savage Planet is good, clean, planet colonising fun.
  17. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jan 28, 2020
    In the end, the titular journey proves to be far more satisfying than the eventual destination, but so it is with all adventures into outer space in search of unknown powers, right? The success here is how it meshes and moulds so many familiar ideas and motifs, while remaining so alien. [Issue#187, p.87]
  18. Jan 27, 2020
    Typhoon Studios, formed by veterans of the Canadian industry, presents a great space exploration game for when we simply want to enjoy and let ourselves go, even if that means losing some depth and challenge.
  19. Jan 27, 2020
    It’s a game of MacGuffins, so to speak—what you’re doing and why you’re doing it is inessential to the joys and the juice on offer.
  20. Jan 27, 2020
    Cheeky behavior can be a cover for inadequacy. That was the main thought I had while playing Journey to the Savage Planet, a candy-colored, sci-fi action adventure game that left me deflated.
  21. Jan 27, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a game with a lot of nice ideas – trying to single-handedly twist a well-worn genre into new and exciting shapes – but ultimately doesn’t quite have the courage to commit to them. There’s a lot to enjoy, particularly in its opening hours, but for all its grand ambitions, Savage Planet ultimately falls back on tired ideas to see it through to an underwhelming end. Like the ship you’re trying to repair throughout, it’s an admirable thing, but it can’t quite nail the landing.
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  1. Jan 27, 2020
    And that’s what makes Journey to the Savage Planet’s subtext so unsettling, and the game an unexpected autopsy of the open-world formula. This is one of hundreds of games that ask us to kill and conquer, but never question our actions. The story tells us we’re here to have fun, and supposedly save the world. [Polygon Recommends]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. Jan 30, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a First-Person Exploration Action Adventure. 505 Games and Typhoon Studios have brought us another incredibleJourney to the Savage Planet is a First-Person Exploration Action Adventure. 505 Games and Typhoon Studios have brought us another incredible game! You're a Pioneer for the Company Kindred Aerospace, The 4th Best Aerospace company in the Galaxy, and you've been sent to the Planet ARY-26. Your mission is to catalog the flora and fauna of the planet and to find useful resources to find out if the planet in colonizable. And the trip took all of your fule, so if you want to leave again, you'll have to find a usable fuel source. The Pioneers are sent to Planets without intelligent life, but something is amiss on ARY-26 as a giant tower looms over the land. This realization promptly changes your main goals. The Planet is wild, and not just the lifeforms, but the Planet itself, as it's comprised of floating archipelagoes, making navigation... interesting. You scour the planet to find precious resources and different materials that will allow you to upgrade your gear with your ships 3D Printer, after Kindred approval of course. Journey to the Savage Planet is loaded with irreverent humor, between the commercials that are cast over your ship's systems, videoes from Mr. Tweed, and commentary from E.K.O. Your friendly AI. The wait for this game was worthwhile, as every aspect seems well polished, and the paths are challenging and fun. In my opinion, this game is an instant classic and needs to be in most gamers collections! Full Review »
  2. Jan 29, 2020
    Journey to the Savage Planet is a mish-mash of several games, from Metroid Prime's gameplay and level design, Spore's aesthetics for world andJourney to the Savage Planet is a mish-mash of several games, from Metroid Prime's gameplay and level design, Spore's aesthetics for world and creature design, and cynical humor of marketplace capitalism found in old-school Ratchet & Clank games. Only major gripe if the music outside of main theme (which is good) is almost non-existent and boring. Otherwise, Journey to the Savage Planet is worth picking up, especially at $30 bucks. Full Review »
  3. Jan 28, 2020
    Very funny, great mechanics and excellent environments. It feels a triple A game at less than half the price. I would highly recommend this game