Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. May 25, 2020
    Aware of its own limitations, Tripwire has opted for the fun of this particular power fantasy to present us with a game that will not be part of video game history or a candidate for GOTY, but that is undeniably enjoyable and funny in all its humorous packaging.
  2. May 25, 2020
    A fun game with an entertaining story about revenge it’s hard to put down despite some failings here and there.
  3. May 25, 2020
    The chief pleasures on offer are those of the power fantasy and of the newly burgeoning subgenre that we might call the zoological misadventure.
  4. 70
    It's hard to deny that Maneater has colossal potential – though the lack of mission variety and some simplistic combat does lend it to feeling repetitious as time goes on. Putting these flaws aside, however, Maneater deserves kudos for an undeniably unique premise and laying a solid foundation for a franchise that developer Tripwire should almost certainly pursue.
  5. May 22, 2020
    An action game with tons of fun, but it is also very repetitive and simple in the long term. If it had a more varied gameplay and a deeper combat system, it could have been a better game.
  6. May 22, 2020
    Maneater is one of those arcade games we miss. It’s just pure fun, with a fantastic documentary-like narrative that makes playing it more enjoyable. It gets quite repetitive, though, as the mission design isn’t very diverse, but if you pace yourself you can make this flaw more bearable.
  7. May 22, 2020
    Maneater is a one of a kind RPG that revolves around the growth of a shark in search of his revenge. Besides its technical limitations and repetitiveness, Maneater is a lot of fun.
  8. May 22, 2020
    While Maneater could be regarded as something of a one-trick pony, it’s still a very good trick that you’ll enjoy while it lasts.
  9. May 22, 2020
    Manic marine mayhem, Maneater is a one-of-a-kind shaRkPG that can feel a little one-note at times, but it's never anything less than an unhinged, knowingly daft piece of entertainment. You get to be a shark and eat people, for crying out loud. It's fun and guaranteed to make you smile, (you son of a bitch).
  10. May 24, 2020
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. May 22, 2020
    A funny idea that becomes boring too soon.
  12. May 31, 2020
    Maneater is like a joke that had a great punchline, but is milked for all its worth afterwards.
  13. May 22, 2020
    The game has its moments, and just roaming around is good for a couple of minutes of watery entertainment. But its clunky combat and repetitive, tedious gameplay means that, despite its toothy protagonist, Maneater lacks any bite.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 50
  2. Negative: 13 out of 50
  1. May 29, 2020
    Maneater is a 3rd Person Over-The-Top Shark Simulator, Crazy, not Top-Down. You start the game as a Great White Shark, with a taste forManeater is a 3rd Person Over-The-Top Shark Simulator, Crazy, not Top-Down. You start the game as a Great White Shark, with a taste for carnage. Learning how to control your Shark, you wreak havoc on the local waters and get the attention of Scaly Pete, Legendary Shark Hunter. After a fierce battle, your Shark is finally defeated, but that's only the start of your game. You were actually a baby, near ready to be born into the world, as Pete kills your mother, he cuts you from inside, and you exact part of your revenge as you take on of his arms. From here you're tossed into a bayou and left to survive and grow. To grow you must eat, and the water is host to many edible animals. The game is a constant push to grow larger and acquire Evolutions. I assume the waters that you travel are host to the wild evolutions you gain throughout the game, as some are seriously polluted, and some toxic with nuclear waste. You gain all sorts of wild abilities from being electric to massive, sharp armor plating covering your body. There are Grottos scattered around the various maps, these are safe havens serving as a retreat, and home to your shark, and are the only place you can change evolutions and skills. Once you make it to open waters, then the true fun begins. The more havoc you create with humans the higher your infamy level gets, and this will bring the shark hunters coming until only one arm is left to catch you, Scaly Pete's. Great fun, and loaded with things to find, those who enjoy a bit of carnage will love Maneater! Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2020
    It's a great game when working, has some flaws but I can't fault the fun factor. I genuinely love the game when it's working.

    HOWEVER it's
    It's a great game when working, has some flaws but I can't fault the fun factor. I genuinely love the game when it's working.

    HOWEVER it's currently overheating consoles to the point they shutdown (Xbox One S/X & PS4 Pro) meaning many people can't play at the moment. There's also a save corruption issue that has resulted in many players getting near the end but having to restart. No ETA of these issues being fixed.

    It's not a recommended buy in its current state. Tripwire are also ignoring please for allowing refunds via PSN/Xbox store while they sort the issue...
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  3. May 22, 2020
    It’s really fun and new experience. Still I couldn’t find bug yet. Character is so attractive
    I guess that there is plenty of play time.