Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 29, 2021
    95
    Death’s Door is everything I love about gaming, and during my 15 hours or so with the game I struggled to find anything about it that I did not like. It has fantastic combat, great characters, an interesting story and the best level design that I have encountered in years. The small team at Acid Nerve has created an absolute must play, and Death’s Door tops my list of game of the year contenders in a year with some heavy hitters coming.
  2. Jul 27, 2021
    95
    And as the door closes on the full Death’s Door experience, I’m not at all shy to say this is one of the best games I’ve not only played this year, but in the past number of years. It is stylish and polished to a fault, paced to utter perfection and just oozes confidence from the upstart two-person team at Acid Nerve. I sincerely hope this is a franchise in waiting, because if it’s not, I’m coming for you, Devolver Digital.
  3. Jul 26, 2021
    95
    As of right now, Death’s Door is definitely in the running for my game of the year, probably at the top spot. I think it will appeal to many other gamers as well. A wonderful action-exploration adventure filled with humor and bizarre characters, all taking place in a fairy-talesque land with a gorgeous low-poly aesthetic. If this has even slightly caught your attention ahead of launch, you should pick it up. I hope Acid Nerve will expand this IP because they’ve made something special here. I’d love to see it continue.
  4. Jul 25, 2021
    95
    Death’s Door is an outstanding game that has high quality levels in all of their aspects. With an funny and addictive gameplay, a visual quality that has nothing to envy to the large game productions and with a wide soundtrack that fits perfectly on each situation. All of it makes Death’s Door a gorgeous game, a refreshing surprise that becomes in one candidate to game of the year.
  5. Jul 26, 2021
    90
    A lovingly crafted dungeon crawler brimming with personality, Death's Door combines robust, rewarding combat with equally gratifying metroidvania exploration, and a story packed with oddball characters. An assured, sophomore effort from developer Acid Nerve, Death's Door is caw-fully good.
  6. Jul 23, 2021
    90
    Death’s Door is a wonderful experience that should not be missed. Don’t be scared off by the comparison to the Souls games. Sure it shares a few mechanics from those, but it feels more like a macabre interpretation of Zelda with some Souls twists. I simply adore this title and cannot wait for others to experience it. It is one of the best games I have played this year and it will likely be top of mind when the awards of 2021 come up. Do not sleep on this title.
  7. 90
    This quaint story about a workaday crow discovering that death is a force of nature that without discrimination takes all, both good and bad, winds up being far more memorable and touching than I could have ever expected. With a world and characters full of Miyazaki-proportional charm, and combat and puzzles that offer up a real test, Death’s Door is a beautiful sophomore effort from Acid Nerve and is certainly something to crow about.
  8. Jul 20, 2021
    90
    A few years ago Acid Nerve had already proved its personality and vision with the hefty Titan Souls, yet the breakthrough made with Death's Door is frankly stunning.
  9. Jul 20, 2021
    90
    Death's Door expertly blends classic dungeon puzzle solving with fast-paced combat encounters to create a memorable adventure across a moody world brimming with secret paths and hidden rewards.
  10. Jul 20, 2021
    90
    Death's Door is a beautiful game, both in the way it looks and the way it plays. Acid Nerve has hit the sweet spot when it comes to combat and exploration.
  11. Jul 20, 2021
    90
    Death’s Door on Xbox is fantastic. Its mysteries are alluring, its world is uniquely sensitive and funny, its combat is harsh and fast. It feels like stepping into a dream space with all of its fantastical designs, elevated by one of the best soundtracks of the year. From almost every perspective, Death’s Door is a game that compels you to keep playing. You’ll be powerless to say no.
  12. Jul 20, 2021
    90
    Death's Door is a near-flawless isometric action-adventure full of heart, humor, and honest-to-goodness combat excellence.
  13. Jul 30, 2021
    85
    Beautiful isometric action adventure, cleverly constructed and focused on the essentials - sometimes dreamy, sometimes challenging, but always very entertaining.
  14. Jul 30, 2021
    80
    A thoroughly entertaining mix of Dark Souls and Zelda that has few genuinely new ideas but still manages to enthral with a unique charm of its own.
  15. Jul 28, 2021
    80
    With Death's Door, Acid Nerve hits the mark once again. The British studio unveils here a magnificent epic which, admittedly, may lack originality in substance, but charms in its form. In addition to enjoying spectacular clashes, the action / adventure game takes you on a journey by revealing an inspired universe. All in nuances, the world of Death's Door is constantly highlighted by its varied artistic direction, its rhythmic sound-design and its characters torn between life and death. Sold at a low price, the title published by Devolver Digital is in our opinion the breath of fresh air not to be missed this summer.
  16. Jul 22, 2021
    80
    Death’s Door has a great look, great sound, and a great story about the sweet embrace of death, which all culminates into one cozy adventure. Digital Devolver comes back with another gem on their hands, and we can't wait to see what Acid Nerve can make next.
  17. Jul 21, 2021
    80
    Acid Nerve reaches a new level with a game that feels much more ambitious than Titan Souls. Death's Door is a traditional adventure, full of mysteries and perfect for short game sessions.
  18. Jul 21, 2021
    80
    Ultimately it’s the boss fights you’ll remember by the time the credits roll on Death’s Door. There’s more of them than you’ll probably expect, and each and every one of them is wonderfully designed. They can be tricky to defeat – one or two of them particularly so – but when you emerge victorious the feeling is akin to overcoming a boss in Dark Souls. Needless to say, if you love games like The Legend of Zelda and don’t mind a bit more of a challenge, be sure to give Death’s Door your attention.
  19. Jul 20, 2021
    80
    With an engaging world to explore and consistently satisfying combat to keep things entertaining, it's easy to fall in love with Death's Door. Its premise hooks you immediately, and it has the style and the substance to maintain the captivating allure of its opening. Perhaps most importantly, it's just consistently fun to play, with sharp enemy designs that keep you on your feet to challenging boss fights that test your skills in satisfying ways. There's a lot of death to deal and souls to reap, but Death's Door makes it a delight every step of the way.
  20. Jul 20, 2021
    80
    Even with a few issues, Death's Door is a tightly designed, challenging game that does wonders with its classic Zelda-inspired formula.
  21. Jul 20, 2021
    78
    Death’s Door fails to live up to its intriguing premise. The quirky, wonderful world to explore full of unique characters is held back by uninspired gameplay and repetitive combat. In a world where games like Hollow Knight and Hyperlight Drifter attempt a similar mix of Zelda and Souls-like elements, Death’s Door simply doesn’t offer anything new aside from its interesting personalities. The game is still a fun experience for fans of this style of game, especially at the low price, yet the journey won’t be nearly as memorable as others.
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  1. Jul 30, 2021
    Beautiful, rhythmic, inventive and funny, Titan Souls developer Acid Nerve has delivered one of the best Zelda-likes in some time. [Eurogamer Essential]
  2. Jul 29, 2021
    For Dark Souls veterans, Death’s Door provides a less stressful but moody journey through a new world that offers familiar gameplay from a new, top-down perspective. But for players who’ve never played a game like this, Death’s Door gradually leads you into the deep end.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 74
  2. Negative: 7 out of 74
  1. Jul 22, 2021
    5
    I don't get the hype! It's an OK game which, when you consider it was made by 2 people (I think?), looks really good. But the fun quicklyI don't get the hype! It's an OK game which, when you consider it was made by 2 people (I think?), looks really good. But the fun quickly dries up as the game becomes repetitive. Boss fights are great, just wish the rest of the game didn't feel like "filler". Full Review »
  2. Jul 22, 2021
    10
    Amazing game!
    I didn't give a damn about this game, an indie surprise of the year! Super Recommended!
  3. Jul 22, 2021
    10
    Esto es una verdadera joyita que hace mucho no se daba que gran trabajo felicidades a todo el equipo que trabajo en el un gran candidato al goty