• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 19, 2020
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Dave Trumbore
    Aug 19, 2020
    91
    High Score may not be the most in-depth or lengthy documentary series you’ll ever see, but the curated interviews from folks with compelling stories and charismatic personalities bring a personal touch. Nostalgia does the rest. And we’re here for it.
  2. Reviewed by: John Serba
    Aug 19, 2020
    80
    High Score might not tell hardcore gamers anything they don’t know. But they, along with those of us who might’ve stopped at Spy Hunter or the Sega Genesis — and are susceptible to this type of colorful nostalgia — will binge all six episodes compulsively. Netflix knows a little something about flow, too.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Aug 18, 2020
    70
    If High Score's goal is to be an enjoyable, colorful and whimsical overview, it at least delivers on that with some flair.
  4. Reviewed by: Keza MacDonald
    Aug 27, 2020
    60
    High Score is narrowly focused – the US and Japan dominate, as if the rest of video game history never happened, and while Atari’s early consoles and the Nintendo Entertainment System crop up in almost every episode, the Amiga, Spectrum and Commodore 64 are never so much as mentioned. ... But this series does well at explaining what was exciting about this time, and the way that each of the landmark games featured built on the foundations of what came before.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Aug 19, 2020
    60
    While it isn't the game-changer we had hoped for, it's a solid nostalgia-fueled starting point for anyone interested in the early days of gaming, even if its approach to gaming is to mash as many buttons as it can and hope a solid story comes out of it.
  6. Reviewed by: Benjamin Frisch
    Aug 18, 2020
    60
    It’s a show obsessed with loving games, not understanding them. ... The series is at its best when it’s focused less on what it was like to see these games come out, and more on what it was like to design them.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Barsanti
    Aug 18, 2020
    58
    These personal and often unexpected stories are easily the highlight of High Score, and they’re occasionally the only thing that saves it from turning into the public school version of a video game history lesson.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Aug 19, 2020
    50
    The pieces are there to make something that actually conveys a greater appreciation of what went into building these dominant cultural forces, to fill in that mystery gap between a revolutionary idea and plenty of dollar signs. But investigating that insightful middle ground just isn’t one of this show’s objectives.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 19, 2020
    50
    Each episode focuses on a few stories/subjects for its running time, but often bounces around them within the episode, leading to a sense that the entire thing isn’t as focused or complete as it should be.
  10. Reviewed by: Garrett Martin
    Aug 20, 2020
    45
    It’s less “here’s what happened,” and more, “hey, remember this?” Given how bad the game industry itself is at preserving and analyzing its own history beyond merely capitalizing on nostalgia, that makes High Score a huge missed opportunity.
User Score
9.6

Universal acclaim- based on 468 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 468
  1. Aug 20, 2020
    10
    While the knowledge this series posits may be not new to a particularly active game player. This is still an excellent introduction to theWhile the knowledge this series posits may be not new to a particularly active game player. This is still an excellent introduction to the world of interactive television.

    Perhaps it might even lead YOU into becoming the next great technology archivist? The world is yours to preserve!
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  2. Aug 21, 2020
    10
    Really interesting topics and great interviews. They found some rare characters to talk with. I like the animations the most.
  3. Aug 23, 2020
    10
    Muito bom, espero que continuem com mais temporadas, sobretudo com o inicio da era da playstation.