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Mad Rat Dead

Nippon Ichi Software, Koei Tecmo Games, NIS America
Oct 30, 2020 - Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

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8 / 10
God is a Geek
9 / 10
90 / 100
Nintendo Life
8 / 10
PlayStation LifeStyle
6.5 / 10
Just Push Start
3.5 / 5
Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5
PSX Brasil
70 / 100
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Mad Rat Dead - Launch Trailer (Nintendo Switch, PS4) (EU - English) thumbnail

Mad Rat Dead - Launch Trailer (Nintendo Switch, PS4) (EU - English)

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Mad Rat Dead - Audiovisual Trailer (Nintendo Switch, PS4)

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Critic Reviews for Mad Rat Dead

Mad Rat Dead offers an entirely unique rhythm action platformer experience, one that is so good you'll want to surgically attach more ears to your body. Original, addictive and tremendously thrilling, Mad Rat Dead will make you love 2D platformers again.

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An incredible blend of rhythm game and platformer, Mad Rat Dead combines fluid gameplay and an incredible soundtrack to create a truly unique experience.

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Mad Rat Dead is a game that has a massive amount of heart, both literally and figuratively. The game's killer soundtrack and innovatively slick gameplay will dazzle rhythm game veterans, and it has a unique charming style that's unmatched by the competition. It's time to catch the beat and fall madly in love with Mad Rat Dead!

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With its wacky storyline and stylish graphics, Mad Rat Dead would be a confident platformer even without the rhythm mechanics. But with the help of an excellent soundtrack, it’s an experience that feels wholly original, even if it’s not the first game to blend the platforming and rhythm genres. It can be a tricky game at times, but with the help of the rewind function, it’s one that feels relatively breezy overall, letting you just sink into the music and bust out those sick moves.

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If you're a fan of rhythm games then it's definitely worth checking out Mad Rat Dead. The vibrant punk aesthetic and catchy soundtrack alone makes it worth a gander. But for those of you that are rhythmically challenged then this is a harder sell. The repetitive levels and dull story aren't going to do much for those gamers that are just looking for a fun platformer.

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In so many ways I want to like Mad Rat Dead. It has an art style I love and the music is so good I legitimately want the OST, it just isn't fun. Most stages come down to trial and error, to the point where you basically need a practice run before doing a real one. People more in-tune with the concept will do better but for most, it can be frustrating. I still think there is a good enough game to warrant visiting and enough side content to get past those hurdles, there is just no denying these shortcomings prevent Mad Rat Dead from being as enjoyable as it could be.

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Mad Rat Dead is a bizarre game in many ways, but also one that executed its concept about as well as could be imagined.

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Mad Rat Dead tried to be a good rhythmic and platform game but it ends up being not very memorable for any genre. Despite having an addictive soundtrack, the gameplay is repetitive, the bosses are forgettable and its pace does not always match what you should or would like to do.

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