Flynn: Son of Crimson Reviews

Flynn: Son of Crimson is ranked in the 67th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Drew Leachman
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2021

Flynn: Son of Crimson is just a solid game. It has all the charm I would expect from these games, but also backs it all up with tight controls and some interesting combat mechanics. Thrown in some exploration and nice upgrades in for good measure, and you have yourself a great action platformer that any fan of Shovel Knight would enjoy.

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Unscored
Sep 24, 2021
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Sep 19, 2021

Overall Flynn Son of Crimson is a fun adventure that definitely worth picking up especially if you are a fan of the genre.

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80 / 100
Sep 17, 2021

All in all, Flynn: Son of Crimson is a fun and short adventure that’s pleasing to look at with a story that doesn’t get in its way. While it never quite hits the highs of Shovel Knight my time with it was pleasant, if a little too breezy at times. If you’re in need of a beautiful but short 2D adventure, spending an afternoon with your pal Dex to set the world right is an easy recommendation to make.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2021

Short, but without an ounce of fat, Flynn: Son of Crimson is well worth a playthrough due to its excellent controls and great level design.

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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Flynn: Son of Crimson is an excellent indie specimen of what makes action platformers great. The refreshing combat system and beautiful yet increasingly complex level design will remind you of what you loved the most from your childhood platforming classics. Aside from Flynn's unfortunately short length, I am quite excited to see more from Studio Thunderhorse, as they created a fantastic game. And they let me pet a gigantic dog.

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Ian Howarth
Top Critic
7 / 10
Feb 1, 2022

Flynn: Son of Crimson manages to cover a lot of ground for it's six-ish hour campaign.

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5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2021

Flynn: Son of Crimson is likely to get swallowed up in the ocean of similar action platformers. It’s not a bad game, just a violently forgettable one. A dry piece of toast that sat out for too long, and has long since gone cold. Some players may find comfort with it, but most will be bored by it.

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Athanasios
Top Critic
5 / 10
Jul 19, 2022

Underwhelming is what perfectly describes Flynn: Son of Crimson, whish is a shame, as the pixel art is top-notch (even if its forgettable) and there are no mechanical flaws to talk about. Sadly, this just isn't enjoyable, with the almost child-friendly difficulty and repetitive gameplay making it hard to remain invested throughout.

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7 / 10.0
May 7, 2022

I would love to see another story told in this world with some further polish on the gameplay if Studio Thunderhorse was ever to make a second showing. Should the slower pace not be a bother to you, there's a lot that Flynn Son of Crimson has to offer. But amongst a sea of similar genre entries on Switch, I'd be hard pressed to recommend this one.

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10 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2021

Flynn: Son of Crimson is a beautiful looking and great sounding platformer game is a must-play title that gives you a powerful and cute wolf companion. This title does not have an auto-save feature so keep that in mind.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2021

There’s nothing really new or overly exciting to be found in Flynn: Son of Crimson, but its well-executed blend of platforming, combat and light puzzle-solving keeps you occupied from beginning to end. It’s a fairly short, easy-going adventure (though it does have difficulty levels if you want more of a challenge), and one that’s sure to please fans of old-school platformers – just as long as they’re not expecting anything revolutionary.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2021

Flynn: Son of Crimson is one of the best 2D action platformers out there so if you love the genre as much as I do then I highly recommend giving it a go. From its gorgeous presentation to its tight controls and rewarding upgrades, it's one satisfying adventure.

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3.5 / 5.0
Apr 8, 2022

Flynn: Son of Crimson was ultimately worth the wait. If you’re a fan of retro-inspired games that harken back to the ’90s, I’d check it out.

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Mar 31, 2022

Pixel platformers may be a dime a dozen, but this is a shiny sovereign. The formula may be familiar, but familiar is always a comfort. Flynn: Son of Crimson is a beautiful platforming adventure brimming with charm that will win you over no matter how many similar titles you’ve played. The gameplay is sleek, the pixels are crunchy and the story is full of heart. Every time you play, you’ll find yourself going “Just one more level. Just one more relic…”

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Loved
Dec 27, 2021

Flynn: Son of Crimson may just look like another 2D adventure, something that there really is no shortage of in releases this year alone. But this one ranks up easily as one of the greats. Tight combat, a great soundtrack and an adventure that is short but instantly replayable. Flynn: Son of Crimson is a game that doesn’t waste your time. I don’t remember a moment where I was bored or frustrated despite playing many games like this before. It even gave me Wonder Boy vibes which is always good in my book. Plus it has one of the coolest spirit dogs in gaming. A fantastic way to top off 2021 for me and I hope you too find the time to check it out.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2021

Flynn: Son of Crimson is a charming and entertaining adventure that doesn’t necessarily revolutionise the 2D platforming genre, but still offers plenty of fun. There’s a good time to be had traversing through the challenging levels as Flynn and defeating their countless enemies, whilst it’s also satisfying to unlock new abilities along the way. Add to that the great pixel art and catchy soundtrack and it becomes clear that there really is plenty to like about the game. It is guilty of lacking originality in places and there were some parts of levels that could be a bit annoying, but Flynn: Son of Crimson is otherwise a great title that’s easy to recommend to fans of the genre.

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Noisy Pixel
Jalil Shareef
9 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2021

Through its fun stages, weapon variety, and unique spell system, Flynn: Son of Crimson makes for a fun platformer to have in your catalog. There’s enough present to enjoy one time through, but added effort was provided to add a bit of replay value to the adventure. It may be tough to find a good indie platformer given the size of the genre, but there’s a genuine adventure waiting for you here.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2021

Flynn: Son of Crimson has been one of the few games in recent times I couldn’t put down once I got started. It was a perfect mix between great visuals, retro-styled gameplay, a challenging but never unfair level of difficulty, and an excellent progression system encouraging you to revisit past levels. This is a game I really want for people to find out about, as it would be criminal for a gem like this one to be overlooked by players out there.

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3 / 5.0
Sep 20, 2021

I don’t want to be too negative because you could do far worse than to spend some time with Flynn: Son of Crimson. This is a consistently adequate game that, now and then, can reach a bit above that level. It enters a truly crowded market for its genre, though. Game Pass subscribers may be tempted to check it out, and with the game being included, there’s no real cost to do so. The service is filled with more exciting titles in a similar vein, though—games like Celeste, Dead Cells, Katana Zero. When you have options like that, it becomes more difficult to recommend Flynn. If you’ve already played them and want more, though, then checking this one out could be worth your time.

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