Percentile Rank

Freedom Planet is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

74%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kritiqal
Unscored
Unscored
May 9, 2015

I feel like the only one stuck on the outside looking in at all the fun others are having.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 5, 2015

Although Freedom Planet does not officially bear the name Sonic the Hedgehog, it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the greats of the series. It's the best Sonic game (that's not really a Sonic game) of the last 20 years.

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Nintendojo
B+
B+
Mar 7, 2019

Freedom Planet is full of retro charm but isn’t held back by it, instead pushing forward with new ideas to stand on its own two legs. The eShop is full of winning software, but don’t let this one slip by under your nose!

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Scored Reviews

Pixels Game Reviews
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2016

There is good games, and then there is great games. Freedom Planet turns out to be latter, thanks to developers paying attention to detail more than i remember seeing in quite long time.

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GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Aug 30, 2018

Freedom Planet is a wonderful Sonic the Hedgehog-esque game that mixes nostalgia with something new. The quirky characters, fantastic levels, and interesting story will make you not want to put the game down. Each character has their own advantages and disadvantages, encouraging you to test them all out. In the end, it's the whole package, and it's worth picking up.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2018

Any fan of platforming will be more than satisfied with the joy of speeding around the long levels and the derivative gameplay of the different characters. Those who have played this game on Wii U or other platforms will be disappointed though as there is no new content included in this release. Nevertheless, this is not a game to glance over and is nothing short of a thrill ride.

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Screen Rant
Aug 30, 2018

The Best Sega Genesis Game That Never Existed

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PCMag
Jun 26, 2015

If you have a hunger for retro 16-bit games, GalaxyTrail's Freedom Planet is the title for you. This colorful sci-fi platformer feels like a forgotten NES gem.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 11, 2014

Freedom Planet is a love letter to SEGA fans, and newcomers are in store for a special gaming experience that they won't experience elsewhere in this modern age.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 29, 2018

Retro-styled Indie games are all too common these days, almost as much as fan-made Sonic games.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2015

A fun, if not challenging, game that'd be right at home in the SNES vs Genesis days with a great soundtrack and endearing characters.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2018

This is clearly a game that takes its inspiration seriously, and is a lovingly-crafted tribute to a genre of games that a lot of people, are really fond of. No new additions compared to previous releases, but if you haven't already played this then don't hesitate to pick it up on the eStore.

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Gamers FTW
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2015

Freedom Planet is a fantastic fast platformer with lots of content. The three different playable characters all have different styles and levels, encouraging replayability, while the levels themselves include multiple pathways and hidden collectables. Any negatives are small, and easily forgotten about.

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Video Chums
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2015

To be honest, I wasn't expecting Freedom Planet to be as incredible as it is.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
NEOsite
aysnel

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2018

Freedom Planet does not introduce anything original to the genre, but it is incredibly playable. Fans of "furry" climates will be impressed.

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Level Down Games
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2018

Anyone that’s a fan of the old Sonic games, or just misses this style of game and is looking for a new experience. You owe it to yourself to pick this up on Nintendo Switch. It’s a combination that just can’t be beat.

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Nindie Spotlight
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2018

What I think the game gets absolutely right is the balanced combination of speed sections, more traditional platforming and exploration, and some great boss battles. Rather than simply being derivative the result feels more like the game I’d always wished Sonic could be. If you’re a big Sonic fan it’s absolutely worth checking out, and even if you’re not you may find it surprising.

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
Aug 29, 2018
Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 29, 2018

Freedom Planet may have started as a mere Sonic rip-off, but to view the game as nothing more would be an enormously reductive judgment. Despite its ho-hum story and occasional difficulty spikes, Freedom Planet manages to rise above and become more than the sum of its parts, imbuing a well-trodden gameplay style with fresh ideas and concepts. We'd recommend that you give Freedom Planet a try, even if you've sampled the superb Sonic Mania; it's clear that a substantial amount of care and work went into making this game, and it's an excellent love letter to fans of action platformers.

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Game Rant
Sep 3, 2015

Initially conceived as a Sonic fan-game, Freedom Planet is a lovingly made throwback to the 16-bit era — and a game that carves out a personality and appeal all of its own.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 19, 2015

One might feel tempted to mistake Freedom Planet for a copy of Sonic The Hedgehog but that would be tremendously unfair for this work from GalaxyTrail. Its fun and precise gameplay mechanics, along with a wide amount of content and very original levels will bring hours of 2D fun which will resonate particularly well with 16-bit platforming enthusiasts. Were the mixture between action and platforming be more balanced and the boss fights less burdensome on the player and this would become an instant landmark of indie games.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 30, 2018

It's not a Sonic game, and yet, it's one of the best Sonic game in years. It takes all of the best elements of the 16-bit series and mixes in other classics like Rocket Knight and Ristar, amongst numerous others, to craft a great new IP. It may be derivative right now, but it has the strength and the potential to be so much more. What little flaws there are, are down to the inexperience and budget of the team, something that makes the upcoming sequel very exciting. Imagine what can be offered now. This new release on Switch gives another platform of players the opportunity to see what it has to offer and reminds those who experienced it the first time why Freedom Planet 2 should be on their radar.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 30, 2018

While Freedom Planet doesn't hit the same dizzying heights as Sonic Mania, it is still an incredibly enjoyable platformer that just about manages to carve out its own identity. The great visual style really helps to build the world it is set in and the three playable characters help to give some replay value as you explore their abilities. By the end of the game Freedom Planet establishes its own way of doing things that puts it apart from its inspirations, it's just a shame that it doesn't do more to differentiate itself straight away.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 4, 2015

Small issues aside, Freedom Planet is a fun and worthwhile experience. Replay value is high due to the hectic nature of the stages (you won't see everything during your first playthrough because you'll be moving too fast) and the diverse experience of playing with different protagonists. Add in the fact that there'll be two new characters as free DLC, and there's plenty to keep you coming back for more. If you enjoy platformers but never got into Sonic games, give this one a shot – you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 23, 2015

Freedom Planet is a thoroughly enjoyable throwback to some of the industry's most iconic platformers

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2018

Four years after its initial Steam release, Freedom Planet still stands as a good modern interpretation of the classic platforming formula. The multiple characters play differently enough that it's worthwhile to replay the game to see the different pathways and use different strategies to beat bosses. The two main modes do a good job of pleasing players who value narrative and those who prefer action, and the nice presentation solidifies Freedom Planet as a good choice for platforming fans.

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Nintendo Times
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2018

Anyone who grew up playing the incredible Sonic games on the Genesis and Sega CD will love Freedom Planet. This is a perfect family game for everyone to enjoy and another excellent addition to your Switch library.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 8, 2018

The game has been around for a few years now, but if you haven’t had the chance to pick it up, this Switch port is definitely an opportunity you don’t want to pass up.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2018

Since the game released back in 2015, it's been ported from system to system and has received good to excellent praises throughout the years and once again this is not exception. The game is fun, fast and engaging. If you're looking for something that fits those categories then look no further than Freedom Planet to stop those jittery nerves. This game get my rating of 8 out of 10 for being a colorful, speedy, surprise.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 5, 2018

Freedom Planet will immediately bring back memories of 16-bit platformers, namely with the Sonic series but it would be unfair to see this as a mere Sonic copy. Freedom Planet displays more than enough to tell itself apart from the supersonic blue hedgehog and the game's stunning visual presentation, its level of content and fun gameplay mechanics will satisfy Nintendo Switch players at a surprising level.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 1, 2015

Freedom Planet provides a great mix of nostalgic aesthetics and fine-tuned platforming gameplay, resulting in a memorable indie title that should not be passed up.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 27, 2018

Freedom Planet is a fun action platformer that is a blast to play on Nintendo Switch. I finished my first run with the game in around 3 hours and change, and was definitely ready to do it all over again with another character since they each play very differently. Be sure to check this one out!

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

This is an indie game that understands well how to properly take inspiration from the classic Sonic games, and as a result, it manages to stand out among the many clones. The impact of Freedom Planet is far less now, but it has the potential to carve out its own identity in the future.

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GBAtemp
7.5 / 10.0
Daisy May

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2018

Calling Freedom Planet a Sonic clone would be unfair. It has unique mechanics, huge levels, and a larger focus on combat. Sometimes I found myself missing the blistering speed of classic Sonic titles, but I deeply appreciate and respect that Freedom Planet has its own identity. I'm looking forward to any improvements the sequel can bring. For only $15, it's worth checking out.

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 29, 2018

Now that the dust has settled from the successful trailblaze left by Sonic Mania, Freedom Planet gets to have another crack at filling the withdrawals left behind by the blue blur. In this regard, Freedom Planet does enough to serve that cause while presenting a decent amount of gameplay changes to stand on its own feet. It’s just more unfortunate that its core gameplay style is so inevitably comparable to the classic formula.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 28, 2017

What we end up with is a 16-bit throwback that's worth playing for the reasons that matter the most. The story isn't great and we encountered one or two glitches, but its shortcomings are nullified by excellent platforming and arcadey action. The lengthy levels are impressive, and the three playable characters all offer fun ways to get through them. If you're after a solid 2D platformer to tide you over until Sonic Mania, Freedom Planet will definitely scratch that itch.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 3, 2016

While Freedom Planet isn't a perfect experience, it is still a very enjoyable and easily one of the best Sonic the Hedgehog-esque games I've played in years. If you were looking for something to scratch that 16-bit Sonic itch this might be it. Just don't say I didn't warn you about the questionable story, voice acting, and late game bosses.

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

When you're not hitting its walls, Freedom Planet is an exciting game that feels natural in both docked and portable mode. The different characters give it some flair, and the nostalgia certainly helps, too. And honestly, although SEGA has kind of found their way again with its iconic franchise, Freedom Planet often feels more like a Sonic game than many actual Sonic games did. One minute you'll wish Sonic games played more like this, and the next you'll be wishing Freedom Planet played more like Sonic. If you can handle that dichotomy, Freedom Planet is worth the run.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 4, 2017

Freedom Planet adds enough of its own stuff that it doesn't feel like a cheap knock-off, but rather a loving homage in the same "genre" of fast-paced platformers with loop-de-loops. While not revolutionary, clearly a lot of love went into its development, and anyone who has spent the last decade moaning about the state of hedgehogs should certainly check it out.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 1, 2018

Freedom Planet's fast-paced thrills and challenging boss fights make for a joyous retro outing, but don't expect the same highs from its mediocre story.

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Rice Digital
Sep 12, 2018

Freedom Planet is out now on Nintendo Switch. Thank you to Marvelous Games for kindly supplying this review code.

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Fintendo
Sep 30, 2018

"Dangerous speeds."

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