Percentile Rank

The Bug Butcher is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 29 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 29 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Dragnix
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 20, 2016
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Scored Reviews

DarkZero
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 27, 2016

All in all The Bug Butcher is a distinct pleasure I keep finding myself going back to. It's got that great arcade feel and frantic pace you look for in a title like this, and is so deftly executed it could delight the most stridently anti-nostalgia gamer. But when you get right down to it, The Bug Catcher just makes it so darn fun to wipe out wave after wave of those gross bastard bugs, and that's really all I need to keep me happy for a good hour or two at a time.

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PS3Blog.net
91%
91%
Jan 25, 2017

You know a game is fun when you're done writing a review for it, and you still end up going back to play some more. The Bug Butcher is an excellent arcade-style action game that is a must-have for PlayStation 4 owners. The bite-sized nature of each level makes the whole package highly addictive. You'll keep playing to get all three stars and to meet the combo requirement in a level… only to then aim at beating your high score, or beating the high score of your friends.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2018

The Bug Butcher feels like Earthworm Jim and Alien Hominid met in an arcade to play Space Invaders and the residual DNA collected from their shared joystick and button usage was used to genetically engineer The Bug Butcher. Its frenetic pace and creative arsenal create a humorously fun experience full of equal parts mirth and mayhem. If you enjoy arcade-style side scrolling shooter, The Bug Butcher needs to be in your go-to rotation.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 15, 2018

The Bug Butcher is a spiritual successor that is very much possessed by its muse. This isn't a subtle nod, it is soaked in Pang and it's great because of it. The ability to play the game endlessly to beat your own score will keep you coming back. The fact that you can do it with a friend is just an even bigger incentive. The Bug Butcher isn't reinventing anything, but it is a damn fine version of a classic game.

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Nintendo Times
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2018

Gorgeous graphics, combined with explosive—and addictive—gameplay make The Bug Butcher the perfect addition to your Nintendo Switch library.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2016

I loved the responsive controls, and that's a big factor when examining an action-heavy game like this, but the presentation is also commendable. The art and sound design play pivotal roles. Bugs are squishy, just as you'd expect, while power-ups serve as a visual and auditory jolt of energy. The thumping electronic soundtrack is unrelenting, further helping to keep you in The Zone.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2016

The Bug Butcher is a great game with entertaining gameplay and neat weapons that is only slightly held back by longevity issues.

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Nindie Spotlight
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

Overall, if there’s any piece of you that has a love for a rock-solid arcade shooting experience The Bug Butcher is a wonderful surprise with an extremely fair price. If you’re an old-school gamer like me you’ll likely appreciate the nods to Pang’s iconic style but if you’re not familiar with that title it will probably just feel like a shooter with bouncing enemies that you’ll need to carefully destroy to get maximum results. Throw in global leaderboards, an ability to slowly enhance your skills, and a pretty surprising variety of weirdo bugs to deal with and it’s a very good time. While I don’t expect my high scores to last for long, it was a lot of fun getting them.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jan 18, 2016

The art and animations all feel at home in the universe this studio has produced, giving a cartoony kid-friendly vibe that's violent but not over the top.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2019

As stated at the beginning of the review, The Bug Butcher is an absolutely solid homage to classic arcade shooters. It nails the shooting mechanic and provides a gradual level of difficulty that doesn't veer too much into impossible territory. Though it's a short game, there's enough to keep people interested for more than an afternoon, and it's a good fit on the Switch thanks to the short levels and co-op gameplay for endless mode. This is another indie port to Nintendo's console that's worth checking out.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
the_nmac
9 / 10
Jan 2, 2017

The Bug Butcher is a great release that pays homage to the arcade-style games of ages past. It controls perfectly, offers a ton of great weapons, and lots of replayablitly. The game is perfect for both short burst of gaming as well as for longer sessions, making it a must-have for your PlayStation 4.

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GBAtemp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

The Bug Butcher is exactly what the name implies and more. Sporting 30 levels, each usually lasting less than 2 minutes, there is a strong urge to try "just one more time" to beat your high score. Fans of the Pang/Buster Bros series will feel right at home with this game.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2016

In the end, this is a decently fun arcade shooter, much like Galaga or Space Invaders. It has a neat art style and plays really well. All for ten bucks too. If you're feeling a little old school and want something that could last you around four to five hours, this is it. You'll get your money's worth out of it.

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Pure Playstation
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2016

The Bug Butcher is a fun arcade game that has you chasing and killing alien bugs to clear out a laboratory. Along with the clever writing, the music and art style work together to create a great presentation. Even though it is short, it adds a lot of value by encouraging you to play for a higher score, giving you a separate Panic mode, and providing a local co-op mode. If you are looking for your next obsession, try The Bug Butcher.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2018

The music is also surprisingly catchy. The Bug Butcher is a fun Pang-style romp that works in bursts or in longer play sessions—I found it a good game to play while catching up on TV shows. If you like this arcade game style, The Bug Butcher should definitely be on your radar.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Jan 23, 2016

The Bug Butcher is a flashy and fun arcade experience.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2016

The Bug Butcher is a really fun and really addicting arcade like shooter. While it won't take that long to play through all the levels, it offers a high amount of replayability and it's one of those games where every single point matters and you will be playing over and over again to climb those leaderboards.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 18, 2016

The rough-around-the-edges menus and price might pose problems for some people, but The Bug Butcher breaks convention. The cute and vivid insects put phobias to bed, and because anti-hero Harry only fires his weapons vertically, the gameplay reinvents side-scrolling shooter mindsets.

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The Escapist
Jan 29, 2016

I went into The Bug Butcher with few expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised by how well the classic arcade mechanics held up to today's standards. It's a challenging game that never feels cheap or unfair.

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PushStartPlay
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2016

There must have been more the developers could have done with the game to keep it going for longer, and considering some of the repetitiveness and a lack of interesting levels, I think they definitely should have. But otherwise, the game is well worth a look for any shooter or bullet hell fans. It's exciting and enjoyably challenging with an aesthetic and mechanical twist that sets it apart from the plethora of other shooters available.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 3, 2019

The Bug Butcher builds on the classic 1980s and 1990s 2D arcade shooters to bring a fun and addictive experience, riddled with humour, fluid animations and wide amounts of contents. An experience that is certain to please to all kinds of players and which is especially recommended to fans of the genre.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 18, 2016

All these elements come together to make an arcade-style game that easily lives up to its Pang/Buster Bros.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Feb 4, 2016

If this is the first efforts from Awfully Nice Studios, it's a damned good one. While the Bug Butcher won't win any awards for innovation, it definitely will with how much fun you'll have with the same. Simple, frantic, charming and fun are easily the four best words to describe The Bug Butcher. It's also nice to know that Awfully Nice Studios is constantly fixing bugs (No pun intended) that are found in the game, so it's also nice to see that they're committed to making this the best experience it can be.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 18, 2016

The Bug Butcher does a fine job of paying homage to the arcade titles that inspired it. Rather than attempt to be an inept clone, this shoot 'em up goes for a faster, more frenetic take on the concept. The variety of bugs and traps makes each level feel fresh, and there's enough of a difficulty curve to keep everything interesting. When played for score, this game becomes even more enjoyable. It's not quite as polished as it could be, but all things considered, Awfully Nice Studios delivered a quality product for insect-blasting enthusiasts.

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TrueAchievements
Oct 20, 2016

The Bug Butcher is a fun arcade title that has the player exterminating bugs at an increasingly frenetic pace until all bugs have been destroyed. The easy-to-operate game mechanic and variety of difficulties that are available make it fun for all skill levels, but the challenging achievement list and buggy saving could squash some players' enthusiasm like...well, like a bug.

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2016

The Bug Butcher is a little, nice game. Its funny and cleverly designed, but too short and a little boring in the second half of the game.

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Video Chums
6.1 / 10.0
6.1 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2016

The Bug Butcher is a decent take on the classic Pang formula but it also manages to turn it into a more mindless experience.

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GameSpew
6 / 10
GameSpew

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jan 26, 2016

Like an RPG, there must be ways of giving the player a customisable experience that you can continuously tweak and invest in. But this isn't the case here. It just doesn't have enough variety to separate itself from seeming like a free flash game

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