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7.8 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox Guard is a fun action-tower defense game about managing different perspectives to put out fires as you use your resources to grow an awesome arsenal of robot-busting turrets. Its graphics are plain considering Nintendo’s artistic pedigree, but it’s still an elegant little game that can get a whole room of friends working together.

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Unscored
Apr 20, 2016

The core gameplay of Star Fox Guard is nevertheless very good, very satisfying and very fun to play solo or with a person nearby shouting camera directions.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

Ultimately, Star Fox Guard's relationship to the adventures of Fox McCloud is skin deep. As spin-offs go, it's not a compelling addition to the series, so much as it is a substantially unconnected, but inventive take on the tower defense genre that is lucky to be riding on the coattails of an established franchise.

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8 / 10
Apr 20, 2016

Smaller and tighter in focus than Star Fox Zero, Star Fox Guard utilises the Wii U’s abilities in a far more cohesive and enjoyable manner than its bombastic sibling. Fun and frantic, it marks a unique take on a well known genre, which, with typical flair, Nintendo have made their own.

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8.3 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox Guard is smart and funny. A clever way to set up a different kind of tower defense game, at a reasonable price.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

I’m glad Nintendo finally got around to letting Project Guard see the light of day. It’s a fun and unique gamepad experience that gets better the further you get into it.

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Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox Guard is a simple concept done very well. It's a new takes on the tower defense genre that really adds a whole lot to the experience. And in contrast to its big brother, it uses the Wii U Gamepad very effectively. However, while there is a lot of content thanks to the massive amount of levels and challenges, the core gameplay never strays too far from the base experience.

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65 / 100
Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox: Guard is a fine diversion, but I couldn’t imagine wanting to play it for more than a couple of hours. Again, that’s why it’s a great bonus for getting Star Fox Zero. It’s like a free game, and not an awful one. But when you judge on its own, it’s novelty quickly becomes tedious.

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75 / 100
Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox Guard’s mechanically sound gameplay is frantic and fun, but its two-screen display adds to its chaos and brings down the experience.

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71 / 100
May 13, 2016

Expanding Star Fox Guard into something that could be played online seemed like such an easy and obvious addition…which is why I’m glad they did it.

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Apr 22, 2016

This isn't a good-looking, sophisticated or hugely innovative game. The graphics are basic and the controls can be tricky. Switching cameras is a nightmare when you can't remember the positions, making the business of stemming the tide of bots a little more stressful than it should be. Yet Starfox Guard turns out to be weirdly addictive. As a bundled extra it's well worth a go. As a £10 extra, it's still just about worth a punt.

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6.8 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox Guard is a decent game, but exciting? Definitely not. It's hard to recommend because although it's not bad, it's hardly exciting when you're alone. Great for groups, sucks for loners!

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8 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox Guard is really a pleasant surprise. It’s a simple concept that is well executed and makes perfect use of the Wii U’s unique control options. Hundreds of levels and the ability to create and share your own give this one some serious legs.

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8 / 10
Apr 23, 2016

Star Fox Guard offers a cleverly designed asymmetric gameplay concept on a tower defense game based on the Star Fox series. Its mechanics are simple but very effective and its content is large enough for a long and fun experience, whether solo or online.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

Starfox Guard is a small game, well thought - especially in terms of progression - and with an online component that enriches the gaming experience. It has small expectations and gets straight to the point.

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3.5 / 5.0
Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox Guard is a fun entry in the tower defense genre set in the Star Fox universe. The visuals are a bit on the plain side and it doesn’t quite have the depth of popular entries in the space such as the Plants vs. Zombies. The gameplay is solid, however, serving as a refreshing take on both the tower defense genre and the Star Fox series.

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7.8 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

Star Fox Guard is as unbearably tense, and frighteningly stressful as it is fun. It may look like a simple, throwaway digital game, but it could be better than the game its packaged with.

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Apr 20, 2016
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Ray Carsillo

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5.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

Every time Star Fox tries to do something out of its space-combat comfort zone it fails. Star Fox Guard sadly continues this tradition of games that make you go “meh” when Fox and the gang step away from their Arwing cockpits.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2016

I want more games like this from Nintendo. The visuals, music, story, and characters are all relatively bare-bones, but the gameplay is so fun and creative, I just don’t care. This is an experience that shows what amazing stuff Nintendo can do when they really try something new and crazy with unique hardware.

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