Percentile Rank

99Vidas is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 20 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

35%

Critics Recommend

Based on 20 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

The Vertical Slice
A or higher
A or higher
Nov 17, 2017

If you want to see a great example of a new twist on a classic genre, 99Vidas won’t disappoint.

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Scored Reviews

GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2017

If you like Streets of Rage, there’s a good chance you’ll like this. It doesn’t bring anything revolutionary to the table but Qubyte has done a fine job of capturing the essence of the classic beat-em-ups of the ‘90s, and although there’s a little bit of repetitiveness in it, this is a title that’s worth playing.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
PS4Blog.net
Ajescent
8 / 10
Dec 26, 2017

Apart from the minor pains, 99Vidas is genuine and fun homage to the games that inspired it and is definitely worth your time and money

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 2, 2017

99Vidas' humour can be very hit and miss, and the game's challenging difficulty level may put some people off.  But persist and you'll find it a rewarding and hugely enjoyable brawling experience that will have you coming back for more.

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PS3Blog.net
75%
75%
Jan 22, 2018

Although being a bit repetitive, 99Vidas is a fun release that will play the nostalgia angle to charm gamers. Beat 'em ups, by nature, feature repetitive gameplay, but 99Vidas does a good job at keeping things fun while paying homage to some of the classics in the genre. If you're a fan of beat 'em ups, then you should check this one out from – especially if you have some friends to play laong with!

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Digital Chumps
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2017

While the beat 'em up genre will be lost on most gamers, and the story experience isn't that long in 99Vidas to keep some engaged, there is still some fun to be had in this game. It kicks up some nostalgia of what once was cool in the arcades and at home during the 16-bit war, while trying to mix in some new material and motivation to keep the experience going. QUByte did a good job with their action title, so definitely give it a look.

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2018

Not hugely unique but definitely engaging, 99 Vidas is an excellent tribute to side-scrollers, brawlers and some of the past three decades' standout games.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 22, 2017

99Vidas is an affectionate homage to scrolling beat em ups of the 80s and 90s. It's also a fun game to spend an afternoon with, regardless of age and skill. There's not a lot of content and you can run through the story mode in a few hours, but local and online co-op, unlockable characters, and the promise of more levels should give it some lasting appeal.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 4, 2017

99Vidas managed to surprise us: a product that fans of the beat 'em up genre should look into. Being a low budget indie we're satisfied as it is, even if it could have been even better.

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TheXboxHub
Nov 7, 2017

Brawlers are meant to be played in one sitting, with friends, while the sound of button smashing drowns out the catchy music coming out of the TV. By that standard alone 99Vidas is successful.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

99Vidas is a good old-fashioned beat'em up, a tribute to a virtually extinct genre. A title that by its simplicity will delight the old gamers.

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Video Chums
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2017

99Vidas is a fairly solid throwback to classic beat 'em ups.

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PlayStation Universe
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2017

99 Vidas is a perfectly charming, if uneven take on the side-scrolling brawler that spends far too much time with one eye on the past rather than looking to the future of the genre.

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Nindie Spotlight
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2018

While 99Vidas puts some effort into the proceedings it’s also trapped in being a bit too ordinary among multiple titles that manage to be more ambitious and deliver more of a value-added experience. With some friends it would make a great game for everyone to enjoy for a playthrough or two but in particular as a solo experience it’s impossible to ignore that it doesn’t do much to break away from the same games it has so much reverence for. Throwbacks can be fun but 99Vidas just seems to be an amalgam of elements from well-known games that fails to put the pieces together to make something more. It’s not a bad romp, but its staying power is questionable.

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New Game Network
62 / 100
62 / 100
Aug 27, 2017

If Double Dragon, Final Fight, Streets of Rage or Golden Axe were your go-to coin-ops on childhood trips to the arcade, 99Vidas might well resurface some fond, pre-millennium memories. But alas, nostalgia only gets a game so far, and once the thrill-ride is over, there's very little reason to return for a second playthrough.

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FNintendo
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 2, 2019

99Vidas is rather competent at the old-school beat'em up genre and has a good art style and soundtrack to match. On the experience level, however, there are frustrating elements which are particularly noticeable on single player and which end up making 99Vidas a more lacklustre experience compared to some of its peers.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jul 27, 2017

99Vidas is a perfectly competent brawler game that does nothing to reinvent the genre, but is a solid enough example of it. Short without a lot of variety, I wish the story and main characters were more interesting, but at least the visual style suits it and the music is fantastic.

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ZTGD
6 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2017

It is a solid, if not uninspired beat 'em up that delivers exactly what it promises. I would have loved to see online co-op and better paced levels. As it sits though this is a solid purchase for anyone who grew up with games like Streets of Rage or Final Fight.

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ZTGD
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2017

This genre is for a special crowd of players that either love the genre or have loved it since they were kids. They're not the deepest experiences, and they are definably better with friends. Playing alone can be a bit of a drag, as some levels go on longer then needed. Though bring a few friends, get on the couch, have some snacks and enjoy a few hours of old school arcade fun. Sometimes that's all you need.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 17, 2017

What it all comes down to is that 99Vidas simply isn't as fun as it could be. A good beat 'em up is more than just hitting bad guys until they fall over. There has to be enough nuance and depth for skilful players to develop their own style, while using very little, if any, resources, such as health restoring food or lives. There also have to be enough leniencies to make the game appealing to someone who just wants a "mindless" yet still entertaining button masher. This game deserves top marks for its aesthetics and charm, but its mechanics and overall design leave something to be desired. If the difficulty was better balanced and the heroes had more viable attack options, this would be a title deserving of a spot in any brawler fan's library.

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