Percentile Rank

Death Squared is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 50 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

61%

Critics Recommend

Based on 50 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Nintendojo
C+
C+
Jul 14, 2017

Death Squared really could have been something great. However, as the game stands, it is still a worthwhile puzzler that should please gamers looking for a unique cooperative experience.

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Destructoid
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2017

As much fun as it is to share with loved ones, Death Squared is considerably more difficult than Snipperclips, which didn't even have a failure state. Even though it has a "party mode," it's not a game I'd advise pairing with alcohol, since fine motor control is one of the first things to go when you're hammered. If you're persistent and willing to work together though, Death Squared is a good time, and definitely worth picking up on the Switch.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2017

There are 80 levels to be played solo here — most if not all of them more challenging as a solo venture — but it's only with a group of friends that you'll extract everything Death Squared has to offer.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 9, 2017

there is nothing like sitting with your significant other, each holding a Joy-Con, and jointly working out how to meet the objective of each stage.

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peppage
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 13, 2018
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Scored Reviews

Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Death Squared might have launched on Steam, but it feels like this game and the Nintendo Switch were made for each other. Deceptively smart puzzles, an endearingly smarmy sense of humor, and organic, instantaneous multiplayer all at a great price make Death Squared a must-buy on Switch.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2017

While not perfect, Death Squared is pretty darn close to it. This game should be a go-to for any age group who’s looking for a small party game that could keep them occupied for hours. You’ll rarely be bored with the puzzles, rarely be frustrated with the mechanics, and rarely annoyed by anything other than excessive team-killing (which is hysterical in its own right). If you’re looking for a puzzle game to play with someone who doesn’t like puzzles, this is the one.

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TheXboxHub
Mar 14, 2017

Overall and whilst Death Squared may not be the most adventurous of games, it does show that simplicity can still make for a brilliant game. With some fantastic dialogue found throughout and some ingeniously designed levels, it may just be the best puzzler available on Xbox One, and with a decent selection of game modes and plenty of well thought out content, will be one you’ll be remembering well into the year.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2017

Death Squared is a nice surprise to the puzzle genre, delivering comic relief at all the right moments. It really does teach you to laugh at yourself, while not taking itself as a video game too seriously. Some great things come in small packages, and this one's got nuts…and bolts. And lasers. And explosions.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 9, 2017

Death Squared is definitely a game worth your time and money. The main campaign is fun and has a lot of levels to complete, not to mention the two extra modes available along with it. The more people you can have for each gaming session the more hectic things will be… but you’ll also have more fun! So if you want a co-op and MP puzzle/platformer on PS4, you should give Death Squared a look.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2017

Australian-made Death Squared is a challenging yet gratifying puzzler that will satisfy even the most fervent puzzle fans

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2017

Death Squared is an excellent addition to any puzzle fan's library. The puzzles may be a source of frustration at times, but they're also so well designed that you'll feel like you've accomplished a lot when solving them. The inherent co-op nature lends itself perfectly to multiplayer, especially on the Switch, where it doesn't require much to get a two-player game going, and the plethora of levels means plenty of time spent solving puzzles. It's yet another solid title in the system's young library.

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Nindie Spotlight
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2017

It has been a long time since I’ve played a puzzle game where I didn’t end up feeling like I was going through the motions as a single-player experience. From that perspective I enjoyed the mental and physical dexterity required to tackle Story mode solo. While my wife and I completed all of the challenges in Snipperclips she also said, as a more casual game-player, that she preferred the less “fidgety” nature of control and challenge in Death Squared and that’s a perspective I can agree with. With there really only being a focus on movement the puzzle experience is a bit more pure and unencumbered, leaving you only with the challenge at hand. In that regard I also think the multiplayer aspects of the game have been as well-addressed as you could ask, you just need to provide a smart and patient group for it to work. With that in mind I’d say that no matter how you choose to play the game, alone or with friends, it absolutely works and is a great time. By their nature puzzle games aren’t for everyone but as a total package, and considering all of the viable ways it can be played, Death Squared is the most satisfying one that I’ve played in a very long time. It has, appropriately, defied expectations and raised the bar beyond the previous boundaries I had put on the genre.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2017

While we've seen plenty of games that have similar themes and mechanics, the way they're presented in Death Squared makes for a rare experience. Having a game that is cooperative at its core but imminently playable as a solo experience is a boon, but it must be said its wily charms are exponentially more effective when sitting next to a friend or loved one whilst you giggle at each other's faux pas. If you want your puzzlers to be thought-provoking with a dash of dry humour, you can't go wrong with Death Squared.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 23, 2017

A fun and entertainingly chaotic puzzle experience is what Death Squared brings to its players, whether they choose to go solo or accompanied. Its very well designed (and plentiful) levels will keep everyone busy for a good amount of time and the more players join in the better, as Death Squared fully maximizes the experience with four players.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2017

Death Squared doesn't do anything particularly new but its execution is wonderful. More to the point, with the right group of friends, it's a downright hilarious way to spend an evening.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2017

undefined.Death Squared ends up being another great multiplayer experience for Switch. Laughs will emerge from accidental and pathetic-looking deaths and likely lead to the eventual furrowed brows of frustration and critical thinking - making for all the integral elements of a good puzzle game. Don't expect a lot of new elements and variables to appear though, the game is kept to a simple, tried-and-true formula that succeeds in boggling minds, all wrapped up in a neat and tidy package.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
TheSixthAxis
TSA Staff

Top Critic

8 / 10
Mar 15, 2017

Overall, Death Squared is an entertaining game that has been carefully refined until it can out from the crowds of other indie puzzle games. It's easily recommended for gamers who appreciate the puzzle, platform and party genres individually or when combined together.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2017

Death Squared is an intelligent puzzler that challenges single and multiplayer gamers alike.

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GameSkinny
Apr 19, 2017

This colorful, robotic puzzler will get your friends talking and laughing -- even as they die. Repeatedly.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 8, 2017

Death Squared is a simple and charming puzzle game that features excellent puzzles and exceptional voice-work.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 5, 2017

Death Squared is available on other platforms, but it, incredibly, feels at home on Nintendo Switch – in tandem with the simplicity of handing a Joy-Con to another play to quickly get them in on the action. If anything, this is a game that I will remember for the trash talking alone.

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Nintendo Now
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 19, 2017

Play with friends and watch the chaos ensue, or drop in and out of the game for some solo fun – either way you will find a fun, charming game that is very addictive and has that “one more go” effect that makes it hard to put down!

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Thumbsticks
Jul 19, 2017

Already there has been no shortage of excellent Switch games, and Death Squared is definitely one of them. It might not be the most inventive of all puzzle based games, but it certainly utilises the strengths of Nintendo’s hybrid system, and is a thoroughly enjoyable experience that is deeply rewarding after having completed a particularly challenging level. There are plenty of games vying for attention this year, but Death Squared on the Switch is worthy of receiving it.

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PowerUp!
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

Death Squared is the kind of game you pull out at a party and get everyone to try.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Zantallion

Top Critic

Jul 7, 2017

Death Squared doesn't reinvent the cube, but it's a cute puzzler and great fun with friends.

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Quillstreak
78%
78%
Jul 11, 2017

Death Squared is an impressive use of the Nintendo Switch hardware and the first great puzzle game on the system. It's worth a punt if you're looking for fun puzzle domestics with friends or just want to embolden that home screen with a fun pick me up for your commute.

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Sirus Gaming
7.8 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
Roxanne Co
7.8 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2017

Refreshing take on an existing style of game.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 15, 2017

It is rare to see co-op games these days especially one which also fully integrates puzzle aspects into the mix, thankfully Death Squared is aiming to be one of these, and it feels fresh and innovative in the current gaming landscape.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Death Squared is well worth the investment and is definitely a title puzzle game enthusiasts should pick up and everyone else might find enjoyment from, especially with friends.

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Entertainment Buddha
75 / 100
75 / 100
Apr 6, 2017

Cute, cubic, and challenging!

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4 Guys with Quarters
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

“Death Squared” is a unique game that, even after 350+ “deaths,” I frequently return to, just so I can prove to myself (and those spying on Xbox/Steam leaderboards) that, even though Omnicorp wants me to fail, I will overcome hidden obstacles and complete precise maneuvers to reach the next level.

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ZEFGame.ru
7.5 / 10.0
ZEFGame.ru
Frostengine
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2017

Death Squared worth your attention, though, because in eshop completely absent any analogues. Not paying attention to the little things covered in this review, we can safely say that the game was at least good, though, due to the fact that it, you have much more than just milk a cow at speed, she may get bored after a week, but it's worth it to run in the company of friends and to stop is impossible.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jul 12, 2017

Death Squared is a great example of a game that fights you every step of the way. However, its sharp and witty narrative mixed with simple pick-up-and-play controls guarantees that you'll have some frustrating fun with a partner. Just make darn sure to leave your best friends out of party mode if you want to stay that way.

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COGconnected
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jul 12, 2017

If you're looking for a puzzler that tests your brain as well as your reflexes, then Death Squared will fit the bill nicely.

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The Escapist
Mar 9, 2017

Puzzle fanatics will enjoy it, even in solo mode. Players looking for some widely-appealing games to play with non-gamer family and friends will definitely find value here, and may discover they're no longer the best player in the room.

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TrueAchievements
Mar 22, 2017

Death Squared is a decent co-op puzzle game that works best when playing with friends in real life. It manages the perfect mix of simple and intuitive controls with complex and challenging level progression, and it really stands out as a game with which non-gaming friends and family could easily get involved.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

In short, Death Squared is an incredibly fun puzzle game for Nintendo Switch. While it may be unrewarding for second playthroughs and in-game progression, the fact that there are over a 100 levels means that players who love puzzle games will love this too. Not only that, but the seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op means that whether you want to play by yourself, or with a friend, or three other friends, you'll be able to with the just a push of the Joy-Con release. If you have a love of puzzle games and a Nintendo Switch, or if you're having a get together with your friends soon, Death Squared should be on your short-list.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
Gamers Heroes

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jul 13, 2017

As an addendum, SMG Studio has announced continued support for this game and are planning to release more puzzles to keep players busy for free. Now, how many developers and publishers have the courtesy of making that offer these days?

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 9, 2017

For those who like a bit of challenge in their puzzle games and can look past some basic presentation, Death Squared has enough to satisfy the most daring player.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jul 12, 2017

Death Squared is a cocktail of two things that, theoretically, could never become a successful mix. Having said that, and although combining couch gaming and puzzles is a concept that doesn't work as well as intended, SMG Studio handles its unique idea quite alright. As a result, those who'll look past its few flaws will surely have a blast here.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 17, 2017

Death Squared is a fun and challenging puzzle game if you don't mind its many flows. In fact, you'll probably enjoy it only if you are a puzzle fanatic or you are a very social person who loves solving puzzles with friends.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2017

Death Squared tries to do a lot of different things, and for the most part it succeeds. It wants to be a single player game, but it wants to be a party game as well. Death Squared tries to be approachable to newcomers, but it wants to have puzzles that will bend even the most puzzle-solving mind. In trying to be all of these things, Death Squared does just enough to stand out from the puzzle crowd and merit notice, even if it is not the most original title.

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Invision Community
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 17, 2017

As much fun as I had with Death Squared it just seems a little bland when compared to the other big puzzles games available. It may sound harsh, but we can only know the quality of something by comparing it to its peers. And while Death Squared is certainly not the runt of the litter, it’s not the star either.

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Generación Xbox
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2017

Death Square is game where many friendly robots will have to overcome levels and challenges. Use your brain and play the 'party mode' with other 4 players. A unique and innovative puzzle game that will keep you addicted to it for several days. The worst part is its short duration and its discreet technical aspects.

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SA Gamer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2017

A delightful little co-op puzzle game that will leave you and your friends square-eyed

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 9, 2017

Death Squared is a solidly fun and challenging experience with friends, and even more so when played as a single-player game. Its lighthearted nature, lengthy story mode, and couch co-op possibilities are all good selling points, but SMG Studios' puzzler suffers thanks to a lack of innovation. Test passed - just.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

6 / 10
Mar 9, 2017

Death Squared needs to be congratulated for bringing much needed diversity to the couch co-op market. While there is a lot to like about how it approaches co-operative design, the player is often left, though, with the feeling that it would be a lot easier and simpler if they were to just solve the puzzles on their own. Although co-operative play is tense, fun, and rewarding for the most part, the temptation for one player to dictate the play and take control hampers any chance for that cheer to spread across all the people involved. What should be a test of mind and logic instead is a test of patience and will, which for some will be a delight but for others an arduous task.

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God is a Geek
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2017

If you have a bunch of friends with high tolerance levels readily available then it might be worth giving this a punt, otherwise, if you're the type that throws controllers then you may want to avoid.

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TechRaptor
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2017

If you're desperate for a local co-op puzzle game, then Death Squared will certainly scratch that itch. However, lack of variety in levels means that it can get pretty monotonous very quickly.

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