Percentile Rank

Cosmic Star Heroine is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

63%

Critics Recommend

Based on 38 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Killa Penguin
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 14, 2017

Its opening few hours proved mildly amusing, if a bit underwhelming given my high expectations, but the game soon after won me over in a big way to the point where countless softlocks, bugs, and typos couldn’t stop me from playing. While the way you get into combat is reminiscent of the encounters in Chrono Trigger, its biggest takeaway from that game is instead rock-solid pacing that avoids wasting your time with nonsense padding, and there are a handful of features taken from other games that are equally welcome. All of this coalesces into something that’s simultaneously a brilliant homage to classic jRPGs and strong entry in the genre in its own right.

Read full review

Scored Reviews

SwitchRPG
Aug 9, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is a charming retro-inspired game that sets itself apart with its deep battle system. Don’t go into this game expecting a unique storyline, but instead know that it was made with a lot of love and care by people who are obviously fans of SNES-era RPG’s. Cosmic Star Heroine does a ton of things right and provides many hours of entertainment at a budget price.

Read full review

Marooners' Rock
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is a great experience for those nostalgic for old school JRPGs and those who are curious about how it felt for the rest of us back in the day.

Read full review

Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 17, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine does for the 16-bit JRPG what Shovel Knight did for 8-bit platformers. It takes everything that worked about them to remind you of why those games are classics, but builds upon that foundation with a modern-day sensibility by eliminating filler.

Read full review

The Game Fanatics
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 2, 2017

Glitches aside, Cosmic Star Heroine is one of those pleasant experiences made by a talented smaller studio that revels in gaming's roots. All at once a homage and a refinement of classic RPGs with just enough heart and imagination to rope in players of any age or skill.

Read full review

Super Deformed Gamescast
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 18, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is a love letter to some of the RPG greats from ages past, wearing its inspirations on its sleeve while making an impact very much its own. Brilliant, tactile combat and a lovely presentation bring out all the nostalgic feels.

Read full review

Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is an awesome title. It's story is well paced, the environments are gorgeous in that retro style that they use and the combat is simply fun with the variety of characters that themselves are great with their personalities. All of this is made even better with the various nods both big and small to other series such as Chrono Trigger, Pacific Rim, I believe I saw something for Xenogears and the obvious tribute to Cthulhu.

Read full review

God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 8, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is not only a fantastic old school experience but one that goes above and beyond with art and music and happens to be a perfect fit for the PS Vita

Read full review

Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 7, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is one of the better RPGs around. It may tread familiar ground, but it does so on its own terms, making for a game well worth experiencing even if you aren't a fan of the genre.

Read full review

GearNuke
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 25, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine not only pays homage to some of the cult classic JRPGs of the yesteryear, it also provides a compelling experience full of memorable characters and some clever writing that is further boosted by an exemplary battle system.

Read full review

PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
the_nmac
9 / 10
May 22, 2018

I really loved playing Cosmic Star Heroine on PlayStation Vita and everything it brings to the table. It made me go back down memory lane, remembering games I enjoyed way back in the day while taking on this new adventure. The game has a great battle system that manages to make every battle feel fresh. If you're looking for a JRPG to play at home or on the go, then I highly recommend that you buy Cosmic Star Heroine today!

Read full review

NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2018

It's not difficult to find new games that are designed with the 16-bit era in mind, but it is rare to find ones that develop new and enjoyable game mechanics. While the writing could have benefited from some additional depth, the expansive party and combat options provide hours of entertainment, making Cosmic Star Heroine a worthwhile addition to your Switch library.

Read full review

GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is an homage to classic 90s sci-fi RPGS, and it works really well to evoke that sense of adventure. It may be a short affair, but its combat mechanics are tight, the drudgery of traditional JRPGs is wiped away by clever design decisions, and at fifteen bucks, it's well worth the price of entry. Recommended.

Read full review

33bits
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 21, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine offers about 20 hours of turn-based combat, exploration of exotic places and space environments that will please any lover of the genre without a doubt. By dispensing with the superfluous and constantly getting to the point, it's a much more direct experience than what we're used to in the genre.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 11, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is definitely a game worth your time and money, and a JiRPG we highly recommend.

Read full review

RPG Fan
83%
RPG Fan

Top Critic

83%
May 23, 2017

It's a solid homage to beloved 16-bit RPGs of yore, but it lacks the magic and depth that made them unmissable classics.

Read full review

RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 5, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is a fun space adventure and throwback to the 16 Bit era of JRPGs while also bringing enough unique ideas to stand all on its own.

Read full review

GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 3, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine's excellent combat system and well-executed retro stylings make it a must for those who hold the classic JRPGs of the past close to their hearts.

Read full review

Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 1, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is a nostalgic experience that is worth playing if you are a fan of the 16-bit JRPG era. The cast is full of wonderful characters, the plot interesting and the battle system engaging. The whole game is wrapped up in a ten-twelve hour experience which was the perfect length to see the story out.

Read full review

Saving Content
Apr 26, 2017

My take away from the entire experience is that this is one game every RPG player needs to check out. Regardless if they never had a chance to play older RPGS or not, there is a fun combat system here with great locations, soundtrack, and characters. It’s as if Zeboyd games reached into a closet, pulled out some magical missing SNES cartridge no one ever discovered, and said “Boy, do I have a RPG you need to play”

Read full review

JRPG.moe
Jul 6, 2017

Although the story never amounts to much more than listing off sci-fi tropes, it keeps the adventure moving between fun setpieces. Where Cosmic Star Heroine really surprised me was by having one of my favourite turn-based battle systems that gives players a lot of options without ever overwhelming them. What could've been a lazy throwback to better 16-bit RPGs in less capable hands turned into one of the best indie RPGs in recent memory.

Read full review

Words About Games
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 17, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is a fine RPG. What could have been a nostalgic throwback to the golden age of RPG’s is instead a thoughtful and well designed modern take on classic titles.

Read full review

Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

If you are a fan of retro-styled JRPG titles, Cosmic Star Heroine provides a nice dose of nostalgic science fiction to enjoy. The visuals are better than the sound, but the overall presentation is comfortable and enjoyable, ably assisted by a deeper-than-expected combat system. There is not a ton of content here nor replay value in the roughly dozen hours it takes to see Alyssa's adventure through to the end, but it is definitely a worthwhile adventure while it lasts.

Read full review

Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine doesn't leave a lasting impression, but it's a fun romp with some interesting ideas

Read full review

GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Aug 6, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is an accessible RPG that fits very well with the Switch's lineup. While some issues like bugs and an underwhelming story hold it back from being an RPG classic, the experience is propelled by its innovative and creative combat system and eclectic cast of characters.

Read full review

DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is the perfect example of a crowdfunded indie game that might have been held back by budget and time. I enjoyed everything the game had to offer, but I was was left wanting more than a short RPG experience with an overused premise. If you're looking for a gorgeous 16-bit RPG with a unique battle system and a short campaign than Cosmic Star Heroine is going to resonate with you perfectly, but if you're looking for a story that will stick with you over the years than you probably should look elsewhere.

Read full review

NEOsite
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine pays homage to legendary 16-bit jRPGs. It's exceptionally funny, engaging and endearing game, but Alyssa L'Salle's adventure ends too fast and leave the player wanting a lot more.

Review in Polish | Read full review

Nintendo Times
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2018

Not every game needs to be 100 hours long and cost $60. Cosmic Star Heroine hits the sweet spot of delivering fun gameplay mechanics with an upbeat and crazy story filled with charming characters and funny writing.

Read full review

Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Playing through took me about 12 hours, though it might take more or less time if you bump up the difficulty or stick to the critical path. None of the problems I had with this game are insurmountable, and I'm hoping that Zeboyd will be able to fix them with an update. In spite of the bugs, I enjoyed exploring the galaxy with Alyssa and her crew, but you may want to wait for a patch or two before mainlining this Heroine.

Read full review

Video Chums
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
May 5, 2017

The robust world and intricate combat system are Cosmic Star Heroine's shining stars but neither aspect is without flaws.

Read full review

TechnoBuffalo
May 25, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is a winner, even if you're too young to have experienced the games it references. Check it out.

Read full review

Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 13, 2018

This is a homage to the classic sci-fi RPGs of the '90s that successfully takes out many of the annoying bits but boasts a fair amount of the depth and consistency. Cosmic Star Heroine is a JRPG for those who long ago grew bored of JRPGs, but committed fans might find it just a little too slight an offering.

Read full review

Niche Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine feels like a short, classic JRPG that has been ported from an ancient system, warts and all. Some of the glitches and usability issues are criminal, and should never be acceptable.

Read full review

PSX Brasil
70 / 100
70 / 100
May 8, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine overpromised, underdelivered, and yet it still managed to be an interesting game with an unique humor for fans of the genre attracted to the aesthetics of older generations.

Review in Portuguese | Read full review

TrueGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine achieved what it set out to do: a great RPG gameplay experience. the game design is smart and modern despite the game being 16 bit-like, and the battles are based on strategy and customization. the weak point is the storytelling which simplified everything the characters had to face and kept moving very fast.

Review in Arabic | Read full review

RPGamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 30, 2018

Cosmic Star Heroine is far more than a simple send-up of some of the genre’s most beloved classics.

Read full review

SmashPad
Apr 22, 2017

With more work on the story and writing, Cosmic Star Heroine could have been an incredible game. At the very least, it contributes a fantastic new battle system to the world of old-school RPGs.

Read full review

GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 25, 2017

This take on classic turn-based RPGs struggles to give its fresh ideas room to breathe.

Read full review