Percentile Rank

Tokyo 42 is ranked in the 34th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 48 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

41%

Critics Recommend

Based on 48 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
May 31, 2017

Beautiful, strange and sometimes a bit fiddly, Tokyo 42 offers a dazzling toybox to explore.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
May 31, 2017

Visually stunning but wholly underwhelming, Tokyo 42 fails to capitalise on its inventive premise.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
May 31, 2017

Tokyo 42 is an inventive and strikingly attractive game, with a very natural blend of stealth, combat and figuring out a path, unfortunately hamstrung somewhat by absolute fealty to its isometric perspective. ... An impressive accomplishment, but sometimes a grating one too.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
May 30, 2017

Tokyo 42 takes some of the best features from the original Grand Theft Auto and packages them up in a sublimely gorgeous aesthetic, resulting in one of the most visually pleasing indie games to release this year.

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Scored Reviews

Saving Content
May 31, 2017

As of writing this, Tokyo 42 is my game of the year. Sure it has its small quirks but there’s nothing here that hasn’t stopped me from loving every hour playing and exploring this world. My very frequent deaths while trying to fight the waves of the final boss aren’t arduous or disheartening, but rather energised by the immediate reloads and desire to get to the bottom of the plot. I personally cannot wait to see where SMAC Games takes Tokyo 42 and where they go next.

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USgamer
May 31, 2017

On Tokyo 42's website, the developers boast the game as a beloved blend of Syndicate and Grand Theft Auto, and honestly, they couldn't be more wrong and right. It's both those games in spirit, but twists them into something wholly its own. Tokyo 42 is an isometric cyberpoppunk action-shooter with a city that's worth getting lost in.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 31, 2017

It's hard to believe that Tokyo 42 is the debut title from developer SMAC as its an extremely polished and enjoyable.

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Hu3br
May 31, 2017

By far the best spiritual successor to 1993's with a lot of exploration and gameplay variety.

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 1, 2017

Despite its niggles, Tokyo 42 is quite simply absolutely fantastic. I cannot wait to see what SMAC Games have for us next.

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Windows Central
May 31, 2017

With engaging combat and a story to accompany it, Tokyo 42 is a great addition to the [email protected] program.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Tokyo 42 was certainly a refreshing game with its stunning isometric design and unique mission setups.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Even with the occasional camera-related annoyance and a couple of less-than-stellar timed platforming challenges, Tokyo 42 is a thrilling game.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Tokyo 42 is just a lot of fun. You can play in short bursts, or long play sessions and still feel satisfied that you accomplished something. Running around the large map, seeing a collectible perched on a ledge will make you forget about anything but figuring out how to get to it. Acquiring cash needed to purchase bigger and badder guns never felt like a tedious chore, the game rewards you in numerous ways with mission rewards, secret coins, and drops from fallen gang members.

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Corecade
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

SMAC Games and Mode 7’s Tokyo 42 places us in a stylish isometric open-world; more specifically, as an unfortunate male framed for murder. The answer? Becoming the very thing you were framed for. You climb the ranks of a dangerous assassin in attempt to reveal the truth behind your false incrimination.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jun 26, 2017

Tokyo 42 is fresh and exciting game that combines a few simple ideas. And in our time of clones and the annual blockbusters this is simply priceless, so it is highly recommend you to try.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 1, 2017

There's something about Tokyo 42 that makes it quite engrossing. Playing it often feels like hard work due to the annoying camera, but it's strangely rewarding.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 31, 2017

As far as debut projects go, Tokyo 42 is a great game with a fascinating sense of style and a confident swagger, let down by a handful of little things. Controlling how to shoot takes some getting used to and that sharp increase in difficulty was unwelcome to say the least, yet I had a fantastic time sneaking around and assassinating targets however I wished. A great effort.

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Gaming Masters
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
May 30, 2017

Tokyo 42 is a visually pleasing game for everyone that loves stealth games with some action thrown in to balance the mix.

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CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

An isometric shooter with a ton of style, and a lack of complexity that works in its favour.

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Quillstreak
75%
75%
Jun 19, 2017

With a unique style and a large list of things to do, Tokyo 42 only falls short in some of its core mechanics, which can be a bit too tedious for some

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Readers Gambit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 30, 2017

Tokyo 42 is a tidy little package, representing another solid addition to the Mode 7 stable. For the princely sum of £14.99, there's a lot of game in there, and you could do far worse for your money.

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Pixelophobia
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2017

Tokyo 42 represents a genre of simple action-packed games. While it wildly differs from likes of Hotline Miami, it gives similar experience. It features great shootouts, simple logic and spatial puzzles, but most often combines most of them making shootouts puzzles themselves. It's cool open world game. It will overload your brain with futuristic Japanese style and death, mostly death.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 31, 2017

This beautiful cyberpunk playground holds a staggering amount of detail but not enough reasons to stay.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Whilst some of the gun mechanics don't work as well as they should, there's still lots of missions, customisation, and a cracking electronic soundtrack in the vein of Hotline Miami.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 31, 2017

Some flaws in perspective and a few attempts to do a little too much don't detract from a solidly entertaining shooty sneak-'em-up.

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ThisGenGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2017

42 does an amazing job of creating a big world that doesn't feel overwhelming, it just needs a little more polish with the gunplay.

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TheXboxHub
May 30, 2017

This is not a bad game by any means – although it can be as frustrating as hell – but the amazing world design feels second fiddle to the lacklustre gameplay and it would have been a lot better to focus on the exploration, or even make it an out and out stealth experience.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

From weapon skins to just spying someone doing something weird in a penthouse suite, there is a lot of fun to be had just exploring and enjoying the candy colours and music and getting lost in the crazy world of Tokyo 42.

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Words About Games
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 5, 2017

Tokyo 42 is a solid game held back from greatness by a couple of quirks in its design.

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PC Gamer
69 / 100
69 / 100
May 31, 2017

An intricate, beautiful playground for some enjoyably open-ended assassinations.

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Everyeye.it
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2017

Inspired by masterpieces like Syndicate and GTA, Tokyo 42 is both fascinating and imperfect. This frenetic shooter is set in a futuristic metropolis, dominated by violence and pop-culture.

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IGN
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Thanks to the imprecision of its shooting controls and the cheap behaviour of its AI, I could never really develop any confidence in Tokyo 42's frustrating combat. Which is a shame because, glitches aside, I really loved exploring the wonderfully crafted world and the simple yet still challenging nature of its stealth-based assassinations. This tiny hitman game dresses smart, packs the right kind of ammunition and certainly aims its sights high, it just doesn't quite nail the execution.

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Video Chums
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2017

Tokyo 42 is a refreshing take on the action/stealth genre.

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Gaming on PC
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2017

Tokyo 42 looks amazing and it’s often fun to play, but a few key issues drag down the experience quite a bit. While the game’s stealth systems are well done and the faction mechanics and open ended design can generate truly exciting moments, everything comes tumbling down when vehicles are involved, due to clunky camera movement and unresponsive controls.

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New Game Network
64 / 100
64 / 100
Jun 17, 2017

Tokyo 42 offers a stylish, polished, well-presented open world that's unfortunately just not an awful lot of fun to do anything in. A few nice touches put a spark in its heart, but they can't light up the overall experience.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2017

A beautiful game that falls flat on its gameplay once you surpass its first few hours.

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Guardian
Guardian

Top Critic

May 31, 2017

With nods to Bladerunner and an isometric design that harks back to Amiga games, this could be great fun if the campaign mode wasn't so tricky

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jun 18, 2017

Tokyo 42 has a lot of potential, and moments of greatness where it can deliver satisfying action, but unfortunately gets bogged down by an annoying camera and notable structure issues and technical snafus.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2017

Tokyo 42, despite its faults, is a fun game to play but ultimately feels like a massive missed opportunity.

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GameSkinny
Jun 2, 2017

A gorgeously stylised cyberpunk action/stealth game in the vein of Syndicate, with lots to like but issues with execution dragging it down.

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Geeks Under Grace
6 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Andrew Borck
6 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2018

Entertaining in bits, but ultimately more frustrating at times, Tokyo 42 is a cool game setting that needs a fixed camera and some tighter controls.

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PC Aficionado
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Tokyo 42 was a hugely enjoyable title. Whilst it may not be the longest game in the world, it did grip from beginning to end. The fast paced action orientated gameplay puts Tokyo 42 near the top of the pile in the twin-stick shooter genre. The lackluster story and sound department are the only things preventing it from being one of the best indie games to come out this year.

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Thumbsticks
Jun 8, 2017

As an experience, Tokyo 42 is worth your attention, but unfortunately, its gameplay and mission design become a hindrance as you progress, losing the spectacle that was notable from the start. It might at times feel reductive due to heavy reliance on other references, but it does manage to construct an identity of its own in spite of this. Tokyo of 2042 provides plenty of distractions, and it’s likely that it is this that will help it stand out amongst its contemporaries.

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IGN Italy
5.9 / 10.0
5.9 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Tokyo 42 offers a pretty cool city of the future to explore, a beautiful art style and tributes masterpieces of both game industry and film industry with great class, but fails to provide an entertaining experience. The game it's quite too hard in part of its (many) missions because of its stiff camera and its not so pleasant way to aim, plus, it has technical problems.

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IBTimes UK
May 31, 2017

Tokyo 42 has been sold on the strong, vivid visual design of its world, but how player's view it is at the root of the game's biggest faults when it comes to play. The isometric angles and transitions between them often hinder smooth movement and a player's understanding of where they are in the world.When the game comes together as intended, it serves up inventive missions with the thrills to match its obvious influences, but those moments are broken up too frequently by frustrating design choices.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
May 31, 2017

Tokyo 42 is an engaging isometric game that is hurt tremendously by a mechanic that should have been a selling point. While the game plays fine, the need to constantly manage the camera ruins any sense of intensity that comes with a lot of the missions. Instead, it makes the player feel hopeless, as enemies barrel down on one side of them, and an unseeable escape remains hidden behind the gorgeous environment.

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TechRaptor
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2017

While I was originally extremely excited for Tokyo 42's stylistic cyberpunk world, I found myself dreading it after an hour or two. The city may look great, but it gets in the way of the game itself. Combine this with a poor aiming system, crazy difficulty spikes, and an uninteresting multiplayer, and you're left with a game that rarely manages to be enjoyable.

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Cubed3
3 / 10
3 / 10
Oct 4, 2017

There is a lot that goes wrong with Tokyo 42. This was a concept that had so much promise but is held back by terrible design choices and technical issues.

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