Percentile Rank

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

Rating Summary

Based on 55 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

45%

Critics Recommend

Based on 55 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Aug 15, 2017

Housemarque widens its lens with a take on 90s run and gunners, resulting in an enjoyably chaotic if overly slight adventure.

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Gamin' Girl
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 14, 2017

So somebody plays around with matter as well as prototype warmachines – below one of the biggest cities in the solar system. Things really go awry when the matter decides to get self aware and having prototype war robots at the ready just makes for a bad blend. So in the midst of history's biggest evacuation, they are sending in specialists to try and tidy up all the mess. You're one of these specialists. Welcome to Matterfall.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 18, 2017

Matterfall is a fireworks display of an arcade game: bright, bombastic, and ultimately hollow. But while it may not sit front-and-centre of Housemarque’s modern-day arcade, it’s a visual extravaganza that’s still well worth seeing one time through.

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Scored Reviews

God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

There's no question Housemarque once again gets its own brand of chaos spot on, and you're going to love what they've got in store for you this time.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall is a fluid, frenetic, explosively colourful arcade shooter sure to satisfy both casual players and high-score chasers.

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VGN
8.8 / 10.0
Tommaso Stio

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Thanks to a good balance between berserk and entertaining activities, the new game from Housemarque will definitely trap you thanks to its unique style and a perfect control system.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
Aug 15, 2017

Anyone who misses the glory days of Metroid should really give Matterfall a closer look.

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PSX Brasil
86 / 100
86 / 100
Aug 19, 2017

At this point, it sounds redundant to say that Housemarque has created another excellent Twin Stick shooter. Matterfall is fast, intense and really fun. Even if its limited content prevents it from becoming one of Housemarque's best, it is a must-have for fans of the genre.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

There's not much to Matterfall, but there doesn't need to be. Once again, Housemarque has made a tight little game with polished mechanics that's sure to delight.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

A clever side-scrolling shoot 'em up that's got style and flair, whose blistering action should make you forgive its short length

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Wccftech
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall is a challenging game with simple controls and stylish combat. While some sections are more frustrating than others, it'll keep daring you to come back and try to beat it once and for all.

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NZGamer
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

For fans of Housemarque's work, and 2.5D shooters alike. Be ready for punishment!

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall is a great shooter and will give you many hours of entertainment if you like chasing high scores and challenging gameplay. However, it does feel like a slight let down after Nex Machina and is the least essential of all the Housemarque games on PlayStation 4. That said, the least essential Housemarque game is still better than most games you will find on the console, so it's still recommended.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Fast'n fun; that is how Matterfall works. An interesting videogame that takes back the 16 bits - Gunstar Heroes style with metroidvania elements and offers a hard (but also short) experience based on ability and patience.

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GamesBeat
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 14, 2017

Matterfall is a challenging and creative take on the twin-stick shooter. Even if it's sci-fi setting is bland, the multitasking gameplay rarely offers a dull moment. This is a strong followup to Resogun, and one of the PlayStation 4's better digital exclusives.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Matterfall is an enjoyable, arcadey action game with a few twists even though difficulty spikes mar the endgame

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EGM
8 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Although a bit short and repetitive at times, the fast and frantic action of Matterfall is a delight if you prefer your gameplay more arcade-y and your goals to be focused on high scores and conquering leaderboards rather than saving the world.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 14, 2017

Matterfall may not be the best product developed by Housemarque in recent years, but it is still a thrilling adventure that boasts excellent gameplay and gorgeous visuals.

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Atomix
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall is a great side-scrolling shooter with addictive gameplay and worthy challenge. If you love these type of games or, at least, the previous works of Housemarque, then you will love it.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Matterfall makes short, but extremely addicting game. With great music and graphics, it will verify your skills, but more casual players also can find there a lot of fun. Sadly, there is no cooperation.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall is the kind of game Housemarque does best – easy to learn, but a little harder to master. Achievement hunters will find themselves speedrunning and shooting through for the high score points, while other players will have loads of fun with the zero-G and Matter mechanics. Matterfall's quick and frantic gameplay won't be for everyone, but for those who really dig sci-fi and shooters, it is definitely a must-get.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 15, 2017

On the whole, Matterfall's presentation and gameplay are solid with enough twists to Housemarque's existing formula to make it a fun little distraction. If you're craving for an action-fuelled romp beyond the usual AAA, big budget releases, Matterfall is worth considering.

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Pardis Game
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2017

Matterfall is an engaging and at times, fascinating game which has honored Housemarque once again with its brilliant control and nearly flawless gameplay. Unfortunately, the enemies you'll face are not really active as you'd expect and are quite predictable, replaying the same level more than once can be quite boring and unlike their previous titles, the lack of content and the short length of the game, decreases the replay value.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Despite closing weaker than it starts, there's a lot to like about Matterfall‘s unique blend of platforming and shooting. It's great to see Housemarque trying something new, and besides some tricky controls, they nail most of their ideas flawlessly. PlayStation 4 owners can safely rack this up as yet another Housemarque gem.

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IGN Italy
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall has a variety of pleasant gameplay ideas and a good technical side, even if it remains a platform-shooter with no great inspiration.

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IGN Middle East
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Matterfall tried to combine classic 2D shooting games with platform jumping games and provided a good playing style, but despite the powerful abilities and weapons Avalon uses, you will often feel weak and nervous at times because of the difficulty of the game. I would've been pleased if they were added a cooperative mode to increase the fun, but instead the studio has made it possible to compare your scores with your friends and everyone who plays the game around the world to know your world ranking, making you want to go back to the game to reach the top ranking.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Housemarque could have gone a bit farther with Matterfall, because while the general theme is on point, several elements, the protagonist design included, failed to make their mark on me. While it remains stylish throughout there were a few sections where I felt like I was just going through the motions, doing things I had done many times before, just with a nice HDR sheen to it. It's not quite Outland (which Housemarque also created), but it'll do.

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Critical Hit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Occasionally cumbersome controls and a generic sci-fi aesthetic do little to deter from a tight, addictive and explosive shooter.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall is a nostalgic rievocation of Nineties' coin-ops. It's an hybrid shooter, that combines side-scrolling with flying sections and platforming. It throws the player into the gameplay without premises, making him to survive among aliens, robots and bullet-hell levels. Its challenging gameplay will be a great thing for every person who lived the last coin-op era, but also modern gamers may have the will to try it.

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SA Gamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Matterfall ticks most of the boxes when it comes to a side-scrolling sci-fi game. Great visuals, great sounds, robot enemies and lots of jumping and shooting. It's rather short and doesn't have much replay value, but it you enjoy a good sci-fi game, then you should give this a go.

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Cerealkillerz
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Despite some new gameplay approaches Matterfall still don't manage to merge from the shadows of the previous housemarque titles. The diverting title surprises you not very often and the hardest part of the game is gettting used to the new control elements of the game. If you're looking for a new twin-stick-shooter to pass some time you'll still enjoy Matterfall.

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PowerUp!
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2017

I had a lot of fun playing Matterfall. The gameplay is enjoyable and the levels are challenging.

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LevelUp
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2017

In Matterfall there's a lot of explosions, tons of particles, fast paced action and an interesting mix of gameplay mechanics. Everything fits well with this Housemarque game but scarce content and lack of replayability refrain it from being a must.

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Impulsegamer
3.6 / 5.0
3.6 / 5.0
Aug 17, 2017

For me, as great and occasionally teeth grindingly frustrating an experience that Matterfall was, it was a one and done experience and I have no desire to come back to the game in its current state.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall's not the best game Housemarque will release in 2017 – but then, the virtually flawless Nex Machina was always going to be a tough act to follow. There's a lot to like about this side-scroller's pulsating platforming levels, and when it all comes together you'll feel like you're on top of the world. An unorthodox control scheme means that it's not the most accessible game, but once you slip into a rhythm it feels right. Unfortunately, it can be hard to stay in the groove, and while those looking for a challenge will undoubtedly relish the practice required to master this menacing sci-fi affair, it will put others off.

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TrustedReviews
Aug 15, 2017

MatterFall is crammed with interesting mechanics and there's something really lovable about its Metroid-meets-Contra-meets-Bullet-Hell style. It's just a shame that the levels aren't memorable enough or the enemies distinctive enough to make it another retro-arcade great. Throw in boss battles that go on way too long, and it's a solid shooter that will please enthusiasts, but not quite up there with Resogun or Nex Machina.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 16, 2017

Very good-looking and enjoyable with is nervous, but easy to understand, gameplay, Matterfall fells great but doesn't offer so much to do and ends too quickly. But if you're a scoring addict, it's definitely for you.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall succeeds in adapting Housemarque's trademark style of fast, action-packed, arcadey action to the 2D platformer genre, but it feels like a puzzle half solved. There's virtually no content here after you finish its exceptionally short campaign, outside of some harder difficulty modes and a global leaderboard to climb, and its level design isn't well-suited for replay value. It's a ton of fun while it lasts, but once it's over it's hard to not be left with a feeling of “Is that it?”

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GameSpew
70%
70%
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall is perhaps the least essential Housemarque title in the PlayStation 4's catalogue, but it's still a cut above the majority of the competition.

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Saudi Gamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 17, 2017

A Dashing experience that contains all the factors we are used to in a Housemarque game. Unfortunately, it lacks a unique identity and more content to brightly shine as one of the strongest titles for this studio.

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GamePro
70 / 100
70 / 100
Aug 16, 2017

Effectful and entertaining arcade genre mix, which loses its charm quickly because of its very small scale and little replay value.

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New Game Network
66 / 100
66 / 100
Aug 16, 2017

Matterfall is a game filled with ideas and mechanics that seem fine on their own, but contradict and conflict with each other when added together. The experience is so short and stifled, that even with some enjoyable moments along the way, it's hard to recommend.

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Bazimag
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

Matterfall has been successful in presenting an action shooter which can increase the rush of adrenalin in your body! Yet, unfortunately, the game lacks content and is unable to keep you entertained for hours. However, it’s unfair to ignore its exceptional music and sound design. The combination of soundtracks and action shooter genre is the best part of the game!

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DualShockers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

Matterfall is a mechanically sound game but has very little to keep you coming back to chase high scores. As it stands, I enjoyed the handful of hours that I spent with it, but I can't see myself going back anytime soon. This greatly disappoints me since I have spent months if not years coming back to some of Housemarque's past ventures. While I like the new direction that Housemarque tried to go in with Matterfall, I'd be fine if we never ended up seeing a game in this same vein in the future.

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Worth Playing
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

Admittedly, the overall quality of Matterfall hurts more than usual because we've seen exactly what Housemarque can do. The core game is fun, but mediocre platforming holds back the game's strengths of dashing and shooting. Controls seem fine on paper, but the inability to map the buttons means that there's a learning curve to the game that will result in many deaths and wrong moves. It may look and sound pretty, but with a short game length and a punishing leaderboard system, consumers may want to wait for a price drop before jumping in.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

6 / 10
Aug 16, 2017

Nowhere close to the arcade perfection of Resogun or Nex Machina, this undercooked action platformer lacks the precise controls and instant appeal of its stablemates.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 14, 2017

PS4's Matterfall is a visually stunning yet uninspiring hybrid of Housemarque's past successes.

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Areajugones
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Matterfall brings back retro gameplay mechanics in a futurist set. However, it doen not bring anything new and becomes a little bit repetitive due to this.

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2017

Housemarque's understanding of arcade shooting mechanics is, as ever, strong with Matterfall, but it lacks the flair and bombast of the more thoroughbred members of its family. The core concepts carried over from Housemarque's previous efforts may be signature moves now, but they are starting to grow a little tired, more so when the game they feature in isn't among the best the developer has put out.

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Gameplanet
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2017

Matterfall contains some welcome formula tweaks and the usual level of Housemarque polish, but it's much less inspired than the Finnish studio's better shooters.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Aug 16, 2017

While I have to tip my hat to Housemarque for trying something different, Matterfall feels more like a side project than a proper release in the developer's esteemed lineage of twin-stick shooters. The controls lack the same level of slick polish, the main experience is short, and there's little to keep you coming back.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2017

Unfortunately, Matterfall never quite comes together, despite its short runtime

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 27, 2017

If you can handle the uncomfortable controls, you'll be able to immerse yourself in some good old platformer shooting fun.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 17, 2017

The augments are fun to collect, and the bosses are a decent challenge but there isn't much to make you want to go back for more, especially with all that unnecessary Smart Matter Paraphernalia. Take that away and you'll have a much more fun and intense shooter.

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GameMAG
5 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

5 / 10
Aug 16, 2017

Matterfall is the first notable failure in Housemarque's career. There is not even a bright and technological graphics, which studio is famous for. This is faded, boring, artificially prolonged game with a bad save system and stupid enemies. Of course, you can spend three hours of your life on it, but it's better to just skip this project and pay attention to one of the much more attractive summer hits.

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