Percentile Rank

Windjammers is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 49 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

67%

Critics Recommend

Based on 49 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Aug 31, 2017

A 90s arcade masterpiece gets the home port it deserves.

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Nintendojo
B
B
Nov 20, 2018

The single-player mode might be a bit weak, but that should in no way deter anyone from buying Windjammers. It’s yet another excellent addition to the Switch library!

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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Jan 20, 2019

Right here, right now, Windjammers is an excellent port of an absolutely amazing game. And while all the platforms are good, I think the Switch might be the single best platform for it. Between the easily learned mechanics, their smooth compatibility with a single Joycon, and the speed of a match, this is one of those games that is perfect for those magical moments where you just set the system down and start playing with someone.

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Scored Reviews

MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 29, 2017

The neon 90s aesthetic, with the jammin’ classic soundtrack pair together to whisper the perfect recipe for an overly-extreme fake sport that everyone should try.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 24, 2018

It’s great to see more gamers have the chance to try out the once forgotten arcade gem Windjammers for themselves. The game strikes that perfect balance of simplicity and depth featuring action so fast-paced and on the edge of your seat, you’ll have a tough time putting the controller down. Best of all though, it manages to make playing with a Frisbee look cool, and any game that can accomplish that is okay in my book.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
TheSixthAxis
TSA Staff

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 23, 2018

We often forget the fun that can be had when you sit down with your friends and battle it out over a few games. Windjammers serves as a reminder you don't have to make games with super flashy graphics or complex gameplay in order to stand out and be fun. At its core, Windjammers is a very basic game, but that's likely part of why it has captured a cult following over the past 20 years. Now it finds a home on the Nintendo Switch, and I couldn't think of a better place for it. Time to dust off those discs and prepare for glory.

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PS3Blog.net
90%
90%
Sep 18, 2017

Winjammers is a very fun and addictive game and one that is worth every penny on PlayStation 4. The game still holds up even after all these years, and at $15 it offers us everything tht made the game a fun arcade release back in 1994 along with a full trophy with a Platinum trophy, and now online multiplayer along with the local versus options from back in the day.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

It might be a relic of old arcade fun, but there must be a reason so many people love it, and it seems truly good gameplay mechanics don't age if Windjammers is anything to go by.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2017

Stylish, simplistic and a whole load of fun, get some mates round and have a tournament, you'll thank me later.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 1, 2017

An arcade masterpiece that's been lovingly revived for the PlayStation family, Windjammers is absolutely essential. A hoot both online and offline, hoofing Frisbees across sunbaked beaches is still fun 20 years removed from the title's original release, so here's to another two decades of top tossing.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2018

Windjammers was a lot of fun on Neo Geo and it's still fun now on the Nintendo Switch.  While I had some minor problems at first using the Joy-cons to make precise curve shots, it's not to hard to adapt and soon you'll be throwing the disc every which way on demand.  Once you've mastered the controls and have gone through Arcade Mode over and over again, grab some friends and have them join in on the fun.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2017

Windjammers offers up a healthy dose of what made great arcade games great: tight controls, fast pace, and room to grow.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2018

At its core, Windjammers is an addictive, colorful, and vibrant experience that is worth investing time and effort in. The online could be better, but this is a great, faithful port of the 1994 original updated to today's standards. It's definitely worth a look for both local multiplayer and retro enthusiasts alike.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2017

Windjammers is a good example of how solid gameplay can remain enticing, even if only a few additions are made to the overall package. It lacks some meaningful modes for the solo player, but it makes up for it with a good enough multiplayer component for both online and offline play. The best part is that the core gameplay elements and the presentation are left virtually untouched, which is perfect since any changes would ruin the game's spirit. It remains a quirky game that local multiplayer fans need to have if they want a fighting game experience without necessarily having to learn a bunch of complicated maneuvers.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

Over 20 years since it initially released,Windjammers is finally getting its chance to shine as a competitive game. It's got the accessibility and depth to deliver memorable play sessions, and while the online play can sometimes be disappointing, I'm largely left impressed. Few multiplayer games have made me scream (and make some strange primal noises during the heat of the action) like Windjammers, and it's simply a blast when played with friends.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 26, 2017

Windjammers was a very fun game back when it released on the Neo Geo, and it's just as fun now that it's available on PlayStation 4. The added online mode makes it possible to get your multiplayer on even when you don't have any friends locally. If you played this one back in the day then getting the new PS4 version is a no-brainer, and if you've never played it, then this is the perfect time to join in on the fun.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 31, 2017

Windjammers might not be as glorious a return of a long-forgotten gem as we hoped for, but still provides some fast and addictive old-school arcade action that does indeed showcase why such a game ever became a cult classic in the first place.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2018

Windjammers is a fun and fantastic multiplayer arcade game and the Nintendo Switch version takes advantage of that strength. The classic Neo Geo game passes that aforementioned 10-second rule while still giving the player more to learn after they know the basics. However, if I didn't have anyone to play with, I don't know if I would want to play at all. This is meant to be played with others, in the same room, playing on a couch screaming at the TV after a long and intense volley. If you know some people interested in that type of experience, purchasing Windjammers is a no-brainer.

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TechRaptor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Fast and frantic gameplay, crunchy pixel graphics, and local multiplayer that will have you playing with friends all night. Outside of a less than stable online experience, Windjammers on PS4 is the rip-roaring arcade experience you remember.

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2017

Windjammers falls into the category "Easy to learn, hard to master", which makes it interesting for newcomers and veterans. Besides cross-buy and some features like 16:9 and CRT filters the gameplay mechanics will make you come back to the game again and again.

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Handsome Phantom
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

Pizza and beer recommended for an optimal night.

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Quillstreak
80%
80%
Sep 2, 2017

WindJammers is a totally radical 90s sports game that is a bunch of high octane fun with friends at home or in the frisbee gauntlet online. Master every cardinal direction and become the one true discus God!

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Entertainment Buddha
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 30, 2017

Windjammers is easy to pick up and play, but difficult to master, which adds to its addictive qualities. It's best played with other gamers, but also offers single-player experiences.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3
Eric

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 31, 2017

Despite not being lengthy or containing any sort of story, Windjammers succeeds where many others do not in the simple fact that it is fun, is easy to pick up, has an addictive level of depth, and has that 'one more time' feeling to it that makes it great for playing locally. It also has an online feature, which really helps get the game out there. Even for players that never played it originally, its simplicity is part of what makes this so enjoyable.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
Cultured Vultures

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

Windjammers is a totally unique and simple but enthralling game about competitive frisbee that feels right at home on the Switch.

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Gert Lush Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

In short this is a spot on reworking of a classic and an absolute joy to play.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 29, 2017

Windjammers is a triumphant return of an essential classic from the 90s. The much-needed addition of an online multiplayer mode breathes new life into its competitive experience.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2017

Easy to play, hard to master – we want exactly those arcade games to come back, especially with online mode!

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 23, 2018

Over the years, Windjammers has slowly achieved cult status due to its simple pick-up-and-play controls that hide complex mechanics that only become apparent the more you play against human opponents. Data East's extreme sports versus title has now arrived on the ultimate multiplayer-friendly console, once again brandishing the same fast and addictive gameplay that had us hooked in 1994. Despite the passing of the decades the core gameplay still manages to entertain, and the 2D visuals have likewise stood the test of time rather well. The bone of contention remains the single-player side of things; if you're playing alone, you'll get bored relatively quickly. However, with online play and easy-to-configure local multiplayer, there's plenty of scope to embrace the game's true USP: two-player action.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

The aesthetics in Windjammers make it look and feels like an arcade game old enough to run for Congress, because it is almost exactly that. (It's 24 years old, so ineligible for this year's midterms, but Windjammers 2020 is perfectly viable.) However, this game has my vote because it is just really, really fun. As one of the better head-to-head titles on Switch, it is perfect for some quick rounds when you and a friend have a few minutes to spare. It's also deep enough for longer, more intense sessions. Windjammers is a surprisingly simple yet deliciously fun game, and if it's multiplayer you're looking for, this title belongs in your collection.

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The Games Machine
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

The PS4 version of Windjammers is a perfect replica of the legendary Neo Geo game, with the added bonus of the online multiplayer. It still stands the test of time, but it's best played with some friends over a couple of drinks.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2017

Windjammers it's the umpteenth blast from the past, the golden age era of gaming. In 2017, is still a great sport game that didn't aged a single day.

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Nindie Spotlight
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

As a warning, for at least the first week after launch online play won’t yet be available but it appears the intent is to have the game patched shortly after launch. Assuming that online play, since the game is pretty straight-forward, won’t have crippling problems I’d consider it a “nice to have” but ultimately availability of other players will be a wild card beyond the first week or two after the game’s release… so there’s no way to predict what net positive or negative effect it will have ultimately. If you’re an old fan from the arcades or are looking for a cheaper and less elaborate sports title you can enjoy with a friend Windjammers plays well and is a solid game for what it is. If online is critical to whether you’re interested be sure to keep an eye out for news on its availability and quality somewhere around the 30th hopefully to get a more refined answer.

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Readers Gambit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2017

Windjammers is back, just as you remember it. And whilst that’s both a blessing and a curse, I’m just glad to have it back, and at a price that doesn’t make me openly weep. If you’re after another game to add to your collection of party titles, you could do a lot worse

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COGconnected
72 / 100
72 / 100
Sep 5, 2017

It misses the thrill of slamming a quarter down on a cabinet in some dimly lit arcade and throttling some jerk who thinks they're a pretty radical Windjammer.

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COGconnected
71 / 100
71 / 100
Nov 9, 2018

A lack of characters, stages, or much else to do is a big setback given the demand of games today, however being a port of the original game from ‘94 awards it a little more leeway in our expectations. Here’s hoping the sequel due out next year will give us the modern Windjammers title we need.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 1, 2017

Windjammers is a timeless game that is perfect for competitive play. DotEmu's release isn't the most robust around, but those looking to recapture the spirit of SNK will have fun with this title.

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Video Chums
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2017

The fact that it's still fun to play over two decades after its initial release is a testament to Windjammers' quality base mechanics.

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

Calling Windjammers “The most entertaining sports game ever made” is quite a stretch, but this is a very fun game. That said, this Neo Geo port is $14.99 on Nintendo Switch, and if you manage to find any online competition you've succeeded where I have not. So bookmark this one, but for a future sale.

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Paste Magazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2017

"Easy to learn, hard to master" is the worst cliché possible, but Windjammers really evokes that feeling for me. I feel very comfortable handing the controller to anyone with a passing interest in games, or no interest at all, and knowing that they will figure out how frisbee tennis works. They'll also have a good time.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Windjammers is a solid game that is dumb arcade fun from the 90s. While it certainly has some arcade charm to it through its intense gameplay, it isn't meant for long periods of play, which might be a turn-off for some gamers.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 4, 2017

Windjammers is identical to the game released 23 years ago, with one difference: it contains an online mode that gives it a new life. We would have liked a better network code and more flexibility in defining the match options, but for the rest everything is there. It's fast, nervous and extremely demanding in terms of reflexes. Those who have known it at the time will find back their sensations after only a few minutes of play. As for the solo mode, however, this version is so faithful to the original that it maintains its main flaw: except a short competition and a versus mode, there's nothing else.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2017

If you can get friends interested, though, Windjammers makes for an almost no-brainer local purchase. The intensity of the gameplay and sheer attitude the game exhibits is truly a joy. I do wish the Vita version had ad-hoc multiplayer, but since this is a cross-buy title, you'll have access to the better realized PS4 version regardless of which console you buy this on.

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EGM
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2017

Windjammers is really fun while it lasts. But how long it lasts depends on how long you're willing to play the same mode. Its tight, responsive, strategic gameplay doesn't quite hide the fact that it's lacking in areas that contemporary multiplayer games almost instinctively include at this point, such as character and match customization.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2017

As fun an adictive as it was 24 years ago, but its online component is not working properly, so that makes this remake a failed attempt to improve the original formula.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 13, 2019

Fast, frantic, and far more addictive than it initially lets on, Windjammers is a wild reimagining of Pong, with a well-rounded competitive edge.

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Hobby Consolas
70 / 100
70 / 100
Sep 1, 2017

Faithful conversion of a game that hasn't old one bit. There's not much new to see and we've had some problems with the online mode, but it's so freaking fun that it's impossible not to recommend Windjammers to anyone who just want to have a good time.

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Total Gaming Network
Oct 1, 2017

Windjammers is a blast from the past, for both better and for worse.

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Sirus Gaming
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2017

Overall, Windjammers is a fun and tight experience. It’s gameplay is tight and precise, while adding supers into the mix, which give it that extra spice for a fun time. Not only that, but it has great visuals, upbeat music, and a lovable 90’s aesthetic to boot. If only it were a little cheaper, so as to ease the sting of having something that won’t capture your playtime for very long.

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