Percentile Rank

X-Morph: Defense is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
B+
B+
Sep 28, 2017

X-Morph: Defense was a blast to play. I never ran into any issues gameplay wise and never ran into really wanting something more. It was a fast-paced, bullet hell, tower defense, and enjoyed my time with the game. I would definitely recommend people keep an eye out for this game, especially fans of tower defenses. They add some great elements into the genre to keep it fresh and desirable!

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pressakey.com
Recommended
Recommended
Mar 5, 2019

Tower Defense meets arcade action - and the mix works: X-Morph: Defense thrills with its chic presentation, thrilling battles and outstanding map design on the Nintendo Switch.

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Scored Reviews

Nintendo Enthusiast
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2019

If you love shmups and tower defense games and are looking for a game to keep returning to, there’s a globe filled with humans that needs conquering. Be ready, though — world domination won’t just be handed to you.

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ThisGenGaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2017

X-morph Defense is the total package, one I had no clue I wanted but now wonder how I ever lived without.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 3, 2017

Overall there is plenty of content in X-Morph: Defense, as well as a fun gameplay foundation, that makes it an easy game to recommend. The graphics are great with a lot of attention to detail, with explosions that carry some weight and oomph. EXOR Studios have given us a very fun and action-packed release on PS4, and I look forward to seeing what the team does next.

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Nintendo Times
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 21, 2019

EXCELLENT - X-Morph: Defense brings a visually stunning and polished tower defense meets twin-stick shooter game to the Nintendo Switch. I loved the dynamic free-form tactics I was able to employ in every mission, and there’s just a lot of refined gameplay here. That coupled with so many visual effects happening in every battle, it created one of the most chaotically fun experiences I’ve had yet on this platform. For an MSRP of $19.99, I consider this a steal for an excellent game.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

X-Morph: Defense is a superb tower defense title with a twist. Those looking for solid action with a side of strong strategic elements will find a lot to love with EXOR Studios excellent take on the genre.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2017

X-Morph: Defense is what happens when you design and implement a modern arcade twin-stick shooter mixed with a tower defense from the ground up. The cheesy style of dialogue and story is mixed with a feeling of masterful power as you navigate a beautifully constructed game world. This is a highly recommended experience.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2019

X-Morph: Defense is a terrific pick up for someone who enjoys twin-stick shoot-‘em-ups but is looking for some more variety other than just blasting everything on screen. The tactical strategy required to complete levels added solid replayability and allowed me to try multiple ways to creatively destroy the human race. Other than the piercing guilt of destroying my homeland of Canada, I had a really fun experience with X-Morph and can place it firmly on my recommended list.

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PushStartPlay
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2018

An excellent and unique tower defence, combining lane strategy and shooter gameplay to great effect.

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Pixelophobia
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

X-Morph: Defense is a brilliant tower defence game. This time we are the invaders and need to defend our invasion. We can fight all over the world, in nice locations, but it's not as simple TD as most. We need to balance power supply, fight against fighters and dynamically change paths to be able to survive. Even the first level is tough. And that's good.

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Video Chums
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

X-Morph: Defense is one of the most impressive and addictive games that I've played all year.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2018

X-Morph Defense is a pleasant surprise. The blend of shooting action and tower defense fits rather well, and the constant action keeps things at a very frantic pace almost all of the time. It could've used more weapon variety and more modes outside of co-op, but as it stands now, X-Morph Defense is an enjoyable romp for fans of either genre.

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Pure Playstation
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

X-Morph Defense is a strange one: it doesn't deserve to be as good as it is, and it's very good! Fans of twin-stick shooters will be happy, while tower-defense nuts will also be happy. You take on Earth, you kill the good guys, and you can even do it with a mate in co-op mode. There's a decent campaign, though that's about it. In all, it's a shame there aren't more modes and that the voice acting can be irritating, but if they're my biggest complaints then I say it's a job well done to the developers.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2017

Original and well-balanced mix of genres, which will please fans of the twin-stick shooters and tower defense games alike.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 8, 2017

X-Morph: Defense successfully mashes up the shoot 'em up and tower defence genres which is no mean feat. and the co-op mode is a really great addition and helps alleviate the repetitive nature of the tasks. There is at least fifteen hours of gameplay on the easiest difficulty level and as you are ranked at the end of each battle there's a good reason to go back and try again. If you like tower defence and big explosions it's well worth a look, especially if you have a friend to join the battle.

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Saving Content
Mar 13, 2019

This is possibly the greatest trick X-Morph: Defense has up it’s sleeve; it can be very challenging at times, but it gives you all of the tools you need to exert utter dominance over the incoming threat if you can pay the time and attention to plan correctly, and to adapt to the changes that each wave brings. Flexibility and change are the big elements that set X-Morph’s brand of tower defense apart from the rest, requiring you to always be on your toes and to be equally skilled in being proactive and reactive.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

All in all, X-Morph Defense is a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to the European Assault being added over to the Nintendo Switch. With great Twin-Stick Shooter elements alongside a very robust Tower Defense formula, there’s something here for fans of either side for both some solo or coop gameplay.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 12, 2019

X-Morph: Defense is a treat for fans of action and tower defense games, as its simple but fun mechanics will keep players marveled for many hours. Its origins in the PC world mean that its controls don't feel entirely correct on a console but the game's wonderful visual displays, not to mention its absurd and hilarious humour will be more than enough to build up on its gameplay mechanics.

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Wccftech
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2019

X-Morph: Defense fixes the tedium of tower defense games by blending it with high-octane twin-stick shooter gameplay, and the end result is great. Definitely worth playing portably on Nintendo Switch.

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COGconnected
77 / 100
77 / 100
Mar 27, 2019

Folks who like tower defense and twin-stick shooters should enjoy X-Morph: Defense on the Nintendo Switch. The experience offers up a ton of variety and the replayability factor is high. Not to mention the level of planning and strategy required only adds to the enjoyment. And well playing as the bad guy’s rock.

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Screen Rant
Feb 21, 2019

EXOR Studios' X-Morph: Defense has arrived on Nintendo Switch with the same fun emphasis on wild but smart chaos.

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TheXboxHub
Sep 5, 2017

At the end of the day though, if you really want to destroy those horrible humans and get your revenge on Will Smith, then you could do worse than buy this game.

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GameLuster
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2019

It’s not the hardest tower defense game ever, but X-Morph will definitely challenge you in ways you never imagined. What little shortcomings it may have is made up for in concept, execution, and sheer style. Now admit it, you know you’ve always wanted to play as the bad guy and wreak havoc…I know I have!

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 7, 2017

While X-Morph: Defense is a great title that tower defense fans and shoot 'em up fans alike will enjoy, some issues experienced while playing the game with the loading times might be a huge turnoff after a couple of hours. While a great game, a fix to this is in sincere need. The gameplay is great and shows the best sides of both genres, as it mixes together in a wonderful way that helps them enhance each other, while at the same time offering a more pure experience for the respective genres.

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Pure Nintendo
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

With little replay value incentives and a campaign that lacks the qualities which make for a compelling experience, it is very hard to recommend this game even with its lower price tag.

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