Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

47

Top Critic Average

18%

Critics Recommend

Based on 11 critic reviews
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50 / 100
Oct 13, 2017

At the end of the day, Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition is a serviceable beat-em-up that doesn't go out of its way to stand out. While it does have a distinct Gameboy-inspired feel, its repetitive level design, disappointing enemy variety, and lack of content make for a middling five dollar experience.

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4 / 10
Dec 20, 2017

Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition has its origins in the mobile segment, where most games are very simple to play. This does not mean that those traits have to remain the same when the game is converted to a games' console. Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition for the 3DS is too close to its mobile origins for its own sake, featuring generic levels, little originality and a too short lifespan that will not captivate the players for long enough.

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5 / 10
Oct 28, 2017

Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition could be seen under a positive light, as it contributes to the presence of a very underrepresented genre in the Switch catalog. Unfortunately it doesn't have much more going for it, as most of its elements could certainly be improved and if anything, it only motivates going back to its inspirational material.

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6 / 10
Oct 11, 2017

Squareboy is a decent beat-em-up, if a little on the short side. The Switch version is definitely the better version of the game but perhaps doesn't quite do enough to justify the cost when a free option is available elsewhere. This isn't a bad game by any means – in fact, we had a rather enjoyable time playing through the story levels – but its flaws and inability to stand out from the crowd stop it from being a sure-fire hit.

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6 / 10
Nov 6, 2017

Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition is an entertaining release that offers some mindless beat ‘em up action. It is probably best played with younger players since it's not a challenging release for those who are more experienced in the genre. It's a bit weird that you end up beating up bullies as a way of teaching them to stop bullying others, but it's the thought that counts, right?

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3.3 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

When it comes to beat 'em ups, few games are as simple as Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Functionally I can’t really fault Squareboy with any major concerns but perhaps that isn’t the most ringing endorsement either. Though it is admirably put together and works perfectly well it is lacking in excitement and even I’d say in some heart. Having finished played it for hours I’m still really indifferent on the overall experience. It isn’t bad but it isn’t memorable. If you’re searching for something simple that is inexpensive and will consume some of your time with a generally moderate challenge, and are just a fan of the genre in its many forms, perhaps it could be worth your time though.

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6.5 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2017

This is a decent game for the younger audience as I feel they'll get the most benefit out of playing it.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

Squareboy Vs. Bullies: Arena Edition is a great attempt at a solid beat 'em up – especially one which started life as a mobile game. There is enough gameplay to keep you entertained for a decent amount of time and I would recommend it to trophy hunters, people who like side-scrolling beat 'em ups and even those who have nostalgia for the 16-bit era.

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7 / 10
Oct 14, 2017

A cheap, mindless way to spend a few hours on Switch

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