Percentile Rank

Iconoclasts is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 53 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

80%

Critics Recommend

Based on 53 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 23, 2018

In the end Iconoclasts wasn't quite what I expected, but I greatly enjoyed my time with it, and would recommend it to any platformer fan.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 24, 2018

If you've already burned through your pile of Metroid-likes, Iconoclasts is solid fuel for the fire. Try it.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 25, 2018

For me, the more of it I played, the more I found it got in its own way. Its clumsy prose is a struggle to read, its difficulty spikes are aggravating, and the sense of being directionless is too all-pervading. I feel certain this will find its audience, and what a joy for them. But sadly, not so much for me.

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Killa Penguin
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 26, 2018

A book could be written about the numerous meandering, intermittently functional conversations that at first seem to exist solely to create needless drama, but quickly pivot to take on a confessional tone. It’s ironic for a game that pushes oppressive-religion themes so vigorously to eventually devolve into what appears to be a self-pitying writer vicariously self-flagellating using their stand-ins, denying anyone real closure or redemption because everyone is written to be deserving of punishment. At the end of the day, though, it just makes me tired. This game is draining in all the wrong ways.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 28, 2018

There is an abundance of pixel-art platformers on the market today, many of them indistinguishable from one another, but Sandberg's game stands out.

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Scored Reviews

Slant Magazine
Jan 25, 2018

Iconoclasts is an ironic, humanistic critique of religion as much as it is a masterful take on a traditional game genre.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

That's where Iconoclasts lives too, outside the lines. Of its genre, its inspirations, and its expectations. It's a delightful surprise, the kind that doesn't come around often enough.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2018

While most Metroidvanias find themselves struggling with their pace, Iconoclasts never lets up. It's one of the best of its kind and definitely needs to be played.

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Cheat Code Central
4.7 / 5.0
4.7 / 5.0
Jan 25, 2018

Iconoclasts is quite an enjoyable game. It has a strong foundation, with characters brimming with personality and a colorful world. Each location in the world has its own distinct look and mechanics that make you perfect your skills, learn how to use the abilities Robin has, and find new skills that will help you find your way into new spots. It's a game that flows well, where each area might take a second or two to find out what needs to be done, but should rather quickly pick up what needs to happen to help Robin continue her journey and save her world from One Concern.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2018

Iconoclasts is one of the biggest surprises of the year. Despite occasionally suffering through the story sequences, I found that I couldn't stop playing (it's about 10 hours long). I can't recommend the game highly enough--go play it.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

Iconoclasts is a pretty fantastic game. The story is fun and interesting, the controls are tight and near perfect, the art and animation is beautiful, and many of the puzzles and traversal are both fun and challenging at the same time.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 23, 2018

When Iconoclasts' end credits begin to roll, it's bittersweet to see the journey come to a close.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Feb 1, 2018

Iconoclasts has some shortcomings, such as a few overextended stages in the middle of the story and a very high difficulty in some parts. But an interesting story, puzzles, accessible skills and bosses leave just an incredible amount of the most positive emotions.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

Iconoclasts plays well, looks great, and has some strong level design, but the unexpected highlight is a narrative that examines topics like religion and environmentalism in a well-realized world with real consequences

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 1, 2018

Iconoclasts is an amazingly well-done game that never settles down for more than a minute, effortlessly switching from one challenge to another and never letting the player get too caught up on an area.

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GameWatcher
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

Iconoclasts is a kind of game that no AAA studio could ever have made. It has all the mechanics, visuals and other easily judged elements that a video game needs, and nailed down really well too, but it also has a less tangible feel to it that just endears it to the player. Even among other nostalgic pixel-art metroidvania games, this one stands out, and ought to be remembered as one of the indie greats.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 2, 2018

On the whole, Iconoclasts is a memorable, thought-provoking, and enjoyable take on the Metroidvania genre which manages to stick out from the crowd with its chipper presentation and deeper storytelling style. Couple those elements with some of the best 16-bit spritework we've seen and a killer lineup of awesome boss encounters, and you've got another must-have for the Switch library. It may have been eight years in the making, but this one has certainly been worth the wait; don't miss out on this one.

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 22, 2018

Most impressively, Iconoclasts evokes nostalgia without feeling derivative. It hits a lot of character tropes, but it manages never to feel stale thanks to fantastic visuals, a memorable world, and solid gameplay.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2018

Iconoclasts is a brilliant game that permeates from the amount of care and time put into it. It is by far one of the best of 2018, and I recommend everyone give it a go.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Aug 9, 2018

The Nintendo Switch is becoming a treasure trove of excellent indie games and Iconoclasts is a jewel that shines as bright as some of the absolute best. Like some of the best RPGs with deep character development, this is the type of game that will sit with you for days and weeks after you've finished it.

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Goomba Stomp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2018

Iconoclasts is a game that you can't help but smile while playing. The meticulous attention to detail in every facet of the game save its storytelling (which is good, just not great) is remarkable. Failure to capitalize on the Switch's HD Rumble is a bit disappointing, but it's a minor blemish on an otherwise excellent experience.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Az Elias

Top Critic

9 / 10
Aug 12, 2018

If you have ever been turned off Metroidvanias for their tendency to prove too confusing or challenging, or pined for a larger focus on plot, Iconoclasts is the answer. By relegating the heavy exploration side of the popular genre in favour of driving a captivating narrative and characters to the forefront, Joakim Sandberg has crafted a 2D adventure that comes out as one of the most entertaining of the year, and certainly in the genre as a whole. Don't sleep on this.

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Fintendo
Aug 1, 2018

"Metroid Fusion flashbacks."

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The Game is a Lie
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

Iconoclasts is a game that, having its story as the main focus, deals with subjects such as faith, oppression, exploration of other peoples and prejudice. Beyond that, it succeeds in the technical aspects, despite some weird design choices. Joakim Sandberg is to be congratulated for, alone, being able to create one of the best games of the year.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 29, 2018

Don't let first impressions fool you. Beneath the bright colours and initially sunny disposition of Iconoclasts lies a game that is going to challenge you in a variety of ways. It will force the best from your quick-twitch-skills, with fast-paced and frenetic combat. It will strain your brain with tricky puzzles and unique boss encounters, and it will also present a world whose obstacles and solutions may even challenge your own ideals and world view. This is an experience that cannot be missed by fans of both 2D action platformers, or by those seeking a greater level of mental and ideological engagement.

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Digiato
88 / 100
Digiato
Shayan Karami

Top Critic

88 / 100
Feb 21, 2018

Iconoclasts is a well-made game which reflects the love that has been poured into it so clearly. The game is full of excellent dialogues, deep combat system and scenes that take your breath away.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2018

Iconoclasts takes the Metrovania genre to a new level of polish and charm, with plenty of secrets and a story that's surprisingly refreshing for the genre. It may not reinvent the wheel but rather shows that there's still plenty that can be uncovered when you apply seven years worth of polish to the sidescrolling standard.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2018

Iconoclasts is a wonderful mix of platormer and puzzle game with great graphics and an exciting story.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2018

Joakim Sandberg solely developed this game pixel by pixel for around 7 years, and the end result is an amazing adventure game with a lot of passion. without a doubt, this is one of the best 16-bit games of recent memory. the only negative thing about the game is the fact that tweaks are not really that helpful, which impacted our desire to discover more of the world's secrets.

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2018

If you’ve got room in your Switch collection for one more Metroidvania, be sure to make it Iconoclasts. This gorgeous game combines fun gameplay with a unique story to create an exciting world to explore.

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IGN
8.4 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.4 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

Iconoclasts' combination of clever Metroid-inspired design and lush art offers more than enough incentive to stick with it, even when the ambitious plot doesn't always connect. This is a strange, complex game that – refreshingly – doesn't play quite like any other work in the genre. Iconoclasts offers a welcome reminder that they don't all have to play the same way.

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Video Chums
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2018

Iconoclasts is an action-packed and gorgeous game that offers some great puzzles and exciting boss fights.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

Iconoclasts is a fun, beautiful platformer with great puzzle design and an engaging, thought-provoking narrative. Be prepared to think critically on multiple levels for this harrowing tale!

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 21, 2018

Iconoclasts blends a complex story with neat puzzle platforming, and does so in great style. The game's length occasionally works against it, and the boss fights aren't all winners, but the story is worth seeing through to the end thanks to a memorable cast of characters and plenty of variety along the way. It's just a very robust, unique game that you'd be a tool to miss.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

Iconoclasts isn't a trendsetter within its genre on a mechanical level. It has great puzzles and poorly-handled combat. Yet there's such huge amounts of time and personality poured into how Iconoclasts looks, and how its game world is built up, that it's easy to forgive such issues. It's a gorgeous 2D puzzle platformer with interesting characters, and that is enough to see it rise above merely being 'good'.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 22, 2018

While Iconoclasts may not reinvent the platformer, it does do the basics of the genre extremely well. When combined with a resonant, engaging story and colorful style, the title emerges as a great example of the power of one man's persistence and vision.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2018

Iconoclasts is a different type of metroidvania, favouring environmental puzzles, exploration and story over combat and variety, wrapping everything up in a gorgeous 16 bit pixel art: we cannot avoid recommending it if you're in for an ingenious ride.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2018

Iconoclasts is yet another proof of how independent software is taking up an increasingly important part of the gaming market. Made with an almost palpable devotion, Sandberg's game manages to stand out for its unexpectedly mature narrative and superb level design. A few too cryptic puzzles and the massive amount of text could frighten users looking for a "pure" metroidvania. This doesn't affect the personality of Iconoclasts, which reveals itself to be a truly, great game.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 30, 2018

Iconoclasts is a gorgeous pixel art metroidvania with some great ideas. Action, platform and puzzles are fun. And the narrative and characters are really compelling. A total success.

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Guardian
Jan 19, 2018

Mega Drive graphics belie the brains behind this puzzle-filled 2D platformer in which you play a misfit mechanic dismantling a religious techno-dystopia

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2018

Iconoclasts is a near-constant delight, offering story that can be charming or silly or insightful, combat that is involved, puzzles that challenge the mind, and a feeling of endless excitement and adventure.

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Saving Content
Feb 5, 2018

Joakim ‘konjak’ Sandberg’s Iconoclasts is a one person show that’s a decade in the making. And it pays off so incredibly well in ways you wouldn’t expect. It has its frustrations with certain boss battles, but those can be easily looked over when looking at the larger picture. The game released at a time where in our current climate in the games industry and as a people where Robin is what we all want, and need to be. Iconoclasts is a game that defies expectations and norms, and has been worth that wait.

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Jump Dash Roll
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 15, 2018

Iconoclasts is a worthy puzzle platformer unlike anything you’ll have experienced before — a true labour of love.

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PC Gamer
78 / 100
78 / 100
Jan 23, 2018

Slick platforming, well-designed puzzles, and a huge, connected world, with occasional moments of frustration.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2018

There's a lot to like about Iconoclasts, but it unfortunately never makes the jump from good to great. Not only does it fall into some of the pitfalls that other platformers have exposed throughout the years, it also lacks any innovation that truly wows. That's ultimately fine, as players are treated to a very polished puzzle-platformer with a surprisingly interesting story. Those who pick up the game will surely enjoy their time with it, but don't be surprised if you've felt like you've played certain segments a dozen times before.

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Pardis Game
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2018

Iconoclasts succeeds on delivering a deep and impressive story that is full of surprises. Despite a boring and shallow combat system and the misleading level structure, it is still worth your time and money

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GaminGuardian
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2018

Iconoclasts was conceived for more than seven years and that shows the affection and details that we will see throughout this narrative adventure with touches of metroidvania.

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GBAtemp
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2018

Iconoclasts has a genuinely interesting story, told in a way which is too obtuse to come across well. It also leaves quite a lot on the table without properly explaining things. Its characters are charming, lovable, believable, detestable, and sympathetic all at once, and watching them go through the events of the story can be captivating. Unfortunately, it takes Iconoclasts about halfway through before it begins to even feel like a game, and while the gameplay progresses a bit more from there, it still never reaches the heights I think it could have. At just 11 hours for the main campaign, it's something I would definitely recommend to anybody looking for something to dig into without much time commitment. Also recommended, start the game on hard mode; normal leaves things much too plain. I definitely believe that if the game's creator, Joakim Sandberg, ever places himself in the directorial and lead writer positions of a small development team, all of the depth that the gameplay and exploration elements were sorely lacking could reach their full potential and then some, creating something absolutely great.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jan 24, 2018

An uneven mix of the overfamiliar and the surprisingly inspired, but the gorgeous graphics alone make this a Metroidvania to remember.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2018

An old school game that may be too old on things like variety, but beyond that you'll love this indie proposal if you are into metroidvania games.

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cublikefoot
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

Pretty good game! The gameplay mechanics are slick, the enemy and boss variety is excellent, and the story is just crazy. However, the difficulty, tweak variety, and controls could use a little work.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 2, 2018

Perhaps Iconoclasts just tries to do a bit too much of everything, which is stunning considering it has come from a single person's creative drive, which is so compellingly impressive. A decent edit of the script, fewer bosses and puzzle repetitions, and the rest could have been refined even more. Seven years ago Iconoclasts would have blindingly stood out on its artstyle alone – as it indeed did when announced, but now it has to compete with a plethora of other captivating 2D pixelart games. Luckily for Iconoclasts that, despite its flaws it still stands tall amongst its peers, both recent and its contemporary forebears.

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CDavis_Games
Mar 1, 2018

Iconoclasts took me about fourteen to fifteen hours to complete. Around ten hours was fun. However, it’s the other five hours I’ll remember like the frustration of trying to figure out what obscure mechanic I needed to use to progress or the time spent wandering around aimlessly with no direction. Iconoclasts tries its hand at action, puzzles, and Metroidvania and doesn’t commit to any of them. The end result is mediocre.

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