Percentile Rank

Tesla vs Lovecraft is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

51%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Scored Reviews

Nindie Spotlight
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2018

All said, Tesla Vs. Lovecraft is probably the best 10 Tons game I’ve played to date from concept to execution. It puts everything they have on the table, looks incredible, plays smoothly, and is simply a hell of a lot of fun. I’m hoping to see just a little more come to the table to make the experience even better but if you’ve got a soft spot for some intense twin-stick shooting action you (and a friend if you’d like) really need to put this at the top of your list.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is a solid and fun twin-stick shooter. A wide variety of weapons, gadgets, and perks keep things fresh and interesting. Other than a lack of mission variety and no online co-op, this is a game that will keep me wreaking havoc on Lovecraft's monsters for a while.

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GamePitt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2018

Tesla vs. Lovecraft is yet another amazing twin-stick shooter from the team at 10Tons. I honestly don't think anyone is going to dethrone them of their crown at the top of this genre! It's so familiar yet different at the same time, especially if you have tried out their other games like JYDGE, which is great for people who love this genre and want something fast-paced to play through without having to earn stars to progress through the levels. Throw in the local Co-op mode and the daily challenges and you'll find a game that's hard not to recommend to everyone.

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
Jan 26, 2018

the one thing I wanted the most out of this game does not appear: the ability to play as Lovecraft.

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VGProfessional
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is another classic from top-down shooter pros 10tons and it’s a must-have for any fan of the genre. Its absurd premise makes for some great lovecraftian horror action, and its balanced gameplay makes it one of the best indie shooters this year.

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GameSpew
80%
80%
Jan 30, 2018

Tesla vs. Lovecraft is a wonderful and creative twin-stick shooter that manages to stand out from the crowd in what is something of an oversaturated genre. Despite the small reservation I have with the game's initial difficulty level, everything else — its art style, sountrack, gameplay and overall atmosphere — adds up to make a truly worthwhile experience. It might just be one of 10tons' best.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft doesn't reinvent the twin-stick shooter wheel, but it does refine and perfect the formula of what makes that genre tick thanks to its suitably meaty action, vibrant visuals and a perk system that is deeper than the sunken city of R'Lyeh.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is stupid fun, reveling in nonsense and bullets. The rapid, frantic gameplay delivered in snackable portions underscored by a fantastic soundtrack makes for a hugely entertaining experience, even if it gets a tad repetitive after a while. We'd say blasting Lovecraftian horrors as Tesla piloting a mech was never this fun, but then it wasn't ever done before.

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Saving Content
Jan 26, 2018

While Crimsonland is a game that holds a special place in my heart, Tesla vs Lovecraft is very much like that game but with a bigger focus on storytelling and delivering a sense of place. There are thousands of things to kill from creepy crawlers to lumbering creatures, and there’s plenty of weapons and ways to do that to spill eldritch blood. Tesla vs Lovecraft is just a fantastic hybrid of shooter and RPG that maintains its momentum all the way through. Being able decimate crowds of H.P. Lovecraft’s horrors is so damn satisfying while piloting the mech.

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Miketendo64
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 18, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is another solid twin-stick shooter from 10tons and has a lot of different mechanics to be excited about.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 2, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is a B-Movie style twin-stick shooter that hits all the right notes. Although a bit on the lengthy side, this title is worth every minute.

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Gamerheadquarters
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is an excellent twin stick shooter with creative enemies and a pile of content.

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GaminGuardian
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2018

Beautiful contrasts and lights in a difficult, fun and addictive enough proposal to spend a pleasant time at the controls

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2018

A relatively unambitious but entertaining top-down blaster, Tesla vs Lovecraft is wholly satisfying and enjoyable shooter romp that effortlessly steals morsels of your time away.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 16, 2018

A relentlessly entertaining experience with energy to spare, Tesla vs Lovecraft takes a comedic premise and crafts an addictive ride, filled with variety. Despite some sporadic difficulty spikes, this stands shoulder to shoulder with PS4s best arcade shooters.

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PSX Brasil
78 / 100
78 / 100
Mar 26, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is named after two celebrities from human history, something quite unusual and, despite the cliched story of a conflict involving vengeance and the end of the world, it is worth playing. It's not 10tons best title when evaluating by the variety of weapons, but it will provide tons of fun. Undoubtedly it's their most frenetic title so far, and that makes it a great title for those who enjoy the genre.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft does not seek innovation within the SHMUPs, but instead, aims to merely contribute to the genre with modest features and boundless levity, and it hits the mark.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2018

Tesla vs. Lovecraft isn't going to win you over if you crave innovation. There isn't anything here that hasn't been seen in other twin-stick shooters, but there isn't much for those wanting something off the wall, either. The story is lacking, but the game provides a solid and lengthy shooting experience, and even though there isn't a shortage of that genre on the PC, Tesla vs. Lovecraft is good enough for fans to check out.

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SwitchWatch
75%
75%
Mar 27, 2018

Take this game for what it is, an addictive twin-stick shooter which will ram more and more enemies down your throat until you learn to survive. For me, there is nothing more fun than blasting hordes of enemy creatures away with varying perks and weapons. It's by no means perfect but I will take a game like this most days of the week on my Switch for a bit of mindless action where the campaign is satisfying and the survival mode with online leaderboards is enough to keep me coming back over and over again. Everybody needs a game like this on their Switch and in their lives!

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2018

Tesla Vs. Lovecraft is the type of game that someone comes up with, and thinks "this will never work." The premise is ludicrous, and shouldn't end up being a cohesive experience. Fortunately, this top-down shooter is a blast to play. It's fast-paced, hectic, difficult, fun-to-play, and ultimately, rewarding.

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Pure Nintendo
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2018

Sci fi, gothic horror and general shooter fans alike will have a great time with Tesla vs Lovecraft, if not a hugely intellectual one.

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Game News Plus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2018

Play the game for tentacles' sake! Tesla vs Lovecraft has some negatives, yet it definitely brings out more than we've expected.

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Pixelophobia
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is actually a pretty decent game. I'm personally displeased with using both names anywhere, but merging horror with technology is quite a good idea. If Lovecraft has to be an excuse for monsters and Tesla one for technology, let them be.

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CFG Games
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 20, 2018

Despite revisiting the established twin-stick shooter subgenre, Tesla vs. Lovecraft provides a unique spin full of fast-paced accessible action and plenty of thrills. It can certainly entertain anyone seeking straightforward entertainment.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft doesn't reinvent the twin-stick shooter genre, but it's a hell of a lot of fun and has its own weird and distinct style. I only wish there were a bit more substance to the cutscenes and a few more story missions packed in for good measure. But if you like fighting off large waves of monsters, you'll get a lot of fun out of its endless mode.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 12, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is a wonderful action-packed shooter that combines H.P. Lovecraft's monsters with the magical electric inventions of Nikola Tesla.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 21, 2018

While it doesn't quite stick the landing, Tesla vs Lovecraft is still well worth checking out. This twin-stick shooter captures the heart of what makes the genre work, and is designed to appeal to every level of skill. It's just such a natural and fun game that anyone will be happy to give up their weekend for it. The only other complaint worth noting is the blaring foghorn. Inception is a fine movie, but the horn it popularised has been a nuisance to this critic's eardrums for quite a long time. Hearing "BWWAAAHH" every couple minutes is akin to being trapped in the depths of Cthulhu's madness.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 16, 2019

There's enough thumb-centric entertainment crammed into Tesla vs Lovecraft to keep even the most devoted twin-stick aficionado occupied until the Shoggoths come home.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 25, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft brings some unorthodox elements to the Nintendo Switch and they work: the game's action-packed screens pass the fluidity test and the gameplay is simple and fun, also thanks to its precise control system. The game also features a four-player cooperative mode and an impressively detailed visual environment, which altogether contribute this to make a significant entry in the growing list of Nintendo Switch games.

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Xbox Achievements
70%
70%
Mar 16, 2018

A fine example of twin-stick shooter fun, Tesla vs. Lovecraft proves rather moreish, and even more enjoyable with friends. You could say, it's electrifying.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 30, 2018

Considering the source material, there probably was a lot more potential in terms of story or characterisation but when all is said and done, shooters don't tend to dwell too much on nuance. Tesla vs Lovecraft is a competent top-down, twin-stick shooter and arguably the most polished title in the developer's catalogue. Taking the fun but limited template of Crimsonland and building an entertaining and visually striking, but familiar and repetitive experience. It's unlikely to get pulses racing in terms of original gameplay, however, the perks system, crazy weapons and relentless explosive action should spark enthusiasm among fans of the genre.

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Generación Xbox
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2018

If you're looking for some action in your indie collection, you'll enjoy Tesla vs Lovecraft as a little boy. This double-stick arcade is well worth it despite its obvious weaknesses.

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Video Chums
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2018

When it comes to twin-stick shooting, Tesla vs Lovecraft definitely has a solid foundation that's a ton of fun.

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PushStartPlay
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2018

Mindless fun is the biggest selling point, and though I had hoped for some more weapons to play with and better level variety, Tesla vs Lovecraft is still a riotous twin stick shooter.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Apr 5, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is a fun twin-stick shooter, made even better by being technically on-point and very clean to play.

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Fintendo
Mar 21, 2018

"Neverending battle between fact and fiction."

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is not even close to being a masterpiece, but it can offer a few hours of funny and relaxing moments to players who love the twin stick shooter genre.

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TrueAchievements
Mar 20, 2018

Twin-stick shooters can either lose their charm quickly or provide some addictive gameplay, so it's fortunate that Tesla vs Lovecraft fits into the latter thanks to its fast-paced and gratifying design.

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New Game Network
66 / 100
66 / 100
Apr 24, 2018

Tesla Vs Lovecraft serves its function well enough as a simple action shooter. There isn't much to the gameplay, but sometimes you can find a good time paddling through even shallow waters.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2018

Ultimately, Tesla vs. Lovecraft isn't particularly innovative but is, nonetheless, extremely enjoyable and easy to pick up and play. Milestone challenges and higher difficulty levels will encourage players to come back for more. However, a woefully underdeveloped story contributes to an overall lack of personality depth, which leaves this game feeling less memorable than its solid gameplay perhaps deserves.

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NEOsite
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2018

A mediocre, but still somewhat pleasant twin-stick shooter with hordes of Eldritch Horrors to kill.

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GamingTrend
60 / 100
60 / 100
Mar 30, 2018

Tesla vs. Lovecraft is imbued with a frenetic, bold energy that I only wish its designers had committed to more strongly. While there is fun in the premise of knocking back waves of Lovecraftian horrors while teleporting around them and maximizing Tesla's devices, none of these concepts ever truly hits the mark. The result is a distracting but ultimately mindless exercise in repetition, which fails to ever become truly interesting.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Feb 15, 2018

Tesla vs Lovecraft is enjoyable enough for what it is: a simple, energetic twin-stick shooter fat doesn't push any boundaries but gets most of the fundamentals right. At the same time, there's so much untapped potential in the idea of Lovecraft/Tesla crossover, and that leaves me wanting so much more from this game than it actually delivers.

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