Percentile Rank

Aegis Defenders is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 40 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

60%

Critics Recommend

Based on 40 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

GBAtemp
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

A fantastic game that looks and sounds great, and more importantly, it's really fun! Highly recommended.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 8, 2018

It's been quite a start to the year with the sheer videogame quality on show in 2018. Aegis Defenders is a title that totally delivers on its initial concept. It's a game that built on the obvious passion of the developers, resulting in something that's vibrant, fresh, enthralling and addictive. And when you've reached the end, you'll be heading back to the start for more.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 12, 2018

Aegis Defenders is a fantastic game, brilliantly blending the tower defense and platforming genres in a unique way to produce a memorable and enjoyable experience. Lovable characters, interesting lore, plenty of secrets, engaging gameplay, and gorgeous presentation combine to make this a must-have title for your Switch. We would recommend this to anybody looking for a detailed world to immerse themselves in, or to somebody looking for that next game to play through with a friend. Aegis Defenders is a real gem on the eShop; don't miss out on this one.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 8, 2018

Minus its co-op niggles, Aegis Defenders pulls off its ambitious gameplay mechanics with ease. All of its elements, while seemingly disparate, end up working quite well together giving Aegis Defenders a sense of cohesion, making it a quirky, engaging game worth checking out.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
the_nmac
9 / 10
Feb 14, 2018

I had a lot of fun with Aegis Defenders. I really liked the action platforming elements of the game, but what surprised me the most were tower defense sections. Setting up my defenses and planning for an attack is very fun, creating a unique and cohesive experience I wasn't expecting. Play this game on PS4 right now since it has a lot of fun to offer.

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Rice Digital
Rice Digital
Kitsumeda

Top Critic

Apr 6, 2018

There are some genuinely tense moments to be had here with its numerous smart ideas and a rather decent execution. Cooperating with your partner during the hectic tower defense segments make for an experience unlike any other. Aegis Defenders is available on PlayStation 4, Switch and both Windows and Mac OS X on Steam.

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Goomba Stomp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

Aegis Defenders is a passion project in every sense of the phrase, and it shows. From its fleshed-out world and characters, to the gorgeous soundtrack, and frantically fun gameplay, it makes for a wholly unique experience. While each individual aspect is great on its own, Aegis Defenders truly is a game that's greater than the sum of its parts.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

Aegis Defenders comes highly recommended. The level design is inspired, challenging players to adapt their playstyle on the fly, and the gameplay is riveting and enjoyable. And it's all just so charming, with vibrant characters, witty dialogue, and a story that unfolds at a natural pace.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

Aegis Defenders takes two genres I like on their own and blends them together to create a memorable and fun experience that absolutely shines in co-op.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

Barring some unfortunate bugs and one design decision that hampered my experience, Aegis Defenders is a smooth, well-thought-out ride. The original art, charm, and in-game universe only add to it, and I'd love to see more.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

Dripping with a fanciful charm, Aegis Defenders is a joyous blend of puzzle platforming and tower defense. While it starts slow, it's an artful fusion of two somewhat disparate genres that comes together as a beautiful whole near the end, making it well worth a look in the crowded Switch eShop.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
85%
Mar 2, 2018

Aegis Defenders really packs a punch with interesting gameplay mechanics and a solid mix of genres, with tons of collectibles and crafting as well as challenging mini-bosses and bosses to defeat.

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Video Chums
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

Aegis Defenders is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable cooperative indie games on the market.

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Nindie Spotlight
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

All things considered I found Aegis Defenders to be a refreshing combination of a genre I typically enjoy and one that I’m normally not a fan of. Putting them together, doing a fairly good job with both, and then blending them in a way that matches up with the story really makes the game unique and special. The highlight is absolutely some of the clever and inventive puzzle platforming sections that will make you fully exploit every ability your characters have to complete them. It all comes together to make for an engaging and entertaining title that works brilliantly on the Switch.

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SwitchWatch
85%
85%
Feb 13, 2018

In conclusion, you already know what I’m going to say, Aegis Defenders is a genre mashup that works excellently. The transition between exploring, building and defending is seamless and it all fits together so well. It provides a solid challenging campaign that can be played by yourself or with a friend and either way, you’re going to have an exciting, super tense time. It’s wonderful looks and accompanying soundtrack make it one great little package for a decent price. Sure, it is a little overwhelming by the half way point and I think the friendly AI could have been programmed to back you up a little better but it’s still doable and if you like a really well-made challenge, you’ve got it right here.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

Aegis Defenders fuses two genres seamlessly, providing one of the best tower defense experiences in years.

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
Feb 12, 2018

The visuals are bright, smooth, and varied more than one might have expected.

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New Game Network
82 / 100
82 / 100
Mar 26, 2018

Aegis Defenders is an indie that has a chance to be a standout of 2018. Most of the key ingredients to a winning formula are here; engaging and addictive gameplay on both the solo and multiplayer fronts, a nice presentation, and just the right amount of innovation.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

Aegis Defenders is probably one of the tougher games I've played in recent memory, and that's all thanks to the tower defense sections.  Fans of that genre probably won't have too many issues, but newcomers playing alone might find those sections pretty daunting until they master switching characters, learning the arena layouts, and know what traps to use when.  If you have a friend to play co-op, you'll likely have a much easier time.  Still, it's a pretty good game for GUTS Department's first outing.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Feb 19, 2018

One part co-op adventure (that you can play by yourself), one part puzzle-solving journey, and many parts Tower Defense game, Aegis Defenders balances a lot of things, and it gets most of it right.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

A charming set of characters in a post apocalyptic world help to keep the player interested in this fascinating combination of action platformer and tower defence game. While the pace can feel a little off in places overall the game is a lot of fun and the splitscreen co op is a brilliant inclusion to keep you playing through,

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 8, 2018

It may sound like I'm dishing out a lot of praise but I think just 'fun' describes Aegis Defenders quite perfectly.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

An enjoyable experience featuring light RPG mechanics, platforming and tower defense all in a single game. Aegis Defenders is a must have for fans of the genre.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 15, 2018

It’s in these moments that charm of Aegis Defenders rises to the top. The visuals are sumptuous and eye-popping with colour. The design of the worlds and characters could have played into the tropes we’ve seen a thousand times before, but each feels wonderfully original. This accompanies a gentle and subtle soundtrack that perfectly fits the overall style and package. This is definitely a game worth exploring, more so if you have a second person to grab a Joy-Con and join in, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the two styles of gameplay differ wildly and while they’re both steeped in quality, should one of them not appeal, it might lose some of its shine.

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PC Gamer
76 / 100
76 / 100
Feb 15, 2018

With a local co-op buddy Aegis Defenders becomes a fun mix of genres, but when playing solo it canbe an exercise in frustration.

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TrueGaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Aegis Defenders is a unique mix of action platforming and tower defense, the game can provide a lot of fun but it takes time before reaching its true potential, and the levels are too short.

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Worth Playing
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

Aegis Defenders is a beautiful game with an intriguing concept and fun gameplay, but it can be rough around the edges, the platforming isn't necessarily something to write home about. Playing alone can feel quite stressful and unfair. Aegis Defenders is best when it pins you in an arena with a buddy at your side and waves of enemies to tackle. In those instances, it provides more than enough gameplay and fun to justify its $20 price tag.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 13, 2018

Though it comes with a few control quirks and team AI quibbles, Aegis Defenders is still an engaging experience that marries two unlikely genres together in smart and clever ways.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

In the end, Aegis Defenders proves to be a solid title with appealing visuals and well-established mechanics. More gripping on its co-op mode, this twelve-hours campaign can be a harsh journey if you try to fulfill it on your own.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2018

A retro art style, charming characters and intriguing gameplay that mixes action platforming with tower defense makes Aegis Defenders a welcome addition to the genre. Floaty controls combined with a punishing solo experience, however, take away some of the sheen from its otherwise solid concept. To get the best Aegis Defenders experience, I recommend finding a co-op buddy to play with.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2018

Aegis Defenders is a metrodivania/tower defense crossover that can be both fun and smart when played in co-op, but that could drive you mad if you try to play on your own.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
ThatGamersAsylum

Top Critic

Feb 8, 2018

Even with these rose-tinted glasses on, I must admit that Aegis Defenders' unyielding difficulty makes it a niche product.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

Aegis Defenders tries to provide a great experience with its pixel art visuals and tower defense mechanisms, and although some parts of gameplay are not polished enough, solid tower defense experience alone will worth your time.

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The Game Fanatics
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

Aegis Defenders is a good experience that fully prevents itself from being great. There's a ton to love in its mixing of platforming and tower defense, but ultimately you're required to love it with a friend. Otherwise, you're better off looking elsewhere.

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Wccftech
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2018

With great art and an interesting idea at its core, Aegis Defenders still would have needed quite a bit more refinement to really stand out.

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FNintendo
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 23, 2019

Aegis Defenders does a lot of things right - the game looks good, it features interesting gameplay mechanics and has a decent plot...but that's not all that makes a memorable game and unfortunately, Aegis Defenders does not manage to organize its positive elements well enough, and its repetitive puzzles and challenges of exaggerated difficulty make this a more difficult game to enjoy which could be much better if it was better structured.

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Pure Nintendo
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

Aegis Defenders is very much a decent game to play that successfully blends action-platforming and tower defense together.

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Digitally Downloaded
Feb 8, 2018

If the developers were to take the tower defence sections and spin that into an entire, dedicated game, Aegis Defenders could be really something worthwhile. That side of the game is truly enjoyable. But it's let down by trying to be something more than that, and the platforming and "exploration" elements just don't gel well with the good stuff to make this game as cohesive as it needed to be.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 8, 2018

Aegis Defenders is an average, run-of-the-mill indie game. It had some worthwhile goals, like hybrid tower defence and action gameplay mechanics with Lost Vikings character puzzles. The most interesting quality is that there is a two-player co-op mode, which changes the dynamic of the game drastically. The real shining moments are during the defending the target portions of the levels, since teamwork actually matters and doing these alone can be a bit much to manage. With a bit of polish and tighter balancing, this could have been a real darling. It is hard to say where the rest of the backer money went to… With more than double the requested goal acquired, the end result is a janky, yet mildly enjoyable, diversion that is fun for children.

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GameSpot
4 / 10
4 / 10
Feb 14, 2018

Platforming and tower defense do not mix well in Aegis Defenders.

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