Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers

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Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

42%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameXplain
Loved
GameXplain

Top Critic

Loved
May 26, 2018
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Scored Reviews

ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2018

My hope is that those who still turn their 3DS on give this one a really good look, especially if they enjoyed previous games in the series, as it's a unique experience that only Nintendo offers.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 24, 2018

The only shame is that Dead-Heat Breakers is launching on the 3DS at a time when the system is old hat. If you have the desire to put down your Switch and play some 3DS, Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers is very much recommended. Here's hoping the silent armadillo makes it to the greener pastures of the Switch in the future.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 25, 2018

Dillon and his adorable little hamster friend Russ roll back into the Tower Defence scene with fresh and futuristic tale of Western adventure. Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers builds on the previous games, heightening the action with intense races and expands the universe with an intriguing cast of characters/recruits. There is a steep learning curve and a lot of investment needed into the main tower defence gameplay, but it is worth rolling into in order to save those adorable Scrog critters.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 28, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers is easily the finest the series has yet to offer players.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 9, 2018

Overall, the game is an intriguing mixture of different genres that come together to make for a weirdly satisfying treat.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers has turned into a nice eShop surprise. Why Nintendo isn't releasing this full priced game as a physical copy (in North America anyway) is a mystery. In fact, I'd like to see the entire trilogy compiled for a 3DS physical release or reworked for the Switch. Either way, Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers is a game I can put in a good word for.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 24, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers follows a strict schedule of working, saving settlements, and enlisting in races. It may end up feeling a bit repetitive in the long run, but the game aims to mix it up with various jobs, different race track designs, and enemy variations.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2018

The frequent moments of action and speed are exciting, but interactions with characters are overlong, and every level feels like you're going through a new unskippable tutorial

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jun 9, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers brings a quality and enjoyable tower defense style game in its third installment in the series. Although the story and cutscenes tend to drag, the overall gameplay is great fun. Even if you've never played a game in the Dillon series, I recommend giving this a try.

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Critical Hit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers doesn't stray too far from the established formula of the previous entries but it still manages to provide a fast-paced take on the tower defense genre. It's unfortunately marred by some repetitive gameplay sections but it's still a blast to play in the end.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2018

I can't fathom a situation where fans of the franchise will be disappointed with Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers. The music is fantastic, the world well-realized, Dillion has never looked better, and the shift away from predominantly touch controls is a wise decision. This is a solid adventure through and through, and it gives me slight hope we'll see other forgotten eShop gems get another chance to shine in the future.

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IGN Spain
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
May 24, 2018

This third arrival of The Red Flash to 3DS leaves the impression of being more of the same. The addition of Mii characters to the game feels not enough to justify it's full-price despite of its cheaper previous versions.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 31, 2018

If you want a tower defense game with a bit more action, this might be the game for you. Be warned, the pacing might start feeling like a drag during longer levels with no checkpoints.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG
Shibito

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jul 18, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers is an interesting project that skillfully combines the charm of cartoon Nintendo exclusives with stern post-apocalypse western setting. The only problem is that each of the gameplay elements is clearly lacking depth, and sometimes game feels too simple.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 24, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers takes the best part of the series' early games, adds some nice improvements, and provides a more refined overall package.

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2018

Dillon's newest game mixes tower defense with action and management once more, but it gets a bit repetitive after some time.

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 23, 2018

Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers is a welcome return for the Red Flash, but sees the muted armadillo roll back into our lives with an inconsistent gameplay experience that has many flashes of thrilling brilliance that are let down by an otherwise heavily repetitive setup.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2018

Even if it is definitely spread too thin to match the length of full release games, Dillon's Dead Heat breakers is a nice little game, which blends action, tower defense and Animal Crossing-style interactions. The best in the series, but still not the best in the 3DS library.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 2, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers has some fantastic moments, but it more often succumbs to mundanity.

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Areajugones
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 26, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers is clearly an improvement compared to its previous installments. However, this game turns to be a little bit boring and monotone after a few hours playing. If you enjoyed the previous games, you should try it, but don't expect too much.

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FNintendo
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 29, 2018

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers brings the Dillon series back to the 3DS in a game that builds on its predecessors' legacy to bring an experience that has improved in many ways, thanks to its attractive visuals and control scheme. Where Dead-Heat Breakers disappoints is on its fun factor, beyond shorter gaming sessions the game quickly becomes too repetitive and tiresome for its players, aggravated by a price tag that is very difficult to justify.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

4 / 10
May 29, 2018

One of the least-demanded Nintendo sequels of recent years has relatively high production values but it's still a dull, repetitive mix of tower defence and overly-simplistic action.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 27, 2018

This third entry in the series, Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers, is at best woefully insubstantial and at worst torturously protracted.

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