Percentile Rank

Pode is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 29 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 29 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

pressakey.com
Loved
Loved
Feb 25, 2019

Pode is a wonderful puzzle discovery adventure, which not only fascinates me with its colourful and varied scenery, which you can let shine in every room, but also with the two cute actors Boulder and Glo. For about seven hours I was entertained wonderfully, always curiously entering the next level, exploring its puzzles and secrets, and always had a smile on my face. Pode doesn't reinvent the puzzle genre, but offers harmonious and well thought-out mechanics that encourage puzzling and equally challenges the good mood spray. Practical that you can enter the journey together in a co-op as well as a single player. The atmospheric soundtrack rounds the whole thing off and delivers an all-round feel-good game that you shouldn't miss.

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Scored Reviews

GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Jun 21, 2018

Pode is breathtakingly beautiful, and a must have for any lover of puzzle games.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 21, 2018

Pode is a very fun game on Nintendo Switch that is easy to recommend.

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GamePitt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2019

Imaginative puzzles, intuitive solo/co-op gameplay, an emotional story, and stunning visuals, Pode has it all! I imagined I would have completed the game within an hour two, yet almost five hours later and I was just reaching the end, and that’s without collecting everything. Some of the puzzles are quite tricky, and one or two didn’t really make sense to me as it was a new mechanic it hadn’t explained before, but every puzzle is solvable if you put your mind to it. I also loved the fact that the game is clearly meant for cooperative play, yet it works flawlessly if you’re playing it on your own as well. I’m incredibly excited that Pode made its way to the PlayStation 4 as it means more people will now get a chance to try it out and experience the creativity and magnificence of this amazing title.

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Screen Rant
Jun 21, 2018

Pode is a delightful and serene co-op puzzle platformer on the Nintendo Switch, and the first console game by Norwegian studio Henchman & Goon.

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Switching Worlds
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2018

Pode takes the cooperative experience from Snipperclips and puts it into 3d environments, yet is warmer and even cuter. The Norwegian-influenced art direction is pleasant to see come to life via pop-up book aesthetic. The puzzles are creative and remain a suitable challenge for all players. There is no negativity to be found in the game and the wonderful audiovisual aspect drives that notion home. Good vibes all around.

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
Pure Nintendo

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2018

The soundtrack to Pode is absolutely atmospheric, soothing and amazing. The design of the character of the rock and the star is also very cute and sweet.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2018

Pode is a fun and relaxing puzzle game that starts out simple and becomes more complex as the game progresses and you gain new abilities.  While the game is meant for co-op play, it plays just as well single-player, though you will have to constantly swap between Glo and Bulder.  Having a second player can also help with solving puzzles as you have a second person helping you out, but alone or with a friend, with its enjoyable art style and relaxing atmosphere, Pode is a puzzle game worth checking out.

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VGProfessional
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2018

Pode is a heartwarming experience about friendship and working together, and it’s best enjoyed with a friend. It can be a little tricky at times, but overall it’s fairly smooth and enjoyable.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 6, 2018

While Pode can be frustrating in it's lack of communication it is a rather beautiful thing when experienced with others.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2019

Pode is a wonderful and at times tricky puzzle game which really gets you thinking. My wife and I loved playing through all of the chambers however it only took us around 6 hours to complete. Ok, there are collectables along the way in the form of fireflies that require one of the characters to use their ability to explode a plant pod or rock in order to release them, however as far as the main story goes, it is quite short.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 21, 2018

With its subtle, relaxing and appropriate musical score, gloriously soft visuals and a simple yet emotional story, Pode succeeds in offering a generous and humble cooperative yet challenging 8-10 hours of content that will shine brightly - especially in among the assortment of fast-paced and frantic multiplayer games that we have right now on the eShop.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

Henchman & Goon have crafted a fine puzzle, platformer in Pode. We loved the characters of Glo and Bulder and despite some frustrating puzzles and a disagreeable camera, we always felt motivated to push through to see them to the end of their journey

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
The Digital Fix
Chris Patrick

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2019

Some flawed puzzles don't stop this beautiful, adorable platformer from being well worth your time.

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Screen Rant
Feb 22, 2019

Pode finds another home on the PS4, with the cutesy puzzle platformer's cooperative play just as suited for Sony's console as the Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 3, 2018

Pode is a clever co-operative puzzle-platformer whose spotlight on both camaraderie and companionship makes for one of the more genuinely moving experiences I’ve had on Switch.

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COGconnected
79 / 100
79 / 100
Mar 7, 2019

Pode does a good job of being adorable, puzzling in all the right ways, and fun, all in the span of a few hours and while it’s worth mentioning the game seems a tad too short, the consistent pacing throughout makes it feel like a bit of a longer journey than it actually is.

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Hynerd.it
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2019

This product is perfect for those looking for a videogame marked by these words: calm, cooperation and colours. A puzzle game with platform dynamics that will not disappoint fans of this genre. Sure, the developers could have found a better balance for the difficulty curve, as well as the complexity of some of the puzzles is not really challenging once you learn the technique to use. Despite of this, Pode is still a really good game.

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WellPlayed
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2019

Pode excels as a gentle, adorable co-op puzzler with a lot of heart, just make sure you have someone to play with

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Nindie Spotlight
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2018

Overall, if you’ve been searching for a terrific game to play with a non-gaming partner Pode may be among the best options on the system. For people who aren’t hardcore gamers the more casual pace will probably be welcome and as long as one person has at least moderate gaming skills the ability to shift control back and forth will come in handy. Certainly aesthetically it’s delightful, the sense of discovery is a consistent joy, and the generally fair but challenging puzzles have some air of originality to them that’s welcome. Pode is a wonderful game for couples and general puzzle fans alike.

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Video Chums
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2018

Pode is a solid cooperative experience but its frustrating aspects unfortunately hold it back from being a great game.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jul 16, 2018

Pode is a not a bad cooperative adventure game. It's nice to play it with a friend in front of one screen, or alone, solving several puzzles during a day. If you are a fan of the genre, then it's worth a try. If no, well, then play something different.

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Fintendo
Jul 2, 2018

"Friendship is the answer."

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 21, 2018

Sometimes opposites attract, and Pode's contrasting characters are a great example of that, combining to overcome the  game's environmental puzzles. While it's a little rough around the edges, Pode is a charming puzzle game whether you play it alone or grab a friend to play alongside you.

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NintendoWorldReport
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2018

Pode is a visually stunning take on the co-op puzzle genre, but misses the mark when it comes to pacing and execution.

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Critical Hit
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2018

The minimalist art design is beautiful, and its characters are wonderfully expressive and emotive despite their simplicity. There's an elegance to Pode, that belies its imperfect platforming and frequent frustrations.

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Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 20, 2019

Pode is a puzzle platformer with heart, soul and style. However, struggles with the fundamentals of the genre hold it back from matching the expectations set by its stellar first impression.

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VGChartz
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 23, 2018

There's something undeniably charming about Pode. Its adorable characters, meaningful story, lovely art, relaxing music, and satisfactory puzzling gameplay make it worth a look, especially for co-op enthusiasts.

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The Indie Game Website
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 20, 2018

Pode is not a bad game, by any means. It’s just very, very average, and that’s likely the most damning thing you could say about it.

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