Percentile Rank

Gal Metal is ranked in the 34th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

17%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player2.net.au
B
B
Nov 1, 2018

Gal Metal isn't a game for all rhythm game fans, let alone gamers in general. It does a lot of interesting things in terms of systems and I can't help but admire the level of depth it offers to those willing to learn and practice. This is a game that isn't going to hit the mark for many – however, if it hits for you, it's going to hit hard.

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Scored Reviews

bemanistyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Even if it’s not the most polished experience, Gal Metal puts on a rollicking show full of heart, friendship, and heavy metal.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 23, 2018

Gal Metalnot only offers a hilarious interactive manga story,but also an original approach to the rhythm game genre that shakes things up enough to set itself apart from pretty much everything else. The only real drawbacks?The occasional lack of response from the JoyCon,and a price that may be a bit too steep,depending on how hooked players get,and how willing they are to extract every last bit of creative musical freedom that this allows. Those only wishing to casually experience the story may not get much for their buck,while avid fans of metal and drum beats looking for a challenge to their creativity should not have any regrets.It is not a very long experience, but to the right audience, it has virtually infinite replayability.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 5, 2018

Gal Metal breaks a lot of rules that have been standard in the music/rhythm genre, but with good reason.

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GBAtemp
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2018

Gal Metal is a game that is what you make of it. If you want a tall string of technical combinations, this is a game for you. If you want a satisfying and consistent beat through some brilliant metal beats, this is still a game for you. The flexibility and personal nature of the experience feels entirely unique, let down only by the limited list of 13 tracks. Pick this up if you're a fan of metal, of drumming, or of violently swinging a Joy Con; you won't regret it.

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

You will play through it and be done after an hour or five. Beyond this, there isn't much to the package, though I do find myself replaying tracks a tiny bit. It really depends on what you're searching for, but as a music game, it certainly knows how to entertain.

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Hobby Consolas
73 / 100
73 / 100
Nov 2, 2018

Gal Metal it's a fresh offering in the musical genre... but some areas are a little bit ¿weird? Only classical music (with a rock paint coat) or the detection errors from the Joy-Con, ruin part of the joy. Also, the "too much" japanese adventure touches, and social elements, take the player far from the core (feel like a drummer).

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Gal Metal is absurd and adorable in equal measure. There is no doubt it will find an incredibly passionate niche out there somewhere, but there's still plenty to entertain anyone with rhythm.

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Nintendo Times
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Gal Metal is a very creative music game, but is held back due to lack of song choices and lots of boring sequences in between stages.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

While there may be plenty of things I'd like to change in Gal Metal, the core of the game is an unmistakably fun time. With so many heavy hitters on the market in 2018, sometimes you need to just sit down, unwind, and out-play alien invaders with electrified versions of classical music.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 18, 2018

Gal Metal features an unconventional gameplay which ends up fitting quite well with a game that has such an unconventional premise. Against it, Gal Metal has a limited repertoire of songs and does not offer a lot of incentives to return to it once finished but this is an original effort which stands out in the growing catalogue of the Nintendo Switch.

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Digitally Downloaded
Oct 31, 2018

Gal Metal is a unique experience that combines cute high school girls, galactic adventures, evil aliens and metal music together in one unmissable experience. The characters all stand alone in their own right and the story line is engaging with a few plot twists mixed in which has you wondering as to what will happen next. The game took about five hours to complete however mastering the rhythms and besting those difficult scores aided in my eagerness to replay levels factor and kept me coming back for more.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2018

Gal Metal is a rhythm game that may be an acquired taste for some players. The lack of direction will be confusing at first, but once you get used to listening to the song a few times, you'll come to appreciate the more freeform nature of rhythm. Though the game lacks original tracks, it does a good job with the metal-tinged classic songs, and while the story has seemingly endless cut scenes, at least it's humorous. While the Switch has a number of solid rhythm games, this flawed title is still worth checking out if you're looking for a different experience.

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Gamer Escape
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 11, 2018

The structure of the actual rhythm gameplay makes the game accessible to pretty much anyone. Those that want to just go wild making up their own beats can have a blast here, while those more interested in score chasing have a surprisingly in-depth system they can dive into if they so choose. The game doesn’t force you to pick – you can play this game however you want to.

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Nindie Spotlight
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

While Gal Metal won’t be for everyone it’s absolutely a unique title that caught me by surprise on multiple levels and that grew on me as I got more comfortable with its approach to the music. Much like real improv getting started with playing around in the music with different beats and combinations can be a complete mess, but with time and some confidence you can surprise yourself. While the story elements are completely bizarre they at least made me laugh, though I’d be curious just how much cultivating friendships and building specific stats influence things. Regardless, Gal Metal is a fresh take on music games and stands out from the crowd if you don’t mind its quirks.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2018

Gal Metal is wacky, there is no getting around that. As a result, it is not going to be for everyone, but if you are a fan of music games and have an appreciation for some over-the-top comic mischief, this offering is a pretty solid one.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 2, 2018

Gal Metal is wild, weird and cool. If you can embrace the vivid and wacky art style of the comic panel segments and strive for percussive nirvana, there is a refreshing, deceptively deep and gratifying experience here. What stops it from being truly great are the minor inconsistencies of the motion controls, the completely bonkers alien invasion plot and the slow, text-heavy teen melodrama stories. Even so, the game mostly succeeds by subverting many stale genre tropes. It will take time to master your set list and the absence of more contemporary music is initially jarring, but this is a title that is rewarding as well as just really fun. For those who are about to rock, we salute you.

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COGconnected
68 / 100
68 / 100
Oct 31, 2018

After spending several hours smashing away on imaginary drums, I found slightly more frustration than fun in Gal Metal.

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GameSpace
6.5 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2018

A group of high school students, an alien attack, and Metal. Gal Metal is a unique rhythm based game that mixes metal with a free form playstyle, from DMM Games. Nothing could quite have prepared us for this as we defend earth from certain doom.

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GameSpew
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2018

If the time spent creating its passable story and stat-building busywork had been spent further developing the core music rhythm gameplay and adding more songs, Gal Metal could have really been great. As it is though, it’s simply a curio that will bore and frustrate more than it entertains.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 30, 2018

Gal Metal has some great ideas, but fails to execute them soundly.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 8, 2018

Depending on your own musical talents, Gal Metal can be cute and satisfying, or dull and frustrating.

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GamingTrend
50 / 100
50 / 100
Apr 15, 2019

Gal Metal is a weird rhythm game that unfortunately doesn't live up to the hype that its premise promises. It's worth checking out if you want some metal in your Switch diet, but other than that, you can probably skip it.

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Gameblog
4 / 10
4 / 10
Nov 16, 2018

Gal Metal has a good concept and design, but none of the three controls options modes gives full satisfaction to the player.

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