Percentile Rank

Mechstermination Force is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2019

Each boss is uniquely designed, and realized with an outstanding degree of care and attention. From the moment you boot Mechstermination Force, it is immediately fun, and that fun never stops. This is a gameplay loop distilled to its purest form, and it is an absolute joy.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2019

Get Mechstermation Force, get a partner if you can, and get ready to save the world. You're going to frequently die trying, but the process will be a blast.

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GamePitt
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
May 6, 2019

Mechstermination Force is the love child of Contra and Shadow of the Colossus, brought up by loving parents and nurtured into a well-designed experience. The gameplay may throw some people off, with its steep level of difficulty and almost rogue-lite mechanics where you must play to pay for a way to win the day. The visuals are really bright and vibrant, despite the main focus here being ginormous invading robots from another planet who are causing havoc upon the world. As far as Boss-Rush games go, Mechstermination Force sits up there with the best this generation.

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Screen Rant
Apr 4, 2019

Though the difficulty may be a deterrent to some, Mechstermination Force's terrific core mechanics make trying (and dying) worth the effort.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 8, 2019

Mechstermination Force took me around six hours to complete, which I feel was just not enough, I can go back and replay the fourteen levels to beat my previous scores, to gain extra medals for taking no damage during the battle or even add another controller so a friend can come to play with me and have some fun with local play, I feel they could have added a few other modes for it to give extra options of gameplay, maybe even online so you can play as the enemy rather than the hero would be awesome! I enjoyed this game so much and I’m excited to see what other games Hörberg Productions come up with! despite what I feel is a pretty short campaign I’m going to award the Mechstermination Force the Thumb Culture Gold Thumb!

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Apr 25, 2019

Mechstermination Force is a wonderful follow-up to Bertil Hörberg's Gunman Clive series. While it can get a bit frustrating at times, the silly atmosphere and tough but entertaining gameplay make for a great time for those who want some simple, unadulterated fun.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 6, 2019

Hörberg Productions produces yet another fun title in Mechstermination Force, currently a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 4, 2019

If you enjoyed Gunman Clive, this is a great expansion on the concept and well worth investigating.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 4, 2019

If you're a fan of run and gun games like Contra or Metal Slug, Mechstermination Force really captures the essence of how tough those titles were, while pairing it with a modern look and a wild penchant for mech design. There's no easy mode.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 30, 2019

Mechstermination Force is yet another welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch catalogue, this time in the shape of a game that consists of one boss rush after another. With its tough, demanding and elaborate boss fights, Mechstermination Force is certain to appeal to players looking for a very challenging experience.

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Video Chums
Apr 14, 2019

Run 'n' gun fans who are intrigued with the idea of a collection of thrilling boss fights need to play Mechstermination Force.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2019

Mechstermination Force is enjoyably challenging, reasonably cheap, and mildly humorous. That makes it a success in my book.

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COGconnected
79 / 100
79 / 100
Apr 4, 2019

Mechstermination Force is a pretty fun game, but it’s definitely not easy – so if you’re easily deterred from frustrating challenges, be warned.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2019

If you're a fan of boss rush then you already know what you're in for with Mechstermination Force. The difficulty is punishing, but the feeling of accomplishment after each victory makes it all worthwhile. Well, mostly.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2019

Climbing and destroying a massive robot is exciting, but the basic gameplay falters too often for a game that requires such precision

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2019

My complaints with Mechstermination Force are straightforward because that's really what the game is, a boss rush shoot-fest. If the stars align and you can find someone who really enjoys 2D shooters, give the game a go: even its fleeting joy is worth the entry ticket. Hell, it's worth it if you go alone, so long as your expectations are in check.

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Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
May 6, 2019

Mechstermination Force feels like it comes very close to having a manageable learning curve. Quality-wise, it's great, and a good homage to its boss-filled predecessors. However, there's nothing more game-ruining than, you know, not being able to play the game. There's hard, and then there's hard hard, and then there's Mechstermination Force. It can be done. It can be beaten. I just hope you have a spare hour or two for every boss, and some throat lozenges and ice water nearby.

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2019

Mechstermination Force offers challenging 2D boss rush action, but it lacks the depth outside of boss fights.

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Fintendo
Apr 3, 2019

"Giant MegaMan boss fights without platforming."

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 3, 2019

Silky gameplay, bright graphics, and stellar MegaMech encounters make it required playing for fans of run-and-gun action.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 5, 2019

An enjoyable companion piece to Cuphead, but despite some fantastic enemy designs the single-mindedness and lack of visual variety doesn't have quite the same charm.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2019

Mechstermination Force has solid gameplay and plenty of heart. It knows exactly what kind of game it wants to be, and it manages to stick the landing when it comes to addictive gameplay and rewarding progression.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2019

Overall, Mechstermination Force is a pretty good title for the Switch. I wish it had full levels like games had in the '90s. It would feel like a much fuller game, and I think people would have a lot more fun. For the very low price of $11.99 USD, you can't go wrong with the purchase of this game. Just be sure all you want to do is play against bosses. Other than that, have lots of fun with this game.

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GameSkinny
Apr 5, 2019

When it works, Mechstermination Force is an enjoyable experience, but those moments are marred by some faulty design and monotonous grinding.

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Gamer Escape
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 20, 2019

Yes, the mechanics were done well, but the repetitive music and the control hiccups had a way of grating on me after a while. The game was enjoyable but just slightly bare. A few more varied musical tracks over the different stages and tightening up of the controls would go a long way here.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2019

Fun, creative, and challenging boss battles dampened by outdated controls. Frustrating fun.

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