Percentile Rank

SolSeraph is ranked in the 11th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

55

Top Critic Average

14%

Critics Recommend

Based on 38 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2019

ActRaiser fans are likely hungry enough to want to at least try this — and the asking price doesn’t feel like robbery — but I left SolSeraph after only a few hours, upset at the missed opportunity.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 15, 2019

A homage to the genre-blending classic ActRaiser that never quite gets off the ground.

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Scored Reviews

Electric Bento
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

SolSeraph, from Sega and Ace Team, feels and plays so much like the SNES classic Actraiser that it's hard for older gamers not to feel a little confused.

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Nintendo Times
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

GOOD - SolSeraph takes the ActRaiser formula, updates it for a current gaming audience, and for the most part succeeds. Its fantastic blend of action platforming and tower defense is one you won’t see elsewhere. Fans of Enix’s classic or newcomers alike should have a good time here!

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

The totality of SolSeraph is a pleasant ride that recalls ActRaiser to a fault. While the platforming and tower defense strategy might have their maladies, they still fuse together to make an interesting and engaging game. It's refreshing to see someone take a stab at such a winning concept, even if they stumble a bit on the way to the finish line.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

SolSeraph is a very enjoyable, well-designed hack 'n' slash title, but the town management parts drag it down a little.

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COGconnected
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jul 9, 2019

SolSeraph’s definitely a successful copycat that lacks originality. If you haven’t heard of or played ActRaiser, SolSeraph will seem quite unique. It’s an example of the finished product being greater than the sum of its parts: a good action platformer combined with a good RTS that makes for a very good package.

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Geek Culture
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

SolSeraph wears its inspirations on its sleeves, but is undermined by shallow gameplay and lopsided design.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 8, 2019

Once again, ACE has taken two incompatible genres and merged them into a solid product.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Finally someone who doesn't use pixel art for their nostalgia project! Unfortunately though, SolSeraph is too easy for hardcore players and its tower defence sections are sub-par in their genre. Good boss fights might have saved it, but no luck there.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2019

Like reincarnated divinity, SolSeraph tries to rekindle the flames of cult classic ActRaiser by merging side-scrolling action with town building. The result is an homage that recaptures some of the old magic, even if it doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of its original predecessor. Some spots are admittedly rough and could use extra depth or polish. SolSeraph’s high points, however, remind you why the first game was so beloved among its fans and the Yuzo Koshiro soundtrack sounds heavenly. As such, I’d love to see Ace Team take another stab at the formula now that they’ve got this under their belt.

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IGN
6.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

SolSeraph is an authentic ode to ActRaiser undercut by unbalanced action levels and shallow strategy gameplay.

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GameSpace
6.5 / 10.0
GameSpace
Bill Gallon

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2019

While a good idea, SolSeraph just doesn’t seem to execute its ideas well enough to make it a good game. It’s a great concept but needs a bit more fleshed out.

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

I appreciate Ace Team's attempt here, I really do. It's kind of amazing that this game exists in 2019 under Sega. It's not as original as the team's past projects, but SolSeraph has a lot to like if you're looking for a modern take on an absolute gem of the 16-bit era. Part of me wonders how outlandish these creators could've gotten with a bigger budget and scope, but as a tribute, this still hits the spot.

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Generación Xbox
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2019

The lack of ambition or budget is noticeable. The game does what it does and nothing more.

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Video Chums
Jul 14, 2019

If SolSeraph featured more in-depth core gameplay in either of its 2 genres then it would be a much more fulfilling experience.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2019

Solseraph could have been a great game, unfortunately, its just not very entertaining. The city building bits are good enough but they get broken up by very bland platforming sections, they just don't seem to fit very well and feel rushed. It is certainly unique with its mixture of game styles but it is too disjointed to be enjoyed to its fullest.

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Game Revolution
Jul 9, 2019

There is no real evolution of the formula going on here, and that is a pretty disappointing aspect considering how far other genres have come in the past 30 years.

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

SolSeraph is a good game that tries to do too much. Unfortunately, everything it does is the bare minimum and never really pushes itself to be great. All in all, SolSeraph is a safe and enjoyable title.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jul 15, 2019

A spiritual successor to Actraiser, SolSeraph is one of those titles that goes into the file of games we really wanted to like because in theory it had all the ingredients, good ideas and influence from great games of the past, but unfortunately comes together in an uninspired way.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Too simple in most of its sections and with a great lack of an unifying element in its gameplay that makes it more satisfying.

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Digitally Downloaded
Jul 10, 2019

We’ve seen better from ACE Team.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 12, 2019

SolSeraph is a clear homage to ActRaiser, but some of the areas where it forges its own path put a damper on its potential.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2019

While it's very easy to see the elements that inspired SolSeraph, the game fails to capture why any of these memorable mechanics are worth revisiting or reinventing.

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ZTGD
6 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2019

SolSeraph is a love letter to fans of Actraiser and feels like it should somehow contain the name in its title. Sadly, it falls short on several areas that keep it from resurrecting the genre like many hoped it would.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 9, 2019

Unfortunately, it simply can't capture the same magic of ActRaiser. Perhaps it's time for a real sequel instead of a spiritual one.

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Game Informer
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Building and defending your settlements doesn't have enough variety, and the challenging parts are more frustrating than fun

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GameSkinny
Jul 8, 2019

SolSeraph is a spiritual successor to SNES classic ActRaiser. Sadly, it doesn't quite reach the lofty heights set by its predecessor.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2019

SolSeraph is a game that was made with good intentions and a lot of heart. The developers wanted to pay homage to a classic, but unfortunately missed the mark on almost all fronts. The platforming bits are frustrating with enemies coming out of no where to knock you off. The city-building parts never get deep enough to challenge you or force any decision other than stacking barracks and watchtowers along the roads. As someone who loves city-builders, I just wish it was a better game.

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Nintendo Life
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 9, 2019

It genuinely feels like an unfinished game in places, and it’s a real shame.

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Gamer Escape
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 9, 2019

Overall, SolSeraph feels like a half-baked attempt at a spiritual successor to ActRaiser. It’s like ACE Team knew what kind of experience they wanted to present to the player, but not quite how to go about making it.

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GameSpew
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

It’s unlike anything else currently available, and if you have the patience for it you might find it strangely enjoyable like I sometimes did, but also occasionally mightily frustrating.

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New Game Network
46 / 100
46 / 100
Jul 15, 2019

Painfully plain mechanics and an inadequate narrative render SolSeraph insufficient entertainment for nearly anyone. ActRaiser fans will find its flaws indefensible, and anyone else who manages to stumble upon it will fail to be captivated by the excruciatingly repetitive tower defense and tiresome action platforming.

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DualShockers
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Sometimes it's better to leave the classics alone.

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3DNews
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2019

A big waste of time for both developers and players. Not a good spiritual successor to ActRaiser, not a decent god simulator — almost everything about this is worse than mediocre.

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GameMAG
3 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

3 / 10
Jul 22, 2019

SolSeraph is not distinguished by beautiful graphics, great music and unique design solutions. Levels are too flat and boring and lose ActRaiser in everything. Fortunately, in the modern industry there is no shortage of high-quality platformers, and if you miss the simulators of God, then try the classic Black and White, and from this fake stay as far as possible.

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Metro GameCentral
2 / 10
2 / 10
Jul 11, 2019

A painfully ineffectual attempt to revive the memory of ActRaiser, that somehow manages to feel more outdated and simplistic than the original SNES game.

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Slant Magazine
Jul 9, 2019

The similarities between SolSeraph and ActRaiser are unmistakable, but it's a joyless facsimile that lacks a single spark of innovation.

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