Dead or School

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

27%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews
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79 / 100
Mar 13, 2020

Dead or School it's a game with limited budget, and that sings from afar: animations, videos, repetitive backgrounds... lots of things could be better. But the important, its metroidvania gameplay it's fun and systems like the weapon upgrade are deep and works better. Add a crazyness layer, and you've got a simple but enjoyable game.

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6.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2020

If you enjoy gameplay focussed experiences and can tolerate some jank, Dead or School will be worth getting when it drops in price.

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PlayStation Universe
Adrian Bromfield

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2020

Despite some concessions, the game is fun and humorous and packed with varied, satisfying combat. If that's your jam and appreciate an original plot, Dead or School belongs in your collection.

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Mar 13, 2020

Dead or School exceeds in delivering a fast pace hack and slash adventure that will keep players engrossed. There's enough extra content away from the main story to keep perfectionist playing till they completed 100% of the game. The weapon customisation and Skill tree is enough to keep players wanting to revisit levels and try out different combinations. However Dead or School does suffer from repetitive and dull enemies, even when attacking in hordes they don't prove much of a threat.

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8 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

For some, the technical jank may be enough to put them off engaging with Dead or School fully. That'd be a real shame, though; allow yourself to get wrapped up in the narrative, the mechanics, the piles of loot, the beautifully designed stages and the game's wonderful sense of style, and there's something truly special to enjoy here; an honest-to-goodness hidden gem if ever there was one.

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7.3 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2020

Dead or School is a bit of a hidden and unpolished gem on the Nintendo Switch, but we found that its pros (battle system, level design and loads of contents) far outweigh the cons.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2020

Dead or School provides a surprisingly long side-scrolling action campaign that's sure to please fans of Castlevania-style games, especially those who've grown tired of countless retro-graphic homages. The action is tight, the story is fun, and the rewards are big.

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2 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2020

Visually ugly with inelegant, outdated gameplay, Dead or School is flunking all of its classes.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2020

Dead or School is a surprisingly fun, polished hack-and-slash side-scroller with ridiculous fanservice that might turn some people off and a spotty script that struggles to make up for the repetitiveness of the combat.

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Mar 13, 2020

As something of a budget entry into the same genre occupied by Onechanbara, Dead or School is decent fun. Being a budget game it struggles to maintain a consistency in tone and experience, but a solid loot and upgrade system, some great boss fights, and a good sense of humour, all help to see it through.

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