Percentile Rank

Killer Queen Black is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Oct 10, 2019

Assuming you’re okay with dealing with the frustrations of local multiplayer—or just plan to play online and don’t care about any of this—Killer Queen Black is a brilliant ballet of a team-based online competitive game. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you won’t be disappointed.

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Daily Dot
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 10, 2019

Having an easily accessible version of Killer Queen is incredibly exciting. Bumblebear Games’ surprise hit harkens back to a different era of gaming, built around real-life interaction and player coordination.

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Doublejump
Unscored
Doublejump
Zack Goutzoulas
Unscored
Oct 11, 2019

Killer Queen Black is a fun multiplayer game with a solid foundation that knows exactly what it wants to do and accomplishes that perfectly well. Sadly, though, it does nothing more than that, which means that although it’s a fun game, it’s a little lacking at times.

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Scored Reviews

NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

If you can get friends together, local or otherwise, you're guaranteed an awesome time. Dynamite with a laser beam, indeed. My mind's already blown.

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Screen Rant
Oct 10, 2019

Killer Queen Black is as addictive as it is fun to play.

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Culture of Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

In the end, I loved playing Killer Queen Black even though I didn’t manage to play much of it. The gameplay is fast-paced and exhilarating. The ways to win were well varied and open to a lot of replayability. The art style is delightful enough that it didn’t get old to look at. The music and sound effect were amazing in my opinion, managing to somehow fit into the overall style of the game. If you’re looking for a fresh new competitive multiplayer game, then you might want to check out Killer Queen Black. I definitely will be playing it a lot once it’s officially released to the public.

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MMOGames
9 / 10.0
MMOGames
TheDCD

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

If you can't make your way to a barcade and enjoy the splendor of Killer Queen, then Black is the next obvious choice. Don't let this Killer party slip through your fingers.

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Video Chums
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2019

Killer Queen Black is a wonderful adaptation of the modern arcade game.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2019

Black is a little different from the Killer Queen I was used to. But it's still Killer Queen, and that makes it one of the best multiplayer games around.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

With fast-paced, unpredictable gameplay, Killer Queen Black is a must-play multiplayer experience that breaks out from its arcade roots.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 12, 2019

Killer Queen Black doesn't offer much beyond its multiplayer, but the quality of its epic eight-player team battles is hard to top.

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Game Revolution
Oct 16, 2019

With only a scant amount of truly unique experiences coming to the few reaming arcades in America, it is great that Killer Queen Black exists.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 10, 2019

Killer Queen Black is just an insanely good party game. If you're looking for something to play solo, then this isn't really for you. This is a game best enjoyed with friends where frantic communication and the lightning quick gameplay will have you all rolling around with laughter as you compete to see who has the best Hive.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

Killer Queen Black doesn't feature an abundance of features, but the simplistic gameplay and cool win conditions make it a nice little multiplayer that's in the same vein as Nidhogg.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

The publisher provided an advance code for this review. Our review policy.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 10, 2019

Even if you aren’t big into competitive multiplayer titles, the combined strategy and absurdity that accompanies playing with friends and strangers alike is a joy to be had.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 21, 2019

Killer Queen Black does for Nintendo Switch what TowerFall Ascension did for PS4, offering up a 2D multiplayer extravaganza that’s easy to pick up but devilishly tricky to master.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 11, 2019

It would be easy to say that you should just wait until later to pick up Killer Queen Black once more content has poured in, but no, you should check it out as soon as you can.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2019

Killer Queen Black is a fun and faithful recreation of the original arcade title. While the aspect of simulating ideal 4v4 local multiplayer matches has its technical issues, the transition from the arcade to home consoles surely doesn't lose any of its competitive addictiveness.

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Saving Content
Oct 10, 2019

Killer Queen Black is more or less everything you'd hope it to be. It's a faithful adaptation of the original arcade release, properly scaled for home play and with all of the tools necessary to play it and find your match ups however you want.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 11, 2019

It’s rare a competitive game can give you the exhilaration of beating your friends without the bitterness of losing to them. It’s competition at its friendliest and most fun.

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GameSpace
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2019

Killer Queen Black is a surprisingly superb mix of action and strategy in a 2D arena. Levels, game modes and character choices are rather limited after repeated matches, but the action and strategy are enough to keep players invested simply by having a good time. Killer Queen Black is an exceptional choice for gamers that want quick fun in a 2D space.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

While Killer Queen Black is fun in short burst sessions, you won't have too much incentive to come back without cosmetics and a barebones ranking system. Communication with players online can be difficult, but you can maximize your enjoyment of Killer Queen Black with a group of friends.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 10, 2019

While maybe not as lively as a true arcade setting, Killer Queen Black does an admirable job of mimicking its success in that field.

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But Why Tho?
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

In the end, I found there is certainly fun to be had with Killer Queen Black. It provides a frantic coop experience that provides lots of potential for unique situations within the confines of its maps.

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