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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
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Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.7

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Gaming Age (Apr 20, 2010)
The difficulty isn't that hard, the puzzles aren't too complex, and if you're expecting a challenge akin to Demon's Souls, then you might be a little disappointed. None of this bothered or affected me though, but I've been playing videogames since I was three years old (1983), so I'm more than willing to put up with some archaic designs if the overall product is solid, which 3D Dot Game Heroes definitely is. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then I definitely suggest picking this one up when it arrives here in May, I look forward to playing through it again. Also, the soundtrack totally rocks, and pay close attention to that loading save music.
HonestGamers (May 31, 2010)
3D Dot Game Heroes is a near-perfect mix of the best of the old and the new. Play it if you love old games, or just if you love really great ones. Then play it some more because you've fallen in love and can't help yourself.
GamingEvolution (Jul 13, 2010)
For a lower than average price point and greater than average fun, this game is a must have for all who enjoy good RPG/Adventure fun, and for anyone who grew up playing the games of the 80’s and 90’s
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 19, 2010)
If you’re a fan of the original Zelda or one of the many other dungeon adventures that followed its footsteps, 3D Dot is a great way to experience nostalgia without reminding yourself of all the things that have changed for the better in gaming. It’s a loving homage that carefully picks out the mechanics that made classic games charming, without dumping all the problems of the early 90s onto your plate. 3D Dot Game Heroes is a great genre piece that manages to be good in modern terms, too.
90 (May 05, 2010)
3D Dot is too good of a game to pass up. This is classic gaming brought to visually arresting life and made new in the process without doing much to the retro game mechanics. Better yet, the game is priced below full retail price and offers so much content that the value is staggering. 3D Dot stands proud for offering both a charmingly familiar and sublimely unique experience. That contrasting balance is a perfect way to pay respect to one of the most iconic gaming franchises in history, by understanding its essence of what worked so well and putting a fresh spin on it with a powerful visual style that makes a bold statement.
86 (May 14, 2010)
Gibt es Schwertliebe auf den ersten Blick? Ich komme einfach nicht mehr von der Claymoreklinge los, die mein Hai schwingt. Richtig: Ich bin eine Flosse, die mit einem Baum aus Stahl durch eine idyllische Landschaft pflügt, während mich liebliche Klavierklänge in die 8Bit-Ära zurück tragen. Ihr könnt aber auch einen Zwerg oder einen Panzer nehmen. Oder selbst eine Figur basteln. Aber welcher Held auch immer dieses Königreich mit euch befreien soll: 3D Dot Game Heroes wird euch verzaubern, wenn ihr nur einen Hauch von Sympathie für die Pionierzeit des Genres empfindet. Der Flow ist unwiderstehlich, obwohl mich Retrostil nicht per se umhaut. Dieses Artdesign ist allerdings markant, die Quests sind amüsant, die Anspielungen brillant und die Zeit verfliegt entsprechend rasant: Noch ein Dungeon, noch eine Quest, noch eine Region.
85 (May 20, 2010)
On ne pouvait pas rendre plus bel hommage aux jeux d'aventure 8-bits, et en particulier aux Zelda, qu'avec ce 3D Dot Game Heroes. Malgré un gameplay fichtrement classique, l'univers du Royaume de Dotnia vous promet des heures de bonheur grâce à une excellente bande-son, des graphismes inspirés et originaux, et un ton humoristique omniprésent du début à la fin. Si vous êtes un peu nostalgique de la vieille époque, vous ne devriez pas hésiter à vous procurer cette petite perle.
IGN (Apr 16, 2010)
It's hard to criticize 3D Dot Game Heroes for invoking Shigeru Miyamoto, widely recognized as gaming's most important figure, as its muse. 3D Dot Game Heroes offers a repackaged vintage gaming experience with obvious, but appropriate, improvements in graphics and presentation while leaving some elements -- like a frustrating difficulty -- untouched. Other Zelda imitators seem to lose sight of the playfulness and irreverence that Miyamoto and others infused classic games with, but 3D Dot Game Heroes never pretends that it's anything but a game, and games like 3D Dot Game Heroes should be played.
81 (May 25, 2010)
If you are an old-school gamer, someone itching for a challenge or someone looking for something that resembles Zelda on the PS3, 3D Dot Game Heroes is the game for you. The game can be challenging and sometimes frustrating, but there is no doubt that it is fun, charming and a great experience. 3D Dot Game Heroes is a prime example that you don’t need a budget in the dozens of millions of dollars to put together a great game.
Games Finder (Sep 04, 2014)
If you want a tightly polished Zelda inspired experience for your console then 3D Dot Game Heroes is it, the pixelated graphics add uniqueness to the game and there is nothing more satisfying than watching enemies exploding into pixel pieces.
RPGFan (Nov 05, 2010)
3DDGH doesn't do anything terribly wrong, but it doesn't do anything incredibly right either. It's enjoyable, fun, and neat as a tribute to the past, but isn't without its flaws and hiccups. Fortunately, the game never overstays its welcome, and that alone makes it worth a recommendation to anyone who enjoyed The Legend of Zelda or other NES classics. Like most parodies, however, it feels a bit hollow as character development, plot, and originality are dumped for the sake of humor. I expected something more charming and likable as well. Perhaps the Flame Temple upset the applecart a few too many times. Ultimately, there are the referenced, and the referencers, and 3D Dot Game Heroes will never be the former. No matter how honest the copy, it's no match for the real thing.
75 (Mar 22, 2011)
If you can’t tell I believe this game is great. Not to hard and the graphical style never gets old. Everything in this world is pixelated and look simply amazing! If you are an old school gamer or someone wanting to take a peak at gaming’s simpler days do yourself a favor and pick up 3D Dot Game Heroes. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Game Critics (Apr 21, 2010)
Ultimately 3D Dot Game Heroes does exactly what it sets out to do. It's a nostalgic look back at the classic Zelda games sprinkled with some commentary on gaming history, and a great example of retro gaming done right, even if it does keep the flaws along with the goodness.
GameSpot (Apr 30, 2010)
3D Heroes is a refreshing trip down memory lane. Other adventure games, including the franchise this is based on, have gotten so complex from a combat and exploration perspective that it's nice to take a vacation from all the modern bells and whistles and experience something simple again. There isn't a lot in 3D Heroes that hasn't been done before, but that doesn't detract from the fun. The bustling overworld is bursting with silly side quests and secret goodies, and though the dungeons aren't particularly hard, the bosses at the end sure know how to put up a fight. The lighthearted atmosphere strengthens the appeal, throwing in quirky characters, chuckle-worthy references, and an infectious soundtrack to keep things fresh. 3D Dot Game Heroes is a pleasant retreat for anyone who pines for the good old days, but even those without nostalgic links to the past will find an enjoyable experience.
Meristation (May 11, 2010)
Los templos ofrecen los mismos retos que pudimos encontrar en las mazmorras de los Zelda de los 8 bits. Esto significa dos cosas. La primera es que los puzzles, a día de hoy, se antojan algo simples. La segunda, que no sorprenden en absoluto. La sensación general a medida que se va avanzando en 3D Dot Game Heroes es que esto ya lo hemos jugado. Es un gran lastre que se ve compensado por un apartado técnico, tanto visual como sonoro, tan particular como entrañable que, en este caso, sí supone un homenaje a tiempos pasados. A pesar de sus pegas, la obra de From Software no deja de ser una aventura divertida, sencilla y larga –casi quince horas para la trama principal y más de veinte con todos los añadidos- a la que se le añade un curioso editor para crear nuestro propio héroe pixelado y un toque de humor paródico que suple la falta de un argumento consistente.
GameZone (Jun 11, 2010)
Given its flaws, 3D Dot Game Heroes is still a solid game, particularly at $40. It might miss the “Best Game of All Time” lists that Zelda casually dominates on a daily basis, but Atlus and From Software could have done a lot worse with it. The gameplay is a great mix of new and old, the visual design is clever and colorful, and the challenge is welcomed by veterans of the source material. Despite the frustration involved with finding everything in the game and unlocking all of the Trophies, 3D Dot serves as the PlayStation 3’s best tribute to one of the biggest names in gaming history. That isn’t too shabby.
70 (UK) (Jan 11, 2010)
(Japanese version) 3D Dot Game Heroes is a one-trick pony, but it does its one trick very well. Anyone with any nostalgic affection for the era of its inspiration - or for classic Zelda - will find it hard to resist. You could see it either as a loving tribute or a complete rip-off, but even if it is a rip-off, it's a very likeable one. If it were a bit more imaginative and a bit funnier, a bit more openly satirical, it might be brilliant. It's a comfortable and visually stunning trip down memory lane rather than anything more ambitious.
Legendra (Aug 09, 2010)
3D Dot Game Heroes est une bonne surprise qui joue fortement sur le côté affectif des vieux joueurs que nous sommes. Le problème est qu'il ne va pas jusqu'au bout des choses et reprend les bases sans appliquer les meilleures idées. Certes on apprécie ce retour vers le passé arborant un certain sourire mais les défauts du jeu planent malheureusement bel et bien. De plus, les jeunes joueurs ne se laisseront probablement pas embarquer par les graphismes et le système de jeu volontairement dépassé et il ne faut pas compter sur l'aspect nostalgique évidemment inopérant pour ceux n'ayant pas connu la NES. Vieux nostalgique ou jeune curieux, le voyage à travers Dotnia n'est pas forcément fait pour vous.
Qu'on se le dise, 3D Dot Game Heroes n'est pas une production destinée à tout le monde. Assurant de nombreux clins d'œil à des jeux de rôle des années 80 et 90, le titre de From Software ravira en premier lieux tous les joueurs de cette période. L'ambiance nostalgique est présente du début à la fin du titre au travers d'éléments visuels et subtiles. En dépit de son originalité, la production présente quelques soucis techniques, mais aussi en termes de jouabilité. Quoi qu'il en soit, ces éléments ne seront que des détails pour les amoureux de jeux rétro.
70 (May 06, 2010)
Agréable à jouer malgré quelques défauts, notamment au niveau des zones de collisions et d’un flou de l’arrière plan omniprésent, 3D Dot Game Heroes, ne révolutionnera assurément pas l’histoire du jeu vidéo, mais offrira néanmoins, durant quelques heures, un retour aux sources aussi agréable que jouissif. A recommander les yeux fermés à tous les nostalgiques de l’ère 8 et 16 bits en manque de sensations retro. Et aux autres aussi en fait…
PlayFrance (May 24, 2010)
3D Dot Game Heroes est un jeu qui reprend tous les éléments de Zelda 3 en y ajoutant la 3D et un peu d'humour. Une recette qui fonctionne si tant est que l'on accepte le parti-pris des développeurs du titre. S'il n'est pas aussi bon que l'original, il n'en reste pas moins rafraichissant au milieu des courses autos et autre FPS.
70 (Jun 07, 2010)
3D Dot Game Heroes is een leuke hommage aan de game-industrie. Het avontuur doet je verlangen naar vergane tijden, maar is ook op zichzelf een ervaring om van te genieten.
Gamestyle (2010)
3D Dot Game Heroes is a wonderfully presented game, with a clever concept that is well-executed throughout. The gameplay is simple and effective, and although it heavily relies on mechanics from The Legend of Zelda, these are implemented well. It offers depth, with ample side quests and a detailed weapon upgrading system. It doesn't however, offer anything new, and once the impact of the transformation into the third dimension has passed, the game becomes stale. 3D Dot Game Heroes ultimately shows us that it's nice to reminisce, but it's best not to dwell on the past.
NZGamer (Jun 02, 2010)
As it stands, though, you’ll need to be really hankering for some old-school gameplay to enjoy 3D Dot Game Heroes. I wasn’t able to manage it, but I suspect there are quite a few of you out there who would actually enjoy this game from start to finish. You know who you are.
Gamer Limit (May 21, 2010)
DGH knows this, and embraces it, but experienced gamers will find that the nostalgia wears off quickly, and newcomers may be put off by the limited – however well-aged – gameplay. It’s a good alternative for Sony-lovers that never played the original masterpiece, or players looking to save a few dollars.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 10, 2011)
3D Dot Game Heroes has its hard in the right place, but more than anything else it makes me want to revisit the real Zelda: Link to the Past.
1UP (Apr 20, 2010)
To their credit, Atlus seems to acknowledge 3DDGH as the lightweight diversion it is, pricing the game well below the standard for a PlayStation 3 title and bundling a bunch of Japan's bonus DLC content onto the disc to boot. That makes it an irresistible deal if you're one of those people who, like me, still enjoys playing through 8-bit action RPGs like Zelda and Crystalis. If you're not... well, maybe you'll still find something to like here, but don't be surprised if 3DDGH leaves you cold.
AceGamez (May 28, 2010)
Nostalgia is a fine currency to pay your way with, presuming it comes hand in hand with a refreshing new take on an age-worn affair, but 3D Dot Game Heroes does not innovate in the slightest: it is content simply to emulate, and emulate inadequately in many cases. In so doing, its unabashed adoration for its classic inspiration proves to be its own undoing. It does not take long for 3D Dot Game Heroes to squander the larger part of its players’ nostalgic goodwill, and a whimsical, self-aware sense of humour, chiptune music and some neat visual trickery is not enough to overcome that obstacle in the long term. There will be some gluttons for punishment out there who will love Silicon Studio’s tribute from end to end, and more power to them for their perseverance against all good reason, but the vast majority of gamers in this day and age will find that 3D Dot Game Heroes wears out its welcome all too soon.
Gamernode (May 20, 2010)
At the budget price of $39.99, 3D Dot Game Heroes is cheap, nostalgic fun, and will find a very special place in old-school gamers' hearts, but it ultimately falls short of source material that is roughly two decades old. For Zelda enthusiasts, it will be a good 2D-turned-3D romp, and remind us why that series is so highly regarded (and why we're drooling for its 3-years-coming console sequel). For others, it is at least worth checking out; it does plenty of things right, and features the biggest swords anyone has ever seen. Ever.
60 (UK) (Apr 19, 2010)
3D Dot Game Heroes does have its moments and fun features, like a cute little avatar editor (guess what I made), and the ability to take screenshots and save them to your PS3's photo gallery. But every one of the problems it suffers from elsewhere is something that Legend of Zelda, through its longevity and the massive expertise of its designers, has either long since overcome or never had to worry about anyway. More or less everything 3D Dot Game Heroes does well, meanwhile, is something Zelda has already done better.
Teletext (2010)
It's going to have to be a work of comic genius though to justify the rampant plagiarism and unwillingness to add any new features of its own. At this stage then there's little point importing the game from Japan - just watch the trailers and hope.
Giant Bomb (May 12, 2010)
If you look past the tricky visuals, something that's admittedly pretty hard to do, you'll see a game that's operating on a lot of borrowed charm. There are differences, such as the fact that, when you're at maximum health, rather than shooting out an energy projectile with your sword, your sword becomes comically huge in a way that would put Cloud Strife to shame. It's different, and in an absurd way, but 3D Dot Game Heroes is still so deeply referential that a lot of it doesn't really work if you're not already in on the joke.
Game Revolution (May 27, 2010)
But when the game's working as it should, it's an enjoyable – if bland – experience. There are a ton of in-jokes, sure. But when you've heard them all before, it feels less like a tribute and more of a “we ran out of interesting things to say for ourselves”, and when you haven't heard them you won't get them anyway. Maybe I'm just jaded in my old age, but remember when games used to be all original and stuff? Those were the days...
40 (May 17, 2010)
Prometteur et séduisant de par ses idées, 3D Dot Game Heroes ne reste malheureusement pas dans les esprits (excepté peut être le thème audio principal). Le titre reprend trop d'éléments des séries existantes en ajoutant un gameplay pas toujours efficace. Si l'épée du héros est longue, cela n'est malheureusement pas le cas de la quête principale. L'éditeur de personnages permet certes d'occuper les plus persévérants mais le jeu ne comporte pas de mode en ligne pour partager son aventure. On regrette aussi que le titre n'ait pas joué à fond sa carte « retro » en pixelisant absolument tout : des effets visuels aux moindres éléments de décors sans oublié la fameuse épée géante. Pourquoi ne pas avoir poussé le vice encore plus loin en insistant davantage sur l'humour et en parodiant d'une manière plus visible les légendes de ces jeux de rôles ? Ah... quel dommage...