The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct received extremely negative reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 35.39% and 32/100, the PlayStation 3 version 33.33% and 34/100, the PC version 32.63% and 38/100 and the Wii U version 30.50%.
Polygon were disappointed in the game and gave it a 3 out of 10 rating, stating that: "The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is the exact sort of lazy, cheap cash-grab that gave licensed games a bad name in the first place" and compared playing the game to "listening to a roomful of barely competent musicians, each of whom is playing a completely different song. And every once in a while one kicks you in the groin. Also, you have a sunburn."