Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
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  1. 90
    Overall, the game is fantastic. It’s fun for solo play and is even better when working in co-op. I’ve poured hours into the game and have still not completed every possible task available. There’s so much replayability and it’ll have you craving for more Yo-kai madness… or maybe a Yo-kai is making you think that. Regardless, the game is definitely fantastic and I’d highly recommend adding it to your 3DS’s library.
  2. Sep 4, 2018
    Level-5 has left its comfort zone to venture into a tremendously addictive and fun action RPG with hours of fun ahead. Its story is well taken and its final bosses are great. This title will delight the most hardcore fans of the saga, as well as those who only look for a very addictive action game.
  3. Sep 4, 2018
    While its rinse and repeat Diablo-lite gameplay can get a little repetitive after extended play, there’s no denying how much fun it is to return to the world of Yo-kai Watch. Whether playing solo or via local or online co-op, Level-5 has taken all the hallmarks of the series and made it even more accessible to newcomers and seasoned monster hunters. A fine way to see off the series on 3DS, and proof the Yo-Kai series is strong enough to tweak its formula with a spin-off and still maintain that quintessential Japanese magic.
  4. Sep 17, 2018
    Unlike the previous games, it is based on direct action. Its system is simple and repetitive, but also fun. The cooperative mode is a big strong point.
  5. Sep 15, 2018
    Yo-Kai Watch Blasters never manages to shake off that minigame feel, but its core gameplay, though shallow, is fun. Don’t go in expecting anything too deep (or expecting to go anywhere beyond the town of Yo-Kai Watch 2), and Blasters is an enjoyable enough way to pass the time.
  6. Sep 11, 2018
    A good RPG game that, despite its lack of depth in gameplay and simplicity in his history, keeps entertaining with its fun characters.
  7. Sep 6, 2018
    A good diversion from the playful experience proposed by the main series.
  8. Sep 4, 2018
    Although we appreciated that frantic action seen in Yo-Kai Watch Blasters, our love for the unique combat system seen in the first two episodes remains unchanged, and we hope to see it return as soon as possible in the franchise. This spin-off is a nice buy for the newcomers, though.
  9. NF Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    A fair spin-off that could have been better if it had leaned even further into the parody that ultimately wound up just being inconsequential window dressing for gameplay that's not at all related to Ghostbusters. [Issue #37 – January/February 2019, p. 69]
  10. Oct 1, 2018
    Watch Blasters has some good ideas, but it ends up feeling repetitive and wearing out a concept that could’ve pushed the series a little but further.
  11. Sep 9, 2018
    Based on a strong concept, Yokai Watch Blasters is a solid game with beautiful visuals and many things to do. But the action may be chaotic at times, and the whole thing is really repetitive.
  12. Sep 4, 2018
    The game is repetitive and the gameplay too bland. Only recommended to big fans of Yo-Kai Watch.
  13. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 21, 2018
    Each of the ten chapters has a storyline that somewhat overlaps with numerical Yo-Kai’s. But whatever the plot reason is, in the end you’ll find yourself plowing through enemies using the same two basic attacks. It’s a grind game, plain and simple – and an uninspired one at that. [Issue#234, p.58]
  14. Dec 27, 2018
    Its approach to the series remains simple and intuitive, with a good use of the 3D component. Unfortunately its tutorial segments are too long and cumbersome, the game is too blatantly based on the Ghostbusters movie license and its low level of difficulty renders the game's tactical component rather irrelevant.
  15. Nov 5, 2018
    It’s not going to change the world, but it would certainly interest a tween that wants to get into RPGs.
  16. Sep 4, 2018
    There is undoubtedly some blasting spirit into this efficiently action oriented Yo-Kai Watch spin-off, but with such ghostly narrative, skeletal structure and overall lack of consistency, only diehard fans may be haunted by this fleshed-out multiplayer experience for long.
  17. Dec 17, 2018
    Yo-kai Watch Blasters was very disappointing for me as a Yo-kai Watch fan because it just doesn’t carry the charm of the mainline games. It’s dull to play and that signature wit and wholesomeness was missing from the writing. While there’s plenty to do in the game, even after you’ve completed the story, it didn’t keep my attention long enough to see it all through. It might be worth checking out if you’re desperate to play something with friends, but otherwise you can treat this one like the yo-kai Dimmy and ignore it completely.
  18. Sep 14, 2018
    It’s a shame but Yo-Kai watch Blasters could have been a good game, but it’s let down by a lack of variety in what it offers in itself and against its predecessors.

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