Average Metacritic Rating of Funded Kickstarter Games is a 70

Kickstarter is something we simply didn’t have 20 years ago. Now, instead of simply getting denied proper funding from a game publisher, developers all over the globe are able to get funding through potential fans of a game.Kickstarter games

But if you look at the majority of popular/buzzworthy, fully-funded Kickstarter games that we have seen so far, it seems as though the majority of them are huge disappointments. Games like Yooka-LayleeMighty No. 9, and now most recently, Perception, all had a great deal of buzz on just about every major gaming outlet and video game forum leading up to their releases, only to greatly disappoint.

So, we thought we’d do a little bit of research to determine just how bad things really are when it comes to Kickstarter games. Obviously, there are some outliers, both on the positive and negative side of games that have been crowdfunded on the platform. We researched the Metacritic ratings of 132 Kickstarter games that have actually been released so far and have a Metacritic rating and used the information to figure out the average rating of Kickstarter games that have been released so far.

How did we come up with the average? We took all of the funded Kickstarter Games (excluding games that only appear on mobile platforms and adult games) — there are 132 of them — and found their highest rating on Metacritic (excluding mobile versions). We also excluded special/complete editions (for example, The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition). Then, we averaged all of those numbers to get the result.

According to our research, the average Metacritic score for a Kickstarter game is 69.96 out of 100. There are some extremities on both ends, with the lowest Metacritic score being 29 for Legends of Dawn, and the highest being Shovel Knight and Undertale, both having a 92.

Cthulhu Saves the World78
No Time to Explain54
Revolution 6073
Organ Trail: Director’s Cut6.7
Diamond Trust of London63
FTL: Faster Than Light84
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare79
Ravaged64
Guns of Icarus Online64
Cognition72
Kentucky Route Zero91
Strike Suit Zero68
Akaneiro: Demon HUnters53
StarDrive61
Expeditions: Conquistador77
Legends of Dawn29
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded56
Cloudberry Kingdom75
Shadowrun Returns76
Race the Sun79
Divekick73
Volgarr The Viking77
Legend of Dungeon62
Takedown34
Buddy & Me63
Knock-Knock57
Fist of Awesome74
Forced72
Battle Worlds: Kronos71
Risk of Rain81
Lilly Looking Through71
The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths65
Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse72
Republique72
Detective Grimoire83
Consortium66
The Banner Saga80
Mercenary Kings76
Contagion62
Jane Jensen’s Moebius54
Starlight inception50
Sir, You are Being Hunted63
Full Bore72
Sportsfriends82
Blade Symphony72
Monochroma66
Among the Sleep66
Lifeless Planet59
Spintires67
Xenonauts77
Shovel Knight92
Divinity Original Sin87
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake78
Freedom planet84
Unrest65
Back to Bed62
Shadowgate68
Planetary Annihilation62
Wasteland 281
Defense Grid 281
Neverending Nightmares74
Paranautical Activity48
Jagged Alliance: Flashback52
Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey73
Lords of Xulima71
Dead State70
Elegy for a Dead World65
Elite Dangerous80
Lisa78
Sunless Sea81
the Escapists74
Hand of Fate80
the Book of Unwritten Tales 280
There Came an Echo59
Deer God59
Dyscourse71
War for the Overworld65
Dead Synchronicity Tomorrow Comes Today70
Convoy72
Chroma Squad75
Dex69
Carmageddon Reincarnation54
Serpent in the Staglands75
Massive Chalice73
Legends of Eisenwald71
Red Goddess53
Stasis79
Armello80
Undertale92
Bedlam54
Nevermind65
Jotun79
Armikrog61
Pulse57
Chaos Reborn85
Poncho63
Hard West73
Aviary Attorney77
Amplitude74
That Dragon, Cancer78
the Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human76
Darkest Dungeon84
Hex: Shards of Fate87
the Flame in the Flood74
Superhot83
Grim Dawn83
Into the Stars61
Moon Hunters63
Sheltered70
Project Scissors Nightcry46
Hyper Light Drifer84
Loud on Planet X72
Aurion69
Duelyst82
Mighty No 955
Energy Hook22
This is the Police71
Obduction76
Earthlock: Festival of Magic66
Her Majesty’s Spiffing74
Shantae: Half Genie Hero82
Night in the Woods88
Hollow Knight86
Torment: Tides of Numenera81
Faeria80
Project Rain World (Rain World)64
Thimbleweed Park85
Paradigm83
Yooka-Laylee73
Cosmic Star Heroine77
Pinstripe71
Strafe66
Friday the 13th: the Game71
Perception61
AVERAGE:69.97537313

So, do with this information what you will. In all honesty, it’s slightly higher than I would have guessed, and while a 70 isn’t exactly a great score, it’s not terrible, either.

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