Open main menu

Matterfall is a side-scrolling shooter video game developed by Housemarque and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released worldwide for PlayStation 4 in August 2017.

Matterfall video game cover art 2017.jpg
Publisher(s)Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
  • NA: 15 August 2017
  • EU: 16 August 2017
Genre(s)Side-scrolling, shooter



Matterfall is a side-scrolling shooter game with platforming elements.[1][2] The game is set on a futuristic science fiction world that has been infected by an alien material known as "Smart Matter".[1] The player takes control of Avalon Darrow who dons an armoured battle suit.[1][2] Darrow can jump, dodge, and blast aliens.[1][2] Darrow can also create platforms to explore the environment and generate shields to deflect attacks of enemies.[2]

Development and releaseEdit

Matterfall was developed by Housemarque and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game was announced in October 2015 during Paris Games Week.[3] It was released for PlayStation 4 on 15 August 2017 in North America and in Europe on the following day.[1][2] Sony offered a copy of the game's soundtrack and a PlayStation 4 theme as a pre-order incentive for Matterfall.[2]


Aggregate score

Matterfall received "mixed or average" reviews from critics, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[4] In Game Informer's Reader's Choice Best of 2017 Awards, the game came in fourth place each for "Best Sony Game" and "Best Action Game".[5] It was also nominated for "Arcade Game" at The Independent Game Developers' Association Awards 2017,[6] and for "Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D" at the 17th Annual National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Faller, Patrick (12 June 2017). "E3 2017: Sci-Fi Side-Scroller Matterfall Gets Release Date, New Trailer". GameSpot. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sousa, Pedro (13 June 2017). "Housemarque's explosive PS4 twin-stick shooter Matterfall releases 16th August". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  3. ^ Sarkar, Samit (27 October 2015). "Matterfall coming to PS4 from Housemarque". Polygon. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Matterfall for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  5. ^ Cork, Jeff (4 January 2018). "Reader's Choice Best Of 2017 Awards". Game Informer. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  6. ^ "2017 Winners". The Independent Game Developers' Association. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.

External linksEdit