Project X Zone has received mixed to positive reviews from western critics. The game currently has a score of 70 on Metacritic.  IGN 's Scott Thompson gave Project X Zone a score of 8 out of 10, saying, " Project X Zone is often funny and consistently frantic – two traits not necessarily associated with tactical RPGs. Its story is confusing and the chapters slavishly follow the same repetitive formula, but the superb battle system makes repetition not just tolerable, but enjoyable."  Game Revolution gave it a out of 5, saying, "Despite the lack of depth and the repetition of combat, Project X Zone follows through as a tactical, humorous, preposterous romp through the best hits of video games. Even if you find the combat system strange, the streak of character cameos and the ridiculous number of hits that rack up with every battle will make any hardcore fan smile with appreciation. And if you're anything like me, that's hard to do."  On a more negative note, GamesRadar gave Project X Zone a 2 out of 5, saying, "With the wealth of RPGs, and even great SRPGs, that have arrived on the 3DS in the last several months, it would almost be unconscionable not to recommend one of those games instead of Project X Zone . Fun combat and screaming Tekken characters can only take you so far." 
Throughout the campaign, we will bring you five parts to the Riddle of Thorns. Each of the first four is a puzzle that will get you one line of a four-line poem . You must figure out that line, knowing only the number of words as shown in the blanks at the bottom of each puzzle. Then go to the appropriate webpage and type in that line. If you do so successfully, you will be awarded one of the crests of the Thornwatch , which you may use as your avatar for Facebook, Twitter, or Kickstarter. The final riddle, the Knots in the Birch Tree, will show you the Thornwatch's secret and get you the final crest.