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  • Summary: Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes is a 2D platformer where you have 1,001 lives to beat the game.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 8, 2014
    80
    The impatient will probably give up just a few levels in, but the devoted will find a lot to enjoy with 1001 Spikes. It's a fitting tribute to the games of old, while embracing a challenge level that today's dedicated gamers will truly appreciate. If they don't break their controller first, that is.
  2. Jul 3, 2014
    80
    With deadly obstacles at every step, this is one game that never lets up. But fans of this type of punishment will enjoy the clever level designs and rage-inducing traps.
  3. Jun 8, 2014
    80
    At times it becomes a mind-numbing slog, as you're reduced to performing the same rote set of actions for hours until you perfect the one jump or dodge that's holding you back. The reward is a sense of mastery, but the price can be awfully steep, making this a true test of skill – and patience.
  4. Jun 16, 2014
    80
    1001 Spikes is best for the kind of person who can take punishment and enjoy it. It can be soul crushing for the same reason it's inspiring.
  5. Jun 18, 2014
    80
    1001 Spikes is one of the most difficult platformers out there, but finishing a level feels so much better when you overcome the challenge.
  6. Jun 5, 2014
    70
    1001 Spikes‘ challenge doesn’t hurt its cause by any means, but those who despise trying something hundreds of times in a row will find themselves quickly turned off.
  7. Jul 16, 2014
    70
    1001 Spikes is far from a bad game, but a few too many spikes on each level leave it falling from grace.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 4, 2015
    8
    If you miss the crippling difficulty of the NES, 1001 Spikes is challenging, rewarding, and just for you.
    To begin, the levels after level 5
    If you miss the crippling difficulty of the NES, 1001 Spikes is challenging, rewarding, and just for you.
    To begin, the levels after level 5 are HARD. Youll die at least 30 times just learning all of the traps. It will aggravate you and it may call for a break but any completionist will not be able to stay away too long and the crave of victory will soon be satitated. Once you do complete a level, you'll notice that with a complete understanding of the level's traps and flow it is rather simple to complete. Thus, begging you to get a faster time.
    If you love to speedrun. This game hits the nail on the head. Its 95% free of annoying gimmicks (darn that 5-3) and has many difficult secrets to give options on your run. Do you take the simple route and get your regular time? Or do you risk it all to shave 3 seconds? The choices!
    The game is also quite lengthy which is great! The second half of the game (as of this writing) has still yet to be recorded in a speed run world record (Good Luck!) !
    The only downfall of this second half is it fails in diversity. The first half of the game changes themes and schemes while the second remains a (seemingly endless) blue and white. 30 levels of blue and white can be tiresome! The good news is the soundtrack and gameplay improves in the second half. Gameplay is tighter, trickier, and you must be precise in your actions to master any level. The soundtrack for the whole game is catchy but it really ups the quality in the second half.
    Expect no gripping story, obviously but expect hours of death and reward. Your friends will think you a God when youre running through. And someone please speed run Antarctica!
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  2. Jun 6, 2014
    7
    I thoroughly enjoyed this game for about 4 hours of constant defeat. It's like if Mario Brothers was a game designed to kill you over andI thoroughly enjoyed this game for about 4 hours of constant defeat. It's like if Mario Brothers was a game designed to kill you over and over right before you reach the flag.
    Don't get me wrong, the game plays smoothly and has a good retro aesthetic but unless you are the kind of person who is fine getting 9/10 of the way through a level only to be spiked up the butt time and time again just to best your friends or earn a bronze trophy...this game probably isn't for you.
    However, if you played supermeatboy so much you could speedrun it without thinking twice, you will adore this game. I had to quit because I felt like I was going insane, but some people will love it. If you love going insane, pick it up. If not, don't.
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