Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 100
    While N+ is frequently challenging, it never devolves to the level of senseless head gripping difficulty that has been seen in similar games, as it strikes a nice balance in difficulty.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Simple, elegant and hopelessly addictive. [Feb 2008, p.103]
  3. Despite some level design and DLC uncertainties, N+ is absolutely a must buy for any self-respecting 360 owner. N+ adds lots of new, great stuff to an already incredible platformer; with its multiplayer modes, level editor, and wonderfully intuitive-yet-deep controls, there's enough here to satisfy diehard N fans and franchise newbies alike.
  4. 95
    If you appreciate the art of focus, gravity, and near-death evasions then this title is a must buy. To round out this package; N+ also includes time-based leaderboards, level editor, co-op and competitive multi-player, and (everybody’s favorite) achievements; combine all of these elements and you have one of the best reasons to spend 800 Microsoft points.
  5. Simple, clean, basic and beautiful!
  6. It offers nothing but challenge: Players have to accomplish such platforming staples as making precise jumps, timing a dash past missiles and electrified robots, and jumping all the way up a wall with perfect grace.
  7. N+ is an exciting throwback to 2D platforming that improves upon the formula in almost every way.
  8. It may not look or sound like much but N+ is nevertheless a beast of a game in terms of gameplay and challenge.
  9. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Its mixture of razor-sharp design and old-school joy make this as close to a must-buy as you're likely to come. [Issue#31, p.116]
  10. The multiplayer options are sweet, too, but you'll probably spend more time with the single player game. N+ rocks.
  11. An incredibly fun game. Although its difficulty level can sometimes drive you up the wall, the simplistic, addictive gameplay is more than enough to keep you glued to your X360 for hours.
  12. AceGamez
    A great title that's fantastic value for any hard-headed platforming fan, thanks to its rock-solid game mechanics and a wealth of content and modes.
  13. N+ is a reminder that flashy graphics and high concept gameplay are not necessary to create a killer casual game. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.
  14. If you’re into puzzles and you’ve never played the PC version of N, this one is a must buy.
  15. N+ is a lesson in modern times that shows us what really matters in a videogame, and that is the entertainment value.
  16. One of those deceptively simple concepts that’s nearly impossible to put down.
  17. 85
    Sure, you can download its predecessor for free on your PC, but with more levels, console controls and a bumped-up look, N+ feels like a new experience.
  18. 85
    If it weren't held back by a few severely annoying technical issues, it might be the best Arcade title yet.
  19. A great game for the Live Arcade. It is presented well, but it is the core gameplay that makes this title so much fun. The blend of puzzling room-based gameplay, combined with the ninja aspect of the game makes it well worth the 800 Microsoft points you'll need to download the title.
  20. N+ may not look like much, but it’s fun and addictive.
  21. It shows great aptitude for minimalist design and strikes a good albeit controversial balance between steep difficulty and steady progress. Joyful and infuriating in turns, it comes well and truly to life as a shared experience and, if nothing else, is perfect for masochists.
  22. Purely on the basis that it's a wonderful concept executed with no small amount of wit and style, N+ comes highly recommended - at least to those with a taste for such punishing gameplay.
  23. 80
    A great mix of fun and frustration.
  24. 80
    A hardout classic platform game with cool physics, a cool character and boatloads of content (online tournaments, system link, support for up to four players, level editor and 300 levels), all for a measley 800 points.
  25. games(TM)
    The depth of play and excellent level design make up for any problems that you may have with the visual style. [Apr 2008, p.117]
  26. Overall, the multiplayer options are a fantastic addition to the series and make N+ an even better value buy, especially if you've got a couple of mates who also dream ninja dreams.
  27. 80
    There's simply so much game here, and so much replay value to be found in pursuing high scores that - for not much more than a fiver - it'd be rude not to buy it.
  28. So it’s not really anything about N+ itself that will turn people off, as it’s a fun game in its own right with a ton of content in this one little package.
  29. Platforming nuts and fans of the series won't find themselves disappointed at the content and frenzied gameplay packed into this 800-point arcade game. For a game which in its later bits exists simply to test your patience, it sure does a good job of keeping players in their seats.
  30. The addictive gameplay and stylish design of N+ make the game as charming as it is challenging.
  31. If you’re in the market, Xbox live market to be precise, for a fun, fast paced puzzle game then I’d say the 800 points is worth it.
  32. While it’s a great game, if you bought your 360 to see high definition graphics and all new gaming experiences, N+ won’t satisfy your modern hunger for High Definition. But if you liked the flash game, rate gameplay over graphics and don’t mind paying just over a fiver for some old fashioned entertainment, buy it… but be prepared to destroy the odd controller at certain difficult levels.
  33. This game has no outstanding issues that would pull its rating down apart from the frustration of not perfecting that jump!
  34. Official Xbox Magazine
    What makes N+ really new and fresh though is its customizability. [Jan 2008, p.66]
  35. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    A great game and one of only a few platformers on Xbox; keep a spare pad handy though. [Apr 2008, p.96]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51
  1. JohnF
    Jun 2, 2008
    Single-player starts off a lot of fun but gets incredibly frustrating and difficult towards the end. It will really test your patience, maybeSingle-player starts off a lot of fun but gets incredibly frustrating and difficult towards the end. It will really test your patience, maybe like no game you've ever played. The "zero margin for error" difficulty towards the end takes most of the fun out of the game. Multiplayer is cool if you can find someone else to play. Full Review »
  2. Sep 24, 2017
    L'indé pourravenaze du jour est en 2D 4 couleurs et bien entendu une sorte de "jeu" de plate-forme pourri dans lequel on doit faire sauter leL'indé pourravenaze du jour est en 2D 4 couleurs et bien entendu une sorte de "jeu" de plate-forme pourri dans lequel on doit faire sauter le petit bonhomme (ou plutôt le petit tas de pixels qui ressemble à un bonhomme) sur des plate-formes.

    Pour se singulariser et de dédouaner de la merdaille ambiante des indés qui sentent du fion, N+ a bricolé quelque chose de plus injouable que d'habitude, une daubasse en fait tellement injouable, tellement nulle à chier qu'il ne peut s'agir que d'un brouillon de vague projet de concept (de "jeu vidéo" ?) en pré-version-alpha-moins.

    A ses graphismes (?) immondes se joint donc un non-jeu et un foutage de gueule que seul un développeur indé peut se permettre de démouler impunément, car du moment que c'est "frais", un public benêt ouvre grand le bec pour avaler un tel non-sens. Triste époque en vérité.
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  3. NateB
    Apr 6, 2008
    A reflex champion and perfectionist's dream game. N+ features a tremendous amount of challenge without being overly frustrating, greatA reflex champion and perfectionist's dream game. N+ features a tremendous amount of challenge without being overly frustrating, great controls and literally hundreds of stages between single player, co-op and multiplayer vs. modes. While the graphics look like an old Atari title, the physics, music and style are top notch. The only hang up I have about this game is that there are some hiccups during online play, though usually the game runs smoothly. In total, N+ is a great value at only 800 points (while free on the PC, the controller support and live features are well worth it) and is one of the best, if not the best, game featured on xbox live arcade so far. My recommendation is that you will greatly enjoy this title if you found the demo to be even a little bit engaging. Plus, what other game features as many bad puns? I'll see you N+ the game! Full Review »