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Generally favorable reviews- based on 147 Ratings

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  • Summary: As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 28, 2018
    100
    The Messenger’s intricate platforming and charming world make for a surprising journey that must be played.
  2. Sep 9, 2018
    90
    Twist after twist, The Messenger turns out to be an amazing game. Everything looks and feels perfect, from its sense of humor to its level-design. It’s a must-have for every retro games lover.
  3. Sep 3, 2018
    86
    Competent action-platform, curious "double-face" metroidvania, of ancient origins but with exceptional and unpredictable flickers of contemporaneity.
  4. Aug 31, 2018
    80
    Even if it tends to be a bit frustrating in its second half, as it opens up a bit, The Messenger is still a magnificent and really great to play independent action platformer with some clever ideas and a lovable personality.
  5. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    Devolver Digital and Sabotage Studio propose a game that could innovate its genre.
  6. Sep 5, 2018
    80
    The Messenger is a game that makes no effort to hide who its intended audience is, and its clever combining of two distinct gameplay genres ensures that it casts a rather wide net. Whether you’re a die-hard retro gaming fan or a genre newbie eager to dive into the deep end, Sabotage’s debut title is one adventure worth embarking on.
  7. Sep 14, 2018
    75
    Creating both an 8-bit and 16-bit aesthetic is a genius idea and a very meta way for depicting the world in the past and future eras. It’s also commendable that Sabotage introduced a clever alternative to the usual double jump function we usually see in the platform genre. Though it’s filled with charm and highly competent gameplay it’s marred by exhausting backtracking (even for the genre), few enemy types and a lack of challenge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. Aug 25, 2020
    10
    For any fan of NES and SNES games. Old School by this meaning. This is your must-buy. Perfection.
  2. Oct 24, 2019
    10
    So much fun to play with this game. The boss battles are unique and the Messenger's humour is literally awesome and funny. The controls areSo much fun to play with this game. The boss battles are unique and the Messenger's humour is literally awesome and funny. The controls are smooth and there's so much to do in this game. The story is 10h+, New Game+, DLC, and collectibles. Definetely worth to play with Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    This was one of the greatest 2D platformers I have played. And it is a really funny game too, like really great job with that! Great balanceThis was one of the greatest 2D platformers I have played. And it is a really funny game too, like really great job with that! Great balance of gameplay and storytime if you want to talk to the shop keep. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2020
    9
    GOD, IT'S SO GOOOOOD!
    It seems just nice, simple and short at the beginning. However, after 5-6 hours you realise this game is so much more
    GOD, IT'S SO GOOOOOD!
    It seems just nice, simple and short at the beginning. However, after 5-6 hours you realise this game is so much more than just a simple platformer! 22 hours (with DLC) of pure joy :D
    Simple, but challenging; perfected gameplay mechanics, great music, humour and awesome design!
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  5. Nov 21, 2019
    8
    Tight controls, great graphics and an outstanding soundtrack. I have mixed feelings about the Metroidvania twist. Yes, it feels likeTight controls, great graphics and an outstanding soundtrack. I have mixed feelings about the Metroidvania twist. Yes, it feels like shameless padding at times, but it also changes the games genre from an action-platformer to more of a puzzle-platformer, which has plenty of positive moments in itself. Boss fights are well done and a lot of fun, zones are varied and interesting (especially the final one), the Picnic Panic DLC is free and great, what more can you ask for there? Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2019
    8
    Very Cool                                                                                      Very Cool                                                                                      
  7. Jan 6, 2021
    1
    i kinda liked the game at first, but it vastly overstays its welcome in the medium run. The second part of the game where the gimmick startsi kinda liked the game at first, but it vastly overstays its welcome in the medium run. The second part of the game where the gimmick starts is enormously annoying even with a trainer - the trainer made the game tolerable for a couple of hours more but its really a below average metroidvania-wannabe. 4 upgrades? Eff off. Insta death pits and walls all over the place? eat a bag of dick dev, glad i didnt have to pay for this. Expand

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