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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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  1. May 10, 2019
    90
    Judged by its visuals alone, The Messenger is a charming retro adventure with pixel perfect platforming. Even that high praise is to do it a disservice, as the game soon opens up to be an unexpected, yet brilliant metroidvania, delivering a plot that twists, turns, surprises, and has humour to spare. Ultimately, the Messenger is one of the best indie games I’ve ever encountered. You really should play it.
  2. 90
    Resolutely challenging without ever being unfair, frequently gut-bustingly humorous and stuffed with all manner of unexpected twists and turns, The Messenger one of the most essential platformers on PS4. It really is that simple.
  3. Mar 26, 2019
    85
    The Messenger is a retro-styled old school challenge that starts off easy but will soon test any player’s hidden ninja skills. This is a multi-genre homage to some real classics that manages to feel like a long-lost gem.
  4. Mar 19, 2019
    80
    As expected, on PS4 The Messenger is stil. a very good action platformer that manages to deliver love of the 8/16bits eras and doesn't forget to put some fresh and very clever ideas in the mix.
  5. Mar 26, 2019
    80
    The Messenger is a great example of “old school platform”. It’s fun to play, challenging but never frustrating, with good graphics and an excellent soundtrack.
  6. Mar 21, 2019
    80
    An inspired homage to old school Ninja Gaiden games, with a clever blending of genres and near perfect retro graphics and music.
  7. Apr 22, 2019
    70
    The Messenger is a unique and enjoyable 2D platformer with a strong personality and exciting gameplay, and its fine-tuned appearance on the PS4 is a welcome one. The first half of the game is worthy of unfettered praise, but the experience takes a hefty blow at the halfway point from a failed attempt at expanding the scope. This aside, it remains a lovingly conceived game and is well worth playing through on this basis, but its flaws prevent it from going down as a true classic. In light of the fact that this is the first game by Sabotage, it's fair to say that the studio's future is bright.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 26, 2019
    10
    One of the best platformer on the console if not the best. Nice and sharp gameplay, hard but not unfaire. Will charm old and young gamer withOne of the best platformer on the console if not the best. Nice and sharp gameplay, hard but not unfaire. Will charm old and young gamer with it's crunchy humor and retro style. Il you speak french I strongly recommand you to select the "Québécois" language (most of the dialogue are clearly meant to be read in this language and it's where the humor is at it's best).

    The gameplay is realy similar to the old Ninja Gaiden on NES but sharper and with more moves.

    Dont' hesitate to buy it if you're fan of this genre, it's worth every penny... even more.

    P.S. : Don't look in the closet.
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  2. Aug 6, 2020
    10
    This game is so much fun. Music is awesome. Gameplay is super fast and tight. characters and dialogues in this is funny. Just great game overal.
  3. Jan 24, 2020
    10
    Skeptical at first, but couldn't put down the controller once i started. The one who designed the levels, obstacles and enemies is a genius. ISkeptical at first, but couldn't put down the controller once i started. The one who designed the levels, obstacles and enemies is a genius. I expected a simple platform, but got way more. I felt like playing a puzzle game because every time the screen changed i immediately went puzzle solving mode on how to pass to the next screen, and then the next, and the next.. It is a fun-action-quest-adventure-puzzle-and-etc. game Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2020
    10
    Definitely one of the best games of this generation. Brilliant narrative, addicive gameplay, great level design, boss fights! SoundtrackDefinitely one of the best games of this generation. Brilliant narrative, addicive gameplay, great level design, boss fights! Soundtrack still plays in my head on loop.. MUST PLAY Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2019
    9
    Abdolutely fantastic and probably the best 2d sidescrolling platformer with this style of fast paced combat ever created and not to spoilAbdolutely fantastic and probably the best 2d sidescrolling platformer with this style of fast paced combat ever created and not to spoil anything but it opens up into something that is even more wonderful than before when you think it is just about getting a little samey. I am knocking it down to a 9/10 for very small reasons, it edged just shy of a ten because of the late game exploration can get confusing, most of the collectible coins are ridiculously well hidden which require an online guide and while I havn't finsihed yet, I am very close, I would have prefered had they tightened things up late game an wound that stuff into mid game instead or a seperate mode from the menu instead of continued linearity, maybe a NG+ type deal as there was a point there where the game felt perfect and complete and you'll know it when you see it.
    Not much else to say on this but that if you love fast paced, skill based side scrollers you will love this. It's to Ninja gaiden what Shovel knight was to Mega man and other games like it. Top notch stuff.
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  6. Apr 15, 2019
    7
    The Messenger sieht zwar etwas aus wie das klassische Ninja Gaiden – orientiert sich aber eher am NES-Underdog Kabuki Quantum Fighter und demThe Messenger sieht zwar etwas aus wie das klassische Ninja Gaiden – orientiert sich aber eher am NES-Underdog Kabuki Quantum Fighter und dem modernen Indie-Hit Celeste. Im Hardcore-Sidescroller dasht Ihr mit Katana und Wurfstern durch flinke wie fiese Gegner und meistert dabei gut getimt Platformer-Einlagen mit Puzzle-Einschlag. Die bunten wie abwechslungsreichen Levels und deren Bosse sind zwar manchmal etwas generisch, dafür motiviert The Messenger durch gute Spielbarkeit, ein hohes Tempo und jede Menge Meta-Humor. Die unzähligen Anspielungen auf frühe Retrogames erreichen derweil ihren nostalgischen Höhepunkt, wenn Ihr später mit nur einem Knopfdruck zwischen 8-Bit- und 16-Bit-Grafik wechselt. Leider wird The Messenger gerade zu diesem Zeitpunkt etwas repetitiv, während der Schwierigkeitsgrad aufgrund unschön gesetzter Checkpoints etwas ausartet. Expand
  7. Nov 25, 2020
    5
    The Messenger is a game that will appeal to a niche audience that love their Ninja Gaiden crossed with Metroidvania. I thought that audienceThe Messenger is a game that will appeal to a niche audience that love their Ninja Gaiden crossed with Metroidvania. I thought that audience included myself, but this game has me thinking otherwise.

    The graphics and sound are true highlights of the game. The retro 2D graphics give off a SNES feel but are extremely responsive and modern. Walking into the merchant's shop for the first time is a sight to behold and combined with a very compelling and memorable soundtrack means The Messenger will live in your mind for quite a while afterwards.

    After this the game took a dip for me. The first few levels were excellent. You are gradually learning skills and enjoying the learning curve as you traverse a variety of backdrops. Despite the repetitive characters, a variety of sprites and backgrounds balance these out and the boss fights in particular stand out and are always memorable.

    This is where I should mention I gave up on the game and The Underworld stage. Had this level been the last or second-last level I would have persisted to finish the game and my overall score would have been closer to an 8. By this level I had gotten quite sick of the mechanics and found the difficulty increases particularly frustrating. Being based on checkpoints means a lot of repetition when one tiny traversal keeps causing you to die, and sometimes this is a matter of trial and error rather than skill. The boss fights can be particularly masochistic as any deaths result in restarting the whole fight. To its credit, in the first few levels the game kept me coming back for me, but my patience could only last so long.

    Having discovered that I also gave up just before a crucial juncture in the game actually brought me relief rather than regret, as according to some walkthroughs on YouTube I was only halfway through the game.

    I had stopped enjoying it so I stopped playing it. That's how I am with games. I can appreciate other people love the trial and tribulation approach ala Dark Souls, so take my review as my own opinion, because there is A LOT to enjoy in this game if it's your type of game. I loved the gameplay as it was very fluid and responsive. The hitboxes were questionable at times but I can't help but find a lot of these highly-rated indie games come with a pinch of salt. I want to see indie games succeed as much as anyone as I am sick of AAA garbage, but I want to be honest about my experience with gams too.
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