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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    90
    Although the sadistically-steep challenge will crush anyone expecting a simple platformer, players who press on into the meatgrinder that is 1001 Spikes will find a top-tier production worthy of respect despite the fact that it makes absolutely no allowances for anything less than perfection.
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    80
    It may make you curse, snap a controller in half and throw your handheld out a window, but that's all natural. That's just how things used to be. A glorious time, indeed.
  3. Jun 25, 2014
    80
    1001 Spikes will frustrate, but its retro difficulty is worthy of a seasoned player's time.
  4. Jun 20, 2014
    75
    1001 Spikes definitely feels much more like a genuine game from the 8-bit era. By this, I mean that I could totally imagine playing this on the NES. The graphics, the music, the way the (surprisingly deep, plotwise) cutscenes are animated: all of them are straight out of 1988 or so, to the point that I could get in a time machine, show the game to 8-year-old me, and have 1988-Matthew think the game was just like everything else he/I was playing at the time.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jun 13, 2014
    8
    Ignore the "1" score from the (currently only) other reviewer.

    The game is a throwback to 80's games, in other words, hard and unforgiving.
    Ignore the "1" score from the (currently only) other reviewer.

    The game is a throwback to 80's games, in other words, hard and unforgiving. Believe me, I was there (in the 80's) playing games, and throwing my NES controller daily. You should have seen the wooden cabinet I had my TV on... full of "NES-controller-corner" holes.

    This game will make you want to do that too... only now you have a PS Vita, which is hardly indestructible like the NES controller was. I suggest you don't throw it.

    1001 Spikes frustrates the hell out of you, but also makes you say, "Just one more time," the true sign of a fun and addictive game.

    The graphics are SUPER dated, like the 80's. The music even more so. The difficulty is what keeps you coming back. I swear, I would get stuck trying to get by some booby-trap, then I would get past it, only to die "2 squares" later (anyone who played in the 80's will know what I mean by squares). Be forewarned, there are traps EVERYWHERE in this game! Hardly a safe spot to stand. And it's all timed perfectly to screw up your run!
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  2. Oct 21, 2020
    4
    At first this seems like a great game, but eventually the levels become poorly designed. Specifically, they are designs where if you getAt first this seems like a great game, but eventually the levels become poorly designed. Specifically, they are designs where if you get through the first part of the level and you get to the second part [yay! i did it!] at the wrong time in the second part's sequence, you die instantly. You have to predict the exact timing of the rest of the level, and that isn't fun. If you survive the first part, you should have a chance at the second part, [it should be a "sure you could die instantly, but in an avoidable way" situation], this is just immature gratuitous game design Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2014
    0
    Okay i guess. it's pretty darn hurrendous. it's like corn with milk, or sugar with sugar. it's what you get when you boil coke. a nasty thing.Okay i guess. it's pretty darn hurrendous. it's like corn with milk, or sugar with sugar. it's what you get when you boil coke. a nasty thing. looks old and it's not at all what you want to see. Expand