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  • Summary: The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer where the player takes control over Ash, one of few "things" that have "survived" the "end of the world." Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endlessThe End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer where the player takes control over Ash, one of few "things" that have "survived" the "end of the world." Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endless swarm of decaying, mutant animal-like creatures and help aid his final epic quest...to simply make a friend (out of pieces of people he finds along his journey). [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. NF Magazine
    Jan 7, 2018
    85
    It's a perfectly designed game. [Issue #31 – January/February 2018, p. 24E]
  2. Dec 4, 2017
    85
    The End is Nigh is a marvelous and challenging game, and is both familiar but also somewhat alien for fans of both Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel’s past works. Its excellent level design and numerous hidden secrets and challenges will offer those willing to take it on hours upon hours of grueling, satisfying gameplay.
  3. 85
    It’s not for everyone. My feeling is that if you got through Super Meat Boy, you’ll also enjoy The End is Nigh. It scratches the same itch, but it feels like a harder game. I enjoy figuring out how to get through any given stage, but making it happen is where the challenge is. It’s a great feeling when you come to a stage and say “how in the world…” and then beat it a few minutes (and several dozen deaths) later. Personally, I love this game to death even if it does feel like beating my head against the wall sometimes.
  4. Dec 13, 2017
    80
    The End is Nigh is chock-full of content that any hardcore platformer will enjoy. There are hundreds of tumours to collect, and over a dozen game cartridges to search for, along with nonlinear paths that require some exploration to find. The controls are wonderful, and besides a minor adjustment period, feel precise and responsive. Complete with multiple environments and hundreds of levels, the journey to unite Ash with friends and his favourite video games is a rewarding one that is definitely worth checking out.
  5. Dec 18, 2017
    80
    Like a spiritual successor to Super Meat Boy, The End is Nigh takes form as a similar 2D side scrolling platform game. By adding an interconnected world to the mix, it encourages exploration, while still delivering that same hardcore and challenging experience.
  6. Dec 15, 2017
    80
    It's really tough to follow-up Super Meat Boy, but Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel did it nonetheless with a dreary challenging platformer.
  7. Dec 10, 2017
    68
    If Super Meat Boy is Edmund McMillen's gold medal then The End Is Nigh receives a bronze at best. With repetitive gameplay and unintuitive progression, you won't be missing out on much by not playing this 2D platformer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    Art, music, and sound is incredible. Environments are incredibly macabre but enchanting in their own right.

    Game design is a masterpiece.
    Art, music, and sound is incredible. Environments are incredibly macabre but enchanting in their own right.

    Game design is a masterpiece. Each level challenges the player in it's own ways. Some, are obviously easier than others. But in it's whole, its hardest, yet most rewarding experience I've ever had.

    WARNING TO COMPLETIONISTS: DO NOT ATTEMPT.
    This game will actually break you. As I am going to school right now, and work and video games are the only things I really have to worry about during my three months of summer, this game would break any man working a 40 hr job and trying to raise a family. **** I would say if you're going to complete this, set aside a month, or say goodbye to your social life.

    Playing the base game and gathering all the collectibles is one thing, but finishing the entirety of the Cartridges; the collectible mini-platformer levels with extreme difficulty, will kill you.

    In all, I love every aspect of this game. I personally think it's a masterpiece.
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  2. Mar 17, 2019
    9
    This game is a must play if you like 2D platformers for a pure platforming experience. If you do not like these games, I would NOT recommendThis game is a must play if you like 2D platformers for a pure platforming experience. If you do not like these games, I would NOT recommend playing this game. It's very difficult. The music, however, is some of the best in any game I've ever played. Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2017
    9
    When Ash, the only survivor after the apocalypse and YouTuber begins a live stream, Oh no! A tragic error breaks his gear. Without anythingWhen Ash, the only survivor after the apocalypse and YouTuber begins a live stream, Oh no! A tragic error breaks his gear. Without anything else to do he decides it’s time to make a friend from scratch, which in true Ed McMillen macabre fashion, means he will be collecting body parts in order to do so. Grab a heart, a head, and a body to frankenstein yourself a brand new amigo.

    With that in mind grab that pro controller because you have quite the platforming challenge ahead of you. Leaving the nest, you walk through a tutorial showing you the basic mechanics of the game. In that time meeting some funny little characters, which actually made me laugh out loud.

    Dying to play
    Each screen is a contained scene, unlike most platformers where the camera follows you, it lays out your challenge and you have to break it down into little micro moments in order to venture to the next screen. In each new screen you collect a tumor, which can be used later to open up new parts of the game. After you get the tumor you, make it off screen which saves the tumor capture, because if you die, the challenge restarts. All of the enemies are back to their original position, the tumor must be recaptured, and you still must hook hop your way to victory.

    Meating Expectations
    A Lot of people have been comparing The End is Nigh to Super Meat Boy. While it does have quite a bit of similarities. Like the Fast re-entry after death, the incredible difficulty, and the cute yet creepy aesthetic...which feels like it takes place in the same universe as Meatboy. Mechanically the games are quite different. Ash, like meatboy feels great to control and his movements are very finely tuned, as they must be for such a precisely difficult platformer, however he cannot wall slide or wall jump. Instead he can hang on to little hooks on the wall, jump out from them, or pull them down to reveal new sections of each level. Furthermore, pressing RZ, propels Ash downward which is used swimming quickly through toxic water or plummeting at hawk like speeds to smash through stone barriers, opening new areas to explore. Having some amazing secrets to discover The End is Nigh is a bit of a metroidvania. Learning new abilities, using new objects, and collecting enough souls, opens up new creepy caverns to explore.

    We’re in RETRO-grade
    Throughout the game you collect NES-Like cartridges that contain mini games, which you can warp back to the beginning stage, which ironically is named the end. In order to play them on your little tube television. These little 8-bit challenges are punny throw backs to classics. However, the gameplay of The End is Nigh is retro by it’s very nature...this is not a game that you will beat in two hours or casually play through while also catching up on some netflix series. Each challenge brings with it many lives lost. Each life getting a little further and further, learning how to solve each gruesome puzzle. Eventually you will reach a light bulb moment, when you figure out how to reach that level’s tumor and get to the exit. Followed by the realization that now you actually have to do it.

    Verdict
    If you are a fan of Edmund’s games such as I am, then you already are aware of the extreme difficulty. Well The End is Nigh will certainly not disappoint you. Like Super Meatboy and The Binding of Issac, there are moments when you want to pull your hair out, followed by immense satisfaction when getting past a difficult challenge. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then maybe this isn’t for you, because this is a high difficulty twitch response adventure that requires everything you’ve got. However, if looking back on the number of deaths you've died and watching that number grow exponentially makes you laugh and jump back into action. Then The End is Nigh is certainly the game for you. Already tried and testing platforming mechanics mixed with new and innovative puzzles. Make a fresh, funny, and fantastic addition to your Switch library.

    Be sure to watch my video review at YouTube channel TheFlannelFox,

    See ya next time Switchers!
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  4. Apr 6, 2018
    8
    While the platforming and controls are obviously top notch, the overall atmosphere, art style, and sense of dark humor are all the mainWhile the platforming and controls are obviously top notch, the overall atmosphere, art style, and sense of dark humor are all the main reasons why this works so much for me. Physical copies are pretty cheap now, too. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2018
    7
    Despite being a fun, challenging platformer, The End is Nigh is too similar to Super Meat Boy and the comparison does it no favoursDespite being a fun, challenging platformer, The End is Nigh is too similar to Super Meat Boy and the comparison does it no favours whatsoever. It does work very well on Switch though, especially in handheld mode. Expand
  6. Aug 21, 2018
    7
    Not very far through this game, but I'm not at all impressed. If it doesn't get better soon, I'm going to sell it and move on... And, I'm aNot very far through this game, but I'm not at all impressed. If it doesn't get better soon, I'm going to sell it and move on... And, I'm a BIG fan of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac. I gave them both 10/10, which is not a score I throw around very often.

    The End is Nigh has McMillen's typical comedic flair. But, beyond the visual style and the twisted sense of humour, there's not much to separate it from a couple of hundred other platform games.

    Meat Boy exists in a relatively new sub-genre: twitchy ultra-fast platform games. The levels are bite sized and the game is non-linear. When you want to jump to a particular screen, you can do so at will... The End is Nigh - for some, unknown reason - forces you to travel through entire levels. This sucks because there are some frustratingly difficult sections that I would love to put on the back burner and come back to later.

    I've played too many platform games. The video game industry - and particularly Nintendo - has been over-saturated with these games for over three decades now. So, they need to do something different for me to enjoy them.

    End is Nigh is not different.
    It is a lesser Meat Boy.

    McMillen is going to run his gross joke out, if he's not careful. First it was meat, fetuses and bandages. Then it was mutants and aborted freaks in the basement of Isaac's house. Now we have a blob called Ash, that looks exactly like some of the enemies from Meat Boy and the titular character from another (earlier) McMillen game. Oh, and we have tumours and scabs too.

    McMillen - originally a cartoonist, by trade - is obviously influenced by the work of Jhonen Vasquez... But, unlike Vasquez, there is little depth to his work. Underneath the scabs, there are just more scabs. It gets a bit old, after a while.

    Not sure why I'm even giving this a 7/10... I guess because I assume it gets better later on, given the positive responses I've seen on here.

    Maybe it does. Maybe it doesn't.
    I don't think I'll wait around to find out.
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  7. Oct 8, 2018
    4
    I usually enjoy platformers but didn't get too far with The End is Nigh.

    Pros: - Controls were good Cons: - Atmosphere was too
    I usually enjoy platformers but didn't get too far with The End is Nigh.

    Pros:
    - Controls were good

    Cons:
    - Atmosphere was too minimalist for me
    - Game was too difficult for me
    - Had to go through entire chapters again to get to a certain stage
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