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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: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Aug 28, 2018
    100
    The Messenger is without a doubt one of the best indies available on the Switch right now. It has a lot of competition with the sudden sea of metroidvania games available, but its stunning look, fantastic soundtrack, and clever writing coupled with the amazing gameplay put it a step above the rest. When I walk away from a game every night only wanting to play more, there's little to complain about.
  2. Aug 28, 2018
    95
    The Messenger is not just a brilliant love letter to the 8-bit and 16-bit games that inspired it. It’s proof that even in a market saturated with retro-style platformers, there are still clever ways to approach the genre. It is one of the most well-designed games I have ever played on both a gameplay and storytelling level. Sabotage really created something special here and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
  3. Sep 5, 2018
    90
    If there's any real "downside" to The Messenger, it's that its music and effects can be repetitive, but well... that's nitpicking. At its core, this game is damn-near perfection of the 2D action-platforming genre. Humorous writing, great boss fights, well-thought-out level design, and challenging but not painful execution make The Messenger a must-have for any Switch owner.
  4. Oct 4, 2018
    85
    The Messenger is a very good game that has lots of twists, whether it's in its narration or in it's gameplay. This game seems more aimed at the nostalgic gamer rather than the younger audience with lots of references to games from the 8 and 16 bit era.
  5. Games Master UK
    Oct 4, 2018
    80
    Two retro styles for the price of one, this is a great, if occasionally frustrating, homage to a hardcore classic. [Nov 2018, p.84]
  6. Sep 4, 2018
    80
    The Messenger is a really solid game for fans of the platformer and Metroidvania genres. Had the first half of the game been a little more condensed, and the second half not been too dragged out, the game could’ve been near-perfect. Even so, if you have even an appreciation for retro or old-school games, you can’t go wrong with The Messenger.
  7. Aug 29, 2018
    70
    The tedium of the second half of the game, and the increasing frustration brought on by its level design, checkpoint system and challenging platforming somewhat sour the experience though.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Aug 30, 2018
    10
    The Messenger is one the most entertaining, refreshing and innovative game I have played in a while. It feels like a what a triple AThe Messenger is one the most entertaining, refreshing and innovative game I have played in a while. It feels like a what a triple A production would have been in the 90s. The mechanics are simple, yet they provide for a very challenging experience when mixed together in such great levels. The story is well written, and much deeper than expected at the beginning. The characters are lovely and I found myself reading all the optional dialogues, which I never do. The visuals are gorgeous and diverse. Each level has a 8-bit and 16-bit version.

    Sabotage Studio really accomplished something by crafting a real love letter to what we enjoyed about retro games. It stands out in the sea of pale copycats by finding its own modern identity while hitting that nostalgia nerve all the time.

    From a side-scroller to a metroidvania, this game offers a depth that is unexpected. It is very polished and well-paced, offering a 20+ hours experience that is worth every penny. Highly recommended 10/10 - This should make short list for GOTY.
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  2. Sep 9, 2018
    10
    Fantastic game — great controls and platforming, clever story and dialogue, and fun/challenging boss fights that don’t get frustrating. It’sFantastic game — great controls and platforming, clever story and dialogue, and fun/challenging boss fights that don’t get frustrating. It’s also really funny and clever! The soundtrack is one of the best I’ve ever heard in a retro inspired game. Good length for the price too, around 12-16 hours. Don’t sleep on this The Messenger — not just one of the best indie games of 2018, but one of the best of 2018, period! Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2018
    10
    El juego es demasiado genial, superó por demas las expectativas. El humor es excelente, el gameplay fluido, la musica espectacular, el estiloEl juego es demasiado genial, superó por demas las expectativas. El humor es excelente, el gameplay fluido, la musica espectacular, el estilo retro es un detalle muy bueno. Tuvo un par de caidas de FPS pero nada grave, a lo ultimo el tendero pierde un poco de personalidad y al abrir el cofre verde incluso carece de dialogo o felicitacion alguna, es lo unico que no me gustó mucho. Uno de mis indie favoritos, ultra recomendado, genial para rejugar e incluso intentar speedrunning Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2018
    10
    It seems like a lot of gamer's are saying their burnt out on the nostalgic 8/16 bit pixel art, that developers are taking the easy way out andIt seems like a lot of gamer's are saying their burnt out on the nostalgic 8/16 bit pixel art, that developers are taking the easy way out and copying older classics, but this is far from the truth with The Messenger . Now maybe you didn't grown up on the NES and don't appreciate some of the hardest, well designed, fun to return to time and time again adventures ever! or maybe because there's been a plethora of these games recently, ,that some of these outstanding titles have been over looked and neglected. The Messenger stands on its own, sure some of us will look at it and say Ninja gaiden but once you pick it up the music HITS! and you get into the game play it simple to see this isn't some copycat or wanna be.t his is its own game with fresh solid mechanics, they may take a bit to get down but once you do...man are you a real ninja, Gliding, slashing and cloud stepping through the stages feels so good that i don't think you have to be reminded or know older games to enjoy this side scrolling plat former. the Messenger is so appealing to the eyes, This is art and great art, not simple pixel nostalgia. If you haven't played this gem i wont say much about the second half where a lot of reviews seem to think it loses its steam, but i would have to disagree. At this point your have to back track and explore to find hidden areas on the map and decipher prophecy to do this but in no way does it get boring, just a bit more challenging. I couldn't wait to open a new part of this world, to see it expand and i always felt rewarded when i did. The music in the Messenger was a treat! i don't get music from games stuck in my head all that often but it happens and oh did it with this on. i have actually turn on some of my favorite sections just to hear it the song while i did other things around the house! There is a lot that can be said about this game and has, so clearly my point outside of this The messenger being so good would be don't judge it by its style. this is a game im sure ill enjoy going back to time and time again over the years. Will you carry the scroll?.......... i did and cant wait to do it again. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2018
    8
    I beat the Messenger and thought I was done only half way through! It is divided into a linear part and then a more exploring part (though II beat the Messenger and thought I was done only half way through! It is divided into a linear part and then a more exploring part (though I used a guide mostly here).

    Pros:
    - The 8 to 16 bit was pretty cool - even if graphically I couldn't always tell
    - Bosses were well done
    - Perfect amount of challenge

    Cons:
    - If I didn't have a guide I would of repeated sections many, many times versus just many times
    - A couple frustrating spots of platforming

    Cons:
    - Really not many, I suppose it was missing something (I don't know what) that would of made it a 10 for me
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  6. Sep 5, 2018
    6
    At the core, the mechanics are simple, but really fun. I grew up playing NES and love metroidvanias and 2D action games, so I think I wouldAt the core, the mechanics are simple, but really fun. I grew up playing NES and love metroidvanias and 2D action games, so I think I would be the target audience. I was enjoying the game quite a bit until reaching the metroidvania part. I'll keep the issues that weight it down direct and brief.
    1. You might think that the frequency of warp points is a trivial issue, but this causes immense frustration may sound like a minor issue. Going back for secrets often means replaying a 5 minute level because there is no faster way to get there.
    2. The game suffers from slowdown in some areas. At it's worst, button presses are not read and the game slows significantly, making it frustrating to play.
    3. The game opens up and let's you explore freely, but the game will only give you one or two objective clues at a time, so going to a different area is entirely pointless.
    4. The music in the NES versions is generally pretty cool. The 16-bit versions are quite atrocious.
    5. The upgrade system is pretty limited. Some skills are must haves, where there are a few that are almost worthless (including one that I'm pretty sure does nothing). You get so much money that you stop caring about it altogether.
    6. It's pretty easy overall. You can breeze through most areas without really trying.
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  7. Aug 31, 2018
    0
    nice game, but this game is not worth for its price! its too expensive which compare to other indie games.

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