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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: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  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 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.
  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: 43 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52
  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. Mar 20, 2020
    10
    Recently completed the messenger based on recommendation and it was incredible. For me the difficulty was perfect. The change halfway throughRecently completed the messenger based on recommendation and it was incredible. For me the difficulty was perfect. The change halfway through the game completely made the game. If it wasn’t for that I think it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good as it was. Collecting shards was great and the system where they told you how many left in each level was perfect Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2018
    10
    The Messenger is the best indi game I have played so far and easily the best game of 2018.
  4. Jul 31, 2019
    9
    The Messenger is one of the best games I've played recently. It starts off as a great 8-bit styled platformer, with clear inspiration from theThe Messenger is one of the best games I've played recently. It starts off as a great 8-bit styled platformer, with clear inspiration from the NES Ninja Gaiden series. Thankfully, it's not nearly as difficult (i.e. frustrating) as those games were (oh Ship of Doom...).

    So then... well, SPOILER ALERT the game turns into a great Metroidvania game. And it's a really good one. I mean, on some level, it doesn't really do anything new, but it just does it all so well. I still have a few gripes (I always do), so I'll just mention them in passing during the review.

    The controls are tight, but I wish the floating mechanics were not as easily confused with the double jump mechanic. Although that may have been a deliberate decision for level-design reasons.

    The graphics are great. The boss designs are also awesome, animations are fluid, and the scenery is unbelievable in the "16-bit" version.

    Level design is really good, secrets are just hard enough to find, but not painfully obscure as to be frustrating.

    One thing that deserves mention is the humour. After playing Donut County not long ago, I was doubtful video games could be funny anymore. Well, here comes The Messenger to the rescue. Decent non-toilet humour with good timing, I mean, when's the last time I saw this in a game?

    Also, DLC is free! Picnic Panic is actually pretty good, and I hate DLC.

    All in all, I can't recommend The Messenger enough. It also plays perfectly on Switch, so if you're debating which version to purchase, this is probably as good as any.
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  5. Sep 1, 2018
    9
    It's one of those games that starts out fine and just never stops getting cooler. It's unexpectedly funny and witty, lots of attention toIt's one of those games that starts out fine and just never stops getting cooler. It's unexpectedly funny and witty, lots of attention to detail, main gameplay that's just constantly fun and satisfying. Definitely stands out among the deluge of other retro indie games that this might look similar to at first glance. Highly recommended. Expand
  6. Jul 4, 2020
    8
    This game is extremely entertained in all ways. At the forefront, of course, is the hilarious writing which deserves all the praise in theThis game is extremely entertained in all ways. At the forefront, of course, is the hilarious writing which deserves all the praise in the world. I was going through the adventure if only to see what new wacky dialogue the Shopkeeper would have in store for me next. Though in reality there was more keeping me engaged than the writing. The graphics and the sound are phenomenal, and the fact they had to go through and make two different sets of the whole game is just breathtaking. If there's anywhere the game struggles even a tad it's the end, because it just feels like it ends without any of the problems really having time to be solved, and you don't get to know the final boss much in the first place. Expand
  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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