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"N++" is a testament to that transfixion. It is a meditative and surprisingly intimate game, something that seems to never stop unfolding even as it appears to remain rigorously spare and constant. "N++" is the best in the series and a reminder of why so many have committed themselves to playing in its simple spaces for so long.
Looking at the progress page after a session, that silly 3,000 percent completion number feels less like a friendly joke and more like a snarky challenge: "How much can you handle?" N++ seems to be asking. It might not be a challenge you want to meet.
N++ comes packed with an insane amount of official content. In addition to that, many thousand user created levels, a simple to understand editor and well designed menus make an already really good jump ‘n’ run even better. If you enjoyed the classic N and can’t get enough of the thrilling gameplay, N++ is the right choice.
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N++ is easily the finest example of pedigree platforming available on the PC. Simple, raw, unpretentious, focused on skill and absolutely bursting at the seams with levels and replay value, there's just no reason not to play it if you're any sort of platform game fan.
A must-have for any platforming fan. Nearly everything is perfect in this game. If the soundtrack was a bit more memorable and the game didn't stutter when a new song played, I'd give the game a 10 without question. But unfortunately, I can't look past all the deaths this glitch caused me or how bored I was by the new list of songs.
N++ is a challenging platformer that every fan of the genre should play. Few games can be so rewarding for those who take the time to understand their mechanics, and even fewer can claim to be as focused and pure as Metanet Software's masterpiece is.
N++ is the new co-op game of choice in our house. And, if you like crazy, physics-based platform action and a decent challenge, it'll likely find similar favor in yours. Even just played solo, N++ offers so much content and replayability — and is so obviously a labor of love — that it'll stay on your PS4 home-screen for months to come.
It's possible that the 'N' in 'N++' stands for niche, but within that niche, the game easily bests almost everything a fan could ask for. For me, the co-op test with a next-gen kiddo beat expectations in a way that only winning gameplay can muster. The newest, and best version of a game whose subtitle could be 'Poetry in Motion and Killer bots' is a triumph on the PS4. Only users who absolutely hate everything about platformers should think hard before giving 'N++' a deep look, while everyone else should partake and celebrate the final form of this landmark series.
There have been a great deal of fantastic platformers this year, with Ori and the Blind Forest and Axiom Verge being standouts, but N++ might be the best of them all. Its seemingly endless array of content builds upon its fantastic mechanics and physics to create one of the most satisfying titles to come out in 2015.
Clever new mechanics and glorious new ways to die are gradually introduced as the game begins to ramp up the difficulty and complexity of each level. Before long your ninja is wall-sliding and dodging lasers like a boss.
N++ is an excellent physics-based platformer that demands you develop your skills to overcome its challenges. The art style may not be for everybody but its hundreds of included levels and countless hours of community content make it an excellent investment.
The culmination of a decade's worth of iteration, Metanet's latest is a success in every sense. It's super stylish, feels excellent to play, and has that tough-but-fair balance just right. There may only be a few modes, but within them lie a vast number of levels, and when you're done, you can browse for even more created by players. This certainly won't be a game for everyone, as some people may find it too difficult and possibly a little obtuse. However, for those who like a hard-as-nails platformer and want a fresh compelling experience, you can't do much better than N++.
A free-running joy at home or on the go, N++'s tricky yet gratifying array of platformer puzzle levels ensures a worthwhile purchase, and the online options only extend its already considerable lifespan. With single- and multiplayer options fitting the Switch's form factor and detachable controller attributes like a glove, N++ is a strong consideration for top indie game on the eShop.
What N++ lacks in inventive additions to gameplay, it makes up for in style, polish, and value. N++ stands as the ultimate realization of Metanet's "N" series and one of the finest difficulty-focused platformers on the market.
Perhaps it's an approach you can only take when you've iterated on the same game for about ten years. When you've built so many levels you're confident many people won't actually see all of them. When you stop caring about achieving something, and just want to do anything. And the best part of N++ is that it thinks that's just fine. You can do all the furious, adrenaline-pumping jumps, complete every level perfectly and top the leaderboards. But you can suck, and that's okay too.
N++ successfully delivers one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences in platforming genre. The game has fast paced gameplay mechanics and razor-blade controls, combined with the excellent physics and perfect handling of momentum, which is something that few games can achieve. Also the game has some minor problems like “not so perfect” music and probably a quality control on the levels designed by the community would enhance the game experience. N++ succeeds as one of the most enticing and addicting platforming experiences of all time that absolutely worth your time on any platform and specially on Nintendo Switch that N++ recently published on.
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N++ might lack online play and feel like more of the same, but it's pretty much everything a platformer fan could want out of a sequel. It's still challenging, it has a boatload of levels, and it's a hell of a lot of fun to play.
Learning your momentum in N++ Ultimate Edition is essential. Starting with easier levels, the difficulty goes up in a well-balanced curve. You will die a lot, but that is totally okay. Jumping into the action with practically no loading screen will not reduce the amount of platforming action you get. Had enough jumping and running away from death threats? You can play with friends or build your own levels. I highly recommend that everyone tries out this game. No “if you are a fan of the genre, you will love it and if you don’t, then stay away” here! Buy this game and have fun with it like I did and certainly will after I have completed this review.
Combining the sheer frustrated joy of twitch platforming and puzzle-solving with a sprinkling of modern sensibilities, N++ is a gem whether you're alone or with friends. Fans of the series will find more of the same, but that's no bad thing considering how good that ''same'' is.
Fans of puzzle games in general, especially in the vein of Super Meat Boy and Trials will have a blast. This is one massive package that will take a while to master, and perhaps a few broken controllers in the process.
N++ is an unabashedly punishing game with tight controls, great level design, and enough content to last for ages. The momentum-based platforming provides a wide array of challenges sure to satisfy fans of the genre. If you're on the fence, just remember that you get to play as a ninja.
You can’t really go wrong with N++. The floaty controls will put some off to start with, but given time, you get used to them and they don’t really become much of a problem.
N++ offers players endless possibilities and challenges. Whether the gold-thirsty ninja is being blown apart by homicidal machines or falling to his doom, there is rarely a dull moment in this fast-paced environment. Though it may not be a game to necessarily binge on, it is a hell of a lot of fun.
The Ultimate Edition subtitle is fitting because it’s hard to see where the N formula goes from here. With over 4,000 levels in N++, not including community created ones and those you create yourself in the level editor, there’s not much need for another sequel or special edition. That makes N++ an easy recommendation, especially on the Switch where it is perfect for short pick up and play sessions. Yes, as much as it pains me to say it, N++ is “perfect for the Switch.”
If you were a fan of N+, then you've probably already bought N++. If you're a fan of challenging but rewarding platformers, then you should buy this game. If you think you might like a game that rewards perseverance, then you should also buy this game. If you don't like a challenge, or have terrible reflexes, then you probably should still buy N++ to improve your skills.
Best when played with friends, N++ is a retouching rather than a reinvention, and is squarely targeted at players interested in precision platforming challenge for its own sake
While some might complain that N++ is more of the same, the truth of the matter is it's one of the most carefully crafted games out there. It's pure platforming paradise, not to mention insanely addicting.
With all this simplicity, N++ is a masterpiece in its genre: I can’t remember any another platformer that’s so challenging without being unfair to you. It has that ‘just one more level’ feeling that shall keep you busy for months or, at least, visiting it at least once a day. If you’ve never tried this game before, now you’ll have the chance to enjoy one of the most challenging and engaging platformer ever made. Now grab your copy of the game and follow your way to become the ultimate ninja master.
N++ is understated and sharp, while the music capably lends weight and momentum to the action. Certainly, most of the mechanics on offer will be familiar to platformer veterans, but the combination here is a superb blend.
N++ is a further distillation and refinement of what made N and N+ cult classics in the first place. Rather than replacing those games, it expands upon them greatly, with a bafflingly vast array of levels that come to test you mastery of the game's pure platforming, and the tools to make even more.
Bags of levels and increasing difficulty will keep N++ refreshing for hours and days on end. The mechanics are simple and yet incredibly deep, which opens up a wonderful game brimming with customisation options and new modes to try out. Floaty controls sometimes hamper progress, but the deaths are always spectacular.
If you have a buddy around, the multiplayer options are great for jumping and racing through the episodes. So if you're a fan of simple platformers and you want to be a ninja, then the N is a great game to teach you the spiritual, cognitive and physical training needed. Plus plus.
All in all, N++ is a prime example of making a great game even better. Sure, it isn't a huge leap forward from N+ and isn't shaking the puzzle platformer genre down the core, but who cares.
There is a certain telos to the platformer, a process of movement bound up in a particular path to a determined destination through a specific set of obstacles. Similarly, iteration tends to be bound to sequence, starting with relative simplicity and slowly building complexity or variation through a regular series of modifications.
There is not a lot that can be said about N++. It has no actual story and has Spartan inoffensive vector graphics by design. All there is to do is to get as much gold as possible and beat the stage. It is great fun in short bursts, but after a hundred or two, it gets pretty old. The original freeware game is still widely available for those who are curious to get a taste of what to expect, which has all of its stages included in N++.
N++ wants you to let your guard down, but that's not always the most fun. While the level design is the closest to perfection many could ask for, the game frequently feels cheap or downright apathetic. Because it comes from a different era of gaming, it doesn't always feel like it cares if you succeed. Fortunately, a friend can be brought along, but it is still watching, waiting for the slightest failure.
N++ is a sadistic game. It doesn't forgive mistakes and requires precise moves. It's a great game for overachievers and people who love to be at the top of the leaderboard.
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