1001 Spikes

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IGN

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8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2014

1001 Spikes is nightmarishly tough but impossible to put down. It's a treat for retro fans and hardcore masochists.

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Jun 18, 2014

1001 Spikes is one of the most difficult platformers out there, but finishing a level feels so much better when you overcome the challenge.

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8 / 10
Jun 15, 2014

1001 Spikes will kill you, but it does so in a way that's both fair and fun.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2014

This is a game that will have you thinking about how intense, perplexing, and perfect it was for days. Like a tiny mouse says early in the game -- "the harder the victory, the greater the joy of success". 

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8 / 10
Jun 8, 2014

The impatient will probably give up just a few levels in, but the devoted will find a lot to enjoy with 1001 Spikes. It's a fitting tribute to the games of old, while embracing a challenge level that today's dedicated gamers will truly appreciate. If they don't break their controller first, that is.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2014

1001 Spikes joins a growing list of retro-themed games made for modern consoles. This PSN release (also available on every other system you own) will test your resolve through a series of increasingly sadistic stages. With deadly obstacles at every step, this is one game that never lets up. But fans of this type of punishment will enjoy the clever level designs and rage-inducing traps. Good luck.

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Ken McKown

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7 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2014

Still, for those looking for a punishing experience on console or PC, 1001 Spikes definitely delivers on that promise. I died and died, yet kept coming back for more.

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8 / 10
Jun 15, 2014

While 1001 Spikes' extreme difficulty may pose a barrier to some, masochists will enjoy every minute of this punishing platformer. Tight controls and massive replay value make this a brilliantly brutal experience – and one of the PS4's better side-scrollers to date.

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8 / 10
Jun 10, 2014

The frustrating lack of off-TV play aside, 1001 Spikes is a spirited, fun title that exemplifies the creative indie spirit that is permeating the eShop. With tons of unlockables, several distinct game modes and a charming presentation, 1001 Spikes is highly recommended. Just be sure to do some yoga and go to your zen place — you don't want to rage-quit your GamePad at the television after that 800th death.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2014

Although some players may grow to hate and fear it, 1001 Spikes is a wonderful throwback to an era when platformers didn't need lavish graphics or huge technical feats to impress. The 8-bit presentation hits the spot, and the gameplay is challenging, but not impossible. It truly is a blast from the past, even if that blast stings a little.

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