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1001 Spikes

Jun 3, 2014 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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