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The Messenger

Devolver Digital, Sabotage
Aug 30, 2018 - PC, Nintendo Switch
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OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

90%

Critics Recommend

IGN
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Easy Allies
8.5 / 10
Game Informer
8 / 10
GameSpot
8 / 10
USgamer
5 / 5
Destructoid
10 / 10
IGN Spain
7.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for The Messenger

When you're fully geared up and The Messenger is hitting you with brand new stages and challenges that you haven't seen before, The Messenger is an amazing, must-play experience. Taken as a whole, it's brought down only by fetch quests that make The Messenger last several hours longer than it feels like it should.

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Metro GameCentral

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8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

An inspired homage to old school Ninja Gaiden games, with a clever blending of genres and near perfect retro graphics and music.

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The Messenger is a terrific throwback to action platformers like Ninja Gaiden with welcome twists. While a mid-game identity crisis detracts from the experience, it's still an adventure worth taking

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Inspired by the 8-bit and 16-bit action-platformers of yesteryear, The Messenger is an ambitious and well-balanced side-scroller that's as difficult as it is funny.

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The Messenger establishes itself as an excellent tribute to old-school platformers, then proceeds to rapidly up the ante with a series of outstanding gameplay twists. I'm deeply impressed by The Messenger's ambition and polish. It's a must-own for any retro enthusiast.

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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.

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The Messenger surprises by being a round game in all aspects. A platform that becomes metroidvania and that serves as a tribute to the classic Ninja Gaiden. And be careful, because we're also going to laugh a lot with him.

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OpenCritic Coverage

The Messenger, Streets of Rogue, and More Have Released on Xbox Game Pass

The Messenger, Streets of Rogue, and More Have Released on Xbox Game Pass

A number of indie titles, including The Messenger and Streets of Rogue, are coming to Xbox Game Pass

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Kickstarter Hit Sea of Stars Will Feature Music from Chrono Trigger Composer

Kickstarter Hit Sea of Stars Will Feature Music from Chrono Trigger Composer

Sea of Stars, the next game from the people that created The Messenger, just landed a big name composer in Yasunori Mitsuda.

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