Never Give Up
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Developers: Massive Monster, Tasselfoot
Publisher: Armor Games
Genres: Action, Adventure
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Iterative level design lets players build their mastery while generating new challenges at every turn.
EVERYBODY'S A CRITIC: We warned you that this game is hard, and every time you fail we're going to make fun of you until you GIVE UP. It builds character.
EVEN DEATH IS PROGRESS: Unique GIVE UP button lets you take the coward's way out without stopping your in-game advancement.
SPEEDRUNNERS, REJOICE: Built-in splits timer for speedrunners let you track every piece of route optimization on every iteration.
COSTUMES AND COLLECTIBLES: Do you like seeing clowns, robots, alligators and mimes dismembered by buzzsaws? Us too. Unlock all 20 costumes by finding collectibles and secrets in each level!
WAIT, THAT SOUNDS LIKE: One of the Game Grumps! Egoraptor! Yes, Arin Hanson voices the dashingly handsome and occasionally dismembered BLUE!
The original free web games have been enjoyed by millions of players... provided their idea of enjoyment means repeatedly being rendered down to viscera. Never Give Up is the biggest installment yet, with content to keep you raging and tons of secrets to uncover, like costumes to equip and references to spot. It may seem impossible, but even when you've been splattered across the ceiling for the hundreth time... Never Give Up!
Conquering the world never comes easy, but Massive Monster is a creative collective attempting to do just that. With a legacy dating back to the early days of web games, Massive Monster has worked on over 50 games and cram their personality into everything they do. They believe in a world where everything can have a story.
Never Give Up - Launch Trailer
It's not quite fluid enough to stand toe-to-toe with Super Meat Boy, but Never Give Up is nevertheless a solid platformer that offers up highly inventive, ludicrously challenging levels along with a smattering of dry humour that's well suited to the style of the game.
Never Give Up is clearly inspired by games like Super Meat Boy, right down to details like blood from previous failed attempts splattered across the levels. That's a bar that many indie developers aspire to, but this is a game that's mostly worthy of that lofty comparison. Switch owners are spoiled for choice when it comes to platformers, but this is one that stands out as worth playing.