Have Game, Will Play: 1001 Spikes

There is a story in (Aban Hawkins)1001 Spikes however the focus of this game is platforming. Not just any platforming, 1001 Spikes’ pinpoint controls are utilized in extremely difficult and unforgiving levels. Spikes, boulders, water, falls, dart-projecting statues and more are ready and willing to kill you at any moment and make you restart any level you’re on.

The fun, pain and frustration of 1001 Spikes can also be enjoyed in several multiplayer modes. I was only able to play The Golden Vase. But I can honestly say that my children were as pissed off as I was and memories were made. The sheer number of environmental hazards coupled with us jumping on each other’s heads, throwing knives and the vase itself created a wonderfully difficult experience. Discovering that the vase explodes was icing on the cake.

1001 Spikes is made for people who can appreciate frustration but are willing to come back for more. It is not a coincidence that you start the game off with 1001 lives. Along the way you will get a chance to earn back lives one at a time or in much larger increments. The hours I spent with 1001 Spikes were full of four letter words, clenched fists, stomped feet but most importantly a smile and sense of periodic but brief satisfaction.

Recommendation: Worth a buy
Full Disclosure: The PS4/Vita versions of this game was provided to GameEnthus by the publisher.
Genre: extremely difficult platformer
Developer: Nicalis
Publisher: 8bits Fanatics
Platforms: PS4, Vita(Cross-buy) Steam, 3DS, Wii U. Xbox One
Price: $14.99


Worth a buy – paying full price for fans of the series or genre makes sense – often includes a caveat
Worth a buy on sale – not quite full price worthy but close, – often includes a caveat
Rent – rent before buying
No – borrow it if you must play it
Please no – Don’t waste any time and/or money on it

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