This week I thought it would be nice to look back at another game I consider to be a hidden gem. That is the messenger the only reason I even knew what this game was is because of a YouTube Channel I watch called WhatCulture Gaming talked about it. Which by the way if you haven’t been to WhatCultures Gaming channel do yourself a favor and go look at their channel.
The Messenger is this incredible indie 8-bit/16-bit game that I truly adore. If you like games like Shovel Knight or even games like Castlevania you really need to go look at this game. You may have noticed I also mentioned both styles of a retro game.
That’s because of this game switch pixel art styles on the fly. The game’s story is about a Ninja who is just called The Messenger and his whole goal is to deliver a scroll given to him by a great champion and take it to the top of a Mountain. The reason being is the world is taking over by demons and his clan is one of the view surviving areas for humans.
The way to get the scroll to the mountain involves time traveling to the future then returning to the past at a fixed point. You run into so many awesome types of bosses to fight in the first half of the game. Honestly, if time traveling ninjas that fight armies of demons don’t sell you on this game then I don’t know what to tell you.
The game goes from a Level based game that is very linear and point to point. To all of a sudden at the halfway point of the game all the levels you beat become a giant map and the game Turns into a Metroidvania game.
I love that this game is so out there as it is that it’s just like screw It, we are changing the whole game and making into a whole new game. The boss fights are challenging but fair. Learning all kinds of patterns and timing your attacks and jumps. To me, this game is a celebration of that Retro platforming style of game.
It has a really funny and well-done story with a lot of this dialogue coming from you and the merchant. Who by the way ask him to tell you a story every chance you get, because he tells stories that make you think and stories that deal with mental health problems like depression. It got to the point where I would tear up a bit from these tales, he would tell The Messenger.
A game that’s so silly and out there you wouldn’t think could make you feel and understand true pain. It’s some really great story telling. The best part of the game I felt was that when you travel to and back from the future in the second you would change art styles from 8- bit to 16- bit.
Both styles are so well done in the game that I love looking at whatever is on screen. The other thing that changes is the music, which by the way The Messenger score throughout the different levels and area is incredible each one got me wanting to jump and fight to the beat. It’s one of the few games that I actually downloaded the music for.
The Messenger came out last year and you can get on PC, Switch, and PS4 it’s $19.99 on any of those platforms. Seriously, if you like Platforming or Mertovaina games that are pixel art style you have to play this game. It’s a really good stepping off point to for those of you who are new to 8-bit/16-bit Platform game genre. It’s cheap and it’s a really long game. It is one of those games you know you got your money’s worth.
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