The Messenger for Switch Review

The Messenger for Nintendo Switch Review.

The Messenger for Switch Review

Spoiler alert, The Messenger for Nintendo Switch is a contender for game of the year.  Yes folks, it really is that great of an experience.  In an onslaught of 8bit Metroid-vania rehashes, The Messenger stands out from the rest.  While I am not claiming that it is a perfect game by any means, it is a fun experience and one that I highly recommend to you the reader.  Each night when I put the controller down and head to bed, I find myself wanting to play just one more level.

Nostalgia – a term we know all too well now in 2018.  There are so many 8bit and 16bit mashups nowadays that it can be a bit overwhelming.  If you’re someone turned off by the classic/nostalgic look and feel of a newer game, I urge you to please give The messenger a chance.  Before you write it off, there are a few things you must know.  I will do my best to convey my review for this game without spoiling it entirely.

  1. The gameplay is challenging, but feels entirely fair.  You feel the urge to master the controls and become a true ninja.  You truly become the character that you play through the course of the game, slowly becoming more a ninja with each level and upgrade.
  2. The music in this game is amazing.  The entire soundtrack for The Messenger is composed by Rainbowdragoneyes (Eric W. Brown). Each track is made in both 8-bit and 16-bit styles, showcasing the attention to detail and love poured into this indie title.
  3. The humor aspect is one that cannot be ignored.  Each character, boss, and companion you come across has a unique personality of their own that was carefully crafted to fit the tone of the story.  The game is full of sarcastic and witty humor that legitimately had me laughing out loud at times.

The Messenger feels like a triple A title that would have been released back on the NES or SNES.   There is never a dull moment in the gameplay and the music is highly addictive.  For a price point of $20 on the Nintendo Eshop, this one is a sure buy.  You are sure to have hours of fun gameplay that will leave you wanting more each time you put the controller down.

Don’t just take my word for it, take a moment and watch this review done by Jirard (The Completionist) and see what he has to say too.