N++ – Xbox One Review
I suppose I must go ahead and reveal that I am a little bias towards this game, even before it was available to play. I was fortunate enough to purchase N+ on the Xbox 360 years ago and even though I didn’t play many games that would be considered indie, I gravitated towards this game and fell completely in love with it. I’ve never really been one to replay games, but when I had time to kill I’d play this game because it was fun and had a great soundtrack. When the Xbox One was released and the list of backwards compatible games was released I was relieved when N+ was one of the games on the list. I’d be able to continue playing N+ without having to still have my Xbox 360 set up, and I was able to pull my save from the cloud. With all that being said, you can only imagine how excited I was when I heard that a sequel to N+ would be released on Xbox One. N++ had a beta on PC through Steam, and even though I wanted to buy it I remembered I’m an achievement whore and figured I’d wait for the Xbox One release. Now that you’ve heard my uber fanboy background for these games, let’s get to the actual review.
A Story You Say
Please allow me to possibly stick my foot in my mouth and admit that between N+ and the sequel N++ I believe this may have been the first with an actual story. I suppose I could go back and launch the game, look for a story option and end up losing an hour playing it, but I won’t do that. I’m committed to writing this, and so I will without easily checking something very simple. You know as I write this I believe I come off pretty lazy, but I’m not…I swear. I think this section mentioned story, so let’s get back to the story and away from my alleged laziness.
N++ tells the story of you,a ninja, who not only has god like abilities but the metabolism of me in high school which gives you a per level life span of 1.5 minutes. Although you may have heard of ninjas being used for stealth and assassinations, this ninja is all about gold. Gold is pretty much the sustenance of the ninja in N++ and can increase his life in small increments. While the ninja is extending his life by lining his pockets, he’ll also have to avoid “increasingly lethal ninja-killing robots” and work to get the master skill of plus plus. I’m condensing the text was provided in game,but you get the point.
Hey There Buddy
It was good to begin the game and see my familiar friend appear on my screen. It’s like when you leave your close friends to go on a trip and are so happy to see them when you come back that all you want to do is hang out and catch up. Well, I’m not saying that N and I are close friends, but I we’ve spent enough time together to know that when we’re together there is fun to be had. The look and feel of your ninja is just like you turned off N+ and started up N++, and I thank Metanet Software Inc. for that as their unique design is what helped N+ stand out from other games.
Music To My Ears
I don’t know if it was N+ that peaked my interest into chiptune and video game dance music, but it certainly played a part. N++ doesn’t drop the ball when it comes to the soundtrack of the game that you’ll be enjoying. A nice rotating mixture of uplifting beats make their way into your ears and almost help you pass the level by providing this real life feeling that you’re an actual ninja. Tapping your feet and nodding your head while you perform split second button presses really builds up your confidence meter as you make your way through the levels.
Much like I said above, the look and feel are the same so if you’ve played N+ then the muscle memory will come back with no problem. Even though there isn’t that much different with the gameplay from N+, this game seems completely new and it’s not just the graphics. I’ve noticed more that the coins are not only to extend your life, but also a guide to how to complete levels. If you need to get to a platform or a certain area, there’s going to be a strategically placed set of coins that light up the best pathway to proceed on. I was more aware of that this time, much more than when I was playing N+.
I mainly played the solo episodes which takes you through the tutorial levels, then the N++ levels, the Ultimate levels and finally the Legacy levels. Unfortunately I only played through all the tutorials levels and into the N++ levels, but just because I’m writing this doesn’t mean I’m going to stop playing.
There are numerous other modes that you can play, such as race mode and the create mode where you build custom levels for others to play. You can even check the browse option to see what others have voted in categories such as hardest, newest, made by friends as well as a top weekly pick. These options are available in both solo and co-op play.
When you complete levels in the solo campaign will automatically be entered on the leader board showing yourself against your friends and the rest of the world. Seeing how I’m playing before the general public, I can happily say that I was #2 on many levels and even #1 on one of the last ones in the tutorial section. Don’t let the title of “tutorial” turn you off, these levels are not for the easily frustrated.
I’d like to send a message to all those speed runners out there. If you think just because you were a N+ master doesn’t mean that you’re going to jump in the game and run the gambit on all the levels. Come into N++ with respect for the levels and their design, because they will chew you up and spit you out then look you in the eye as you lay there and twitch. These levels are meant to be played over and over again, that’s why they have a suicide button available when you know you’ve messed up. The developers knew that speed runners such as yourself would be here seeing just how many milliseconds could be shaved off by jumping on certain sections of walls and platforms, and that’s why they have given you a courtesy “restart” button.
Review Score – 5/5
It’s almost had to believe that all you really need to play this game is a single joy stick and one button to jump. There’s no option to shoot anything or pick up bombs, no weapons are needed to enjoy this game. All you need if quick reflexes, patience and the ability to know that you’re not going to get every coin on the first try. I was trying to figure out why this game would get anything less than a perfect score from me, but I don’t see anything wrong with the game. Any difficulty I encountered was with me performing sloppy actions or just bad luck. There’s no reason to score a game lower because you’re not good at it. I’d also like to point out that for the $20 price point this game has hours of content to enjoy.
Developer: Metanet Software
Played on: Xbox One
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