I’m a huge fan of Ninja Gaiden on the NES, and that’s the first vibe I got from seeing The Messenger. Granted, this game has some other cool stuff going for it, like the ability to time travel and change graphical styles from 8-bit to 16-bit. Out of all of the Nindie games shown off during today’s stream, this one really caught my attention. Luckily it’s not too far away from release – summertime.
As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival.
Leveraging player expectations as a core design ingredient, The Messenger is first presented as an 8-bit action platformer with a simple story only to turn into an epic time travelling tale, eventually revealing itself as a 16-bit Metroidvania packed with replay value and deadpan humor.
An epic ninja adventure with challenging gameplay and tight controls.
Legit 8-bit and 16-bit art and music reminiscent of your favorite NES and SNES games.
Character upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels and story arcs to discover.
Challenging and visceral gameplay where mastery is a thing to behold