N+ (XBLA) Review – Stick Figure Gaiden

This game has to be, by far, one of my most favorite internet flash games of all time. I know what you’re thinking…“But, Corey, why would I pay money for a game I can just play online for free!?” Well, I’ll tell you why you’re going to pay for this game and feel your 800 MS points were well-invested. The game is some of the most mindless fun you will have on your 360…period. At the same time, the game can also take a lot of quick reflexes and strategy.

In this game you take control of a little Ninja. By “little” I mean nothing but a tiny stick figure. Sounds lame, huh? Well, think again, this Ninja can do moves that would make Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden) jealous. The object of the game is to basically leap and hop your way around levels, hitting a switch, and then getting to the exit door. It is not just a walk in the park, there will be plenty of lasers and missiles trying to take you out. This game can get tough, making you spend only thirty seconds on some levels, and thirty minutes on another. In fact there is an achievement for dying a thousand times, which sadly you will get rather quickly (hate to break it to ya).

There is a lot of humor in the game as well, from levels looking like 360 controllers to names of levels that will make you laugh out loud. Something else that always gives me a laugh is watching new players try N+ and not realize that the X button makes you explode, which is conveniently placed right next to your jump button (A). That is where the biggest laughs/frustrations come from…almost finishing a tough level…then BOOM. No game has ever made me actually not care if I die, its actually rewarding in a way seeing your ninja limbs fly all over the screen.

The game has quite a bit of re-playability, not only do you have around 500 stages (5 stages per episode, 50 episodes), extremely challenging co-op episodes, you also have a level editor. The level editor is pretty cool, and you can even share your levels with other players. You will find that some of the better N+ players have made some extremely impossible levels, yet you will still try just to see if you can beat. That’s the effect this game has on the player, it always makes you feel like you have a chance, even if you don’t. You really can’t go wrong with N+, its got that great pick up-and-play feel to it, as well as something that you will want to play for hours on end to try and master. Now, grasshopper, it is time for you to advance your training and download this game…you have much to learn.

N+ Couch Campus map on Level Editor