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The Messenger (2019) is a platform game where you play as a young ninja after his village is attacked by a demon army. You must deliver a scroll, fight enemies and pull off complex acrobatic manoeuvres along the way. The game is inspired by the classic Ninja Gaiden games with an acrobatic ninja theme and platform adventure.

Using gem shards, found after killing enemies or hitting lamps, your character can unlock new abilities such as climbing walls, gliding, shrunken attacks, grappling hooks and health bonuses. When you first start playing you posses a double jump, that can be used when dodging an enemy, projectile or hitting an object.

You can visit areas you have already been to find extra hidden items and areas to advance in future or current areas. Later on, the game lets you warp to the same levels as in the past. This changes between 8-bit and 16-bit graphics and sound but also adds a layer of platforming puzzles. You can use warping to avoid enemies, but you need to ensure you are in the right era to finish a specific level.

It's a tough challenge, but provided you have the time and resilience to persevere it's also a very rewarding game to complete.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Messenger 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Platform game with Action elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear and violence. All enemies disintegrate and sometimes leave behind an item. The enemies range from simple skeletons and bats to strange organic beasts, infected mushrooms and other abominations. The violence towards humans can be described as mild and ‘non-detailed’ due to the pixelated graphics. No real reaction is shown when hit. When you die, you respawn at a checkpoint and have to pay some sort of penalty.
Some of the bosses in this game are quite disturbing. There is a four-headed demon, an evil moth that transforms into an evil bat, an abomination from a different dimension, etc. These boss characters are detailed and disturbing enough to trigger a PEGI fear content descriptor.


The Messenger usually costs £1.69 to £17.99. 

The Messenger

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £3.99
Steam StoreSALE PC £16.75 £4.18 until 11/12/2023
Switch Store Switch £17.99

The Messenger - Keiji Yamagishi EP

Steam StoreSALE PC £1.69 £0.84 until 11/12/2023
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/08/2019, updated in 2020

Price: 75% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Action

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Sabotage Qc (@SabotageQc)

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