The End Is Nigh Review - A Physical Release Perfect For The Apocalypse
Quick Glance - The End Is Nigh
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Players: 1
- Achievements: N/A
- Retail Price: $29.99
High Level Premise: Retro platformer action game, relying on wits and reflexes.
Graphics/Style: Retro minimalistic graphics with a dark tone to the environments.
Music/Soundtrack: Haunting upbeat music that does not distract from gameplay.
Story: The Apocalypse happened, and you need a friend. Go find one.
Replay-ability: Medium - It's going to take a while to find all of the tumors and game cartridges to be able to unlock all of the mini-games.
Time Commitment: Each level has several screens, but luckily you can save after each one has been completed. Some take less than a minute, some will take up to 15 minutes depending on your skill level.
Value: If you preorder you get a full page retro inspired instruction manual and a silicone squishy version of Ash. Definitely worth the $29.99 entry price.
Favorite Element: Ash blowing on his video game cartridges trying to make them work.
Super Meat Boy took the video game world by storm in what seems like a century ago. In reality, it's only been seven years, but that is a heck of a long time in the video game world. I remember a time, before having children that I would explore all of Super Meat Boy's levels and find all of the secrets, but I digress. The End Is Nigh is in no way a sequel to Super Meat Boy, but you can tell that it is heavily inspired by it, almost like a little brother. The game features controls that are just as tight, if not tighter than Super Meat Boy. Think makes you realize that it was your fault when you messed up a particular jump, and not the game or the physics being "cheap".
To start off, you are Ash a little black blob. The apocalypse has occurred, and you must set off to find a friend. Exploring cities of ruin, you must recover tumors and video game cartridges to unlock certain areas and mini-games. The controls are basic, Ash runs at one speed and one speed only. There isn't any wall hugging or ninja jumping like Super Meat Boy or N+, rather that precise platforming take place with the additional ability to hang from ledges or hooks. This allows the game developers to create some extra tricky situations for Ash, requiring the player to perform exactly to specifications leaving little room for error.
As always, the launch physical version is where Nicalis shines the best. Featuring a retro-themed instruction manual and a silicone squishy Ash, Nicalis continues their tradition of adding in extras for their true supporters. Slowly other indie Switch publishers are starting to take note and follow a similar format, but Nicalis remains the true king in including extra stuff to make the physical purchase worth your while. The game has tight controls and over 600 levels to keep us busy dads occupied for hours. Grab this launch edition of The End Is Nigh while you can, because once it's gone, it's gone!