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Game #4847
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  N    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Platformer

Rating: 8.92 (250 votes)

N box cover

N screenshot
One of the best platformers you'll ever come across, N is a great freeware game from Metanet that boasts excellent real-world physics – something we don't normally see. The plot: as a ninja trapped underground, you must escape with your life by getting to the exit on each level while avoiding a horde of homicidal robots.

Created entirely in Macromedia Flash, N sports minimalist yet very effective graphics, smooth and realistic movements, and excellent implementation of real-world physics, e.g. collision detection and gravity. The game is very difficult, though: there are hidden traps, and you have to constantly replenish "gold energy" to survive. In many levels, you need to climb walls and flip switches at the right moment. Like a real-life ninja, acrobatic feats and deft fingers are crucial to beating the game. To make things even more challenging, the robots seem to get more dangerous and smarter the more you play. Fortunately, elegant physics and fun level designs will keep you glued to the screen even if you curse the designers for making such an impossible game :)

Last but not least, the game includes extensive in-game help and a built-in level editor. With 150 levels organized into 30 unlockable "episodes", the official release will keep you occupied for days, if not months. The latest version also now saves your progress as you play, making it much more appealing to beginners (including yours truly) who got far too frustrated with the first release. If you are looking for a charming, innovative, and highly challenging platformer, look no further than this modern-day classic. Two thumbs up, way up!

Note: The series now has a second and third game, N+ and N++ respectively, of which the first being for the Xbox360, DS and PSP (the PC had N 2.0) and the second for all PC systems as well as the Xbox One and PS4.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Raigan Burns & Mare Sheppard
Developer: MetaNet Software
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2004
Software Copyright: Raigan Burns & Mare Sheppard
Theme: Design Tool
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site
If you like this game, try: Seiklus, Machines of Destruction, Triptych

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