- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Nighthawk Interactive / Inti Creates
- Developer: Edmund McMillen, Tyler Glaiel
- Release Date: July 12, 2017
- Rating: M
- Genre: 2D Platformer, Puzzle, Adventure
- Players: Single Player
- Official Website: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-end-is-nigh-switch
The End Is Nigh! Teaser Trailer | Nintendo Switch
Who it Caters to
This brings us to The End is Nigh, an indie title that saw critical success on home consoles and because of that has now found its way on Nintendo’s hybrid console. Anyone seeking a challenge will certainly find The End is Nigh to be a stimulating endeavor, as every obstacle you encounter is increasingly more difficult than the last and your limits are tested every time. Its simple aesthetic is what gives it a stunning aura since there isn’t much you need to do other than cleverly solve each puzzle that you come across. That, however, is where the complexity comes into play because while the puzzles are certainly challenging, they do require some creative thought in order to successfully make it to the next world. Just a fair warning, there’s a great deal of swearing in the game so if you’re not a fan of excessive cursing then just be careful. We all know there are children out there!
What to Expect
600+ levels lay waiting for you and because of the sheer difficulty of some stages that appear, hours are spent trying to constantly refine your approach to avoid an early demise. This game is a speedrunner’s heaven as it not only requires focus but also dexterity and speed, since some levels move so fast that you don’t have time to really calculate things. You see the objective in front of you and immediately jump over gaps as swiftly as possible, praying an enemy doesn’t hit you along the way. The replay value is exceptionally high since deaths will be very common throughout your time playing. The deaths you experience are tallied and in a way, it motivates you to keep trying in order to move forward.
Easier said than done, of course, since some of these things are placed in the most hard to reach areas, and so you’ll need to time every jump correctly in order to secure them. There are also bonus tumors that are randomly scattered throughout each world and they too encourage some form of effort, perhaps more so than the normal tumors themselves. That’s the super fun part about The End is Nigh though, is the constant effort you need to exert in order to collect ever tumor you see. Without the tumors being a part of the game, much of the fun factor would be taken out to be quite honest, and would feel like any other typical platformer. The crude humor and snarky remarks from some of the corpses you encounter also give the game more vibe, since that interaction will be always be different every time.
If you’re not passionate about 2D puzzle platformers, we will be honest and say that, due to the repetitive nature of having to hop over obstacles it can grow tiresome for some. So with that in mind, unless you’re really looking for a new fresh approach with a very rewarding appeal, then The End is Nigh may not be for everyone. Those that do fancy this style of play will find themselves right at home since there’s always a new route to discover, tumors to collect and a ton of crude remarks to look forward to.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- A very challenging and colorful title.
- Endless replay value!
- Easy to use controls but hard to master strategies.
- 600+ levels?! Yes 600+ levels!
- A ton of bonuses that we’ll leave you to find for yourself.
- May prove a bit too challenging for some.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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