8-bit to 16-bit-shifting ninja-themed action-platformer The Messenger announced for PC and console
posted on 01.04.18 at 09:16 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Due out later this year.

The Messenger

Sabotage Studio, an independent developer “that specializes in combining retro aesthetics and modern game design,” has announced The Messenger, a new action-platformer that shifts from 8-bit to 16-bit coming to PC and unannounced consoles in 2018.

Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:


As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival.

Leveraging players expectations as a core game design ingredient, The Messenger is first presented as an 8-bit action platformer with a simple story, that unravels into an epic time traveling tale, eventually revealing itself as a 16-bit Metroidvania game packed with replay value and deadpan humor.

Key Features

  • An epic ninja adventure with challenging gameplay and tight controls.
  • Legit 8-bit and 16-bit art and music reminiscent of your favorite NES and SNES games.
  • Memorable cast of (often silly) villains, bosses and associates.
  • Catchy soundtrack by renowned chiptune composer Rainbowdragoneyes, made in Famitracker.
  • Character upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels and story arcs to discover.
  • Challenging and visceral gameplay where mastery is a thing to behold.

Watch the announcement trailer below. Visit the official website here.

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