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Even though the sound isn’t quite up to par I have to say that this is a perfect purchase for anyone that owns a Nintendo DS. For only $20 you will get about as much gameplay as a normal over priced DS game. Online play is fun and playing with your friends wirelesses is more enjoyable that certain modern games. If you own a Nintendo DS then buy this game right now.
Pocket Gamer UK
Don't expect a graphic tour de force or a storyline that has more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing; N+ strips away such superfluous elements and delivers an essential experience that harks back to the days of 16-bit 'reaction' gaming - it's challenging, invigorating and often frustrating, but once you've had a taste you'll almost certainly come back for more, despite the disarmingly minimal presentation.
Look, folks. If you have any interest in challenging platformer gameplay, you need to play this. Period. This game makes all of the other titles in the genre look like a joke. Many of these levels are specifically designed to test what platforming is all about: timing and skill. Pure and simple. Bottomless pits and bouncy walls aside, the sheer amount of brutal hazards and the ridiculously high learning curve are not for the faint of heart. If you get N+, be ready to fail at what you might consider yourself good. Be sure to take advantage of the multiplayer gameplay; both local and Wi-Fi options ensures that you won’t have to suffer through the ordeals alone. The real key to this game’s success, however, comes with its surprisingly deep Level Editor. In the hands of the right gamer, N+ could be one of the best titles in the DS’s library. Needless to say, ninja training has never been so fun.
This is an extremely polished game that fits the DS like a glove. It's got style, grace, and attitude, and it feels good to play. The physics are great, and almost every level is fiendishly clever. It's also one of the rare titles that are presented better on a handheld than on a console. No question, N+ is one of the best DS games of the year.
Cheat Code Central
Overall, N+ is a must-buy for both those who love the N series of games and those who have not yet had the opportunity to check it out. The second screen really adds a great new dynamic to the gameplay, and the classic feel of the game is as sharp as ever. I really can't recommend this title enough; it is very fun to play, and the online modes provide endless replay value. And, when you factor in that the DS is budget priced at only $20, there really is no reason for you not to run out and grab this title. Unless you hate ninjas…you don't hate ninjas, do you?
Overall, N+ is exactly the kind of game that's tailor-made for the DS, and I don't mean that it uses the touch-screen. Quick and simple, this is the kind of distraction that can easily be picked up for five minutes and put right back down again, making it ideal for killing those last few minutes of a lunch break. Sure, some might be put off by its lack of superficial gloss, and there will be people for whom the difficulty level is a turn-off, but aside from those two gripes, N+ is a stellar port that's worth a look. Now, excuse me, level 22 is calling ….
Game Informer Magazine
Even though multiplayer is offline, thankfully, the entire game doesn’t suffer the same fate. Unlike the home console version, players can upload, download, and rate created levels from a central server. Even if you don’t care about crafting your own stages, the virtually limitless stream of everyone else’s content will keep replay value high long after you’ve beaten all of the on‑disc levels.
The game’s boxart or title may not be enough to captivate the casual gamer, but N+ is new wave old-school gaming at its best. The gameplay is simple and easy to master, but it is also challenging enough to keep gamers pounding themselves in disgust because of whatever mistake they're bound to make in the game's 200+ levels. If you’re looking for a platformer with quick and responsive gameplay, N+ is the game you’re looking for. Just be aware that while the PSP version has the superior presentation, it also suffers from horribly slow load times.
If you’ve never played N or N+, then it’s suggested you pick up N+ on the DS as soon as possible. You definitely won’t regret the purchase of this stellar platforming puzzle title.
Even with its control differences, N+ on the DS and PSP is well worth your time, especially if you're a fan of the series or love hardcore platforming games. The game will also only run you 20 bucks, which is a steal for a game that has so much content packed in there.
Thankfully the rest of the game is not. While it does get difficult and can get frustrating to some extent N+ is a great example of solid platforming mechanics with shades of a puzzle game built into them. Every level has a solution now matter how crazy it looks at first, and it is up to the player to flex their ninja prowess to make it happen. Its multiplayer is disappointing, but the single player experience which is the real meat of the game is as solid as it ever has been and marks a great entry for the franchise onto the DS.
It may not be an easy game, but N+ is certainly addictive, and its design makes it a fantastic portable game. In addition to the single-player challenge, the community aspect supplied by the level editor means that the dedicated player will be flipping out ninja-style for a long, long time.
If you have already downloaded the free version on the PC or the port to the Xbox 360, the gameplay in portable versions are only made more compelling and rewarding. At $19.99, N+ is more expensive than previous releases, but new puzzles and a renewed commitment to collaboration mean the opportunities available via the online community are endless. Regardless of your jumping skill, platforming history, or dodging prowess, N+ will be sure to keep you on your toes no matter where you are playing.
There's simply no excuse to not buy N+. It's frustrating and the music isn't everything it could be, but the rest; the graphics, the gameplay, the hundreds of levels and co-op/level creation tools; are stupendous. It tests your dexterity, wits, and skills, and you don't even have to buy rubber ninja stars.
Multiplayer co-op and competitive matches are just as much fun as they were on XBLA with modes such as racing and tag to take part in. Still, the bread and butter of n+ is the single-player ninja action and while the game can be quite a frustrating slog, it never truly feels crushing.
As an enjoyable, pick-up-and-play package with a sublimely simple design, N+ succeeds, and it's hard not to recommend for the price. Just be wary of the inevitable eyestrain, and if you're only going to play it at home, make sure you've exhausted the XBLA and PC versions first. It's still the most badass ninja simulator around...just less so.
Overall, N+ on the Nintendo DS is a fun, polished game for what it is ... a collection of obstacle courses. But it’s a polished and tight experience, to be sure, although I do feel that the game could benefit from having a tighter overall goal structure versus an open series of mini-challenges. Still, for those looking for challenging, bite-sized gameplay, N+ contains some of the best you’ll get on the DS.
So—if you're a die-hard platform fan who thinks nothing of dying 65 times trying to jump a gap, then N+ is your dream game, available now on DS, PSP and Xbox Live. If game-induced hypertension is not your idea of fun, then N+ may not be for you. But if it is, the $20 price tag will also be a... plus.
Personally I'd say the real draw to go beyond the browser game is if you really want to create your own N levels, which personally, I don't. While N+ is a polished game, I am fine leaving N as a nice Internet distraction, even if the controls aren't quite as tight as when you play these handheld versions. Don't forget, too, that N+ is already an XBLA game for just 800 Microsoft points, a cheaper option unless you really want to draw your custom levels with a DS stylus.