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The Messenger

Official Description

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.

  • 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

Source: Steam Store Description

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Credits (Nintendo Switch version)

223 People (17 developers, 206 thanks) · View all

  • Sabotage
  • Devolver Digital
  • CMF | FMC
Production Management
Game Design
Community Management
Music and Sound Design
Main Programming
Level Design
Quality Assurance
Level Art and Backgrounds
Character Art and Animation
Additional Programming
Additional Art
Shout-out to the rest of the Sabotage Crew
[ full credits ]




  • The Game Awards
    • 2018 – Best Independent Game – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Debut Indie Game – Won
  • TechRaptor
    • 2018 – Indie Game of the Year – Nominated

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Kam1Kaz3NL77.

Xbox One, Windows Apps, PlayStation 4 added by Rik Hideto.

Additional contributors: JudgeDeadd, A.J. Maciejewski.

Game added August 31st, 2018. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.