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USgamer (Jun 18, 2014)
Maybe retro-style indie games are getting a bit long in the tooth, but 1001 Spikes is an example of the format done right: It harnesses that old-school look for a reason and focuses in on a single design concept with obsessive clarity. Developer 8bit Fanatics really gets what made the best classic games great, and manages to make a hateful, hurtful game into addictive fun. And the multiplayer mode (on systems that support it) is surprisingly great, a mix of Contra and The Outfoxies. Maybe it's not a game for everyone, but 1001 Spikes knows what it's about... and does a bang-up job of achieving it.
IGN España (Jun 10, 2015)
1001 Spikes es ese plato de lentejas que de pequeño te daba repelús y que ahora te comerías todas las semanas. Es muy difícil y en ocasiones desesperante pero su diseño de niveles y la sensación de gratificación que siente el jugador al atravesar sus diferentes fases convierten esta pesadilla en un plato que te acabas comiendo a gusto.
Nintendo Life (Jun 10, 2014)
A long adventure, two great unlockable modes, a slew of hidden characters, a great soundtrack and lovely spritework are all hallmarks of 1001 Spikes, which also happens to be tremendously difficult, and thoroughly challenging. The levels are often unfair, but they're unfair in such clever ways that it's hard to stay mad at the game, and all too easy to get roped into one more try. Having said that, the lack of multiplayer modes, the propensity of interactive objects to scroll at different speeds from the rest of the tiles and a 3D effect that gives away hiding places hold this one back from reaching its true potential. A great experience, but not one without its flaws — and absolutely not one for the faint of heart.
IGN (Jun 08, 2014)
The 3DS version is easily the weakest of the bunch; not only does it lack multiplayer and The Golden Vase, but the smaller screen makes it tougher to spot some of the deadlier features camouflaged throughout 1001 Spikes' levels (and for the record, I played on a 3DS XL). Turning on 3D is a little disorienting, and even when it's off, the animation gets visibly (and shockingly) choppy when levels scroll. It's otherwise the same as the other versions and includes the Mr. Video Game skin, but it’s not an ideal way to play.

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