N++ is a fast-paced, momentum-based platformer about darting around obstacles, narrowly evading enemies and collecting gold in a beautiful minimalist landscape.
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Release Date: Aug 25, 2016

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August 30

N++ Update 1

The first of several updates we'll be doing to address some of the issues that people have reported with N++ has been released and can be downloaded right now.
What's changed:
* Disable StickyKeys while the game is running, to prevent a popup when the default LSHIFT/RSHIFT Colour/Social menu buttons are used
* Fix for occasional crashes when browsing/playing user levels
* Eating unwanted key repeats from SDL, so holding the jump key doesn't send you through all the post-game screens.
* Updated the game controller database, adding support for several third party controllers
* Fix to allow beta users to get all the 'killed' trophies instead of just the highest
* Require pressing START to join the game instead of A when using an XBox controller (this is a preliminary fix for the double-player XBox One controller bug, that should make solo play work as intended)

Thank you to everyone who's reporting or updating bugs over at https://app.assembla.com/spaces/nplusplus/support/tickets
We're working hard to organise and find fixes for all the issues, and have some more surprises for you down the line!

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August 25

Hotfix for Replay issues

There were some issues with downloading and viewing replays from early players in the game. This patch fixes them.

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Reviews

“if you’re looking for a game that has the potential to remain fresh for months on end, you’ve found your match.”
Hardcore Gamer

“The excellent gameplay alone makes it worthy of your time, and the stylish presentation seals the deal. Play this.”
God is a Geek

“Having played through a couple of hundred of the rooms, not once did it feel like anyone at Metanet let a sub-par level make the cut. Every level feels like it has been obsessed over and playtested to an inch of its life; every jump’s length is considered and every enemy, whether it be rocket launcher or mine, is optimised to be challenging but not unfair”
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About This Game

N++ is a fast-paced, momentum-based platformer about darting around obstacles, narrowly evading enemies and collecting gold in a beautiful minimalist landscape. It’s the first N game on PC since 2004 and we’ve spent those 12 years perfecting the platformer.

N++ is all about using your momentum to complete levels and get high scores, but in this sci-fi world, there’s a slew of inadvertently homicidal enemy robots trying to prevent you from completing your goal.

Through the hand-crafted (NOT procedurally generated) levels, you’ll experience platforming at its most intense. Using only your fluid movement, you need to ‘solve’ each level and get to the exit.

In addition to the lengthy and challenging single player campaign, we’ve packed a ton of features into this one last entry in the N series including:

-2,360 hand-made levels
-Custom Levels, Level Editor & Global Level Sharing
-Leaderboards and replays for every level (even the ones you make)
-Local Co-op Mode (up to 4 players)
-Local Competitive Mode (up to 4 Players)
-63 tracks by top electronic artists
-60 color palettes to customize the game’s look
-and more!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-bit Windows Vista
    • Processor: Core i3 / AMD A6 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB VRAM NVIDIA GeForce 8xxx series / ATI Radeon HD 3xxx series. OpenGL 3.3 support
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated Intel graphics are not supported. Intel HD 4000-series or better should work, but may have issues. The game may run on Windows XP, but we have not been able to test it.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i5 / AMD FX 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB VRAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 4xx series / ATI Radeon HD 5xxx series. OpenGL 3.3 support
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated Intel graphics are not supported. Intel HD 4000-series or better should work, but may have issues. The game may run on Windows XP, but we have not been able to test it.
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Rocket Boss
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 30
I've played around 100 hours of N+ on the XBLA and I'm almost done with all 3 series of this game, in a little under an hour. However, the gameplay is probably around 5-6 hours if you've never played an N game before.

Most of these negative reviews are from stuff that the N series has always been about... "If you just have patience most levels are easy" - That's a main point of the game.

At the end of the day, it's a god-tier platformer that is as pure and exciting as it gets.
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The Rickest Rick
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
I used to play an original N back when I was a kid, then later N+ on my PSP. Now a "new" N++ on my PC, it’s still an amazing game, controls feels smoother but still the same. I only have a feeling that "new" N++ levels are easier than in original N and only difference is sometimes a difficulty to get all gold. But it might be just me getting progressively better with the game. DEFO a buy if you are a fan, otherwise just check free "N" first, caution! It can cause keyboard/controller damage from furious throws!
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SubrosianDimitri_|BC|
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
I had dabbled in the original N back in the early 2000s when some person had uploaded it to AddictingGames, and I had a good time with it, though my 8 year old mind couldn't figure out how to beat a good chunk of the game. Years later, I think around 2010, I had pretty much forgotten about it. However, while browsing my local GameStop, I noticed a small DS game called N+. I immediately remembered my time playing the original flash game, and picked that box up to bring to the counter immediately. It was full of great danger, a tough challenge, and even had the original flash graphics as an option (or at least a replica that the DS could actually pull off). I spent hours on that game, and it's still one of my favorite DS games, and what I considered the gold standard of pure platformers.

Now we have another N game, which I immediately jumped on the opportunity to buy the second I found out about it (by selling a bunch of TF2 and Dota stuff that I don't use). I'll be comparing this to N+ DS a lot since that's the one I have the most experience with, so when I mention N+, it'll be referencing the DS version and not the PSP or 360.

I am definitely enjoying this game so far, and for the sake of information, I'll repeat the same ♥♥♥♥ everyone else has said. The controls are dead on, I use an Xbox 360 controller to play and it reads all my button inputs perfectly. It's a bit annoying that I can only navigate menus with the D-Pad since gameplay and the level editor allow/require the joystick(s) respectively.

The music is nice, though I found myself having to mute it after a while due to the style while wearing headphones. It's not the music's fault, I just get a headache if I listen to that kind of pumping EDM stuff for too long, so I play with headphones off. It would be awesome if I could add in music from my own library or if the music from all the versions of N+ (but mainly the DS version ^_^) were in the game as unlockables, or even DLC if need be (I'd pay for the DS music in a heartbeat).

The legacy episodes are nice too. I noticed a few levels from N+ on the in some of the episodes I haven't unlocked yet, though with the physics being closer to the original N than N+.

Now for my gripes:

- No Tag or Domination multiplayer modes for us DS ninjas. I loved Domination in N+ and I'd love to see it return so I could do that without needing someone else to have their own game card. I have no real problem with no online multiplayer since I don't care much for online in a game like this. If it gets added in at some point, that's all well and good, but I just want my Domination mode back. :'(

- The game runs slower than it should on my computer, and I'm not sure why. I don't think it's my specs, because I compared and cross-referenced, and they should be able to run this game no problem. I've posted on the community hub about this and if I get a fix I'll edit/remove this one, though some other people have also had this issue, so I have no idea.

- This is pretty minor, but the level editor has a lot fewer possible blocks than the DS version. Seriously, the kinds of shapes you can create in N+ DS is crazy. I actually tried to re-create one of my old custom levels and I had to make a lot of changes because the shapes I used don't exist in this version.

- To my knowledge, you can't set the graphics to the original flash graphics, I just don't see the same charm in these new graphics that I do in the simple flash graphics. I had similar feeling towards the Plus graphics in the DS version, but I could swap to the original graphics in that. Some of color schemes are also a bit too colorful for my tastes, but there are enough of them to mitigate that issue.

Other than those, this game turned out pretty good. I'll probably update this review later and give a much more informed opinion after I've cleared at least half the episodes. I still like N+ more, but once I've spent more time on this game, that opinion has a chance to change.
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Olli.Knot
7.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
10/10 lost my sanity
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scoRpFury//
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
Only one more level...
Oh it's 4 AM
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goomba
33.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
it owns
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↘ Coarse ↖
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
When I was young, (younger, anyway), I found n on a site and loved it. When n+ came out, I got it for the DS. Now, like 8 years later or something, one of my "childhood games" is on Steam. As soon as I saw it I bought it.

Pros:
It's fun
Really fun
It's great
It's fun
This review is heavily biased
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Electric Walrus
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
Product received for free
Beautiful both in visuals and gameplay. Feels satisfying and smooth, and the level design is as close to perfect as any game has ever gotten. Absolute gem of a game, I love it. If you like platformers or video games that demand your attention, this is it. Buy this game. Now.
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TheRabbitologist
26.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
Finally. An improved version of the game for us PC scrubs.

I was a huge original N fan. I've been playing N since before N+ for XBLA came out. I enjoyed making maps, jumping around, and having my hopes and dreams crused by 88-4 in N 1.4.

N++ is a game I would unreservedly recommend for anyone who was a fan of the original N, or for someone who enjoys physics-based platformers and challenge. It stays very true to the original N while adding some new mechanics that give a fresh new twist to the game (current favorite mechanic: toggle mines).

Its performance is a huge improvement over the original N in ways that actually matter. Corner jumps can be done very reliably now for those with the skill to do them, and laser drones in pits will fire at you the exact moment you come into sight.

Have I mentioned that I really like the levels? The intro section is a fantastic overview of the basics, which means the main game is free to get right into the meat of the gameplay without too much faffing about. All the levels in the N++ section are new, where the legacy episodes are derived from old levels that have been cleaned up and tweaked for N++.

I do have a few minor gripes, however. Make no mistake, though, these are minor.

* Sometimes, N++ feels a little TOO faithful to the original N. Death by falling from too high on a bounceblock is still a thing, as is the strange frictional interaction on the top surfaces of horizontally-moving thwumps. I can only assume these are still here for historical reasons, since it otherwise makes no sense (though I have hunches as to why they are the way they are within the code).
* I know that collecting all the gold is an optional objective, but some levels make collecting all the gold a time consuming but not altogether challenging process, with individual flecks widely spaced out but numerous.
* The death replay in the main menu includes suicides, which ends up showing a lot of replays where I suicided due to not being happy with my time or getting one piece of gold that I would still have an opportunity to get later. Preferably, the death replays would only show suicides when the topology of the map changed such that the exit became permanently inaccessible, but that gets a touch complicated.
* The keybindings are a touch off-putting. I used to play N with only the arrow keys, with jump bound to Up and suicide bound to Down. I cannot conveniently do that in N++, since there is no separate set of keybindings for moving around the menu, with the keys bound to jump and suicide gaining new meanings in the menus.
* N++'s tiles don't seem to include several "micro" tiles that I believe were present in N+ XBLA. I would have loved to see those make a comeback and for there to be more of them.
* I haven't found a built-in way to import old N levels into N++. That would have been nice.
* There are some audio and UI bugs, but I'll leave those out of this review. I have some faith they'll get patched eventually.
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Matryoshkat
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
I first played N almost 6 years ago as a preteen who wanted to pass the time playing browser flash games. And then I ran into the web version of N v1.4, which became the game I have most likely played more than any other. Playing N++ is reliving the nostalgia but it's also something else: Realizing, with the games I've played in between, how well made N and it's sequels are.

Styilsh, fast, and easy to pick up, this game does everything that a platformer does. It doesn't mess around with masterful art, choosing instead to stay minimal and sleek, and having the focus be on the things that move and don't move.

The main thing I'd consider about this game compared to its predecessor is: is what it offers better than what the free version offers? Yes, undoubtedly. Old level styles are spiced up with new enemies, gimmicks, and a reinvigorated sense of tension. One of my favorite additions are what I like to call the clone drones, which follow you around exactly and kill you when you touch them. One is reminded of Super Mario Galaxy's shadow mario and that is a perfect place to draw inspiration from.

There are a few things I think they could add in to make it a bit better, however.
1. The headband! This was a great feature of N+ Xbox 360 edition and it felt pretty great to jump around with the red headband trailing behind you.
2. Speaking of N+, both the DS and the Xbox versions had some kicking music. Adding them in as bonuses (which they might be, i have no idea) would be amazing. "The Way of the Ninja" and "Crackalak" especially.

So yeah, this game is defintely what I'm going to spend my next month playing. I'm no high scorer but you don't have to be to enjoy it.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
What is N++?

N++ is a fast-paced, momentum-based platform game that demands a significant amount of precision. The franchise is highly popular among the handheld console and console audience. The first game in the N series, simply called N (or The Way of the Ninja) debuted as a freeware video game back in 2005 on PC, Mac and Linux. The series then found its way onto Xbox Live Arcade in 2008 followed by PSP and Nintendo DS in August of the same year. Both titles were massive hits with platforming fans. Therefore, I found it surprising that N+ was never brought to Steam and that it took seven years to create a sequel. Thankfully, N++ was finally developed and released onto PlayStation 4 in July (2015) and has now been brought to Steam.

Positively Floaty

If you enjoy games where movement is floaty then this is the game for you. It is because of the floatiness of the movement that efforts to increase your precision-based skills are a little more difficult. However, I urge you not to be discouraged because the game is not intended to be easy. The developers have made a claim that the average life of your ninja is 1.5 minutes. I argue that that is more than a little high and if you can survive that long, on average, then you're a much better-skilled gamer than I.

I couldn't possibly imagine an N game where the character is stiff. This is because the floatiness provides much of the game's essence and fun factor. Therefore, unlike in many other games where floatiness can be deemed to be negative, it is a positive here. The floatiness allows players to pull off many maneuvers that would be impossible otherwise. It simply takes time to get used to the differences if you have played other games.

Competitive

A feature of the game that I do not believe is drawing nearly enough attention to it is the competitive aspect. The game incorporates leaderboard systems that push you to better yourself every time you play. This adds an incredible amount of replayability to the game. You may find yourself wanting to learn by repeating the same levels and becoming incrementally better. The first time that I played the opening series of levels I found myself in the high thousands. When I repeated the levels again I found that I had jumped several thousand positions on the ladder. The feeling of reward that I gained from doing this made it worth it. Therefore, the competitiveness is both against the community level as well against yourself.

2360 Levels

With such a significant amount of replayability you may suspect that the game lacks content. Put your mind at rest. There is more content featured within this game than any other platformer I have ever played. The game comes packed with 2360 hand-made levels. Furthermore, the game contains a level editor, custom levels, and global level sharing.

Although I have not played the mode myself I feel that a review would be incomplete without the mention of local co-op and competitive mode. There simply are not many platformers of this nature that have these features built into them. I can imagine that this feature alone making the game that much more appealing. Unfortunately, those that would like to see online multiplayer would be disappointed. However, because of the precision timing required to play the game it is perfectly understandable as to why this feature is an impossibility.

Is it Steamified?

The game comes with 26 Steam achievements and a set of trading cards.

Verdict

N++ may well prove to be the only platformer that you will ever need. It is literally the crack version of a platformer. The game is super addictive, plays extremely well and keeps offering you new and challenging content. This is one of the easiest recommendations that I will offer this or in any other year. My only criticism is that it took this long to get the game onto Steam.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Do you like N (Flash Game)?
Do you like N+ (Nintendo DS + PSP)

If YES to these then its a No Brainer
BUY THIS GAME!!!

You will like N++
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
I had dabbled in the original N back in the early 2000s when some person had uploaded it to AddictingGames, and I had a good time with it, though my 8 year old mind couldn't figure out how to beat a good chunk of the game. Years later, I think around 2010, I had pretty much forgotten about it. However, while browsing my local GameStop, I noticed a small DS game called N+. I immediately remembered my time playing the original flash game, and picked that box up to bring to the counter immediately. It was full of great danger, a tough challenge, and even had the original flash graphics as an option (or at least a replica that the DS could actually pull off). I spent hours on that game, and it's still one of my favorite DS games, and what I considered the gold standard of pure platformers.

Now we have another N game, which I immediately jumped on the opportunity to buy the second I found out about it (by selling a bunch of TF2 and Dota stuff that I don't use). I'll be comparing this to N+ DS a lot since that's the one I have the most experience with, so when I mention N+, it'll be referencing the DS version and not the PSP or 360.

I am definitely enjoying this game so far, and for the sake of information, I'll repeat the same ♥♥♥♥ everyone else has said. The controls are dead on, I use an Xbox 360 controller to play and it reads all my button inputs perfectly. It's a bit annoying that I can only navigate menus with the D-Pad since gameplay and the level editor allow/require the joystick(s) respectively.

The music is nice, though I found myself having to mute it after a while due to the style while wearing headphones. It's not the music's fault, I just get a headache if I listen to that kind of pumping EDM stuff for too long, so I play with headphones off. It would be awesome if I could add in music from my own library or if the music from all the versions of N+ (but mainly the DS version ^_^) were in the game as unlockables, or even DLC if need be (I'd pay for the DS music in a heartbeat).

The legacy episodes are nice too. I noticed a few levels from N+ on the in some of the episodes I haven't unlocked yet, though with the physics being closer to the original N than N+.

Now for my gripes:

- No Tag or Domination multiplayer modes for us DS ninjas. I loved Domination in N+ and I'd love to see it return so I could do that without needing someone else to have their own game card. I have no real problem with no online multiplayer since I don't care much for online in a game like this. If it gets added in at some point, that's all well and good, but I just want my Domination mode back. :'(

- The game runs slower than it should on my computer, and I'm not sure why. I don't think it's my specs, because I compared and cross-referenced, and they should be able to run this game no problem. I've posted on the community hub about this and if I get a fix I'll edit/remove this one, though some other people have also had this issue, so I have no idea.

- This is pretty minor, but the level editor has a lot fewer possible blocks than the DS version. Seriously, the kinds of shapes you can create in N+ DS is crazy. I actually tried to re-create one of my old custom levels and I had to make a lot of changes because the shapes I used don't exist in this version.

- To my knowledge, you can't set the graphics to the original flash graphics, I just don't see the same charm in these new graphics that I do in the simple flash graphics. I had similar feeling towards the Plus graphics in the DS version, but I could swap to the original graphics in that. Some of color schemes are also a bit too colorful for my tastes, but there are enough of them to mitigate that issue.

Other than those, this game turned out pretty good. I'll probably update this review later and give a much more informed opinion after I've cleared at least half the episodes. I still like N+ more, but once I've spent more time on this game, that opinion has a chance to change.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Just how I spend more than 1000 hours on the classical N and N+, Then came the N++
Seriosly doe, get ready to ragequit and break stuff


Pros:

-Mesmering Colours
-Chill Music
-Fun and repeatable levels
-New enemies
-Easier controls
-Map maker
-Player created maps
-Even more maps

Cons:

-Level editor is buggy a bit: trapdoors, normal doors and locked doors can't be placed horizontaly
-Mouse is optional, yet not required. You can't place entities with another button exept LMB
-I really did expect an online-multiplayer, co-op is still fun

Fun:

-Spent 2 hours on some of the D and E levels because they are too hard, yet still fun
-Back in the old N, I used to beat my keyboard alot when I fail miserably, N++ is different, the ambient music and colours seem to calm down some people

Questions:

-Are you going to add an option to change Level-editor controls too?
-Did you mention something about some DLC's?
-Is N++ playable trough a LAN cable?

That's all from me folks, I rate this game 11/10,



Keep it up
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Try the free N first, if you like it even a bit, buy this.
This version is infinitely better and got a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ of content.
Not to forget the level editor and community levels.

There is no online multiplayer though, but if the demand is there, the developers will try to put it in as well.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
I've been playing N since 2005, with the original free version of N, and then N+ on xbox. It has held a place dear to my heart, and is one of my all time favourite games. N++ is without a doubt the most complete and fully realised vision of N.

Still as difficult as ever.
Still as punishing as ever.
Still as rewarding as ever.

If you love platforming games and are a masochist, this is the perfect game for you. Buy it!

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
N++ is the latest entry in the N series by Metanet. The series has always been known for having perfect platforming and controls with incredible precision. That reputation continues in this entry and this is literally the best game in the series. It has more colors to choose from and unlock with more colors and headbands returning soon via patches. It also has 125 introduction levels with at least 500 N++ levels and 500 legacy (from prior games) levels. There are also thousands upon thousands of levels to play that have already been made by the community and there are more being made daily. If you want a fantastic and challenging platformer with tense situations with near misses galore that is centered around keeping your momentum up and moving quickly and precisely, this is THE game for you! 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
When I was young, (younger, anyway), I found n on a site and loved it. When n+ came out, I got it for the DS. Now, like 8 years later or something, one of my "childhood games" is on Steam. As soon as I saw it I bought it.

Pros:
It's fun
Really fun
It's great
It's fun
This review is heavily biased
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Only one more level...
Oh it's 4 AM
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