1001 Spikes at first glance seems like an unforgiving, frustratingly difficult, sadistic game.
But really it just comes down to:
"Oh, I haven't done this level yet. Well let's expect to die a couple times to either spikes coming out of the ground or some boulder falling on my head because I'm trying to dodge the completely obvious traps first."
But that's where the fun comes from...
First entering a stage and figuring out where the next spike-trap is that's gonna kill you and having a sense of pride come to you when you just barely jump to safety. Only to have your hopes and dreams shot down by a statue that fires a dart in your face, but don't worry you remember exactly where that spike-trap is and to throw a knife to block the statue's dart only to land and the floor falls from under you... Welcome to the wonderful life of Aban Hawkins.
The level progression of the game is pretty good. They don't just throw everything at you from the get-go and expect you to be absolutely afraid of every step you take through Ukampa. Every 5 stages you get a nice little break in the action to just walk peacefully through the temple to get the key and progress to the next chapter.
The controls are solid, there's no momentum in the game so you stop moving Aban and he instantly stops moving but the thing that might get you at first is there's two jump buttons. There were a few times where I'd franticly be jumping and throwing my knives, dodging traps and just suddenly find myself fall down a pit because instead of doing a high-jump, I had hit the normal-jump button.
The game's decently long and along the way you can collect Golden Skulls (There's 30 of them, one in each stage) and once you get so many you start unlocking other modes to play (All the unlocked modes can be play with up to 4-players).
-There's a tower mode where you pick your character, climb a tower to save a princess and collect treasure along the way.
-There's Lost Levels mode where you pick a character again, and go through chapters which consist of 3 stages and each chapter is a tileset from the campaign mode and each stage has coins you can collect.
-There's a mode that was meant for 4-players. You hit a golden chalice for coins to pop-out and try to see who can get the most coins before time runs out.
You will also start to unlock other characters which have their own unique gameplay mechanics.
It's one of those rare platformers that really makes you feel like you acomplished something great once you beat it. All that hardwork, all those tears, all those controllers you broke along the way and if that wasn't enough for some of you, you can also play through the entire thing again as a different character to unlock their own cutscenes.
A fantastic game worth every penny!