Discover the lost treasures of Ukampa in South America as Aban Hawkins searches for his estranged father, world-famous archeaologist, Jim Hawkins. Aban Hawkins races into the frozen tundra of the antarctic, undiscovered temple ruins and the vast caverns of South America in search of his father and the legendary treasure rumored to lie...
User reviews: Very Positive (229 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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"1001 Spikes is nightmarishly tough but impossible to put down. It's a treat for retro fans and hardcore masochists."
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About This Game

Discover the lost treasures of Ukampa in South America as Aban Hawkins searches for his estranged father, world-famous archeaologist, Jim Hawkins. The elder Hawkins mysteriously disappeared while exploring the ruins. Before his disappearance, the elder Hawkins entrusted his daughter, Tina with a map to the location of the ruins but with a grave warning that death awaits around every corner.

Aban Hawkins races into the frozen tundra of the antarctic, undiscovered temple ruins and the vast caverns of South America in search of his father and the legendary treasure rumored to lie behind the Golden Door of Poko-Mum.

Features

■ 1001 Lives to pass 100+ Levels
Devious traps and cleverly designed levels ensure a variety of challenges that will test the limits of your skills, reflexes and patience.

■ 4-Player Local Co-op and Versus Gameplay
Test your platforming and treasure skills with up to 4 of your friends!

■ Retro with style
Classic 8-bit style chiptunes by Rushjet1 and Misoka with true-to-Famicom graphics

■ Secret of Ukampa
Unlock nearly two-dozen secret characters, each with vastly different gameplay and abilities

■ Watch the Story unfold
The action and mystery advances through in-game cutscenes, each character with their own unique story!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel: GMA 950 and up, ATI/AMD: X-Series 300 and up, Radeon-Series 9600 and up, Nvidia GeForce 6000 and up
    • Hard Drive: 256 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core 2.0 (or higher)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 256 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel: GMA 950 and up, ATI/AMD: X-Series 300 and up, Radeon - Series 9600 and up. Nvidia: Geforce 6000 and up.
    • Hard Drive: 256 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core 2.0 (or higher)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 and higher, ATI Radeon HD-Series 4650 and higher, Nvidia GeForce 2xx-Series and up.
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
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!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Super hard but extremely fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Difficult platformer that frankly I gave up on. That's not to say it's bad! It is actually a good game just a little too difficult for me and my poor short term memory. Along with having not much patience. So if you have patience and good short term memory then go for it and challenge yourself.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
1001 Spikes take you back to the olden days of platforming, but with the modern "Rage-Game" difficulty. With pixel-perfect controls that are very comfortable, this game takes you through beautiful yet deadly maps, all flawlessly and cleverly designed. While most of the traps can be spotted if you look closely enough, unfortunately there's going to be times where the only way to progress through a certain jump is to die, learning what killed you, and how to get passed.

Pros
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Rage-Game difficulty (For those who like the challenging platformers)
Great level design
Respawns are near instant
Very crisp and comfortable controls


Cons
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This game might be too hard for people who don't have much patience
Some of the traps are B.S. (But only the first time through)
The bloody 3-pixel green zone for jumping on one of the later levels (GAHH!!!)
The multiplayer feels tacked on (But the Lost Levels/Tower of Nannar are fun by yourself regardless)

=====IN CONCLUSION=====
All in all, this game was worth every cent I put in to it. I've 100% the game with every character, and had a blast doing it. If you're still unsure, I'm certain this will go on sale at some point, but don't wait too long! You're missing out on a good time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
1001 spike and is a classic 2D action platformer where you play as Aban Hawkins, basically indiana jones minus the whip, who sets out on an adventure to Ukampa to find not only his father but the treasure of the temple in order to prove he is better than him. The 1001 in the title is actually refering to the number of lives you start with. (Though it could mean the spikes because there is a damn lot of them).

You have 1001 lives to best your way through all '30' levels of the Ukampa tomb but don't let that discourage you or make you think that's all the lives you have. At the end of each section, you'll find an artifact which gives you a large chunk of lives. Along with those, there is a skull collectible in each level (including the room that's just a straight walk to the artifact) which I highly recommend collecting. Not only does it grant you a life every time you pick it up (It has to be recollected every time you die) but it also lets you unlock new, fun characters.

These unlockable characters really encourage replaying the game to see how much better you can do with them, the different ways they can clear the levels with their unique abilities (These characters are also characters from different games which helps to encourage unlocking them just to see who they are. See Super Meat Boy if you wonder what I mean by 'From different games') Lastly these characters also have a different collectible to the skull. In this case, a coin that gives you money from 100 to 1000 and beyond as you get to the later levels which allow you to buy even more lives.

For the price you're buying, you're definitely getting your money's worth. Not only is there the main game 1001 spikes but there is also side stories that unlock which take Aban to new dangerous adventures and *Bit of a spoiler* After beating the 'boss', a whole new set of levels open up.

It's definitely worth the buy.

I can understand that the idea of a rage game can turn some people off when they think of games like "I wanna be the guy" or "Eryi's action" on steam but erase those from your mind. This game is definitely designed to lead to a rage at some point depending on your patience, of course but it's not one big trap feast. Like you won't walk through trees just for an apple to shoot down and kill you like in IWBTG. It's not that kind.

You will stumble into some traps or do something wrong that requires you to kill yourself (Selecting retry in the menu takes a life) but as the game goes on, you will start to spot the signs like in Eryi's action where you can suspect which spots are trapped. Everything in 1001 spikes makes a distinct sound like the click of spikes to help you figure out the timing.

I can definitely recommend this game. If this helps you decide to buy it, then I wish you luck.
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