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22 Great Games Like The Messenger

These are hand-picked games similar to The Messenger. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like The Messenger. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed The Messenger. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

The Messenger is a platform game where you play as a young ninja after his village is attacked by a demon army. You must deliver a scroll, fighting enemies and pulling off complex acrobatic manoeuvres along the way. The game is inspired by the classic Ninja Gaiden games with an acrobatic ninja theme and platform adventure.

Unfortunately, The Messenger is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Release Date: 30/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @SabotageQc

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

New Super Lucky's Tale

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Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @PlayfulStudios

Players: This is a single player game

This is a platform game where you play a fox on a quest to recover pages from a magical book that will save his world. It takes gameplay in a more action-oriented direction but the islands and characters are full of quirky character and treasures like...

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

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Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @MoonGameStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

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Horace

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Release Date: 18/07/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Developer: @HoraceDev

Players: This is a single player game

Horace is a platform adventure full of nostalgic pop-culture references and British humour. You run and jump through a funny and heartfelt story told by Horace, the game's charming robot protagonist. Adopted by a wealthy family for reasons unknown,...

Celeste

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Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Platform

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: This is a single player game

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

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Release Date: 10/08/2010, updated in 2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is an arcade-style fighting game. In the game, you take control of one of seven playable characters from the comic book series and travel through Toronto, Canada facing the seven evil exes of Ramona Flowers.

Crossy Road Castle

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Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @HipsterWhaleDev

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Crossy Road Castle, is the follow up to the simple frogger Cross Road game. You play pixilated animals racing to the top of various towers that change every time you play.

Hollow Knight (Series)

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Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @TeamCherryGames

Players: This is a single player game

Hollow Knight is a game where you run, jump, and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain...

Treachery in Beatdown City

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Release Date: 31/03/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @aNuChallenger

Players: This is a single player game

Treachery in Beatdown City is a fighting game with a retro pixilated art style. It combines the popular beat'em up mechanics from games like Double Dragon, where you take on enemy characters with fists, kicks and weapons, with role play elements....

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

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Release Date: 26/06/2014

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @YachtClubGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...

Lunark

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @CanariGames

Players: This is a single player game

Lunark is a platform game with simple pixilated graphics that tell a cinematic story. It's similar to games like Flashback that were popular in the 80s and 90s. You run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot your way through mysterious alien ruins, a...

Hot Swap

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Release Date: 10/11/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @JoGribbin

Players: This is a single player game

Hop Swap is a platform game where you can flip gravity and jump through the ground. The sky becomes the ground and the ground becomes the sky. This simple premise is used to create a complex and weaving puzzle adventure where you journey through two...

Evergate

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Release Date: 01/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @StnLntrnGames

Players: This is a single player game

Evergate is a running and jumping game where you can slow down time to make difficult jumps through hand-drawn environments. It combines the need for timing and puzzle solving in a game that slowly tells the story of the characters you meet.

YesterMorrow

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Release Date: 05/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BitmapGalaxy

Players: This is a single player game

YesterMorrow is running, jumping, climbing and collecting game where you play Yui, whose world has been destroyed and family kidnapped. To save them you journey through the four islands, forest, desert, ice, and clockwork, to collect "everlight" and...

Mutant Mudds

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Release Date: 26/01/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @AtooiLLC

Players: This is a single player game

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...

Cross Code

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Release Date: 09/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @RadicalFishGame

Players: This is a single player game

CrossCode is a retro-inspired role-play where players control a mute character who has lost their memory called Lea. The sci-fi story contains fast-paced battles, puzzles and quests as well as a wide range of abilities and equipment to level up and...

Toodee and Topdee

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Dietzribi

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Toodee and Topdee is a platform puzzle game where you control two characters to complete single-screen levels. The twist is that each character exists in a different plane. Toodee is a top-down block-pushing world, while Topdee is side-on platforming....

Gunman Clive (Series)

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Release Date: 02/01/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @BertilHorberg

Players: This is a single player game

Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...

The Adventure Pals

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Release Date: 03/04/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @MassiveMonsters

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

The Adventure Pals is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play duo Sparkles the giraffe and Mr. Rock. By making jumps, exploring levels and defeating enemies you try and stop Mr.B from capturing the elderly, including your dad, and turning...

Eagle Island

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Release Date: 18/07/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @ScreenwaveMedia

Players: This is a single player game

This is a running and jumping adventure where you play Quill and his owl companion Koji as they uncover the secrets of Eagle Island. You work your way through levels using falconry-inspired attacks to take down enemies.

Fallen Leaf

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @FallenLeafGame

Players: This is a single player game

Fallen Leaf is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a treasure hunter on the trail of a repressive, merciless ruler. It looks like an old school game with pixel visuals, but the game play is right up to date. You use magical gauntlets and...

Axiom Verge

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Release Date: 31/03/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @AxiomVerge

Players: This is a single player game

Axiom Verge is a series of running, jumping and fighting games where you play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up in an unknown ancient world. It's similar to retro games like Metroid and Contra where you explore levels, collect items and progress your...

Little Orpheus

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Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @ChineseRoom

Players: This is a single player game

Little Orpheus is a running and jumping game set in 1962 where you play Ivan Ivanovich as he explores lost civilisations, undersea kingdoms and prehistoric jungles. The game is played in retrospect as you explain your adventures to a general suspicious...

The Messenger is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to The Messenger in the following lists:

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 

Bend Time To Your Advantage

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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