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Platform 360, Win, Mac, Wii U, PS Vita, 3DS, PS4 Publisher Nicalis Developer 8bits Fanatics Release Date Jun 3, 2014

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1001 Spikes review: die and die again

Death comes to us all. In 1001 Spikes, perhaps with a bit more frequency. The 8-bit era was a notoriously punishing time for gamers. Checkpoints and recharging shields were but twinkles in...

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1001 Spikes hitting PS4, Vita and Steam on June 3

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1001 Spikes' Arcade mode is a nod to games gone by

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It's better to share the 1,001 lives of 1001 Spikes

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1001 Spikes and the masocore thrill of a thousand deaths

There's an attractive cruelty to 1001 Spikes, 8bits Fanatics' retro-styled side-scrolling platformer. Every step you take forward as protagonist Aban Hawkins is a step closer to death — death by...