N+

Game review by
Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
N+ Game Poster Image
Tense physics-using puzzles for kids of all ages.
  • PSP
  • $19.99
  • 2008

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages
Violence & scariness

Player explodes into many blood free pieces upon failing levels

Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that N+ is based on a Flash game that was playable on the Internet for free, but very limited when compared to the official PSP or DS version. The game does utilize a ninja, but no weapons are used by the game player in the game. Instead, they must use cunning and skill to traverse a series of levels under a time limit. It's a challenging game that may frustrate younger gamers on later levels but is sure to keep their attention for a long time.

User Reviews

Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bydixie737 March 3, 2012

GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!

I love the XBOX 360 version, it is a bit voilent since the ninja blows up but you can turn the blood off in How to Play at settings. It's a game you'l...
Adult Written bymagreen9 August 27, 2014

Great Ninja game, no real violence.

This is a ninja game, however there is no violence except for blood. However, the blood is pixelated and there is a option to turn it off. With the censor, 3 an...
Kid, 12 years old May 17, 2009

World's best video game!

An amazing game, although better when you get the complete version on the computer on which more levels and options are created for you. The ds version is not a...
Teen, 13 years old Written bybooklover1 March 24, 2010

What's it about?

N+ is the expansion of a free-to-play Flash game, simply titled N. In this portable version for the PSP and Nintendo DS, there are more levels and unlockable content than was found on the downloadable version. The premise is very simple: Players race against a ticking clock to try and clear a series of levels, which increase in complexity. The goal is to reach a button in one location of the level to open a door, and then race to the open door all while collecting gold scattered throughout the level. The gold is more than just additional points, as each gold piece found adds to the total time you have to get to the door.

The title uses a great deal of real-world physics, which come into play as your character is jumping over bombs and turrets. This adds a sense of realism to a title which otherwise is pretty far removed from reality. For example, long falls will end your attempt on a particular level. Also, attempting to make very long jumps which defy the laws of gravity is impossible, so using momentum and learning proper control is of utmost importance. Thankfully, the game controls are wonderful.

Is it any good?

N+ utilizes the Pokemon strategy of gaming, which requires the player to collect things while they are playing.

In spite of the premise being so simple, the game is really quite challenging, particularly on the higher levels. The ambient music and simple sound effects add to the otherwise engaging atmosphere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes such a simple game enjoyable to play. Is it the fact that anyone can pick it up and feel like they know what they are doing, or the simple graphics which draw the player in? Does creating your own levels for play make the game even more fun and challenging? They can also touch on real history with discussion about the role of ninjas in history.

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Atari
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence

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