Not Another Needle Contest

Creators: pieceofcheese87, patrickgh3, Naloa, Wolfiexe, Denferok, Aronax

Average Rating
8.3 / 10
Average Difficulty
63.7 / 100
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Needle (5) Gimmick (6) Boss (1) Collab (5) Contest (1)


  • by Anonymous

20 Reviews:

heres my serious feedback to everyones stage in this game:

doki: not good
darq: ok (but hard)
create: good
jonesy: nah
siglamii: nah
coldwarrior: ok
randomfangamer: nah
jks: ok
dubzz: ok
pati: good (but hard)
haegoe: good
cousinoer: nah
cosmoing & misterX: good
welowas: good
akutarex & problem: good
tehninza: good
gravitoon: ok (but hard)
arras: good
notevenamateur: ok
babouy: good
arthur: good
perkin: good (but hard)
joaotT: very good
breed: good
verve: good
werum: good (also SourPls)
smartkin: good
profcory: ok (has a crash, but should be fixed now in the new version)
arzztt: very good
asza: ok
trickofhat: ok
erik & archi: amazing stage, if i had done a stage, i would have done the same thing
wolfie: puzzle thing > good (but i hate pastel) | panda thing > ok
afreal: ok (but hard)
wetwookie: ok
pieceofcheese: very good
koslyn: good (tbh i didnt found this easy lol)
zebbe: very good

ok kbai

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Tagged as: Needle Gimmick Boss Collab
[11] Likes
Rating: 9.2 92       Difficulty: 65 65
Aug 25, 2018
All the judges are cunts, especially that Aronax dude. Don't bother smh

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Tagged as: Needle Gimmick Collab
[6] Likes
Rating: 9.5 95       Difficulty: 60 60
Aug 26, 2018
you should check out the 23rd place stage i think that stage is really cool i think :)

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Rating: 8.3 83       Difficulty: 70 70
Apr 15, 2021
Note: The difficulty is rated off the 'hardest' stage and you're able to view in-game the relative difficulties. If you're concerned about this being too hard, don't worry too much as there's a ton of content more in the 40-50ish range.

This is, as you'd expect, a mixed bag. The premise is that it was a contest where all entries were accepted allowing anyone to submit a stage using the provided engine. That being said, there's two ways to assess this.

Firstly, the contest - this was well executed for sure. It was very inclusive and you could see that in the submissions and I think that's great. There's a lot of familiar names in the creator list as well as a ton of newcomers and this gave a lot of people the ability to have their work showcased (which helps the motivation and keeps people continuing making) without having them to necessarily create a major project of their own. It was great seeing relatively new makers come up with creative and interesting ideas and as the ratings from the contest showed, there was a ton of good stuff across the board. The difference you'd generally see from the top scorers and the majority of the pack was polish - something that improves greatly with experience.

Secondly is the game - the hub presentation is clean and well done and there are a number of surrounding features to add to the game, allowing you to customize your game by finding secrets and spending the rewards on skins for the kid and his bullets. There's a nice clear screen and a little bonus stuff laid around too. I won't go into the stages themselves, as they're well described in the attached text file, but expect to see a lot of the gimmicks included in the engine from other popular games - lasers with buttons, push blocks, custom vines, various water types and standard bouncing/spinning obstacles. There's definitely a preference towards particular ones as to be expected, but its great to see an engine with additions. Feature-wise, I'd have loved to have seen a random stage option as going in knowing the judges ratings, placing in the game and creators name colors your opinion slightly going in, but its hardly a dealbreaker.

Overall, I'd recommend looking into this game if you want a ton of short gimmick stages with a lot of variety. Many stages feel like they lack polish or are a bit disjointed, so don't be surprised to hit some weird rough spots along the way but there's always a way out and nothing requires you to be completionist about it (and I'd probably not recommend expecting to do 100%).

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Tagged as: Gimmick Collab Contest
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Rating: 8.3 83       Difficulty: 65 65
Sep 10, 2018
Overall more of a gimmick game than a needle game (which was pretty much the point of the whole contest). Contains a wide range of great stages with various gimmicks, and I found myself enjoying the stages that were placed on the lower end as well. Would recommend.

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Rating: 9.0 90       Difficulty: 60 60
Aug 30, 2018