Amaranth Needle

Creator: BrackBas

Average Rating
5.2 / 10
Average Difficulty
89.2 / 100
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Needle (3) 100_Floor (1) x_Floor (1) CrimsonNeedle-Like (1)


  • by NightShark115
  • by MikuStar263
  • by IGINLAJ

25 Reviews:

It's very much a CN2 copycat but in the not good way imo. There are themes from CN2 that this game copies completely, often times taking templates and exact pathing from screens in CN2 as well. It's mostly cool for the first 24 screens (minus a couple rough saves here and there), but after that the game completely falls apart. Any creativity the game had up to that point just kind of vanishes and doesn't reappear until the late 40s, and even then the design is just too awkward to be enjoyable to me.

The visuals are overall alright, but are also often too saturated; like, there's no real variety somehow, because the colors are all too *pure*, yknow? Some less saturated tints and shades of colors would have been a bit nicer on the eyes at points where pure red, aqua, yellow, green, etc were used. At other points, the visuals are straight up horrible; floors 25-27 are especially bad. I've always said that if I have issues seeing stuff, you really messed the visuals up.

The further into the game you get, the more brutally unforgiving the needle becomes. I would have done myself a favor if I had dropped the game when it went downhill and made no effort to bring it back, but I kept going and ended up hating both myself and the game for it. But because of my intensely negative feelings for it I feel I can't give this game a fair rating. I'd possibly recommend the game solely for the first 24 screens because they are legitimately fun, but otherwise I can't in good faith recommend this game to anyone.

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Rating: N/A       Difficulty: 88 88
Jan 1, 2020
Мой самый сложный пройденный нидл. Я начал играть в него 24 мая, то есть 3 месяца назад, сразу после Кримсон Нидла 1. На всю игру ушло 164 часа, 50 часов на сотый экран. Несмотря на то, что многим эта игра не заходит и в ней действительно временами встречались моменты не очень, это один из моих любимых нидлов, от которого я получил массу эмоций, особенно на 90-ых экранах. Я был много раз близок к дропу, но не бросил и добил ее, чему очень рад. Ждем экстру.

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Rating: 8.5 85       Difficulty: 90 90
Sep 4, 2021
A 100f game with a continual increase in difficulty from the very beginning to the very end. There are never any real spikes, but by the time you reach the 70s and 80s every save is brutal, and the difficulty continues to climb from there; you can expect to take as long on floors 91-100 as you did on the entire rest of the game.

Honestly, I respect Amaranth's commitment to its continually escalating difficulty level, especially since it's accomplished entirely via engine standard kill objects, all of which are static. No traps, triggers, or gimmicks; you can make every screen in jtool if you want. (There are a few exceptions, like collecting keys for secrets, but they're not really worth mentioning.)

Unfortunately, I think the resulting game is simply not very much fun to play most of the time. You're just going through screen after screen of bland needle with uninspired pathing and absolutely nothing to provide a change in pace. Later in the game, almost every save feels like it's "harder" (more frustrating and grindy) than it should be due to a handful of needlessly precise jumps. Apples are used constantly in annoying ways to complicate otherwise simple jump sequences, and at times the design devolves into just placing corners and planes in the middle of saves that are already hard. To the game's credit, there are a number of interesting jump sequences that feel satisfying to learn, but as a whole the design is dragged down by an obsession with making every save as hard as possible no matter what.

But hey, maybe I'm just not the target audience; there are clearly people who really enjoyed Amaranth. Maybe the parts I found tiresome were fascinating challenges to them. Maybe difficulty for its own sake isn't necessarily a bad thing, as long as you have the right mindset. I did keep coming back to the game myself, after all -- if nothing else, I clearly found the idea of overcoming it compelling, and it forced me to push past my limits.

But, uh, I think I'm good just playing through it once.

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Rating: N/A       Difficulty: 90 90
Oct 25, 2021
It is a 100 floor needle game, similar to Crimson Needle 2. The level design was quite good imo. I heard stuff about this game that made me really scared about the late stuff, but it was not too bad after all, nothing pissed me off much (which is unusual for a long and hard needle game). Some jumps get easier with jump cancelling which is annoying, but overall I think this game is just fine.

I would recommend this to advanced needle players who like low-gimmick needle.

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Rating: 8.1 81       Difficulty: 87 87
Sep 30, 2021
[Ru] Ну знаете, баланс в игре убогий, много ужасных экранов, НО... Всё же тут есть неплохие экраны (один из них - 100), поэтому я думаю, что игра заслуживает хотя бы троечки.

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[2] Likes
Rating: 3.0 30       Difficulty: 90 90
Aug 30, 2021