Tomorrow sees the release of The Messenger - a side-scrolling action platformer heavily inspired by a whole wave of classic games. As it turns out, the whole thing is a blast to play (check out our review if you missed it), but what do the developers of the game's inspirations think?

Well, answering that question is Hideo Yoshizawa (director/producer) and Keiji Yamagishi (composer) of the original Ninja Gaiden - the game which The Messenger devs say was the biggest influence of all. The duo sat down with the new release at BitSummit 2018, giving it a go and sharing their thoughts. It's safe to say that they liked what they played, noting how the game has its own identity but clearly shows a lot of respect for Ninja Gaiden in the process.

Other games noted as influences include the likes of MetroidCastlevania: Symphony of the Night, Monkey Island, and - in a less active way - Chrono Trigger. If you're a fan of any of these titles, and particularly the way in which they deal with gameplay mechanics, story, and their characters, The Messenger could well be worth checking out.

Do you plan on grabbing a copy of the game when it launches tomorrow, 30th August?