Omega Strike is clearly a retro-themed game and takes a nod at some of the great 2D run and gun games of the past, such as Metal Slug and its sequels. But it did certainly feel a bit more “vertical” than the Metal Slug series, and actually plays more like a Metroid style game, where you retrace your footsteps, and as you progress new areas open up.
The game is easily accessible for gamers of all levels, but maybe a little on the easy side for any veterans of the genre expecting some “bullet hell” action. At the same time, it is fun and the individual characters abilities keep some variety along the adventure.
In the game, there are upgrades which are purchased from the currency you collect from killing the enemies or from finding secrets as you play through the levels. Secrets are often found through invisible walls and can help you increase your health bar. As previously mentioned, some of the areas within the levels may not be accessible on your first play through the area until you have unlocked all the characters and their associated abilities.
The characters have abilities such as strength to push boulders, a double jump to reach higher areas or to clear bigger distances or the ability to squeeze through small gaps. To the later accessible abilities such as climbing monkey bars, explosives to allow you to blow bricks up below you, which both open up access to new areas.
The abilities keep you on your toes by adding a low-level puzzle element and that keeps the game more variable as you play through it. But as you expect when you open the new ability. That new ability features heavily for that level, which helps you become accustomed to it and how to use it.
I would have liked to have seen a bit more variety with the enemies. I felt the bosses, in particular, did feel very similar in terms of how you approached each of them, and the attack pattern was very straightforward to figure out.
A playthrough of the game should take around 7 hours. The controls felt tight and I did not come across any performance issues. If a run and gun style game is what you are looking for, I would say this is worth a go. Maybe not as a strong a game as Metal Slug in terms of character, but definitely worth a try, and the small dev team at Woblyware have done a good job.
Beard Score: 7/10
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release: 15/06/2018 (Xbox)
Format: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price: circa £9.49