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App description: Onslaught! is a fast-paced, arcade-style, medieval fantasy shoot 'em up. Fans of retro classics like Archon, Gauntlet, and Smash TV may enjoy its intense gameplay.

Features include:

50 WAVES OF MEDIEVAL MONSTERS
Hordes of wizards, cyclops, goblins, imps and more await you in the arena!

5 UNIQUE BOSS BATTLES AND ENVIRONMENTS
Face off with the Gelatinous Cube, Minotaur, Green Dragon, and other huge beasts, all with unique behaviors, weaknesses and strategies.

DEADLY MEDIEVAL FANTASY WEAPONS
Throw battle axes, daggers, broadswords, fireballs and other unlockable weapons to fend off the horde.

IN-GAME SHOP
Earn gold in-game to purchase upgrades such as increased damage, golden armor and a Dragon Familiar to help you fight!
07-15-2011, 06:20 AM
#2
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: 英國劍橋
Posts: 1,569
Okay, Gabrien, since you're posting this it must be recommended? Any reasons why?

07-15-2011, 06:29 AM
#3
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,146
Quote:
Originally Posted by ataloss View Post
Okay, Gabrien, since you're posting this it must be recommended? Any reasons why?
It normally would, but in this case I actually just thought it looked promising and wanted to get a bit of a discussion. Of course, then 5 minutes after making the thread I just thought screw it I'll pick it up. And did. So will post some impressions after I've had a chance to play it. But for now I just think it looks promising.
07-15-2011, 08:22 AM
#4
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,146
Game Impressions

Ok, this is seriously, seriously good.

In a nutshell: arena based dual stick shooter with a strong retro flavour and a great sense of fun.

Good controls, smooth gameplay, good variety of enemies and weapons. Gold acquired through play may be used to purchase upgrades ranging from a shield to a dragon familiar. (No IAPs sighted.)

Honestly this is one of those games that really feels just a little bit special.
07-15-2011, 08:26 AM
#5
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: 英國劍橋
Posts: 1,569
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gabrien View Post
Ok, this is seriously, seriously good.

In a nutshell: arena based dual stick shooter with a strong retro flavour and a great sense of fun.

Good controls, smooth gameplay, good variety of enemies and weapons. Gold acquired through play may be used to purchase upgrades ranging from a shield to a dragon familiar. (No IAPs sighted.)

Honestly this is one of those games that really feels just a little bit special.
You clearly have a nose for these things. Bought.
07-15-2011, 10:59 AM
#6
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 4,443
Dear Lost Decade...

Onslaught! is a love letter to a certain subset of gamers; those that grew up playing white-box Dungeons & Dragons and video games in equal measure, i.e. - me. If you are a fellow member of that elite but dorky minority, buy this game immediately. If you are not, wait five minutes, then buy it anyway.

It feels like this game has been marinating in awesome since the day it was conceived, lovingly nurtured through the development process, and then birthed into the app store, kicking and screaming. This game is truly original. Not oh-em-gee, I've never seen anything like this and it's going to change the world; that's innovation. This is originality; taking tried and true game mechanics and themes and melding them in a way that feels new. In some ways, this is superior to innovation, because it deftly tiptoes ninja-style over the pitfall of creating something that is new, but not necessarily better. An original title safely co-opts proven content in a way that feels startlingly fresh.

But enough philosophizing. This game has Owlbears. Do want. The sewer level boss is a Gelatinous Cube. Yes, money, give it. This game has an icon in the front end that looks strikingly similar to the silhouette of a Beholder. That's right, take it baby, you know you want it. That's how freakin' kewl this game is, that's the way that it's retro, and that's why the devs had me at hello.

Add that to the fact that the controls are perfect, the weapons are diverse, and the enemies are brilliantly differentiated in the most elegant of ways. Yes, this is dual-stick, but it's not Geometry Wars, where you are pouring out bullets at light speed, across the length of the screen. While I do love that, it would not have been on theme for this game, and the decision to steer clear of it was a smart one.

Instead, some of the weapons have noticeably short ranges, both to match the fantasy theme and to distinguish between other weapons with different properties: double dagger with a wide arc-of-fire, high rate-of-fire spears, burning fireballs, freezing ice shards, and axes that ricochet. Enemies have vulnerabilities and invulnerabilities to some of these weapons too. Ever tried to fight a Gelatinous Cube with a dagger? Tried and died...

The diversity of the enemies is just as important. When the Minotaur enters the first arena, then charges at you blindingly fast, you realize that fact. Some enemies multiply, some have ranged attacks, some teleport, and some just mob you till you suffocate.

Add to this laundry list that you can purchase gear for your adventure from Ye Olde Shop, with a heaping pile of golden doubloons from your previous trek. Also add three levels of difficulty, each with its own arena (watch out for the traps amongst the piles of glistening treasure in the dragon's lair). Also add that this game will receive continued love and support from the devs, because anyone who cares enough to share their baby with the world will make certain that it fairs well in its strange and wonderful new surroundings.

Some people will not like game as much as me. That's okay, I don't mind. I happen to gravitate toward beauty in simplicity. I am not of the opinion that Gameloft's latest flavor-of-the-week clone is what makes the app store special, no matter how polished they are. What makes the app store special is that a guy can have a simple idea, release it into the wild, have it sit toe-to-toe with those games, and come out on top in gamers' minds. I have to think that would be his proudest moment.

To the developers of this game,

Thank you so much for the letter. It means the world to me; it really does. Love you too.

xoxo,

.djflippy

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07-15-2011, 11:26 AM
#7
This game is clearly inspired by one of my favorite childhood games, "The Last Gladiator".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEcVMVrzYNk

Instant Purchase!
07-15-2011, 12:14 PM
#8
I'm with Gabrien on this one. It's a gem.
07-15-2011, 12:16 PM
#9
Joined: May 2009
Location: Longview, Texas
Posts: 451
Bought. It Rocks.

OK I am not that happy with the soundtrack, but it still rocks!

Retro goodiness oozing everywhere

Rixx

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07-15-2011, 12:50 PM
#10
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: World, now Belgium
Posts: 3,031
Oh boy! You guys are right a little gem from the past!

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