There have been many 2D side scrolling shoot ‘em up games in the past and there has been some great ones and some not so great ones. Omega Strike is the latest title to adopt the classic side scrolling formula, paired with retro style graphics and a cheesy story line thrown in for good measure. It has the typical main villain, Dr Omega who is determined to take over the world with his evil plan. Unfortunately for him, there is a group of heroes ready and waiting to stop his evil plan, no matter the cost. It really isn’t anything original and something I’ve seen done a thousand times before.
There are three characters that I got to control, where I was able to switch between them whenever I needed to. Each one has a certain set of abilities that need to be used in certain situations in order to progress, but to be honest I only ever used the one character throughout. The only time I switched really was to use the strength of one character occasionally but the main one I used had a great weapon and a double jump, something the other characters didn’t have. It has the typical platforming sections along with many types of enemies coming at me which I had to shoot and then the obligatory boss fight at the end of a level.
It’s all very familiar and there’s really nothing original about Omega Strike. It plays pretty well overall but the gameplay isn’t anything that has any depth as it’s a very simple control scheme in what is essentially a pretty simple game. There just isn’t anything fulfilling or satisfying in Omega Strike’s gameplay and almost feels like the developers have played it a little too safe, resulting in a pretty dull gameplay experience. There are upgrades you can get for the weapons and there is a fair amount of collecting involved, like picking up coins that can be spent on upgrades or health boosts but it just doesn’t offer anything substantial.
The visual style is the typical retro style pixels and while it’s colourful, it’s again nothing that hasn’t been seen a thousand times before. Level design is lacking any kind of character to how it’s laid out and the enemies consist of mutated soldiers, creepy crawlies and rock crabs to name but a few. There just isn’t enough originality to this game and while it does everything it sets out to do, it plays it far too safe in every aspect. Even the boss fights are overly simple, not offering any kind of challenge at all which is disappointing.
Omega Strike suffers from fatigue simply because there are so many games available that adopt this formula and there are a fair few that are a damn sight better than this game. It isn’t necessarily a bad game as such, it just doesn’t have any kind of lasting appeal and players may become bored of it sooner rather than later. Die hard fans of this may find it appealing but with a price point of just under a tenner I would advise anyone looking to pick this up to wait until it drops in a sale but that is only if you really love this genre, otherwise I’d leave it alone, there are far better games that are like this but much, much better.