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  • Summary: A long, long time ago, there was a tiny country between that country over there and this country over here. In that country was a strange hotel. This hotel’s specialty was "magical onion soup".
    They say many famous and great people came to taste this soup, though apparently not one of them
    A long, long time ago, there was a tiny country between that country over there and this country over here. In that country was a strange hotel. This hotel’s specialty was "magical onion soup".
    They say many famous and great people came to taste this soup, though apparently not one of them thought to describe the flavor to anyone else. Maybe it’s because the soup had a hidden power. Yes . . . a secret power. One night, some esteemed guests found themselves suddenly sucked into a far- off galaxy! Maybe that is because they . . . drank too much of the magical onion soup?
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  1. Nov 6, 2017
    92
    When I first saw Million Onion Hotel, I was intrigued by the screenshots, but didn't know what to expect from it in terms of gameplay. Now that I've spent my morning playing the game, I have to say that I'm impressed. As someone who grew up with classic pixel art games, the visuals bring back a sense of nostalgia with me, and the sounds are rather satisfying. After my first round in the game, I seriously said what is going on in this game? out loud. Not many games make me say that, so kudos. But I still find myself returning, because it's just fun. This is one of those games that I'll be returning to time and time again, for sure.
  2. Nov 9, 2017
    90
    If you've got an appetite for unusual games, have good reflexes, and a keen ability to assess patterns quickly, Million Onion Hotel was made just for you. If you don't? Well, you'll probably have a good time with it anyway. It can be really confusing at times, but usually in a good way. As iOS gamers, we're fortunate enough to have a wealth of stylish puzzle games with personality to burn, but I can promise you that none of them are as adorably eccentric as this onion-plucking pleasure cruise.
  3. Nov 7, 2017
    90
    Million Onion Hotel can be a pretty overwhelming experience, but that’s part of what makes it so great. Its gameplay is relatively simple, but it layers on all sorts of crazy visuals and twists on its base mechanics that force you to learn from your mistakes and refine your strategy every time you play. There are some ways in which Million Onion Hotel gets a little too hectic and hard to follow, but I’d much rather that be the case than the alternative. Million Onion Hotel is a totally uncompromising experience, and I certainly respect it for that, even if it can be a little distracting at times.
  4. Nov 29, 2017
    90
    Million Onion Hotel is a quirky and addictive arcade action game with a strategy element that has been a blast to play over the last few weeks.
  5. Nov 27, 2017
    80
    Million Onion Hotel is another winner from Onion Games and Yoshiro Kimura. It’s fascinating, freakish, and further proof invigorating games can be found on mobile platforms if you just know where to look.
  6. Jan 3, 2018
    80
    Million Onion Hotel is a wonderful new game to add to the mobile phone library of treasure troves. This is a surprisingly addictive release, with its fast-paced action mechanics complementing the required skill to achieve high scores. While the whimsical setting, and even weirder cut-scenes, may leave heads scratching, it is part of the overall charm. Whether it's fighting off asparagus, or taking on large onions, this is a required title for those seeking a fast and exciting finger-tapping adventure to an overbearing and scary countdown clock.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Dec 10, 2017
    80
    [An] endearingly odd, memorable little game. [Issue#314, p.122]
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  1. Nov 30, 2017
    9
    This is a delightful and beautiful little game that is reminiscent of the era of classic gaming (80s, 90s) while also moving forward andThis is a delightful and beautiful little game that is reminiscent of the era of classic gaming (80s, 90s) while also moving forward and embracing the smartphone as a platform fully. As a fast puzzle game it has a smooth learning curve of the "easy to learn, hard to master" variety. It also has an irreverent, ambitious, quirky, shocking and somewhat existential story, which is told through poetic little "story cards" that you collect. I would very much recommend this well-crafted game. Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2020
    8
    Million Onion Hotel has you frantically tapping onions and other strange creatures and objects that pop in and out of the game on a 5x5 grid,Million Onion Hotel has you frantically tapping onions and other strange creatures and objects that pop in and out of the game on a 5x5 grid, trying to make rows of red tiles which appear after tapping on something. You can make one, two or three rows at once, and once you create a row all red tiles that are currently present will disappear, resetting the board but keeping the other enemies/objects etc on screen.

    At first glance, it wouldn't be too rash to assume that the game was entirely just random mashing. But after hastily tapping for a few minutes you’ll come against one of the four boss fights in the game and promptly get destroyed. The game has you race against a time limit which you can recharge by making rows and combos, bosses will drastically reduce your time limit based on how long you take to defeat them, performing combos prior to boss fights will award you with knights which will help you defeat bosses more quickly and efficiently. The catch however is that boss fights appear at certain levels, and the speed in which you progress through levels is determined by how many things you’re tapping, so quick thinking is essential while also not wasting any of your precious taps.

    But the game wouldn’t really have all that much depth if you just made rows over and over again with the same onions. Luckily, the game has many clever ways of keeping the game consistently fresh and exciting;

    - For starters, there are a multitude of different enemies and objects which can be tapped to create red tiles, each with their own distinct quirks and behaviors. For example, the basic onion is often abundant and will be destroyed with one tap, the large asparagus robots will require about 15 taps to destroy, umbrellas may appear which can be held down to prevent explosives falling on the stage and reducing time, and the pac man-like clowns that roll around the stage in a spiral pattern which begin eating red tiles if they reach the center of the grid.

    - The game has a multitude of ‘story cards’ which are unlocked after completing certain requirements. These cards give you little bits of information about different characters and things in the games world. They’re basically achievements, and add some incentive to go back and play more.

    - Every so often the game gives you a break for a few moments and gives you a little cut-scene following the bizarre happenings at a hotel in some sort of odd dystopian future. The cut-scenes are very entertaining, and the ending for beating the game is much more than I could have wanted or expected.

    - And arguably the greatest thing about this game and all of Onion Games works is the game gives you so many opportunities for learning and understanding the games mechanics, all without ever giving you obnoxious tutorials or hints which interrupt gameplay. I figured out pretty much all of the games mechanics just by playing the game and getting a feel for different things. Its design is incredibly intuitive and easy to pick up, but will always have you learning new things about it each time you play. Its mechanics are deceptively deep, and the game offers many challenges beyond simply beating the four main bosses.

    Anyone familiar with Onion Games will recognize the beautiful and whacky pixel-art style in Million Onion Hotel, they would also recognize their obsession with depicting extremely bleak stories and worlds with a cute presentation and execution. Million Onion Hotel is a game about peace, or rather lack of. The events of the story are violent and absurd, and there is definitely no happy ending to this colorful little puzzle game.

    Pretty much everything the game has to offer is executed perfectly. It is a gorgeous, unique and deceptively deep game with intense and hard to master puzzle mechanics which will keep you coming back for more every time you finish a game. Another stellar title from the folks at Onion Games.
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