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  • Summary: In a post-apocalyptic future controlled by a sinister corporation, ninja mercenary Zaku is the last hope for humanity. Inspired by the demanding gameplay of 8-bit action/platformers, Oniken pits your agility and swordplay against a gauntlet of enemies, traps, and challenging bosses.
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  1. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    Odallus may look like an NES game, but it plays and handles progression like contemporary titles, respecting the player’s time and offering numerous secrets in an exploration-based 2D world. I went into Odallus: The Dark Call looking for Castlevania and left with an engaging experience that pays tribute to both classic 8-bit titles and modern Metroidvania games.
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    66
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. 65
    For now, I’ll recommend Odallus to those itching for the atmosphere of early Castlevania games and those relishing a good dose of difficulty. More casual fans may want to look elsewhere.
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  1. Feb 3, 2020
    10
    This was the second game by JoyMasher that i played, the first being Oniken. I enjoyed Oniken but wouldn't call it a mini masterpiece. ThisThis was the second game by JoyMasher that i played, the first being Oniken. I enjoyed Oniken but wouldn't call it a mini masterpiece. This game i would certainly call a mini masterpiece. Generally well received but still vastly under appreciated in my opinion. Better than any 2D Castlevania game released in the last 15 years easily. A true metroidvania concept, with a good amount of game play in it. The aesthetic is gorgeous, and the overall map and gameplay mechanic totally solid. Glad i picked this despite my relatively lowish expectations. Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2021
    9
    Amazing game! Lots to explore and combat! The final boss is super challenging. You’ll have to memorize his moves in order to beat him. ButAmazing game! Lots to explore and combat! The final boss is super challenging. You’ll have to memorize his moves in order to beat him. But it’s al worth it and very satisfying! Overall great game. Expand
  3. Jul 21, 2021
    7
    This one surprised me. At first I was underwhelmed, because in the beginning it's very limited gameplay-wise. However, it gets better as youThis one surprised me. At first I was underwhelmed, because in the beginning it's very limited gameplay-wise. However, it gets better as you unlock new abilities and venture into the "secret" levels required to beat the game. Similar to the old games it mimics, the game does little to guide you or hint at what is required to enter said secret areas. The designers could have done some finessing in this regard. But these levels are quite a bit larger and more challenging than the ones on the main path. Stick it out, and you'll be treated to some great level design on-par with the Castlevanias of old. Expand
  4. Mar 3, 2022
    4
    The controls for this game are extremely clunky and terrible, both with the joy-cons and the pro controller. Everything feels a bit sluggishThe controls for this game are extremely clunky and terrible, both with the joy-cons and the pro controller. Everything feels a bit sluggish and delayed. Half the time when you try to climb ledges (which is a lot, it's an action platformer after all) you either fall, or go into this weird hanging jump animation loop because you didn't transition from the forward to up buttons properly, or you didn't hit the forward button at the perfect time right when you hit the ledge, or hold the forward or up button for the proper amount of time.. And if you try using the analog stick for movement, if your holding the forward button, then rotate it down, you won't duck like you'd expect. You actually have to let got of the forward position and then press the analog stick again downward to duck...

    Maybe I've been spoiled by similar games in this genre that have come out since.. Games like The Messenger, Cyber Shadow, Infernax, etc., all have buttery smooth controls that just make you want to keep playing, even when the game gets tough... Even JoyMasher's previous game, Oniken, had better controls. The controls for this game made it practically unplayable for me, unfortunately.. I don't know if this is the case on other platforms, but it was for me on the Switch.
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