When a global war nearly decimated humankind, an evil military organization called Oniken takes advantage of the situation to dominate and oppress the few remaining survivors. Even though any resistance to this organization seemed hopeless, a small rebel movement organizes strikes against Oniken.
User reviews: Very Positive (259 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 5, 2014

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"Everything screems classic about this one. NES style color palette, hard as balls platforming and combat, sparse checkpoints and a whole lot of deaths."

Reviews

“It feels like it fell out of the late eighties, except the controls were tightened up during the voyage.”
7/10 – Destructoid

“Oniken is an hard platform game with a retrò feeling inspired by the NES classics. It is a good game which all the retrogamers should try.”
80/100 – http://multiplayer.it/recensioni/105550-oniken-una-lama-a-8-bit.html

“Tough as nails, Oniken brings gamers back to the good old days of platforming, the 8-Bit era. It's not just looks, but the gameplay and overall feel of the game will no doubt fill older gamers with nostalgia.”
5/5 – BitLoaders

About This Game

When a global war nearly decimated humankind, an evil military organization called Oniken takes advantage of the situation to dominate and oppress the few remaining survivors. Even though any resistance to this organization seemed hopeless, a small rebel movement organizes strikes against Oniken. One day, a ninja mercenary named Zaku offers his services to the resistance for unknown reasons. His moves are lethal and now he is the resistance's only hope.

Oniken is an action platform game highly inspired by the 1980's, its games and its movies. You can see this not only in the graphics and sound design, but also in Oniken's story and difficulty.

Don't Worry, You Will Die A Lot Of Times.

Every copy of Oniken comes with digital versions of the game manual and the original soundtrack.

Features


  • Graphics, sounds and difficulty from the 8-bit era
  • Cinematic cutscenes
  • Over 18 boss fights
  • Six missions, three stages each
  • An extra mission after you beat the game
  • Boss rush mode
  • Not difficult enough? Try the new HARDCORE MODE
  • Global Leaderboards
  • Full pixelated violence

Note for Mac/Linux

Mac and Linux version are Wine wrappers. They're not a port but in every machine we could test the game it ran perfectly and without any problem. However if you have a problem with these versions please e-mail us!

We can't get gamepad controls working in the wrappers, but you can use key mapping softwares (like joy2key).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB VRAM Integrated Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB VRAM Dedicated Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB VRAM Integrated Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB VRAM Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Any Recent Linux OS
    • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB VRAM Integrated Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.10
    • Processor: 3GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB VRAM Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Excellent NESdie game, very authentic to the roots of 8-bit era with modern gameplay !


8/10
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Killer 8-bit sprite art and chiptunes. It's essentially an NES game without sprite flickering and slowdown. Gameplay is pretty straight forward but I'm just in love with the aesthetic.
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35 of 63 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Nobody appreciates more than me a developer that tries to revive the old ways of video games. However, games today have to have mechanics that can hold your attention. NES sidescrollers are a dime a dozen, so it's no wonder that only a handful of them became popular with gamers. Oniken compares more to those random obscure sidescrollers when it should be more comparable to the memorable ones like Ninja Gaiden.

In honor of this game's admirable attempt to revive the NES era, I will review it as any magazine from the old days would.

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Controls - 3/5 - Movement in Oniken is extremely fast which often leaves you little time to react to an enemy. Pressing up and attack uses a grenade, but pressing up while in the air halts your forward movement which can lead to accidental deaths when you push up.

Graphics - 4/5 - The cutscenes are decent, but the sprite animations are boring. The main character's run cycle is only about 3 or 4 frames. Backgrounds really capture the spirit of NES era graphics and are well made.

Sound - 2/5 - Music is acceptable, but has no melody to it and is easily forgettable. The sound effect you'll be hearing the most is the sword swing. Strangely, most of the other sound effects are barely audible.

Replayability - 2/5 - The game is extremely linear and doesn't offer any deviation from the main path. The only benefit of replaying the game is having an easier time due to prior knowledge of enemy placement and mechanics. Some secrets can be found in destructible walls.

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I enjoyed the novelty of playing something that felt like an NES game on Steam, but that's about the extent of my enjoyment. Getting it cheap in a bundle is the only way I could recommend it. Paying full price is highly discouraged.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Great Throw-back Action-Platformer!
All the negative reviews here were whining about the Game being to hard, well I don't agree.
Of course the Game is hard, it's a NES inspired Platformer after all, buit it's way more forgiving than Games like the original NInja Gaiden. While the challenge is constantly high, Oniken features several little things that still keep it very much do.able - if you keep trying. Every level ist cut up into three segments, and finishing a segment completely refills your health. Combined with completely strict enemy patterns and platforming rythm this leads to a wonderful curve of dying a lot to dying a lot at the Boss Fights to knowing the level Pixel by Pixel and getting through without a scratch. Oh, and speaking of Pixels, the Art and the Music are glorious, especially the Cut-Scenes are a lot of fun. Control ( with an 360-Pad ) is spot on and the short levels have an unmistakebly "One-More-Try" quality to the.
Absolutely recommended if you're into old-school action.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
A must-have if you grew up with the NES. If you've played the original Ninja Gaiden trilogy and/or VICE: Project Doom, you know exactly what you're getting. If you haven't yet, here's what to expect: crisp 8-bit graphics, intriguing cutscenes, simple yet smooth controls, and a challenge that doesn't quit.
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