Neon Shadow Ouya Review
Neon Shadow acts as a doom clone that serves its purpose as a simple pick up and play classic shooter. I played through the game, and became frustrated, but when I picked it up again it felt surprisingly fun to play. But is this doom clone really worth playing through?
There’s not much to its concept other than playing on the old tropes of the classic shooter scenario. Neon Shadow offers a corridor-based first person shooter experience. The gameplay harkens back to games like Wolfenstein, Doom, and even Goldeneye in ways. The retro gameplay is joined by an equally nostalgic setting.
Gameplay wise this feels just like any retro shooter. It works well but at times the game can feel a bit “cheap”, so to speak. Enemies do more damage than they should at times but that’s the classic shooter mechanic coming back where you actually have to be careful around certain enemies. Giant mechs can rip you apart in seconds if you’re not careful. However that’s how the old retro shooters played with the risk reward system to it. For example you see that shiny new gun over there? Your first instinct is to run and pick it up but unknowingly a swarm of enemies spawn and you’re trapped! Its simple moments like that make the classic mechanics of these shooters feel more nostalgic and memorable. Thankfully the weapons you come across are just as powerful as the enemies are. Remember that feeling you got when you picked up the BFG9000 for the first time in doom? The feeling is quite nostalgic when you pick the gun equivalent to that in this game. You also receive your standard shotgun, assault rifle, and grenade launcher which are all especially fun to use. The level design isn’t complicated at all. So simple it feels like a shooting gallery but in a good way. Also there is co-op and competitive multiplayer modes which can be fun but are easily forgettable in my experience with the game.
The graphics in the game are clear, as it was designed for the mobile platform. I played this game on the Ouya and it looked very nice with a clean UI that’s easy on the eyes and not cumbersome to the player. It’s also a nice touch seeing the player’s head on the top middle of the screen just like you would see the players face in doom in the bottom middle keeping its classic use intact as a reflection of your health.
The sounds in the game are very well done with an awesome soundtrack. The central neon theme adds to the game’s atmosphere. The guns sound okay but they don’t leave a lasting impression. Not much can be said about the sound other than its futuristic game with futuristic sound to amplify it.
The basic plot of the game is that you’re a commander who needs to regain control of a remote space station from the rogue AI that has taken it over. It’s not an amazing plot but it is a simple one that works as there’s no true narrative to be seen. The game just drops you straight in the action and doesn’t waste your time.
Overall Neon Shadow is a simple pick up and play game that is certainly worth anyone’s time if they have a ouya or an android mobile device to play it on. I recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of doom and needs something to play just get the old feeling back. However if you’ve never played a doom game and are looking for a decent pick and play shooter then Neon Shadow is a game worth checking out.