Onion Assault Evaluate (Change eShop)

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Captured on Nintendo Change (Handheld/Undocked)

If you happen to’ve performed Bertil Hörberg’s Gunman Clive and its direct sequel on 3DS, Wii U, or Change, then the developer’s newest effort, Onion Assault, will look instantly acquainted to you. However whereas the previous two titles had been undoubtedly impressed by the Mega Man franchise, Onion Assault as a substitute seems like an homage to Nintendo’s personal Tremendous Mario Bros. 2 (initially Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, after all). It’s a well-made sport that shines in all the fitting locations, nevertheless it additionally proves to be an sometimes irritating expertise and, sadly, one which in all probability gained’t be fairly as memorable because the developer’s earlier efforts.

Onion Assault stars two playable important characters: Pelle Lok, a topless brute of a person, and his mom, Mama Lok, who wears an apron and a pair of oven mitts that double for boxing gloves. Each characters sport an identical stocky stature as these in Gunman Clive, together with the identical bushy eyebrows that Mechstermination Pressure’s important character boasted. There’s no distinction in how the Loks management, so your selection right here is solely based mostly on which one appeals to you aesthetically.

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Captured on Nintendo Change (Docked)

At first of the sport, Pelle and Mama’s house is invaded by a bunch of troopers with curiously square-shaped heads. Whereas the troopers fail of their endeavour and acquire their fair proportion of bumps and bruises, this doesn’t cease Pelle and Mama from setting off to get their revenge and rid the world of this harmful drive. So far as the plot goes, that’s just about all there’s to it, however just like the retro platformers from which Onion Assault takes inspiration, you actually don’t want rather more context than that to understand what comes subsequent.

When you’re executed selecting your character (and you’ll change between levels, by the way in which), you’re off to make your method by way of a complete of 16 ranges throughout 4 important areas. Every space accommodates 4 ranges, and whenever you get to the top of every space, you’ll come face-to-face with a formidable boss character to check your abilities. It’s not a very prolonged sport — you’re in all probability round 2-3 hours from begin to end — however you possibly can revisit earlier levels to select up any cash you may need missed.

By way of the core gameplay, Onion Assault feels very much like Tremendous Mario Bros. 2. Your solely technique of assault is to leap on high of things (principally onions, after all) and enemies, haul them up, and chuck them off the sting of a cliff or into different enemies. It’s simple and straightforward to know, and the mechanic is used creatively in sure elements. For instance, you possibly can choose up mounds of snow and chuck them on high of each other to permit for a makeshift ledge, letting you attain in any other case inaccessible areas.

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Captured on Nintendo Change (Handheld/Undocked)

For so simple as the gameplay is, nevertheless, it will probably really feel fairly imprecise. There can be frequent moments the place you’ll want to leap and throw an object on the similar time to get a bit extra distance in your assault, however your timing will have to be impeccable; we missed our targets extra occasions than we’d like (usually by a mere sliver), and though there’s practically all the time one other merchandise or enemy simply ready to be picked up, it may be irritating to have your progress momentarily halted as a result of smallest imprecision your purpose.

Primary platforming is stable for essentially the most half, however there are undoubtedly moments the place the physics really feel a bit off. One of many later ranges consists of constructions that breeze forwards and backwards within the wind, and this motion additionally impacts how your character jumps. Logically, it is sensible, however whenever you try to leap throughout to an adjoining platform solely to have your momentum halted and your character cease in mid-air earlier than dropping, it feels much less gratifying than it maybe might with a minor tweak or two.

These gripes apart, nevertheless, Onion Assault is fairly slick, and when you get used to how the physics behave and learn how to sort out every enemy kind, you’ll be racing by way of the levels very quickly. The boss characters additionally current distinctive challenges that we completely liked, together with the requirement to throw bombs onto a spider’s net, inflicting them to bounce up into the air and smash right into a robotic crawling on the ceiling.

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Captured on Nintendo Change (Handheld/Undocked)

Wanting on the total presentation, Onion Assault is exceptionally charming, although there are some minor drawbacks. On the plus facet, the visuals are daring and vibrant, and sure environmental objects like flowers, clouds, and cash will bop alongside to the beat of the music, which is a beautiful little contact. Conversely, the cel-shaded visuals positively lack element in sure areas, and a whole lot of property, from enemies to environmental objects, are repeated continuously all through, inflicting an simple sense of repetition.

Regardless of stumbles, Onion Assault does a heck of rather a lot proper with its fundamental premise. It is oozing with creativity all through and does a terrific job of reminding us of easier occasions when video games weren’t overloaded with non-compulsory methods, countless talent bushes, and improve mechanics. For the low asking worth, you may have an excellent previous time with this one.


Onion Assault is a worthy buy should you’re searching for a brief, breezy platformer that pays homage to an off-the-wall Nintendo traditional. Whereas there are some annoyances sprinkled all through — some imprecise platforming, finicky physics, and repeated visible property — there’s sufficient right here to supply a few hours’ value of enjoyment, a minimum of; perhaps a bit extra should you’re seeking to seize the entire collectible cash. Onion Assault might not show as memorable because the developer’s earlier video games, nevertheless it’s value taking part in nonetheless.

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