Pixel Roguelike Shooter Orbital Bullet recently left early access. In this case we’ve prepared an analysis of the game that differs from its competitors by having a distinctive feature – circular arenas where battles take place.
- Producer: Smokestab
- Publisher: Assemble Entertainment
- Please note: March 21, 2022
Orbital Bullet has the most absurd storyline I’ve seen. The evil aliens have infiltrated the inhabited planets and put humanity on the verge of destruction. You are part of the Resistance that merged your consciousness into an ethereal cybernetic cyborg in the final moments before dying. Now it’s your job to stop the invading forces.
The hero’s journey takes him through various planets that are inhabited by forces from another dimension. Naturally, there’s an opponent that the warrior must defeat during the final battle. He’ll gradually advance towards the total liberation of humanity by dying, and then as per the laws of roguelike, born every time, with a bit more strength than before.
In other words, it’s the same “shooter” and features elements of a platformer. The hero is equipped with weapons found in gun chests and begins to eliminate all life in his range. Every gun comes with a unique range of effects and action. For example, a submachine gun shoots many bullets over only a few seconds, while the plasma gun causes delayed damage, and the grenade launcher’s shells fly on an exact trajectory that is important to consider when shooting. If you’re running out of ammunition, it is possible to jump into the face of the opponent and crush him like in Super Mario Bros.
If the protagonist dies, those abilities are likely to “burn out,” and he is discarded at the start of the journey. But the knowledge gained can help you acquire operational capabilities throughout your next adventure. This includes a constant boost in damage and the random dropout of weapons at the beginning of a new experience and a broader range of merchants, a continuous increase in health, and much more. The list of bonus features is impressive and the number of points you have to spend on their purchase. You’ll need to invest lots of time trying to win the game and build your character to the highest level.