Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Craig Forshey0
Do Ya OUYA? Round-Up #1
Well, do ya?
The OUYA is one remarkable piece of kit, despite facing near insurmountable odds and tons of unwarranted criticism since its official retail launch over a year ago the first indie focused console in history has consistently delivered a treasure trove of quality indie gems that give it one of the most intriguing game libraries on any platform. It may not be attracting as many triple-A game releases as it did at launch but in my view that’s a good thing as it has allowed new indie developers to flourish on OUYA like it was always intended to be.
And with so many cool games coming out on the OUYA nowadays it can be hard to keep track of them all, so with that in mind SGD would like to proudly present Do Ya OUYA? a new regular round-up that takes a look at the latest and greatest games to recently hit the Android powered OUYA console. If you’re an OUYA owner, just think of it as your personal buffet of hand picked indie gaming goodness to gorge yourself on and don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the page as the game with the most votes as of Friday morning will get a full video review on our Youtube channel. And if you don’t happen to have an OUYA, I’d encourage you to give these games a look for a peek at an indie gaming experience like no other.
DiveBomb Chomp from Beau James Games
Quirky, hyperactive to say the least, and just flat out addicting, DiveBomb Chomp is a terrific new OUYA arcade game that blends together Katamari and Knightmare Tower mechanics with a twist. Like a psychedelic take on Snake, DiveBomb Chomp challenges players with eating as many tiny critters flying around the screen as possible as a slimy monster in order to get big enough to consume any foolish creature who would dare cross your mighty blubberness. In addition to standard arcade fare like a high score board there are also plenty of unlockables and achievements to be found that help extend the play time. You can try it now for free with the full version unlockable for $4.99.
Greylands from Jeremy Elder
There’s retro style graphics and then there’s indie developer Jeremy Elder’s new pixelated rogue like Greylands. Although its Atari level graphics may be off putting to some those that judge this book by more than its cover will be pleasantly surprised by its enjoyable RPG action. As your standard hero out on an epic journey to reclaim his lost power players will travel through perilous dungeons engaging in twin stick style real time combat with a slew of deadly enemies. You can pick it up now for completely free too.
House Of The Lost from F5 Games
While we may never see The Binding Of Isaac on OUYA i’m okay with that, because i’ve got House Of The Lost. This new hardcore rogue-like RPG is an extremely well polished epic journey bursting at the seams with features and absolutely oozing with replayability. Either one or two players can fight their way through a nightmarish house full of evil monsters who want to eat your brains while blasting away at their zombie butts and picking up cool new loot. If you like action RPGs at all you gotta check out the House Of The Lost. You can try it out now for free with the full game unlockable for $4.99.
Neon Caves from Force Of Habit
From the eccentric minds that brought you the breakout 2013 hit Toast Time, indie developer Force Of Habit, comes an insane new spiritual successor that aims to outdo its predecessor in sheer retro-infused craziness alone. Meet Neon Caves, a new OUYA exclusive shoot ‘em up that plays like the hyperactive grandchild of Geometry Wars and Ecco The Dolphin. This addicting twin stick shooter takes the tried and true gameplay mechanics established in Toast Time and builds upon them with unique controller based action and a clever new hook. Literally. As a deep-sea explorer whose happened to re-discover an ancient ecosystem that’s been lost for centuries it’s up to players to keep the now collapsing cave from crashing down by shooting hooks in the ground to stabilize the cave-in while surviving a brightly colored onslaught from the variety of bizarre indigenous creatures who’ve just hit the proverbial lunchtime jackpot. You can pick it up now for $2.99.
r0x Extended Play from RGCD
An extravangant remake of indie developer RGCD’s 2009 Atari STE game r0x, r0x EP is an excellent example of how to do a remake right. In this case nearly every facet of the original has been upgraded while still retaining and even expanding on the core gameplay. The graphics have seen an appreciable boost, the action is more intense, and there’s even a badass new soundtrack with songs from Unstable Label artist h0ffman. While at first you might think r0x was just another bullet hell shooter, it’s actually a very clever avoid ’em up that involves things like rail grinding on asteroids and other awesome stuff. It’s free too so be sure to give r0x a spin!
Rush to Adventure (Alpha) from Digital Awakening
This addicting action RPG employs absolutely perfect side-scrolling gameplay reminiscent of Zelda II: The Adventure Of Link that when mixed with its Dark Souls style combat system, makes for a sublime gaming experience. You may think i’m being too generous here but trust me, Rush To Adventure is that good and if this small slice of the main experience is any indicator it’s lively to become one of the best action-RPG’s on OUYA. There are 10 levels so far with an excellent ranking system that will keep you replaying to get a perfect score on each level. Plus, it’s free so help this dev making a fantastic new game out by playing Rush To Adventure’s new alpha release today!
Space Rocket Adventurers from Jayenkai
Human dev kit Jayenkai is back with yet another great new “Game A Week” release that’s simple but very engaging. Space Rocket Adventurers is an oldschool style action game where players must guide a group of intrepid space explorers to safety as they traverse different planets throughout the cosmos. There is no shortage of nasty aliens out there that want to blast our heroes into smithereens and the only way to save them is to delicately control their walking speed so as not to become lunch for some pixelated extraterrestrial. This one’s on the house so check it out why don’t you!
Super Pyro Runner from Boris van Schooten
Take your average endless runner, now throw in Contra or Gunstar Heroes and boom, you’ve got yourself the hilarious new sidescrolling platformer Super Pyro Runner. The twist here is in addition to having to leap between platforms and dodge baddies players also have a massive flamethrower that roasts everything in its path in a wacky display of retro carnage. The gameplay is fast and furious which should appeal to those that like a little more action in their action arcade games. You don’t have to worry about getting burned by Super Pyro Runner as you can pick it up now on OUYA Discover for free!
Super Renegade Response from Monster Finger Games
An over the top homage to old school spy racing games, Super Renegade Response is sure to evoke a lot of nostalgia for Spy Hunter fans with its retro arcade action. Players take control of a suped up squad car as they take off in high speed pursuit of a menacing gang of criminals that have been ruling the road with impunity, but not if you have anything to say about it! New gameplay additions include a variety of different enemy types, powerups, and a much less forgiving racetrack than what you may traditionally remember. You can try this retro throwback for free with the full game unlockable for $3.99.
Super Space Adventure (Beta) from D’s Games
A great Metroidvania style game in the making, Super Space Adventure is a new spin on the NES classic that’s all about sidescrolling exploration in the depths of a hostile alien world. As a fearless space pioneer responding to a distress call from a faraway planet players must make their way to the core in order to find civilians who are trapped miles below the surface. By exploring the planet and finding new powerups players will be able to unlock new areas and perform new moves that change the gameplay. Don’t mind the missing sound effects as they are expected to be added in a new update soon. You can try a portion of the beta out now for free while $2.99 will gain you access to the full game and any future updates.
Urisis The Darkthrone (Beta) from Bloodshadow Games
Bloodshadow Game’s 2D action epic Urisis The Darkthrone is coming along nicely, and it’s got a shiny new beta to prove it. This new version of the sidescrolling OUYA RPG greatly expands on the previously released teaser demo with over 34 additional levels, 10 different classes to choose from, and a boatload of new gameplay features that shake things up considerably. It’s your standard epic save the world affair as far as the plot goes, but it’s the deep combat and nostalgic graphics that make Urisis The Darkthrone one to watch out for. $5.99 gets you full access to the beta and any future updates.