"The machines can't stop him. No one can stop the unstoppable."Oniken
is a retro 2D action platformer by Joymasher, made for PC in Multimedia Fusion 2. Set on a post-apocalyptic envoriment, it tells the story of Zaku and his quest against the eponymous Oniken organization, which rules the world with an iron fist.
This game features the following tropes:
- 1-Up: They're hidden in often obvious breakable walls. It's essential to collect them in Hardcore mode, as you begin with a single life and can't use continues.
- Action Girl: Jenny Connor.
- Another Side, Another Story: Stage 7, which is unlocked by clearing the game, features Jenny rescuing people while Zaku was fighting on Stage 2. She is armed with a gun and plays more like a Contra character.
- Antagonist Title: Oniken is the villains' evil organization.
- Background Boss: At the end of stages 2, 3 and 4.
- Backtracking: The level design for Stage 1 once had a bit of this after the boss fight, but it's been changed in the Steam release.
- Big Bad: General Doozor.
- Boss Rush: Unlockable by clearing the game.
- But Now I Must Go: Once Oniken is defeated and his father is avenged, Zaku leaves the Resistance to return home.
- Co-Dragons: Apparently Dr. Grimm and Hackan.
- Death Glare: Zaku, in the cutscene after Stage 2, appears surrounded by corpses and glaring into the distance.
- Difficult but Awesome/Too Awesome to Use: Zaku can convert his powerups into a period of invincibility. Considering he loses powerups upon getting hurt and how difficult the levels are, when should you use it? Can you keep the powerups and trivialize a level's boss?
- Exact Words: One Steam achievement requires you to save every hostage in Stage 7. Intentionally or not, you don't fail this if a hostage you already untied is then killed by a time bomb.
- Expy: Zaku resembles Kenshiro. Compare Zaku's face as shown during the opening◊ to the cool boxart for that bad Hokuto Game Boy fighting game.◊ Likewise, one could say Hackan looks like Raoh.
- Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: Depends. The levels are difficult and all the bosses can be challenging, but if you have kept the Invincibility Powerup or a good stock of granades, you can use them to easily defeat almost every boss in the game.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Zaku wields a "Heavy Blade".
- Invincibility Powerup: The powerup meter can be converted into invincibility if you have at least two units. While invincible, Zaku gains more range and power to make short work of any boss. It's quite a Game Breaker, but as explained above, the risk of losing powerups by being hurt brings some balance to this feature.
- Mad Scientist: Grimm.
- Marathon Level: Stage 5 is much longer than the ones before it.
- Mirror Boss: Hackan uses sword attacks, granades and a powerup like Zaku's, as they're from the same warrior clan.
- Multiple Endings: Hardcore mode is said to feature a unique ending...
- Ninja: Those begin to appear as enemies in stage 4. Zaku and Hackan belong to their clan.
- Nintendo Hard: It's a retro game similar to Ninja Gaiden, so it's to be expected. Furthermore, the game features a Hardcore mode for those with the guts to beat the game in a single life, while unable to fight bosses recklessly due to a lack of life refills on checkpoints.
- Not So Different: Upon being defeated, Hackan argues that Zaku isn't noble, since he murdered countless people in his quest to become stronger and achieve his revenge.
- One-Man Army: Zaku single-handedly turns the tides of war in favor of the resistance.
- Platform Battle: The Stage 2 boss has a platform moving around it so Zaku can reach the top target. During the boss battle in Stage 3, not only Zaku doesn't have much to stand on, the boss will sometimes melt part of the floor. Later, the boss fight in Stage 4 has Zaku on a moving platform dealing with the giant robot in the background.
- Rise to the Challenge: The final part of Stage 4 has rising fire with automated scrolling.
- Sequel Hook: The Hardcore Mode ending reveals that Hackan is still alive, and plotting his revenge.
- Shout-Out: Zaku is obviously based on Kenshiro, with a touch of Guts' swordmanship skills. The game's credits acknowledge this by listing Buronson and Kentaro Miura under Special Thanks.
- The 1-up items are cameos from other brazilian games. For example, in Stage 2 you can collect the player ship from Proto Thunder. In Stage 7, the 1-up is the hero from Out There Somewhere.
- In Stage 7, a unreachable robot pig wearing a cape is seen. Is that you, Mr. Bree?
- Steam achievements include "Escape from L...the base", "Ice Climber" and "City Hunter".
- Slasher Smile: Dr. Grimm's default expression.
- Sword Beam: Zaku can peform those if he collects powerups. Watch out so you don't get hurt and lose the ability.
- That Man Is Dead: Zaku was once named Kage before being defeated by Hackan.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer for the Steam release features a remix of Warrior's Journey, the credits theme.
- Turns Red: Zaku while invincibility is active. Likewise, Hackan in his second phase, though he doesn't become invincible while powered up.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Zaku loses his armor upon taking a surprise hit from the Final Boss.
- X Meets Y: Fist of the North Star meets Ninja Gaiden and Strider, along with Shatterhand.
- You Killed My Father: Hackan killed Zaku's father to achieve his ambitions.