8-bit Action Tribute Oniken Hits Steam Wednesday

You’d probably have better luck locating D.B. Cooper than finding an original Strider arcade cabinet.

If you’re on the hunt for old-school star-throwing, sword-swinging platform action, allow me to introduce an alternative: Oniken. Indie studio JoyMasher put together this tribute to late ’80s arcade classics like Ninja Gaiden, Vice: Project Doom and Kabuki Quantum Figther, and Oniken will be ready for download on Steam on Wednesday, February 5.

Here’s the Strider-esque storyline to get you up to speed before you check out the trailer below:

Oniken takes place on a post-apocalyptic future when a global war nearly destroys human kind. The few survivors are oppressed by a large military organization called Oniken. Player takes the role of Zaku, a ninja mercenary (maybe a little less ninja and a dash more of a Bad Dude) that takes part on the resistance movement.

If you’ve got a keen eye for interesting indies, you’ve likely seen Oniken before. The platformer was launched in 2013 for PC on Desura, and you can download Oniken now for $5 (or try the free demo). JoyMasher notes that the upcoming Steam edition will feature updated graphics, new and rearranged soundtracks, stage rebalancing, Steam leaderboards and achievements, and a new Hardcore mode. It actually sounds like Impossible Mode, because you’ve got to get through the entire game in a single run.

Looking forward to trying Oniken. Ahem, I mean, OOOONIKEN!

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