Operation Steel Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

Operation Steel Review is a roguelike shoot-em-up rendered in beautiful hand-drawn art. Blow up loads of enemies, destroy huge bosses, find weapons, and upgrade your load-out between levels. Combat the electronic legion across 20+ procedurally generated levels.

Operation Steel Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 268MB download size.
  • Own in-game achievements.
  • Accessibility options – show hitbox, dim background, reduce flashing, and auto-shot.
  • Shmup roguelike gameplay.
  • Optional tutorial level.
  • One life runs.
  • Every time you play you earn points towards unlocking new weapons for future runs.
  • The ride-based level structure is where you choose your own path.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • 2D perspective.
  • Local leaderboards.
  • Can remap controls.
  • Power-ups can be collected when playing.
  • On-screen, Hud shows the score, credits, armor, and bombs.
  • The difficulty changes as you play with an optional bar showing what you are currently on and how full the bar is until the next difficulty kicks in.
  • Easy to learn controls.
  • Massive unlocks list.
  • Four ways to play – new run, novice mode, time attack, and boss Rush.
  • Four ships to unlock each having unique stats for – armor, speed, and weapon.
  • Pick up gems and coins from enemies.
  • You see the boss’s health bar.
  • After beating a boss you can pick one of three random upgrades and spend cash on things like repairing, improving guns, etc.
  • Your arsenal lets you have multiple weapons that you can swap between, and you have smart bombs that kill everything on the screen.
  • At the start and during a run you choose your destination from two locations, if a new star map fragment is available to find the game will tell you which location.

Operation Steel Review Cons:

  • Boss Rush has to be unlocked.
  • No customisation for your ship.
  • The game doesn’t explain all the different modes.
  • It gets hard at times to distinguish Gunfire.
  • No Colourblind support.
  • Doesn’t have online leaderboards.
  • The game is stingy with its rewards like you only get one armour back at a time.
  • Slow starter.
  • The first part of the run always feels the same.

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Operation Steel:

Official website.

Developer: Undermog

Publisher: Undermog

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!