Review: Oniken: Unstoppable Edition (PlayStation 4)

When a global war nearly decimated humankind, an evil military organization called Oniken takes advantage of the situation to dominate and oppress the few remaining survivors.


  • 66.24mb download size.
  • 8 Bit style graphics.
  • CRT TV filter-on/off.
  • Retro Chiptune soundtrack.
  • Action-platformer gameplay.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Contra feels to it.
  • Proper nice cutscenes.
  • Arcade presentation.
  • Pickups are in-game for grenades/health.
  • Big boss fights.
  • A mix of platforming and auto scrollers.
  • Constant checkpoints.
  • Fun to play.


  • No, tell on boss damage.
  • Respawns are not instant.
  • Difficult.
  • Grabbing platforms and getting up them is tough.
  • No replay value.
  • Lacks leaderboards.
  • Never sure when you trigger a checkpoint.

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


Oniken is another modern game attempting to recreate the feel and presentation of games past. It nails the presentation with jaw-dropping visuals especially in the cutscenes, the gameplay is solid and has a lot of niggles and gripes so maintaining the retro feel checks out. It’s a difficult game and the boss fights, in particular, are tough, I got strong Contra vibes from it and appreciated the difficulty and overall playstyle but the controls and ledges especially wore out on me. Glad I tried it but for me, it doesn’t offer much in terms of new advancement.

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!