If the question "what if Avatar had been an 80's arcade game" ever titillated your imagination, then you got a couple of things in common with the folks over at New Horizon gaming. Their latest project, titled Empire Eden
, has you battle an technology-driven empire who's taking over your homeland. Where the game gets brownie points over the cinematic blue giants, is that you settle the score Contra-style.
Any retro aficionado will notice the classic run 'n' gun inspiration, both in the character visuals and level environments. The game takes a few pages off the late 80's arcade games with speedy movement, action-packed sequence, and even a few tricks from RPGs. Throw in some special “animal spirit” powers in there, such as ramming space cowboys while in bull form, and you got something pretty darn interesting going on. The game is structured in rounds, which makes the game fast paced, as it throws at you waves after waves of enemies to destroy. There's also lots of muscular men running around in loin cloth, when not going commando, like most Shwarzy-Stallone era flicks. And yes, there are naked chicks.
A public demo was just released, allowing you to feel for the first time the manly universe. Although action-packed, the game requires you to input all your virile actions through the FPS-standard WASD layout, which I believe doesn't do the game justice. I'm a game-pad type of guy, after all. I can only assume game-pad or keyboard setup options will be supported in further demos. Still, my hopes are up for this one. Not only does it wake memories of my 10 year old self yearning for the “S” power-up, it also reminds me that nothing is as fun as getting a brand new run 'n' gun game.