Any fan of retro first person shooters is bound to have Ion Maiden on their radar by now. Playing as Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, you’ll blast your way into an explosive mid-nineties world of first person shooters.
The authenticity of Ion Maiden is a massive part of its charm and for me, an uncompromising selling point. Crafted in the classic Build engine, a large majority of gamers will undoubtedly recognise this as the engine employed for monster hits like Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and Blood. This means a fantastic array of 2D flat images for sprites, coloured by a 256 palette of gloriousness. Used in a modern age, there are all sort of ways to get the best out of retro technological limitations, and 3D Realms is writing the book on it.
Watch the Ion Maiden trailer below:
The demo campaign is available now and is highly suggested from myself. It’s a blast to play and will leave you undoubtedly amped for Shelly’s full ride through. Unlike the Marine in Doom, Shelly takes a page out of Duke Nukem’s book of one liners and delivers in-game sass as she’s mowing everything down in her path with a hail of bullets.
It looks like the levels will revolve around the classic keycard scheme: colours coordinated to open certain doors, but not without firefights to simply get through them. Shelly will also have a solid inventory of cool weapons–defaulting on the demo campaign to a six-shooter named Loverboy that really packs a punch. The 2D worlds also look to be interactive–something that was so beloved about these cheeky FPSes. You’ll be able to break pane after pane of glass until your heart’s content and blow explosive barrels sky high.
View some Ion Maiden screenshots in our gallery:
Ion Maiden runs like butter and feels so devilishly good to play. Nostalgic gratification is filled beyond its meter and coupled with the modern twists, you’re likely to have a retro masterpiece on your hands. Even in playing the demo campaign, I can already tell this one is going to be huge–so strap in, cock that hammer back, and let’s get our hands good and wet.