Oniken is an action platformer, highly inspired by 8-bit games of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. This influence is visible not only on Oniken’s graphics and sound design, but also on its story and even on game’s difficulty. 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. Game was created by Danilo Dias and developed by him together with Pedro Paiva to be a tribute to his favorite games from the 8 and 16-bit generation, as Ninja Gaiden, Vice: Project Doom and Kabuki Quantum Figther.
What have been said about Oniken
It feels like it fell out of the late eighties, except the controls were tightened up during the voyage. – Destructoid
Oniken is NES hard, but also NES awesome – Guyism
The moment you start playing the game, you wonder whether Ocean, Capcom or Sega might have lawyers at the ready for this overtly NES/Master System influenced game as it really does have the feel of that era. – The IndieGameMag