In Odyssey: Alone Against the Whole Space, you are the commander of a lone space ship, voyaging around the universe fighting off evil space enemies. On the face of it, it is like a mixture between the classic arcade game Asteroids and the Wipeout series.
Keeping within the stylings of vintage arcade games, the graphics are all 2D and whilst they are high quality, you still get that retro feel from the game and it feels very authentic, at times you become so immersed, you might think you’re playing on one of the old style arcade machines.
The controls are really easy to master, there are two on-screen joy sticks, one for each thumb in the bottom corners of the screen, you steer with the left joy stick and fire ammo with the right joy stick. Thanks to the simple controls, you can start enjoying the game straight away, there is no steep learning curve to over come.
Steering is a real challenge in this game, you have to dodge bullets from oncoming enemy ships, whilst trying to destroy them at the same time. It will separate the men from the boys, only the pros will be able to master this tough steering skill.
Firing ammunition is really fun too, you can either hold down the ‘fire’ button and hope you destroy enemies as you simultaneously dodge them. Or you can button mash, this makes you fire slightly faster but it can be hard work on your poor thumb, but then again, no pain, no gain.
One of the best aspects of the game is that you can upgrade everything. You can get better vehicles, you can add improved weapons, you can install better armor and you can also increase your engine’s performance.
This adds a real tactical element to the game; should I upgrade my armor or risk it and upgrade my weaponry instead? This is another reason why this game is so exciting and fun to play, customisation means there are literally thousands of different variations to choose from.
The actual plot of Odyssey means you get to conquer and experience new worlds and enemies, this keeps the game play fresh and new. All the worlds looking completely different from each other, so it’s not constantly the same background.
If you love arcade style games from the 70s and 80s then you will absolutely love this classic blast to the past. Odyssey: Alone Against the Whole Space is Asteroids but for the modern arcade fan.