Return tOu-Ya

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After a bit of neglect, I actually went downstairs and turned on the Ouya out of curiosity. After installing an update for it, I noticed how such more stable and smoother it is on the interface and game screen. The Discover Store isn’t totally perfect, but it’s use-able as always. But I did find some totally great games to play on it!

My Nuclear Octopus is one of them! It’s a clone of Tempest, except you can shoot in two directions, left and right, rather than towards you. The game has quite a lot of trippy graphics and a wee bit too much flashing and camera shake. If you suffer from epileptic seizures I highly recommend not playing this. However if you’re a big Tempest fan, I say go for it!

Here’s Tsunami Cruiser, this is a mixture of Geometry Wars and Sine(Surfing). You move a boat left and right over the waves, as huge fish, water mines, aircraft, and jelly fish try to attack you. Fortunately you own a machine gun! So let battle commence on the waves! The game is now available in Java to be played in web browsers!

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Fancy a multiplayer Space Invaders game? Here’s Invasion VS on the Ouya! The game is very simple, you have the red team, and the cyan team; You shoot at each other and shoot at aliens to earn points, if you get hit you lose points, the team with the most points at the end of the time limit wins. You can play it 2 on 2, or try to look awesome and play it 1 on 3! Amazingly there appears to be no YouTube video on this game! Maybe I should get a capture card with HDMI on it to show how great this game it! There’s even a single player mode where you fight bots! Which is rare for an Ouya multiplayer game. Admittedly the bots are a wee bit too easy, but it’s nice to see them!

L’Abbaye des Morts is another of Locomalto’s awesome games. Inspired by ZX Spectrum platformers, L’Abbaye des Morts takes place in the 13th century where a lone Cathar priest flees for his life from the crusaders to discover an abbey with dark secret under it!

The game being inspired by the ZX Spectrum got it’s own port on the very system!

The Chicken Bandit is a great game that reminds me a lot of a SNES game called Tin Star. You play as a Sheriff who has to go and find missing chickens that have been stolen, whilst riding on a horse sized cockerel! The gameplay is similar to that of Tsunami Cruiser above. The left analogue stick moves you left and right, whilst the right analogue stick aims your gun as you shoot evil robot bandits. However you use a lasso to grab stolen money and chickens by pulling back on the right analogue stick and flicking it in the direction it needs to go.

Finally we have Twin Tiger Shark, a game released by the awesome RGCD and developed by Wide Pixel Games. This is a great shmup that’s inspired by 1942 and Raiden. All I can say about this game is that I love how smooooooooooooooooooooooth it is! It’s by far one of the best shmups on the Ouya and deserves to be noticed! What’s awesome is that whilst it’s not a bullet hell, it isn’t a walk in the park either. So I could coin the term “Semi-bullet hell”? But that sounds lame… I’ll just call it an awesome shmup!

So what do you think about these games? Has it got you an appetite to turn on your dusty Ouya again? Maybe you’ve sold your Ouya and after reading this regret it!? Write down what you think in the comments below!