Omegaland

Omegaland is a simple indie platformer heavily inspired by the classics.


Developer: Jonas Kyratzes
Publisher: Jonas Kyratzes
Genre: Platformer
Release Date: July 12, 2017
Platforms: PC
User Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

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Basic Information

Omegaland is a simple indie platformer heavily inspired by the classics. The princess of the land has lost her magical keys to her castle, and needs you to retrieve them for her. Explore the kingdom at your leisure, collecting coins, teddy bears, and all sorts of other good stuff. You may even discover a few secrets and twists along the way!

Key Features:

  • Loads of content – More than 25 unique levels spanning several regions and a variety of castles to explore
  • Achievements and collectibles galore – Omegaland has lots of achievements and treasures hidden within its nooks and crannies for all you completionists out there
  • Buy upgrades – Check out the various wizard-run stores throughout the land to grab some upgrades. Alternatively, feel free to visit the crazy hermit’s shopping mall if you require a little more selection!

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Review

By Taylor Whaley

Omegaland is a simple little indie platformer that is heavily inspired by platforming classics like the Super Mario Bros. series. It’s designed as a throwback to the style of freeware video games that used to be so popular back in the days before personal computing became so standardized – back when computer makers such as Atari and Commodore reigned supreme.

On paper, that kind of inspiration for a video game sounds charming, though I have to admit I went into Omegaland with pretty low expectations. It’s not that Omegaland looked bad, but I wasn’t around for the era of gaming it draws its inspiration from and thus was not particularly interested in the same way some people more nostalgic for that time would have been.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how well put-together the game is. Despite my relative apathy with regards to the classical freeware era before indie gaming really became a “scene”, I didn’t really feel as though I was missing out on anything. Omegaland is a platformer that holds up to modern standards of what platforming should be – the controls are fluid and responsive, the levels are relatively well designed, and the secrets and collectibles are numerous and exciting to find.

Omegaland is also surprisingly fleshed out in terms of content. There’s a lot more content there than I had originally expected. Without spoiling anything I’m just going to say that while I didn’t necessarily enjoy all of the content that was available I did appreciate some of the more difficult stuff being available for people who are really into that.

The story is obviously not the focus of this game and I feel pretty comfortable just writing it off. It’s there to give loose direction to the gameplay and not much else. In a lot of ways I’m actually pretty happy with that arrangement. You’re given some basic narrative now and again and then let loose to just play the game, and sometimes it’s nice to experience something like that.

The aesthetic isn’t particularly amazing to be frank but it’s certainly serviceable and all things considered is good enough for what it needs to be. The music on the other hand is very generic and not particularly enthralling.

Unfortunately, there are a few other things that prevent me from enjoying Omegaland as much as I would have liked. There are no windowed/fullscreen modes, no resolution options, no key rebinding, and no controller support. Basic graphical configuration modes like windowed/fullscreen selection and resolution options should be in every game at this point and platformers just tend to play better with a controller, so it’s rather odd to not have these things available.

Despite its flaws, Omegaland is a surprisingly charming little platformer with a good amount of content. Its aesthetic and music are pretty weak but the game is carried greatly by some simplistic but well-executed platforming gameplay and a good amount of content. If you’re a platformer fan looking for something new to pick up this game could be worth sinking your teeth into.

More Information

Release Date: July 12, 2017

Length of playthrough: 3 hours

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Omegaland on Steam

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