There is an old saying that you will either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. In Omega: The First Movement, it’s quite possible that this axiom has come true.
The mobile game is the second production from Goya Studio, a Vietnamese developer, and was released in mid-January on the Apple App Store. Not only did it hit the Best New Game List for apps in both the United States and Canada after only five days, but it was voted Hot New Game when it was unveiled at Vietnam Comic Con 2014. Described as a “rhythm-based action battle game,” Omega has a detailed storyline which unfolds slowly over the course of its levels.
The game takes place in an alternate version of the early 20th century, where society is much more technologically advanced. In a misguided effort to reach for perfection, humans were mechanized and slowly turned into cyborgs. The player character Omega, a guitarist who still carries “beautiful memories about the emotional and colorful world of humans,” was unable to accept that this was his fate. He determined that if he could just defeat someone called Main Frame Boss, who could be found within the clock tower, he could get the world to return to its proper state. Unfortunately, to become strong enough to fight against the enemies which stood between him and his goal, Omega had to sacrifice more and more of his own body to become a more advanced cyborg.
Omega is scored by Ik-sound, who is best known for providing sound effects and background music for such well-known games as Cut the Rope 2 and the Brink of Consciousness series. The soundtrack is key to the successful completion of the game, which offers “innovative gameplay that offers and mixes elements from both classic rhythm-based gameplay and battle action gameplay.” In the turn-based game, players first select one of three possible actions – Attack, Defense, or Buff Skill. They must then solve the current puzzle according to the rhythm of the music being played in order to accomplish that chosen course of action.
Wondrously illustrated, Omega features a story mode with 15 levels to discover, during which the plot is slowly revealed. Omega’s actions, rather than rendering him a hero to the rest of humanity, have quite the opposite effect. Omega includes a Hard mode, as well as an unlockable Survival mode. As players make their way through the mechanized steampunk surroundings and learn Omega’s tale, they’ll find out whether he really is the hero or the villain.
Omega: The First Movement is currently available only for iOS devices. Those interested can try it today on iPhone or iPad for just $1.99 USD. You can also keep up with what’s coming next from Goya Studios on their Facebook page and Twitter feed.