The gameplay mechanics that you will experience are very similar to almost every other twin-stick shooter on the market. If you have played anything from Binding of Isaac to Geometry Wars, you probably already know how this game is going to play out. You start the game, fight wave after wave of differing enemies until you reach the ending or get a high score. Wow, when I say it that way, it makes it sound like twin-stick shooters are boring. Well, that usually not the case and I am usually a big fan of shmups and twin-stick shooters alike. However, this game does not provide anything that makes those other games great. Inksplosion provides no upgrades, only three or four diverse adversaries, and there are only three different game modes. Yes, you read that correctly, I said three and one option is just the ‘hard mode’, which isn’t even that much harder than its predecessor. In addition to this, the only thing that differs between normal mode and arena mode are the waves present in normal. Yet, arena barely felt any different throughout.
The visuals aesthetic of Inksplosion is definitely the best aspect, hands down! The game begins quite dull, being in a dark room surrounded by your enemies. However, once they are eliminated, they explode in a colorful array that sprays the wall. The more you kill, the more the background is showered with these vibrant colors. While these lively ink splotches may not be a lot, it was one of the most intriguing characteristics in an otherwise lackluster game. The soundtrack was ok but didn’t provide much for enjoyment. Other than a couple tunes in the background and a voice over reading waves like he was reading medals in Halo. Again, not much was offered here, but with how the rest of the game was going, I wasn’t expecting anything special.
Overall, Inksplosion is a pathetic title that offers almost nothing when it comes to gameplay. The game is priced at $5 USD and that might even be a bit too much. The game has a few cool visuals, but other than that it is a monotonous mess. The game does have easy achievements if that is something that you are interested in, but I could not recommend this game for anyone unless that is your plan from the get-go.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 3.5/10
+Awesome, Vibrant Colors
+Low Price Point
-Only Three Game Modes (I mean come on!)