Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Genre: Shoot-'Em-Up
Developer: QUByte Interactive
Release Date: Feb. 21, 2020


Switch Review - 'Ubermosh:Omega'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on March 26, 2020 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Ubermosh:Omega is a retro-hardcore, top-down shooter, carrying over 4k sprites, tribal drums, fuzzed guitars and flawless gameplay.

Ubermosh:Omega is an arcade game at heart. You're given no backstory and no tutorial — nothing but a start screen and a choice of five characters. Once you start the game, it's over in 90 seconds, and you've either won or lost. There are no bonus unlockables, no progression, and no secrets.

That is going to be the biggest barrier to picking up the game, even at the very cheap price of $5. You'll finish it in one sitting. You can work to master it, and it certainly has a lot of value as a pick-up-and-play game. It might be short, but it's short because it's designed to be a game that you play when you have a free moment. If that isn't the experience you're looking for, this won't be the right game for you.

As for the actual gameplay, Ubermosh:Omega is a twin-stick shooter at heart. You hop in, aim with the right thumbstick, and press the attack button. Some characters have little quirks, but it shouldn't take long to puzzle out who does what. From there, your goal is to survive 90 seconds while killing as many enemies as you can and trying to get the highest score. Some weapons can be found on the field, but the field is so hectic and crowded that you might miss it. Otherwise, kill until you can't kill anymore.

Each character has a gimmick, but some are similar. Some are armed with melee weapons that allow them to slash through enemies and bullets alike. Others have long-distance ranged weapons. One character can easily swap between the two, while others are locked to their chosen weapon. One character can swap the direction of their gunfire, one character has a constantly attacking yellow tentacle, one character has a gun and melee weapon no matter what, and so on. You can further customize characters with perks that range from extra lives to starting with better weapons.

This might sound easy, and it is to some degree. It's really is feast or famine. Your playable characters are absurdly strong, so they spew lasers is every direction, cut through bullets with ease, and can kill an entire swarm of enemies faster than a Dynasty Warriors character. However, they don't have much in the way of defenses, and it's very easy to get nicked by one of the massive swarms of bullets, enemies, and other on-screen danger. You only have a small number of lives and little to no invincibility frames, so when death comes, it tends to come quick and fast. Even the act of surviving for 90 seconds is a surprising struggle, and earning the coveted Omega rank will require some deft fingers.

Visually, Ubermosh:Omega isn't too impressive. The gritty and dark aesthetic fits well for the game, and while the screen quickly becomes a massive barrage of colors and bullets, it is surprisingly easy to keep track of the fighting, if not the exact specifics of each fight. The soundtrack is excellent, and the pulse-pounding music fits the title's intense nature.

Ubermosh:Omega is an arcade game through and through. Back in the day, you would've slapped quarter after quarter into it, trying to get the high score. Now it's yours for $5. If you like the idea of a messy, overpowered and brutal twin-stick shooter with no extra frills, then Ubermosh:Omega is you.

Score: 8.0/10

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