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Onslaught Reviews (Atari ST)

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Graphically the game is little short of brilliant: the character sprites are colourful, well defined and a bitch to kill. Neat little graphical touches abound, the most striking being the reloading of the crossbow (when you grab one), and the enemy cannon crew who all stick their fingers in their ears when they fire their little guns. Vicious foes, colourful sprites and detailed backgrounds all add up to a first rate game.
ST Format (Dec, 1989)
Read the scenario and you could easily be forgiven for thinking that Onslaught was some type of adventure game, and this is certainly to its credit. After all, how many slay-em-ups have a plot that's actually relevant to the gameplay? If you're after constant, mindless alien bashing then you won't find it here. In Onslaught you need to employ some grey matter if you're going to win the day. At the same time it's a test of your skills with the joystick - and what a test! There's so much going on that it's impossible to do anything without running into an enemy and needing to do some quick thinking pretty damn fast. The strategy element, the graphics, the variety of levels and the separate mind duels all make Onslaught original, exciting, and fun to play, even if it is horrendously difficult to grab much land.
Zero (Jan, 1990)
A highly coloured slash 'em up come strategy game. For expert joystick wielders only, so don't say you haven't been warned.
Onslaught is a superbly presented game, with a lot to it. It is quite enjoyable to play, but the method of selecting weapons and the over busy on-screen action can make it difficult to keep pace with the game. This is a shame, as it flaws an otherwise excellent product. I also suspect that conquering kingdoms could become a bit monotonous after a while. Having said that, if you enjoy a bit of frantic Hack 'n' Slay, then this is definitely the game for you.
ST Action (Jan, 1990)
What I must say about Onslaught is that it has brilliant effects, the tune is a bit annoying but I like the sound effects. The graphics are good, too, being very colourful. My only reservation is that it is too repetitive and after a while it becomes a little tedious. [...] All in all, I think Onslaught holds a lot of potential and if you have got the patience to conquer all of the different field battles, you should enjoy it - but I'm not sure it's worth the asking price.
Der Sound ist gewohnheitsgemäß auf dem Amiga etwas besser. Ansonsten sind beide Versionen aber absolut gleich. Wären Scrolling und Animationen flüssig, so hätte sich Onslaught mit Sicherheit eine höhere Bewertung verdient, so aber..., knapp vorbei!