It's TURBO TIME. Turbo overkill Early Access: Review

  Turbo Over kill is a smash mouth hard hitting twitch shooter that brings the ascetic and mayhem of the classic 90's FPS's such as ...


Turbo Over kill is a smash mouth hard hitting twitch shooter that brings the ascetic and mayhem of the classic 90's FPS's such as Doom, Quake and Duke Nukem 3D.  It fast. It relentless and it does not take itself too seriously. It is fitting that this is a new Apogee entertainment release. Who better to bring this kind of insanity then the staple publisher from the 90's responsible for games such as Duke Nukem, Rise of the triad and Wolfenstein 3D. Let's take a closer look at their latest game.

In this cyberpunk shooter full of neon lights and augmentation upgrades you take the mantel of Johnny Turbo a bad ass who is tasked with the cleanup of Paradise, a cyber city overrun by augmented minions under the cult control of the world's most advanced AI, Syn. Syn like any evil AI wants to dominate humanity and is looking execute his plans for world domination if not stopped. 

With features such as Wall-running, Turbo Time, chain saw leg augments, flying cars and lots of booms, Turbo Overkill makes no bones about its retro inspirations the feel it is trying to convey to the player. It is fast, real fast. Blink and you miss it, hesitate and you are dead, over correct and you shoot wildly past your target. If you switch to most modern current FPS after a few hours in Paradise, it will feel like you are moving through molasses with a weight tied to your feet. 

Talk about feet, a staple feature that Turbo overkill gives you from the very start is the leg chain-saw. A powerful weapon that will do more damage the faster you slide towards your target. Entire parts of the level seem to purposely build to make the use of this wonderful feature. Run, slide and dice your way through the hordes mincing them into wonderful pixelated red blobs.

Yes the game is violent and gory but in a world where graphics are more and more realistic the pixelated look makes this violence more palatable. It definitely is not for the youngest, but move aside kids this is a dad's game time.

Throughout the game you collect money, weapons and upgrades to apply to your augments and arsenal in your quest to takedown the SYN AI. A variety of levels contain small puzzles where you need to go one way to find a key to return to a previously locked door and the level layouts have you move forward and back but also vertically in order to find all upgrades, goals and secrets.

After leveling up your guns they do not only get more powerful, but you can also unlock secondary fire options. Your Uzi's can become a rifle, A shotgun can combine 3 shells in an electrified area of effect or you can lock on to your targets with a heatseeking missile.

Turbo Overkill does not give you much space to breath it is a thrill-ride that takes you along weather you like it or not. Death means a quick reload to the nearest checkpoint, which might not always be in the best location, and redo the section that bested you earlier. Some enemies will charge you straight on trying to overwhelm you while other rather take potshots from a distance. Get up close and personal and show them their mistakes. 

Currently you can find Turbo Overkill on steam in Early Access, and even though I am not a big Early Access advocate because it is quite common to be stuck with a game that never seems finished, T.O. already feel very complete, especially for the price. If you look fondly back to the old school nineties fast paced trigger happy FPS days then you definitely owe it to yourself to at least try the demo, which is available on steam right now.

Developer:Trigger Happy Interactive
Publisher: Apogee Entertainment
ReleaseDate : 22nd April
Platforms: Windows (Steam/GOG)
ESRB: TBD (Likely will be M for Mature)

About the writer: DadGeek (Rob) is the co-founder of GeeksVsGeeks. He is a product of the eighties and never let go of his geek interest and hobbies no matter how often someone told him to stop. His love for gaming and all things geeks has been part of his parenting style and permeates throughout the whole family. A family of Geeks vs Geeks 


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