Ruiner is a top down shooter from Polish developer Reikon Games. Published by Devolver Digital, Ruiner is a brutal release that sits perfectly in Fort Parker’s locker room.
The colour scheme that Ruiner places itself in is a red affair of all different shades. You’ll mainly encounter blood red as Ruiner is a killing spree waiting to happen. You play as a masked lunatic who needs to find his kidnapped brother. Armed with brutal moves and a string of different high powered weapons which can be required throughout, Ruiner is a deadly game. Weapons deliver a satisfying kill and melee moves are a treat to administer, not to mention they also rack up those combos.
You play in the cyber metropolis back alleys of Rengkok. It’s 2091, and a world full of looters, henchmen and outcasts. It’s a tough, relentless backdrop that oozes style. On your journey you have opportunities to develop your charater via karma. Turning him into the ulitmate killing machine is where you want to head. You’ll have chances to upgrade abilities, require new skills and beef up. There’s a tactical time to be had which brings heaps of depth to the game. These options display there is a lot going on under Ruiner’s glossy textured look that makes this shoot standout from the crowd. You’ll have drop boxes to loot and machines to hack that hide new treats like high powered firearms or flamethrowers. There are so many different weapons being dropped by fallen enemies that finding a new weapon is never a chore. That being said, the added hacking opinion does make you want to explore each area you’re in.
Ruiner is a fast, slick and eerie fight. Think of a dark Hotline Miami. But where this game differs is its incredible look. Ememies, backdrops and environments brim with the finest of detail. There’s so much to take in, but with a game that throws so many fast moving lunatics at you, much of its visual beauty is a blur. Alleyways hide chasing gun wheeling nomads, dimly lit warehouses showoff huge machinery and constant subliminal messages flashing on screen in large blood red type face make Ruiner quite unique.
With so many waves of bad guys and smaller bosses to eliminate before an end of stage boss, health and enengy bars take a pounding. Ruiner is no push over, in fact it’s darn hard. Even playing on easy mode you’ll die many times, but thankfully the game’s check points throw you back into action with everything you had gained before. There are 16 levels to play through and a platinim on offer too if you’re up for the challenge.
Ruiner is an essential purchase if you’re looking for a bloody, fast rolling top down shooter. Despite its hard challenge and daunting boss battles, there’s a wealth of upgrading and special abilities that put Ruiner in a class if its own.
A game that delivers a violent cocktail of blood guts and guns…welcome to the city of death.
Lizard Rating 9/10
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