OneShot takes aim at commercial release next month
Written by Jack Allin — November 25, 2016 at 13:38
Contrary to its name, it turns out you actually get two shots at OneShot. That's because the former freeware adventure has now been dramatically upgraded and expanded for commercial re-release early next month.
OneShot is set in a world on the brink of final destruction, its light almost completely extinguished. Only "barren wastelands" remain, and what's left really isn't worth saving anymore. But that won't stop young Niko from trying. As the "life of a lost child and the fate of a steadily decaying world hang in balance", players must guide Niko and the glowing bulb he holds on a journey in which not everyone he meets is interested in preserving this mysterious place.
Although resembling an RPG with its retro-styled, isometric presentation, OneShot is a puzzle-adventure that requires "utilizing items, characters, and the environment to progress." But its graphical style isn't the only non-traditional aspect to be found. Unlike most games, where failure simply results in a reset, consequences of your actions in OneShot are permanent. What's more, this a game whose actual solutions break the fourth wall, with elements that promise to "go beyond the game window". Oh, and it also has a haunting soundtrack, plus "pancakes, rams, T-shirts, and more."
If any of this sounds familiar, that's because the game was created by Mathew Velasquez in just a month and initially released as a freeware adventure back in July 2014. That original version is still available to play, but since then it has undergone a significant update and expansion. The commercial re-release will include a much more fully-realized story that's approximately twice as long as before, with many new areas to explore and characters to interact with, along with "tons of new puzzles" to solve. While still retaining the same visual style of its predecessor, old areas in the new version have also been given "major graphical overhauls."
If you missed your first shot at the game, the wait for the next isn't much longer now, as OneShot is due to launch on Steam for Windows on December 8th.