Ion Maiden's Latest Level is Simply Dripping with Nostalgia

Ion Maiden's latest update packs a new level called Heskel's House of Horrors which is filled with creepy imagery and a non-stop hail of bullets.

By Eoghan Murphy

January 23, 2019

The 1990s were a time for fresh ideas and a new perspective on gaming. While arcade games got serious with titles like Street Fighter II, massive RPGs found themselves becoming household names in the wake of the enormously successful Final Fantasy VII. In the midst of all of this, first-person shooters found their place with Wolfenstein 3D and Doom. Taking the stepping stones from these FPS classics and building upon them, Ion Maiden is now looking to take us back to that fabled era.

Created by 3D Realms Ion Maiden is an unapologetic shooter which embodies the gameplay and graphical style of classics like Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior. Currently in early access, the title is a fast-paced barrage of explosions, guts, and gunfire.

Unlike the hugely successful recent retro-inspired FPS Dusk, Ion Maiden uses 2D sprites in favor of chunky polygons to create its nostalgic atmosphere. This is largely due to the game running on the same engine as some of the titles by the studio produced decades ago.

The latest update to Ion Maiden’s Steam release sees lead character Bombshell unload obscene amounts of bullets and grenades as she fights through a haunted abode. The level, entitled Heskel’s House of Horrors, also sees her heckling her enemies with a string of one-liners like the 3D Realms heroes of yesteryear.

Heskel’s House of Horrors is available now on Steam. Ion Maiden’s full release will be landing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC later this year.

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Eoghan Murphy

Eoghan is a gaming veteran with over 25 years of button mashing experience under his belt, and a particular interest in eSports. When not playing or collecting games, he can be heard presenting and producing radio shows in Ireland.

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