Ion Maiden is an early access retro FPS built by the classic 3D Realms developers using an authentic engine. Take on the role of Shelly Harrison, an agent of the Global Defence Force, as she battles armies of bad guys.
Built using a 20 year old game engine by a game studio best known for early 1990's FPS games, Ion Maiden is a game which shouldn't work in 2018. The game looks and runs like Doom or Duke Nukem 3D including cheesy one liners, ridiculous blood splatters and enemies which look like cardboard. Despite all this, the game screams simple honest fun from the first explosion. Levels are the typical fare of hidden paths and wide areas with hoards of enemies, but thanks to modern systems everything feels smoother. Destructible environments, high frame rates and more packed levels combine to create the kind of game developers from the early 90's wished they could make. Of course, Ion Maiden is pure nostalgia and many modern gamers will be immediately distanced by the overall appearance.
Ion Maiden is a game built on an engine 20 years out of date which manages to feel fresh. Anyone who has played the first FPS PC games are in for a surprising treat.