The Onion Knights is a fine mobile game, mixing tower defense with some shooting elements. However, its port on the PS4 does not work for various reasons and should have been worked on more. Fans that are enjoying it on smartphones should continue to enjoy it there, because it’s not as fun on PS4.
That’s not to say it couldn’t have worked, since the console could use some relaxing games. However, the visuals are poor and the gameplay is too simplistic, whilst also not making use of the controller. It’s clear that it was meant to be a fun little mobile title that could be brought out when bored.
Smells Like Onions…
Despite sharing the name of a Final Fantasy class, The Onion Knights is a pretty generic mobile game. Admittedly, some of the enemy designs are pretty cool and gameplay can be mindless fun, but that’s about it. That’s not to say it’s bad or awful, but choosing to play this over other games on PS4 is asking too much.
Fans that have played these hybrid shooter/tower defense games should have no problems with the controls. Shooting is automatic and it’s up to the players to move the cannon up or down to take care of the opposition. Making the cannon automatic in the mobile game is understandable, but auto-shooting on the PS4 feels off.
Good Knight Sweet Prince…
Overall, the port for The Onion Knights feels rushed and definitely needs more polish before it can be recommended. Compare this to Oceanhorn, which started as a mobile title, but cleaned up the visuals and controls before arriving on consoles. Admittedly, both games are of very different genres, so the comparison is a bit unfair.
The Onion Knights is fairly cheap, so some curious players interested in some simplistic fun should give it a chance. However, there are also better options out there, especially on a console like the PS4. The Onion Knights is far from a bad game, but it isn’t a good one either.
Note: This game was reviewed on a standard PS4. Copy of the game was provided by the publisher