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Iji is a FREE action-packed strategic platform shooter with a detailed story, large levels with multiple paths, powerful bosses and lots of secrets. There are alternate gameplay events, dialogues and scenes depending on what you do, a wealth of extras and bonus features, and seven stats to upgrade through a leveling system.
Iji is set in a military complex in modern day Earth and sid described by Daniel Remar, the developer, as System Shock 2 in 2D. The game follows Iji Kataiser, a young woman caught up in the invasion of the planet by the Tasen, an alien species. Awakening after an aerial bombardment, Iji finds herself enhanced with nanotechnology and, learning of the Tasen and their invasion, resolves to convince the aliens’ leader to retreat from the planet, guided by her brother Dan via the complex’s loudspeaker system.
The game was generally well-received upon release, with reviews praising the replay value, the player’s ability to guide Iji on different moral paths and that it was created by a single developer. It gained much popularity once released.
Players control the titular character, Iji, an ordinary human woman who has been enhanced with nanotechnology following the invasion of Earth by an alien species known as the Tasen.
Iji’s nanotech energy field functions as a shield, and players begin the game armed with a shotgun. Seven further weapons can be collected throughout the game; including a machine gun, rocket launcher and alien technology like the Shocksplinter weapon. Eight additional weapons can be unlocked by combining the standard firearms using a combining station, depending on her Crack ability. Blue nanofields that function as experience can be collected during play, when enough are collected Iji gains a level. Each level she gains allows the player to use an upgrade station to increase one of Iji’s seven skills by one level.
This 2D platform shooter seems like it was inspired by Amiga era games and action titles like Flashback and Out of this World. With its great music and long story mode, this could easily have been a commercial title in the late 80s.
Publisher: Daniel Remar
Developer: Daniel Remar
Release Date: September 1, 2008
Players: Single Player
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