Sine Mora

Sine Mora

The child of so many arcade games, Sine Mora piqued my interest upon release. I enjoyed it so much I bought copies for friends since it was so cheap. And now, I can finally say I’ve beaten it. If you’re looking for a good side scrolling shoot-em-up game, then look no further than Sine Mora.   Like other games in the genre, you sit on the left, the game auto-scrolls and everything is set in a horizontal perspective. What sets Sine Mora apart is that it still has the challenge of the arcade by giving you very strict time limits on how long you have to accomplish tasks. To add to your timer, you defeat foes and if they hit you (and remember, this is a bullet-hell type shoot-em-up game, so there are LOTS of particles going on at all times) your time goes down.   The story is fine, although I can’t say that I was playing it to find out what happened next. The cast of furries (which seems to be a theme this week) is fine, the voice acting is excellent as the developers made up languages for the game (Correction: they use hungarian. Apologies for that inaccuracy). I’m sure that made localization much easier. The bosses are gigantic and the variety in game types is exactly what you’d expect (story, arcade, time trials, boss battles and so on). Honestly the game is fantastic and requires little introduction. If you like the genre, you’ll certainly enjoy Sine Mora and if you don’t, it won’t change your...
Supercharged Robot VULKAISER

Supercharged Robot VULKAISER

Week 2 of my 52 week challenge and I’m finding it, well, a challenge. Mostly to find the time needed between all my other hobbies and being a dad! Still this week I was able to squeeze in a few hours with Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser. Done to ape the style of 80’s anime and specifically Voltron or Battle of the Planets, Vulkaiser is a shmup where you’re the forces of good (learning how to be a team) versus the forces of evil (and scary space monsters). You control one ship that can combine with your teammates, who have some really intentionally bad voice acting. Each combination changes how your weapon functions, giving you 5+ different weapons to use. As someone who enjoys a good challenge, Cave shmups and the genre in general, there is nothing to be found here beyond the visual/audio style that can be loved. If you’re not a fan of shmups, it’s not a great one and if you are a fan it’s not a great one. But it’s that bad acting, good music style that you should play it for. I grabbed the game for less than a buck and enjoyed it from start to finish. If you can grab it for a buck or two, you won’t be disappointed but if you’re looking for a good new shmup, I really can’t recommend Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser. Time spent: 6 hours, beat the game on easy and...
52 Week Challenge – Week 39 – Who’s That Flying?

52 Week Challenge – Week 39 – Who’s That Flying?

Shmups are one of those niche markets where there isn’t much play: you have mostly your dedicated fans that love the genre and then there are a few passers by who need to climb steep skill levels to start. Generally, those people either love or hate the games, and fall in or out of the niche and that’s because there aren’t a huge number of really GOOD entry level smups. Until now.   Who’s That Flying?! is an indie developed shmup with delightful flash style graphics (maybe a bit nicer) and some really really really good game design. You are defending the Earth, which is essentially your health bar. You can’t die, but you can lose if the Earth looses too much health. This happens if you let the weakest enemies, the ones which can’t even damage you, to leave the screen. While these swarms of useless foes fly by, only to be desiccated by your shots and punches (yes, punches) harder foes use projectiles that move, stun, shock or otherwise prevent you from killing their tiny brethren.   This unique take on the shmup genre, short and satisfying gameplay and story that gave me a sensible chuckle, makes Who’s That Flying a great entry into my 52 week...