Review: Iro Hero (Nintendo Switch)

Iro Hero is a vertical shoot ’em up with beautiful pixel art graphics inspired by many old-school classics. Staged across nine action-packed levels, Iro Hero features a unique and fresh approach to the popular color polarity mechanic, with interactive level elements, color zones, reflective surfaces and much more.

Pros:

  • Delightful graphics.
  • 455MB Download size.
  • The button layout is shown on the main menu.
  • Vertical shoot em up gameplay.
  • difficult.
  • The story is done via the borders of the screen.
  • Three lives then restart the whole level again.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Full movement.
  • Polarity switch, Made famous by Ikaruga. Swap color to that of your enemy to absorb their bullets and charge up your special attack.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • Powerups drop in game.
  • Combo counter.
  • Tight controls.
  • Easy polarity swap and it is an instant action.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Proper old school feels.
  • Decent score chaser.
  • Plays a bit like Ikaruga but is a lot more accessible.
  • Looks fantastic on the small screen.
  • 10 bosses and each one is unique and fun to fight.
  • 10 types of enemies that have randomized attack patterns to keep it fresh.
  • Clever level designs with moving walls and varied enemy attack patterns.
  • Gorgeous animated backdrops.

Cons:

  • Difficult.
  • No control options.
  • Cannot rotate the screen into Tate or any other.
  • Hard to read the story and pay attention to the game.
  • Nothing is explained like item drops.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

A solid Ikaruga like that is a lot of fun to play and devilishly difficult. The story feels tacked on and is not that important, You buy this game for the action and it supplies hours upon hours of it. Having online leaderboards really gives the game legs as it morphs into an excellent score chaser. Enemies are in short supply design wise but the randomized nature of their attacks really help you forget. A really good fit for the Switch, I just wish I could put it in Tate mode. In short, Fantastic shmup that is yet another Indie game needing your attention.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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