Review: Iro Hero (PlayStation 4)

In a world where humans are used as power supplies, only one man has the will to change it all! Iro Hero is a sci-fi adventure with beautiful pixel art graphics inspired by many old-school classics. Staged across 9 action-packed levels, Iro Hero features a unique and fresh four-color polarity.


  • Modern pixel art graphics.
  • 291.2mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Four modes-Story/Normal/Arcade/1CC.
  • Story-9 levels with still image cutscenes.
  • Polarity is the gimmick, change on the fly to take out the different enemy types.
  • Can absorb bullets.
  • Big screen-filling boss battles.
  • Fast pace.
  • Arcade atmosphere.
  • Easy trophy list.
  • Can buy lives with your points.
  • Cool animated level backdrops.
  • Bullets bounce off walls.
  • Start at any unlocked level.
  • Power-ups to improve guns.
  • Quick to action.
  • A lot of replay value.


  • Have to unlock 1CC.
  • No actual tutorial.
  • Continues are level restarts.
  • Not as hardcore as other games in the genre.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Iro Hero is a fun simple Shmup game, collect powerups and take on waves of enemies than a big boss. It plays well and uses a polarity change gimmick to take out different enemies. Boss battles bring bullet hell to the game, levels have enemies but also walls and obstacles to navigate. I found it fun to play and managed to get through it with little bother, However, I never had the urge to go back not even for the score-chasing, it’s a game that is easily a one and done affair but it does indeed have the score chaser part should you be that way inclined. Overall it was a short but fun trip but no stand out moments and little variation, Iro Hero is just a good short-lived Shmup.

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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