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Ken McKown

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5.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2016

Solar Shifter EX has some cool ideas and poor execution. I wanted to love it, I tried to love it, but in the end I simply left every session disappointed that it never really delivered on any of its ambitions. There are better shooters out there, heck, there are better shooters everywhere. Regardless of any love for the genre, I simply cannot recommend this game to anyone.

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5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2016

Some nice mechanics here but flawed in almost all aspects.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2016

This vertical scrolling shoot’em up adds a number of modern refinements to the genre’s common conventions; that said your personal enjoyment of the game might depend more on your opinion of the genre as a whole.

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4 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2016

A generic, bland but functional SHMUP whose technical issues make it unenjoyable and tedious to actually play.

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4 / 10
Sep 11, 2016

As with every upgrade you achieve, the ferocity and volume of the enemy just increases, meaning you are pretty much always facing a losing battle

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6 / 10
Sep 10, 2016

Solar Shifter EX is a fun and dynamic shoot 'em up that embodies the genre and adds a little something unique. It's a well thought out romp with plenty of great moments but it just misses out on greatness. No doubt this is an amazing effort from a one-man team and it will provide fans with plenty of challenge.

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Digitally Downloaded

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Aug 30, 2016

Wildly difficult? Check. Set in space? Check. The goal of shooting the other things in space? Check. Solar Shifter EX doesn’t add anything special to its genre, but it is certainly a solid entry worth a play or two if you dare.

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2.7 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2016

Solar Shifter EX is quite possibly the worst shoot 'em up that I've ever played.

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6 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

Solar Shifter EX is a solid shooting game more often than not with excellent visuals but a camera system that does the title no favors in the end. The experience is a decent one for fans of the shmup genre, but Solar Shifter EX is nowhere close to being one of the best shooters have to offer.

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6.2 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2016

The game was a chore to play, repetitive patterned game play, and little to no incentive to NOT die.

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4 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2016

I wanted to like this game, I really did. I have fond memories of the 'Bullet Hell' genre.........Galaga, Raiden, 1943-Battle of Midway and R-Type to name a few that I've enjoyed over the years.

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