Percentile Rank

Sine Mora EX is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

72%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
A-
A-
Oct 19, 2017

Sine Mora EX is an amazing shmup! The story and presentation should be welcoming to newcomers of the genre. Shmup veterans will love the additional modes and the fun ranking system in the arcade mode. Being available on all consoles, including the Switch. I would recommend getting Sine Mora EX in your library!

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 19, 2017

Intellectually and aesthetically, it's a knockout. However, it's held back somewhat by a stingy power-up system, a burdensome time mechanic, and a few mundane modes.

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Scored Reviews

TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 9, 2017

Tough, expansive, and boasting a surprisingly mature narrative, Sine Mora EX is a remaster done right. Offering native 4K visuals – if you've got the right kit – tons of content and rock-solid gameplay, side-scrolling shooters simply don't get much better than this.

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Game News Plus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Sine Mora EX is a unique and challenging side-scrolling shoot'em up with time manipulating feature. With a deep & complex story and splendid art work, you will witness what bullet mayhem really is. If you are up to beat some of the best good-looking bosses of all times, give Sine Mora EX a go. You won't regret it!

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VGProfessional
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2017

If you never played the original, Sine Mora EX is a great way to discover one of the most unique SHMUP from the past 10 years. While this remastered version has the merit of adding couple of extra features to appeal to the veterans, the game is still an easy sell thanks to its great gameplay mechanics, decent price tag and interesting universe.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 8, 2017

This is a great purchase if you like sidescrolling bullet hell or just want an interesting game to play through with a friend.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Amazing shoot 'em up comes back in a shape greater than ever. Sine Mora Ex is a must-have for any fan of the genre, especially if you remember the original.

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 17, 2017

Sine Mora EX is a very solid title, with its unique gameplay based on time instead of a health bar, bringing a great story to PS4, XBOX ONE, Switch and PC. Seven chapters with dozens of boss battles, and the chance of playing 15 challenges that will drive players to the limit of their ability to control the airship. It is a great title that deserves to be played by all players.

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Readers Gambit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2017

Difficulty aside, Sine Mora EX is a unique and fun experience that sits memorable amongst the plethora of cookie cutter shmups. More importantly, it's just a genuinely good game in its own right. If you didn't play it in 2012, you should definitely play it now.

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IGN Italy
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

A solid extended version of a very good shooter in which you can complete levels manipulating time.

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GamePro
81 / 100
81 / 100
Aug 14, 2017

Easy-to-get Dieselpunk Shoot-'em-Up with additional game modes and challenges that can only be mastered by real masters.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 9, 2017

One of the best-looking 2D shooters of recent years is remastered for the current gen, and offers a fun way in for gamers new to the genre.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2017

Sine Mora EX is an excellent shoot em up with a dark narrative and some really nice boss fights and is only held back by a few flaws and its asking price.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 21, 2017

Sine Mora EX is a tough-as-nails but engrossing shoot ‘em up that has some innovative mechanics and a pretty interesting story. While it may not be for everyone, those who are interested in the genre will find something to love with the new improvements that the EX version provides.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

This is truly one of the finest shooters of the last two generations. I would love to see a follow-up next time though. This generation of remasters is starting to get out of hand.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 4, 2017

Sine Mora EX brings the shoot'em up genre back and it does a very good job at it, as the game features a very good gameplay, plenty of content and a good level designed, topped with high quality visuals. The only things keeping Sine Mora EX from becoming an instant classic is its somewhat disappointing soundtrack and a lack of variety on the vehicles to choose from.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2017

Sine Mora's doctrine of sincerity, authority, and respect aligns neatly with shoot 'em up's interest in unconscious obliteration and strategic composure. EX brings welcomed extensions to Sine Mora, but a clean transfer to modern hardware is a prudent enough motive to justify a re-release. The oldest genre in gaming always has something new to learn.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Sep 11, 2017

Sine Mora EX isn't actually the shining beacon that all SHMUP's should inspire to be, but that game is still a fantastic entry. But for the price, exceptionally replay value and fantastic visuals, you definitely can't go wrong snagging up the title for a weekend venture. A fantastic skyward entry that both novices to the genre and grizzled SHMUP vets can both enjoy.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 22, 2017

Sine Mora EX is the definitive version of the game, adding a slew of new options, and bringing the game to the current generation for the first time. Even after five years, the art style and colorful aesthetics still help the game standout. The game's brutal difficulty and optional challenge modes help keep you playing after completing the story, especially if you want to experience it with a second player.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Sine Mora EX represents the perfect chance to finally play the title for people who haven't yet done so, thanks to some new feature, a good graphic optimization and the co-op story mode.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

As far as shoot 'em up bullet hell games go, Sine Mora EX is a pretty strong entry. The audio is lacking, but the video really does make up for it thanks to impeccable designs and art direction. This is a pretty hard game, but it is also a short one. However, the various modes and challenges even out the experience to keep the adrenaline junkies coming back for more. Just don't bother trying to get invested in the story; come for the pulse-pounding scrolling action.

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GameSpew
80%
80%
Aug 16, 2017

Though it has some minor issues that undoubtedly hold it back a little, Sine Mora EX is a fantastic side-scrolling shooter, cram-packed with enough content to keep you playing in the long term.

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PSX Extreme
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

If you love bullet hell shoot 'em ups and have the patience to master your moves, there's a lot of bang for your buck here, especially if you owned the original Sine Mora; anyone who bought the original version can upgrade to EX for free. The campaign is short, but there's plenty of replay value in the various alternate modes for people looking to push themselves in pursuit of the leaderboard glory or just waste some time with a buddy.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

Sine Mora EX is a lot of fun, with the occasional eye roll-inducing moment. Perhaps it's the weird story, or the irritating environmental hazards, but something is ever so slightly off here. As a whole, though, this is one of the best shooters on the market. Everyone should pick it up, unless, of course, you're not "one-eyed-bison-with-no-legs-flying-a-killing-machine" enough for it.

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Video Chums
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2017

Sine Mora EX builds upon the original game by offering some truly innovative multiplayer aspects.

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TheXboxHub
Aug 6, 2017

There is a lot of fun to be had with Sine Mora EX. It’s a solid, hard as nails, well crafted bullet fuelled shooter, with a lot to do and a whole bunch of different modes to try out.

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Saving Content
Aug 8, 2017

Sine Mora EX is still a strong shmup, and standout title in the genre. It does new and exciting things, and is now released on platforms that handle this game more elegantly and still has a great presentation. It has a few minor bugs and those who’ve already played the game won’t get much out of the new re-release, but it absolutely worth playing even if you’re not a fan of bullet hell style games. Sine Mora EX remains one of my favorite shmups with its complex story and deep gameplay and robust modes.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2017

A handsome and challenging arcade ‘shmup’ with a time-manipulating twist

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2017

As a full package Sine Mora EX fills in a gap in the Switch line-up unless you’ve been indulging in the NeoGeo shooter ports, which are hit and miss overall. As a showcase of the visuals the Switch is very capable of producing, particularly in handheld mode, the game looks incredibly good. For people who aren’t big shooter fans it could be hard to call, especially given the asking price. Though the difficulty level has been tweaked to make it more friendly I’m not positive what the longevity on the game will be unless you’re looking to spend time becoming better at shooters as a whole. For more experienced genre fans it’s an easier sell as not only will you be able to get rolling and enjoy getting to know the game initially but you’ll then have a meaty amount of content to revisit, refine, and work to max out your scores with. While it may have some issues Sine Mora EX is still an impressive shooter and a welcome addition to the Switch line-up.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 20, 2017

This game is well worth buying and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good old fashioned shoot-em up.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2017

Sine Mora Ex is a great place to jump in if you have never experienced the original title and are an absolute diehard shoot 'em up fan.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 19, 2017

As a single player experience, Sine Mora EX is a great modern day shooter that keeps the tradition of the coin-op alive. The collaboration between Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality has been a solid one. The controls are tight, the sound is great with plenty of replayability to be had. There’s plenty of challenge for the hardcore shmup fan and a surprisingly approachable title for newbies to start off with. Some may not grasp the hook quite as strongly due to the high difficulty and repetitive nature that these games are known for nowadays.

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Worth Playing
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Sine Mora Ex is a good game, but the new version likely won't satisfy people who are familiar with the original. It still features the challenging and fun gameplay, but it currently doesn't warrant the hefty price tag of $30 for a few minor improvements and content. Chances are that owners of a Nintendo Switch have never had the opportunity to try Sine Mora, so they will experience a highly challenging and entertaining game. People who have played this before should wait for a sale to get the slightly touched-up and expanded version of this truly enjoyable experience.

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IGN Spain
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

An old school shoot'em up that only add a few changes to its original formula. It may not be innovative, but it's still fun.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

Sine Mora EX harkens back to a time before call of Duty when "shooting game" made you think of ships or avatars that shoot bullets or lasers while navigating a screen filled with a blossom of projectiles. The visuals can make it a bit tough to figure out where things are and the game doesn't quite shake up the familiar shoot-em-up formula. An interesting time mechanic, however, combined with excellent boss designs and music make this worth checking out for "shmup" fans.

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

There is not a lot of new features to be excited about in Sine Mora EX but it does provide a solid side-scrolling shooter. The addition of co-op versus modes are a nice bonus to have and make it easier to recommend the Switch version.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2017

Sine Mora EX is a very interesting game inside the  ‘shoot´em up' genre and has some innovative mechanics. However, this remastered version is not enough for those who have tried previously the game.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2017

I don't consider Sine Mora EX to be a game that sets the genre on fire, or redefines shmup gameplay in general. But it is very well-priced, looks fantastic, has replay value and is a fun and ferocious slice of old-school arcade action, one that can be enjoyed by battle-scarred veterans and eager rookies alike.

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VGN
7 / 10.0
VGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Sine Mora EX is a revamped version of the original shoot 'em up developed by Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture, which debuts on current-gen consoles after its original launch on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Despite the good additions to the original formula, the game lacks of an online coop mode and its longevity is not enough if compared to similar and much modern games.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 22, 2017

Embodying a modern take on the shoot 'em-up formula, Sine Mora EX sits comfortably alongside the retro offerings of the genre already on Nintendo Switch, and blazes its own path forward with impressive visuals and strong world building lore. Said lore is a little convoluted at times, and the game can be too difficult for its own good, but those seeking a strong challenge will find plenty to enjoy.

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Digiato
68 / 100
Digiato
Arash Parsapour

Top Critic

68 / 100
Mar 2, 2018

The only differences between Sine Mora EX and its original version is adding English voice acting, little improvements to the graphics and also getting more expensive. A 30$ and 20$ price tags for the Switch and PlayStation 4 versions of the game respectively, is quite too much.

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 18, 2017

Sine Mora is an intriguing, stylish shooter that's well worth a punt at a budget price. Sine Mora EX, however, is a trickier sell; the underlying quality is still there and it can be a memorable experience, but the additions are sloppy and add little, making it tough to justify at its full price. On Switch it has portability going for it, with the game looking handsome on the handheld or TV - it's understandably sharper and easier to play than in the previous Vita version, for portable fans. It's a fascinating game, and may draw you back for plenty of repeat plays or even score-chasing runs to climb online leaderboards. Its flaws, however, mean it's not currently among the best of its genre.

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NintendoWorldReport
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

They're a sight to behold and marginally more fun to play than the levels that house them. Sine Mora is a good-looking game and it's clear that a lot of effort was put into making it that way. It's just a shame that it's not as fun to play as it is to watch in motion.

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