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Iro Hero

Jun 7, 2018 - PC, Nintendo Switch

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Critics Recommend

7 / 10
IGN Spain
7.9 / 10
Screen Rant
2.5 / 5
Nintendo Life
7 / 10
5 / 10
Pure Nintendo
7 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Iro Hero

Another solid, but fairly unoriginal shoot 'em up, Iro Hero's colour coding mechanic adds a layer to the gameplay that elevates it above a bog standard shooter. A cheap and cheerful game to pass ten minutes while a 30GB update for the latest AAA game downloads.

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A new twist fora type of game that couldn't be more classic. The inclusion of puzzle elements gives this shmup a new point of view over it's competitors. Iro Hero tells you a story and makes you fly through it switching colors and avoiding enemies, making you think and act with speed and precision if you want to succeed.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Iro Hero, a new shoot-em-up on Nintendo Switch, takes too many conventions of gaming past.

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Iro Hero ends up being a competent euro-shmup homage to the dual phase/puzzle shmup gameplay pivoted by Treasure's Magnum Opus. While some designs choices could be avoided with some proper care while transitioning the game to Switch, what is on offer is solid shmup action for those who are seeking something a new challenge. Hard as nails, often unfairly so until you learn to play with perfect precision, we still consider it worthy of your time.

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Iro Hero feels more like a tribute to old-school 2D shoot'em ups than a contemporary game on its own. Its gameplay mechanics are indeed able to provide a good experience but the game is much more catered towards experienced players who are looking for a very hardcore experience, rather than general members of the audience who could be potentially interested in a 2D shoot'em up.

Review in Portuguese | Read full review

No, it won't replace the Ikaruga's or Raiden's of your past, but Iro Hero is a valiant crack at the all-too-rare shoot ‘em up genre. If you've got a top-down, bullet-heavy adventure itch that needs scratching, Iro Hero will likely satisfy.

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If you're the type of player who likes to be challenged by a game, then this one will certainly scratch that itch. Iro Hero wears its influences with pride, and it brings a hardcore shoot 'em up experience to Nintendo's hybrid console, paying homage to the classics while ramping up the difficulty considerably. Are you up for the challenge?

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This shmup is only recommended for those out there willing to put up with a lot of tedium.

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