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Iro Hero

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Available on:PC2018
Nintendo SwitchJun 7, 2018

Publisher: Eastasiasoft

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 colour polarity mechanic, with interactive level elements, colour zones, reflective surfaces and much more. Encounter 10 different types of enemies with over a hundred different behaviours, and defeat 10 final bosses in the vein of classic arcade games. Unlock special skills throughout the game to help you land a final blow or escape from desperate situations. The year is 2306. A century after the Nyagu taught mankind how to obtain electricity from their inner energy, enterprises started to exploit humans in farms to produce energy. What had started as a gift became a curse, reducing people to nothing more than simple power supplies... Only when his mother dies in one of these farms, Iro realises he has the power to change the order of things. - Experience a colour polarity system, with a twist to puzzles and smart decision making - Discover an exciting story that takes place across nine action-packed levels - Encounter 10 different types of enemies with more than one hundred different behaviours - Defeat 10 final bosses in the vein of classic arcades - Unlock special skills, offering many creative and strategic options - Acquire upgrades to increase the firepower and capabilities of your spaceship

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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.

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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.

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