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.
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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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.
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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Iro Hero ambitiously seeks to reinterpret polarity switching shooters. Baffling design choices render it alienating even to seasoned shoot 'em up fans, however. The blueprint for a clever shooter is here and it's possible the developers will rectify that base game with patches and updates, but the Iro Hero of today does not reflect that lofty potential.
There are great bosses with different fighting styles, the graphics are fun and non-distracting from the gameplay, and the music and sound effects all add to the overall action. However, throwing endless enemies and obstacles at a player all in the name of creating a difficult game does not inherently produce a rewarding challenge. Unfortunately this title sorely missed that mark.
Iro Hero is a decent game with a poorly thought-out execution. The game is difficult but almost unforgiving, as longer-than-usual levels and a high enemy count mean you'll start at the beginning of stages far more often than you'd like. The mechanics are barely explained in-game due to the ill-conceived layout, and the story suffers the same fate as well. With an inconsistent presentation to boot, Iro Hero is a game that's solely for hardcore genre fans, as everyone else will barely make it out of the first stage before deleting it in favor of other, better-executed shooters.
This shmup is only recommended for those out there willing to put up with a lot of tedium.