Risk System Reviews

Risk System is ranked in the 51st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2021

Risk System is for the hardcore, yet it's also original and well presented. That said, it just won't click for some due to the high level of difficulty.

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75 / 100
Jul 20, 2021

Although Risk System might not appeal to bullet hell enthusiasts, it still provides an excellent challenge. And really, Risk System isn’t trying to appeal to them anyway; it’s made to be much more accessible and innovative. In that sense, it exceeds in shining colors. I just wish there was more game to play. But for the low price tag, anyone interested in the shoot ‘em up genre can’t go wrong with a Risk System purchase.

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8 / 10
Jul 28, 2021

Risk System is an impressive game where it counts, and that's in its taut, thoughtful and challenging gameplay. The polish of the design reminded us of the excellent run n'gun Bleed, with its focus on dodging and retaliating in linear stages, but of course here applied to the shmup genre. Other than higher ranks, there's not much to rush back to in Risk System's six short stages, but they're sufficiently difficult enough to last genre non-veterans a good while. Absolute pro shmuppers may find it a little too breezy, but players of any skill level will be able to appreciate the exceptionally solid game on offer here. We say that there's no risk of buyer's remorse with this one.

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6 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2021

Risk System is a fun action arcade game that will keep you busy for a few hours. However, the repetitive gameplay may end your session early.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2022

Risk System is well done once you know what you're getting into. The game is tough compared to even the busiest of bullet hell shooters, but the combination of infinite lives with no respawning gets you acclimated to the classic shoot-'em-up tactic of memorization. The focus on projectile grazing and knowing when to deploy your barrier breaker makes the game feel strategic. Even though the experience doesn't last that long, an alternate storyline path and online leaderboards are enough to keep you motivated to continue once the credits roll for the first time. Shooting fans who want something more cerebral will find this to be right up their alley.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2022

Risk System is a new take on a familiar genre, you are rewarded for being risky and taking chances. The game is challenging with boss battles that can feel unfair at times, making you want to give up.

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80 / 100
Jan 26, 2022

Risk System is an intense and challenging shmup that presents us with a very original base mechanic, supporting the proposal with fast action and gameplay that is as simple as it is fun. If the visuals are not the most striking, the game offers a relatively dense story in a short campaign, as well as a lot of intensity and freshness for enthusiasts of the genre.

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Harvard L.
Top Critic
Jul 19, 2021

Risk System is something of a connoisseur’s shoot-em-up, with intelligently designed enemies and bosses that reward careful practice and precise movements. The demanding level of difficulty might cause some initial frustrations, but a determined attitude and a calculated approach to risk will help players emerge victoriously. After a few hours of playing, I was able to effortlessly take down bosses that I’d previously thought of as impossible, and that’s always a great feeling to have.

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8 / 10
May 23, 2019

Featuring an original mechanic and a fair amount of polish, Risk System leads the shoot-em-up pack. Those willing to cut their teeth will enjoy a title carefully crafted by experts of the genre.

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Cubed3
Top Critic
6 / 10
Jul 8, 2019

Risk System is a hard game to recommend on a whim, yet also pretty remarkable. Players can't expect to just jump in and blast everything in sight. First they have to get a handle on controlling their own ship, which is an awfully tall hurdle in itself. The bosses are also frustrating, especially when playing for score. Altogether, this is an anti-establishment STG. It features a learning curve of its very own, one that quite a few may never be able to appreciate.

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7.6 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2021

Although loads of shoot 'em ups have incorporated a similar grazing gameplay gimmick before, Risk System manages to still forge its own identity in the genre with its easy to pick-up-and-play controls, rewarding boss fights, and stylish graphics.

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4 / 5.0
Jul 21, 2021

Ultimately, I had a fantastic time with Risk System. It’ll require your utmost concentration and patience, but it’ll reward you with an exhilarating ride. Any fan of the shoot ’em up genre owes it to themselves to check this game out, especially now that it’s on Switch.

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5 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2021

Risk System is a shmup that tries to be original but does that in a bad way. The shooting is automatic which eliminates 90 percent of the fun instantly. Besides this, you only need to evade enemies. The difficulty is very high, but the game never challenges you to try again. There are a few special attacks that make things better but still it is not really fun to play. Also, the game lacks a co-op mode which means you have to go through this all by yourself. Let's just say there are way better shmups.

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