Parent’s Guide – Rise and Shine

We’re back today and looking at what looks at the outset to be a cutesy sidescrolling platformer. Looks in this case would be halfway right, but there’s nothing cutesy about the Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team’s new shooter platformer, Rise and Shine

The game leads you in slowly with some fairly simple early levels but it’s not too long before you start getting some hints of the old school titles we loved but never completed because they were just too darn hard and we were about five years old.

With nostalgic elements from a lot of our favourite titles through the years, and a story which winds through some absolute classics, your time in GameEarth will be a happy one for those who grew up with gaming in the 80s and 90s. There’s a tough edge to it which may well see you getting a little frustrated with the game, and yourself, as you keep dying and heading back to get just a little further than before.

The Run Down

Graphics: 10/10:  The cartoon graphics of Rise and Shine are bold, bright, and colourful, and the environments you’ll traipse through on your way around GameEarth have been wonderfully realised. Top notch graphics, which have obviously been created with love and care

Story: 10/10:  Even if you’re not a huge fan of gaming during the 80s and 90s (where were you?!) Rise and Shine offers a compelling and heart wrenching journey throughout as one little boy journeys off on a quest to save his world

Sound: 10/10: We’re not 100% sure which of you folks in the studio composed the soundtrack, but bravo, and bravo again! While the in game effects are nice the soundtrack really hits the spot and with each dramatic swell you’ll find yourself carried along

Replayability: 4/10: You’ll likely need to replay some levels a few times, or parts of them anyway, just because you keep dying along the way. Apart from weapon powerups which aren’t too tricky to get to, there’s not much else to go back and collect, scoring quite low here.

Satisfaction: 10/10: Overall, heck yeah we love Rise and Shine. If you’re a fan of platformers we think you’ll like it too. There’s a little something in here for everybody, but be warned, it’s not going to be too easy. Whether you’re a fan of puzzles, action shooting or just want a great story, we’d urge you to take a look at one of our favourite games of the year so far.

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