Neo-retro shooter Hyper Sentinel is the latest slice of retro gaming being offered on the mighty Nintendo Switch. If you’re looking for a faceful of side-scrolling blasting action then English developers Four5Six Pixel and Huey Games want this to be your next fix.
Hyper Sentinel tasks you in taking control of a space craft in a bid to destroy ground forces and then onto final bosses. It’s a top down view where you’ll be dodging from left to right and up and down in a frantic battle blowing up multiple targets. You’ll have a bunch of alien whippersnappers hot on your tail to contend with too which adds extra mayhem. It’s a very simple premise and all comes across as very basic, but somehow the devs were right – Hyper Sentinel works a treat.
Action hits incredibly fast. Blink and you may miss something (like your own death). It’s a busy screen that punches out heaps of pixel enemies, so if anything moves, shoot it. If it doesn’t move, shoot it – it may decide to move later. You’ll not have time to notice what waves of alien folk look like or if in fact they differ in any way from the last bunch you just took down. Just keep shooting and don’t stop. The key to overcoming each level is all in the manoeuvring of your ship. Quick flicks of the sticks send your ship back and forth, desperately trying to line up shots to clear each level. As there’s no story, cut scenes or anything else to worry out, it really is just about progressing, power-ups and getting onto the leaderboards. Opening the 12 levels give you extras, such as Survival Mode and Boss Mode, so your quick thinking and twitchy trigger fingers do get some rewards. But other than that there’s not a huge amount of extra content.
For the older gamer who use to love walling in the days of the C64, ZX Spectrum and the flat bed cassette player, there’s an option screen that changes the game into each of the computer’s look. Yes, I’m showing my age here, but I also spent hours reloading a crashed game from my tape player. I lost count of how many times Chucky Egg crashed on me. Anyway, Hyper Sentinel definitely opens its arms to the retro player and gives the biggest old school hug imaginable. It’s worth noting that the Hyper Sentinel Chairman was an industry pioneer back in the 80’s and was responsible for titles like Uridium and Exolon. Boom!
Hyper Sentinel is a no frills shooter that blasts out some extreme action and is accompanied by a pulsating soundtrack. Nintendo Switch has a sure fire winner here for the older gamer and something challenging for their kids.
Lizard Rating: 8/10