Iro Hero (vertical shoot’em up) headed to Nintendo Switch next year

Are you fond of retro-style vertical shoot’em ups, but not those of the bullet hell variant? Then Iro Hero is definitely a game worth checking out, and it just so happens it’s headed to the Nintendo Switch early next year!

Described as a “pixel art, old school schmup”, Iro Hero features 9 levels filled with enemies that are only begging for one thing… to be shot down by you! The game is designed around Ikaruga’s colour change mechanic, but bringing it to a new level.

Here’s what the story is all about:

Year 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 formerly been a gift became a curse, reducing people to the condition of power supplies. Only when his mother dies in one of these farms Iro realizes he has got the power to change the order of things.

And here’s the main features:

  • Color polarity system, similar to other classic shoot’em ups such as Ikaruga.
  • A twist to puzzles, with interactive elements within the levels such as color zones and reflectant surfaces.
  • Compelling story to be unveiled through 9 different worlds.
  • 10 types of enemies, with more than one hundred different behaviors.
  • 3 final bosses to defeat, in the vein of classic arcades.
  • Special skills to unlock and use strategically.

Finally, here’s a trailer for the game:

Iro Hero (Switch – eShop) will be released in Q1 2018 in Europe and North America.

Source: Artax Games


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