Hyper Sentinel – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Hyper Sentinel
If you were someone who spend their childhood in the arcades down the street then this is the game for you! This pixel arcade shooter has all of the classics you know and love, such as power ups, boss battles and sound effects that will fill you with nostalgia.
The first thing that hit me were the sound effects. They were very loud so they needed to get turned down straight away. Once I had found the perfect volume setting it made me feel like I was in an arcade with all the, arcade noises and music. It felt old school and I enjoyed that. The graphics also reminded me of an arcade with them all being pixels. It has a very Space Invaders feel to it with it been set in space and killing enemies. Whenever you die the alien from Space Invaders.
Hyper Sentinel has a 3 different game modes available, which each offer a different experience. The first one I tried was Arcade. Arcade is just a bit of fun where the objective is to destroy all ground turrets on the ship. Once you do that a boss will appear. Take out the boss to complete the level. You are able to be hit a total of 10 times before you lose your shield and die. However if you go a certain amount of time without getting hit your health will regenerate. In this mode there are also a lot of powerups for you to try out to help boost that score! I will leave it down to you to learn about these though.
The next game mode that I tried was Survival. This mode is probably my favourite. The objective is very self explanatory. Survival. Each level will give you a time that you need to survive. For example the first few levels is 1 minute. Survive for a minute and get you win. However after a minute you are still able to keep going until you die to see how long you last on each level. The longer you last the more intense it gets as more and more enemies start surrounding you and trying to take you out.
The final mode available is Boss fight. Again this is very self explanatory too. It’s a boss fight. Similar to Arcade but it throws you straight into the boss fight. There isn’t really that much I can say about this game mode because it’s a section if Arcade that we already covered.
The way that each level is set out is really creative. So there are a total of 12 levels and 60 star medals. For those of you who don’t want to do the math that is 5 stars per level. How do you get these stars? Well each one is different. The first level requires you to Destroy certain enemies, complete the level in under a certain time limit, run down a certain amount of enemies, score a certain amount of points and achieve maximum multiplayer. The best thing about these levels is that all 3 game modes can be played on each level. However. You must complete levels 1A-1C before you can move onto 2A-2C so you have to complete each section first. You do not have to collect all stars and you don’t have to play every game mode on every level. Only 1.
There are also 3 difficulties to choose from. Retro, Normal and Hard. You stars will stay no matter what difficulty you choose however you will not be able to play level 2A on Hard if you have only passed 1A-1C on Normal. You must complete all levels on the same difficulty before moving on.
For £11.99 I would definitely recommend it. It’s worth every penny especially of you’re after a challenge or are after some nostalgia.
Price – £11.99
Developed – Four5Six Pixel
Published – Huey Games
Review code supplied by Premier Comms