I have always loved computer games. My earliest memory has to be setting up my dad’s old Amstrad and inserting a tape to play. I remember the game but can’t remember the name. You were in a spaceship and had to destroy hordes of other ships by scrolling backwards and forwards around the map. Right from the get go Hyper Sentinel reminded me of this game. For the first time in a long time I felt like a child again holding my joystick in my hand in my bedroom furiously pulling it. Although joystick-less and now with a controller the nostalgia didn’t leave me. In HS you play as a deadly spaceship tasked to destroy an alien menace through a series of chaotic levels that all end with an epic boss fight.
The game plays well, smooth and easy to control. With a huge arcade feel you are tasked with earning medals in each level with the use of power ups to make your deadly ship even deadlier such as beam cannons or rockets. The more medals and the more ships you destroy the higher your over all score is. I love this aspect of the game. I am a extremely competitive person and I love to see my gamer tag on leaderboards. HS has a world leader board for every single level and I was happily surprised to see my gamer tag on the list! Number 8. top 10 in the whole world. This made me want to get further up the board.
There are three different modes. Arcade where you play through each of the levels, Survival where you have one life and your health doesn’t replenish and you have to survive as long as you can and Boss mode where… well you can guess what this mode is. Personally I felt there is a lack of levels, I managed to complete the game in four hours. Granted there are harder difficulties in each of them but I would have liked to have seen more. Also I would have loved to have seen other locations, it seems like all the levels are set in space shooting down a big ship. What about different worlds etc.?
The graphics are retro. That isn’t a bad thing because that is exactly what they were going for. There is definitely a market for retro games and Hyper Sentinel delivers. When I say delivers I don’t mean yes it looks old. I mean you can go into the settings and change the look of the game on the fly to make it look like you are playing it on all the old machines you or your parents used to play such as the spectrum or the commodore! I don’t think I have seen this before and as such I loved this element of the game and it definitely made me feel like a 7 year old again.
The soundtrack keeps with the feel of retro gaming even with the inevitable “Game Over” voice you get a feeling of playing this in an 80’s arcade somewhere with Huey Lewis and the News Playing. Huey Lewis and the News are not on this games soundtrack… just to make that clear. The soundtrack it does have though is a midi player delight and brings me back. Personally I loved the leaderboard aspect of the game and that is what will make me keep coming back. Seeing who has knocked Mr 8 off his perch. The re playability is real. You can own Hyper Sentinel for £11.99. For what the game is and replayability of it, I think this is reasonable. However if you are still unsure and a sale on the market drops the price definitely snatch this game up if your a lover of retro space shooters.