Rise & Shine combines elements from puzzle platform, shooter and bullet hell genres to create a new style of game. using Shines’s different add-ons, to solve puzzles and destroy enemies. Is Rise & Shine worth getting up for? Read our review below to find out..
Gamearth has been invaded, and while trying to escape our character Rise has an encounter with the Legendary Warrior who is at death’s door. He passes the control of Shine (the sacred gun that will save Gamearth) over to Rise, and asks him to deliver it to the King. From here you have to battle your way through the game’s 14 scenes in an effort to save Gamearth from the invading grunts of Nexgen Planet.
On the surface Rise & Shine looks like a typical platformer, but incorporates other gaming elements to keep it fresh throughout. you’ll find puzzle elements mixed with timed battles and ambush scenes to name some. getting past the majority of which will need you to use one of Shine’s add-on abilities that you’ll find while playing from arcing grenades to controlling bullets. you’ll have to think on your feet before it’s to late resulting in a pretty gruesome death that usually leaves bits of your body all over the level.
All of these gameplay elements come together well to keep the game flowing, yet changing gear from time to time to keep it feeling fresh, from running through an air strike while avoiding bouncing mines, to controlling a bullet through a maze to hit a switch to let you progress through the game. In essence Rise & Shine is a nod to gaming itself, not only through the means of different combat but also the vast amounts of parody characters that you’ll see and encounter throughout the game. The Legendary Warrior, Gamearth’s King and even Rise’s Father all have a resemblance to gaming characters.
Tied in with its art style, it comes together nicely with a cartoon / comic book feel about it. The cut scenes are definitely done in a comic style with characters making a small “hey” or some form of “grunt” as the comic scene switches to them ‘talking’. the combat in Rise & Shine is twin-stick in style, having to pull the left trigger to ready Shine and use the right stick to aim and pull the right trigger to fire, it does feel a little tricky to get the hang of, and becomes one of the focal points of combat as a lot of the battles will hinge on your timing and precision, Which in turn can lead to a bit of frustration if you keep dying. You are provided with a bit of cover to hide behind during most of these battles, but the cover takes damage, and will get destroyed if you take too long.
In general though I found the game to be enough of a challenge that left you feeling satisfied once you beat a boss or ambush scene, without the game feeling it was being cheap at killing you. A bit of practice and sequence learning is enough to get through some of the tougher sections. I did feel the game could have done with being a little longer as I completed it in just a few hours in total. Visually the game is tremendously smooth, and the hand drawn art is superb especially as it incorporates parallax scrolling. The soundtrack is also pretty bang on, with a fresh bit of something for each scene, There’s no voice overs for the characters, other than the odd noise they make now and again and during cut scenes as mentioned earlier.