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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Teamwork is a strong theme, Shine acts as a protector of Rise, but they need each other to survive, accomplish goals, save planet.
Positive Role Models
Rise is a likable boy but unlikely hero who bravely accepts task of saving his home planet.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but frantic combat can challenge even most experienced gamer. Plenty of tutorials, no penalty for dying in battle.
Violence & Scariness
Main character uses a gun. Violence is gratuitous, very graphic with lots of blood, gore. Also signs of main character in distress, young boy with tears in eyes, clearly very scared of situation.
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Shine, smart-mouthed gun carried by main character is sarcastic, rude. "Dumbass," other words used; random characters called Megabadass.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rise and Shine is a downloadable side-scrolling puzzle platformer. Gameplay is brutal and violence is very graphic. But while the main character Rise will very frequently be electrocuted, beheaded, or incinerated or will perish in various gruesome ways, he can't actually die thanks to his infinite lives. Language is mild and presented in a lighthearted, satirical manner.
Is It Any Good?
Gamers familiar with the '80s- and '90s-style video games will enjoy the way this game breaks through the fourth wall with ironic jokes and gaming nostalgia. This punishingly difficult 2D puzzle-platformer throws players back to the challenging nature of old-school games. There's no easy mode, requiring players to tread carefully, prioritize targets, and use precision shooting to avoid instant death. Still, you'll die often and in a variety of gruesome, yet oddly amusing, ways. Making use of the cover system is a must as it helps recover your minuscule health bar, which can be wiped out easily. Defeating bosses can be frustrating and requires players to memorize constantly changing attack sequences that sometimes seem overly challenging. But this test actually leaves you feeling a sense of accomplishment when you succeed after your 50th attempt. At times, some of the puzzles and levels seem too difficult and lacking in direction, but without time limits and endless lives, players can keep trying … and trying … until they get it right.
While the gameplay is short, ranging from two to four hours depending on your gaming prowess, there are collectibles throughout each level that add some replay value. Beating the game also unlocks an even higher difficulty mode for masochistic gamers. The storyline is a little light, but you'll be having too much fun enjoying the beautiful artwork and soundtrack to really care. If you're looking for a simple game with an easy mode, look elsewhere. But if you like being challenged, you should rise and shine to this occasion.
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