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What 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.
What's it about?
In RISE AND SHINE, a young boy named Rise wakes up in a mall surrounded by dead bodies, chaos, and destruction. Rise's home planet, Gamearth, thought they were at peace with the grunts from Nexgen planet, until the first wave of destruction hit. Rise meets Blink (a dead ringer for Link from Zelda), and before he dies, he tasks Rise with delivering Shine, a magical gun with a smart mouth, to the king. As a young boy, Rise is ill-equipped to survive in battle. Working closely with Shine, who provides infinite respawns and special bullets, Rise just might stand a chance of surviving. Rise becomes the new hero of Gamearth and is thrust into an epic battle to protect his home planet from the Nexgen invaders.
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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