I remember the days when the side scrolling shooter was everywhere. This was a genre that appeared on every console and in every arcade. The thing about these games I remember the most was their difficulty. Three lives, waves of enemies and in the case of an arcade cabinet, very empty pockets. The genre seems to have evolved into what we now refer to as bullet hell but shooters that don’t swamp you in swathes of projectiles seem to have become a bit more of a dying breed. The classic shooters didn’t so much kill you by pelting you with everything deadly all at once, they kind of required a different set of skills that pinpoint accuracy and twitch reflexes.
This is very much a case, it would seem, of gone but not forgotten as there are some dev teams out there breathing new life into some old bones. This is where we come to this little bit of news. Sine Mora Ex is a game that has been around for a little while now and PC, Xbox One and PS4 owners are already out there spraying bullets and racking up high scores. What we can reveal is that Switch owners are now also able to join the party.
So what is it? Well, as mentioned it’s a side scrolling shooter that provides a unique challenge in that time is the ultimate factor. The game takes some very classic shooter tropes and combines them with a contemporary style that brings everything up to date. As we can see from the screenshots what we get is actually pretty gorgeous.
As it probably should, Sine Mora Ex dishes up the action in a few different modes. For those of you that want to put your feet up on the couch and relax into the action there is an over the top story mode for you to sink your teeth into. If you want to experience the story with a pal, that’s fine too, as co-op is fully supported for this. There is also an arcade mode for players who wish to grab their controllers and rack up those high scores on the go. Of course, if you just want to compete against your friends there are three versus modes in the form of Race, Tanks and Dodgeball.
If, like me, you enjoy a really good shooter and might be wanting a bit of a blast from the past made modern, Sine Mora Ex could be a really nice addition to your Switch library. If this appeals to you, grab your controllers, jump in your plane and get blasting.