Rise and Shine (6)

From the very first minute that Rise and Shine starts…you’re screwed. The world of Gamerth has been annihilated by the mother of all boss waves, and you’re staring at the business end of the laser-mouth of a monster so powerful that he most likely eats Ultima Weapons from Final Fantasy 8 for breakfast. Also, you haven’t even reached puberty yet and you’ve been thrust on a mission to save the land and all of its nostalgic video game populace from certain doom.

Rise and Shine (2)

Still, it’s dangerous to go alone and at least that fellow with a Link to the past happens to have left you, Rise, the mighty gun known as Shine. On the surface, Rise and Shine looks like your typical run ‘n gun action game, but there’s more to it than just a bastard amalgamation of Contra and Gunstar heroes. Rise and Shine delights in adding a few other ideas to the mix, blending puzzles with cover-based action.

Rise and Shine (8)

It’s a fantastic setup, but it’s also one that can be heavily uneven at times as it straddles the line between enjoyable kinetic blasting and stupidly tough stages. You’re given two stocks of infinite ammo early, electric rounds that can mess up any lethal droid and standard all-purpose death-dealers that Shine can further modify with remote-control and explosive features to help you get past obstacles.

Read  Shooty Fruity review – Pulp Fiction

Rise and Shine (1)

The puzzles themselves are well-designed, intuitive levels that make the most of Rise’s movement with Shine’s bullet variety. But Rise and Shine is just too damn hard at times. It’s utterly punishing with even the smallest of mistakes, leaving no margin for error and demanding perfection from anyone who plays it. Rise and Shine will probably find an audience who delights in such digital masochism, but trying to juggle multiple skills when the odds are stacked against you can become unbearable at times.

Rise and Shine (1)[4]

There’s something to be said for learning from your mistakes that hyper-hard games such as Dark Souls have managed to pull off, but Rise and Shine just doesn’t have that level of expertise woven into its design, often requiring a combination of perseverance and luck to overcome. And that’s a pity, because I adore how much attention has gone into the world of Rise and Shine. Gamerth is filled with references to video games of the past, beautifully realised and executed with charm.

And then you’re executed in return. Over and over and over again.


Last Updated: January 15, 2017

Rise and Shine
At its best, Rise and Shine is a marvelous reinvention of shooter mechanics wrapped up in puzzle-heavy stages that require some serious grey matter to think through. But most of the time? Rise and Shine’s charm can’t save it from its sadomasochistic formula.
Rise and Shine was reviewed on PC
64 / 100

Darryn Bonthuys

Something wrong gentlemen? You come here prepared to read the words of a madman, and instead found a lunatic obsessed with comics, Batman and Raul Julia’s M Bison performance in the 1994 Street Fighter movie? Fine! Keep your bio! In fact, now might be a good time to pray to it!

  • MonsterCheddar

    Is it out? coming out? when? platforms? Can’t seem to find any info.

      • MonsterCheddar

        So PC only? Damn.

        • And Xbox One!

          • MonsterCheddar

            Do you know when on Xbone Darryn? This looks prettiful and the Cheddar wants to play it.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Will check the Xbox Live Store. 😛

  • PurplePariah

    Obligatory: “GIT GUD NOOB”

  • PurplePariah

    Wait wait wait. You played a game like this and still stayed positive wrt Nintendo?

    Well that’s taking Switch a little too literally perhaps. XD

    • PurplePariah

      Also I’m tired and unfunny and I’m ok with that.

      • But it’s 14:34 on a Friday, beer o’clock soon!

        • Hammersteyn


  • Like the Dark Souls games, I don’t get the masochistic element. Being alive in 2017 is enough to cover that urge.

  • Hammersteyn

    Looks pretty

    • MonsterCheddar

      It does.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd


  • MonsterCheddar

    Its like R149 on the Xbox store and a 5gig download. I am so getting this puppy, most defintely.

Check Also

The End of the F***ing World review – Personal Apocalypse

Eccentric and self-assured, it tells a relatively classic tale of renegades but manages to…