Mini-review: Hyperlight EX

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Available for all other desktop, mobile and console platforms (Windows 10 was err.... last!), Hyperlight EX has some seriously mature game mechanics to draw on - and it's just as stunning on Windows 10 Mobile, though the larger your phone screen the better! In essence, you're flying around an extensible 2D grid avoiding bad guys and picking up power ups - but that's a horrible, massive over-simplification. There's actually a lot of in depth gameplay and subtlety on offer here - if you have the time to learn it and the reflexes to match!

From the Store description:

Hyperlight is an high intensity arcade action game in which you control a spaceship that fights against hordes of evil alien monsters in a virtual cosmic environment. Your spaceship has a special capability: it can travel at a Faster Than Light speed (F.T.L.) becoming itself the final weapon. By colliding with enemies in this state the ship can instantly destroy everything it touches! In the game there are also plenty of other bonus, weapons and entities that can help you overcome the many difficulties you’ll be facing, including the battles against the terrific final bosses that await you in the dark side of the universe!

  • - Gamepads support (recommended) or Touch controls.
  • - Stunning HD graphics, rich in special effects, enemies and explosions!
  • - Innovative gameplay, immediate and highly rewarding!
  • - Arcade Mode with 50+ levels, 8 mid-boss stages and 4 final boss battles!
  • - Infinity Mode with tons of new levels and several mid-boss stages.
  • - Panic Mode with its peculiar tilt control (uses accelerometer)
  • - 3 Bonus entities (Drones, Turrets and Plasma Barriers) that will help you in fighting the continuous waves of enemies.
  • - 7 Bonus weapons (Bomb, Laser, Globe, Crystal, Machinegun, Missle and Virus) that will help you in pulverizing everything on the screen.
  • - Global Online Leaderboads for Arcade, Infinity and Panic game modes.
  • - Achievements system: 40 unlockable medals!

As you'll see from the screenshots below, there's a lot more here than meets the eye. This runs on laptops, tablets and desktops too, it's a full UWP game - and you might have more luck with playability on the larger screens if I'm honest!

Screenshot, Hyperlight EX

Three modes, the first two are similar, with joystick-controlled craft and different staging, while the third - somewhat bizarrely - is accelerometer/gyro driven. Why the different modes use different controls is a mystery!!

Screenshot, Hyperlight EX

The basics seem easy enough, you think. And then you notice the '1 of 16' note for this help screen and your heart sinks....!

Screenshot, Hyperlight EX

Theres far too much to take in at first, but happily you can go back and read all 16 help screens whenever you need to learn a new trick or technique. Shades of Galaxians in the way some baddies need to be despatched (/rammed) in a certain order for maximum score?

Screenshot, Hyperlight EX

The neon graphics work brilliantly on AMOLED screens and the action's super smooth, even when the screen fills with sprites, animations and effects.

Screenshot, Hyperlight EX

OK, it's hard to visualise what's going on in a simple screenshot, so I'll embed one of the many Hyperlight EX promos below the break.

Thoroughly slick, thoroughly professional and certainly worth the meagre purchase price (and with no IAPs!) You can buy Hyperlight EX in the Store for a dollar or so at the moment.

PS. One of the other 'last' platforms to get this game was the Nintendo 3DS, and that version had a promo video, so here it is!

Source / Credit: Store