Grab a controller and prepare to be transported back to a time when 16-32 bit horizontal shoot’em ups were all the rage. This is Super Hydorah, and this is your chance to save the universe!

Following on from their first collaboration in the form of Maldita Castilla EX, Abylight Studios and Locomalito have brought Super Hydorah to the Xbox One as a tribute to those SHMUP classics of yesteryear like Gradius and R-Type. It’s an intense, non-linear game that’s easy to pick up but difficult to master, with replayability coming from the multiple endings on offer.

Basically, an evil force – the dreadful Meroptians – is embarking upon a war of conquest and it’s down to the most skilled pilot of the galaxy to battle the hordes planet by planet – that’s you. A selection of power-ups and weapons are available, and you can even bring a friend along in local co-op to assist with the task at hand, as you wade through the 21 levels, the different dangers that await you and the many bosses along the way.

The chance to defeat the Meroptians in Super Hydorah comes at a price of £9.59 over on the Xbox Games Store. Will you be engaging in the retro vibes of this SHMUP, or would you prefer a more modernised game that’s breaking boundaries? Be sure to get in touch via the comments, the forum or on social media to let us know.

Game Description:

An evil force has launched an invasion over the Omios star. Only you, the most skilled and deadly pilot in the galaxy, can face the dreadful menace of the Meroptians, bio-mechanical creatures set in a ruthless war of conquest. Equip your ship, select a route and fight planet by planet against the hordes of Meroptians! Super Hydorah is a nonlinear horizontal shoot’ em up designed to offer a challenging and memorable experience, sublimating the wisdom and richness of traditional shmup classics. The game has direct action, nostalgic art and a wide variety of unique spatial content and situations. It is hours of intense fun, alone or with your friends, to face the menace of the Meroptians aboard the Delta Lance. If you love unique experiences and handcrafted games, Super Hydorah is made for you!

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