March 26, 2012

Diesel Punk Justice

Lasting First Impressions of Sine Mora from Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality

Sine Mora LogoIn this day and age of the ever popular First Person Shooter, where every new games seems to feel it needs to be next best FPS, Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality take a journey back to the days of the good old-fashioned shoot-em up with their XBLA exclusive, Sine Mora.  Sine Mora is a classic side-scrolling shmup boasting the best of this generation’s presentation presented in a fantastical diesel-punk world.

I’ve always loved a good side-scrolling shmup, dating back to the classic R●Type and even ZaxxonSine Mora was looking to promise not only a return to this style of game, but to also bring along some unique gameplay.  It certainly delivered on all accounts.  This title is absolutely gorgeous.  Set in the aforementioned diesel-punk-esque world, the colours just jump off the screen with such vivid constitution.  It’s really a shame that the game is such a fast paced ride that one can’t just sit back and enjoy the jaw-dropping stereoscopic 3D scenery as it flies by.

Sine Mora screen

As with any side-scrolling game, the controls are straight forward but Sine Mora adds a new element that allows the player to extend time, allowing more precise control during those hectic boss battles.  With this, you have the ability to essentially slow down time around you so you can manoeuvre your craft more precisely, to dodge the multitude of enemy fire that you will constantly be barraged with.

Sine Mora is a wonderful new addition to the Shoot-em Up genre of gaming and one worthy of playing if you are a fan.  You will certainly not be disappointed.  But you will also not find this an easy play. The first couple chapters of the game act as a sort of tutorial as you are introduced to the various aspects of the game: Time Extension, weapon upgrades, shields, and super weapons.  Learning to use all these to achieve success, however, will take much practice.  And practice you can certainly do. Once you have completed a chapter, you can replay it anytime as well as enter the Boss Battle trainer to practice defeating each of the bosses that you have so far encountered.  And believe me, there are quite a few!

Sine Mora screen 2

I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing Sine Mora even though I came across a section in Chapter III that I was completely stuck on and couldn’t figure out what I need to do in order to move on.  No matter how many times I tried, I must have been missing something because my ship was destroyed in the same spot every time.  Despite my inability to move past this section, Sine Mora is a fantastic new addition to the classic shmups of times past.  If you are a fan of this genre of game, you will not be disappointed with this title.

Digital Reality/Grasshopper Manufacture I gave you an hour and I am IMPRESSED.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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  1. rann

    Looking forward to play this awesome shmup!

  2. Certifiedninja1

    Nice review. All the videos I have watched so far does seem like its really fast paced. So I agree with you on not being able to enjoy the scenery. Hope to win. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Marvin

    Liking the design of the mobile site! This game looks and sounds fun, Grasshopper does some pretty unique games, Shadows ofthe Damned was awesome! Btw already retweeted , im @MarvinPerez.

  4. I love 2D shooters.

  5. Neo Metatron

    Nice and to the point review.

    I really love bullet hell shooters!

    Tearing through the masses, winding and tripping through glistening fields of deadly plasma, desperately spitting everything I got against anything that moves. Eyes rapidly zooming from left to right, a heart that’s beating so hard it wants to jump out of my chest, hands shaking just trying to keep up, but something, and if it’s only luck, always keeps me just a hair thick away from my ultimate doom at the hand of a crazy zealot out to take dominion over the world or worse the galaxy. Escapes so insane, so unbelievable, happen so often that they become mundane. I’m a superhero! I’m amaranthine! …. aaaaand I’m dead!

    Rinse and repeat… that ramp up to such an exhilarating feeling never gets old and that’s also the reason I never get bored repeating sections, even whole levels of a bullet hell shooter over and over again. I love the challenge in games and bullet hell shooters are the last bastion of true hardcore gaming. And that’s why I love them!

    If just my wallet would love them as much as I do. So thank you very much for the chance to win the game!


  6. MrBen

    Game looks great. Nice write-up too.
    I’m in for a win hopefully to try this gem.


  7. chris

    Ive played the demo countless times and it really feels like a great old shool shooter, old fart gamers like us need this kind of thing 🙂

  8. Javi

    I downloaded the demo yesterday an it’s a really good shmup game, but a little bit expensive.


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