In Super Hydorah, you pilot a ship known as the Delta Force and fight the evil forces of the Meroptians. This is a classic horizontal shmup that features non-linear levels. You can either take on the challenge solo or recruit a friend to help you battle against your foe. And having a friend along for the ride is not a bad idea.
Game play is what you would expect from a shmup. Blast your way through enemies to get to the end of the level. As you progress through the level, some of the enemies you kill will drop power ups. These include shields, speed boosts, bombs and a few more. Once you complete a level you will earn new weapons to use in your fight.
The first thing you will notice when you start playing is the level of difficulty. Compared to your enemies, you move very slowly. This can be corrected with a few power ups – but you have to make sure you collect the right ones. And if you catch a stray bullet, you are back to being a slow poke. It is very easy to get frustrated at the difficulty level or the lack of save points. You must complete the entire level before it saves – not just beat the mini boss. There is no difficulty adjustments either.
The graphics are pure 16-bit gold. This title looks like it was made in the early to mid-90’s. There are a wide variety of well-designed environments and enemies that will keep you busy. The mini bosses are easy to figure out how to defeat – but surviving the fight is another story. Gryzor87 did an amazing job with the soundtrack that will keep you jamming across all 21 planets.
If you are looking for a challenging, retro, shmup, Super Hydorah is a title to consider. You can grab it digitally on XB1, PS4, Steam, and PS Vita for $19.99.