Ikaruga-inspired shoot ’em up Iro Hero coming to Switch

Featuring nine stages, interactive elements, and more.

Iro Hero

Artax Games is bringing Iro Hero, its upcoming shoot ’em up announced for PC in May, to Switch, the company announced. The Switch version will launch simultaneously with the PC version in Q1 2018.

Iro Hero is a “pixel art, old school shoot ’em up” featuring nine levels and interactive elements “that take Ikaruga‘s color change mechanic to a new level with an interesting twist on puzzles.”

Here’s an overview of the game, via Artax Games:

Story

Year 2306. A century after the Nyagu taught mankind how to obtain electricity from their inner energy, enterprises started to exploit humans in farms to produce energy. What had formerly been a gift became a curse, reducing people to the condition of power supplies. Only when his mother dies in one of these farms Iro realizes he has got the power to change the order of things.

Features

  • Color polarity system, similar to other classic shoot’em ups such as Ikaruga.
  • A twist to puzzles, with interactive elements within the levels such as color zones and reflectant surfaces.
  • Compelling story to be unveiled through nine different worlds.
  • 10 types of enemies, with more than one hundred different behaviors.
  • 3 final bosses to defeat, in the vein of classic arcades.
  • Special skills to unlock and use strategically.

Watch a teaser trailer released in May below.

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