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Iro Hero

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: Action
Publisher: EastAsiaSoft
Developer: Artax Games
Release Date: July 26, 2018 (US), June 7, 2018 (EU)

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'Iro Hero' (ALL) Switch Version Delayed In North America

by Rainier on June 13, 2018 @ 10:29 a.m. PDT

Iro Hero is a vertical shoot ’em up with beautiful pixel art graphics inspired by many old-school classics.

In a world where humans are used as power supplies, only one man has the will to change it all!

Iro Hero’s story is set in the year 2306, a century after humans learned how to harness their energy to produce electricity. In the intervening years, nefarious enterprises have turned this gift into a curse, with humans reduced to little more than batteries. Following the death of his mother, a teenager named Iro learns that he may be the key to mankind’s freedom.

Iro Hero merges the old school pixelated aesthetic of arcade classics with modern gameplay sensibilities such as complex enemy AI, polarity mechanics, and mind-bending puzzle elements. Players will have to shift polarities to avoid color-coded hazards, balance an array of unlockable skills, and make use of reflective surfaces and color areas if they’re to make it through Iro Hero’s 9 action-packed stages intact.

Staged across 9 action-packed levels, Iro Hero features a unique and fresh approach to the popular color polarity mechanic, with interactive level elements, color zones, reflective surfaces and much more.

Encounter 10 different types of enemies with over a hundred different behaviors, and defeat 10 final bosses in the vein of classic arcade games. Unlock special skills throughout the game to help you land a final blow or escape from desperate situations.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Iro Hero has been delayed in North America, and won’t be available on the Nintendo Switch eShop in the region until late June or early July. We’ll let you know the new release date as soon as it’s confirmed.

Key Features:

  • A two-color polarity system, emphasizing risk vs reward gameplay where you charge up your powers in matching colors.
  • Discover an exciting story that takes place across 9 action-packed levels.
  • Encounter 10 different types of enemies with more than one hundred different behaviors.
  • Defeat 10 final bosses in the vein of classic arcades.
  • Unlock special skills, offering many creative and strategic options.
  • Acquire upgrades to increase the firepower and capabilities of your spaceship.
  • Rise to the top of the online leaderboards.

Iro Hero will launch on June 7th for Nintendo Switch, followed by a PC (Steam) version a week later.


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