Snatch, Zap, Repeat
You play the role of the Parasite, attempting to take over the world one body at a time. In each of its procedurally generated, dystopian 1980’s inspired levels you will need to work your way through horde-like waves of Earth defenders as they try to stop you in your quest.
Combat is interesting in Hyper Parasite. It requires a healthy balance of offensive and defensive play in order to survive. As the term parasite implies, you will be relying on inhabiting the bodies of your attackers in order to fight back. While you inhabit a body, they become your armor and you will use their weapons to take out the rest of the horde. Taking damage while inside a host will not directly affect you, but it will eventually cause the body to be useless and you will have to find another to inhabit. This is where defense game play comes in. While you are outside of a host, you are vulnerable to direct attack and possibly death. There are over 60 different hosts available to inhabit throughout the game, each with their own unique style and either melee or ranged weapons.
Two Are Better Than One
What could possibly be better than world domination? How about doing it with a friend? Hyper Parasite includes a Co-op mode where you and a friend can work together to clear each level. Co-op play opens up the possibility to pick complementary hosts, making it easier to get through the level.
The 80’s aesthetic, synth music and frenetic game play made for an enjoyable time. Based on what I have seen so far, I would recommend Hyper Parasite to anyone who enjoys Twin Stick Shooters and Rogue-Likes with a healthy dose of Bullet Hell thrown in for good measure. Keep your eyes on this one. The game play is challenging and ultimately satisfying. Hyper Parasite is set to release on PC in the spring of 2019 and will also come to Switch, Xbox One and PS4.
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