Grasshopper Manufacture has been a busy little studio of late. Hot off the heels of Shadows of the Damned, it has Lollipop Chainsaw in the works for Warner Brothers, and has teamed up with Digital Reality on not one, but two downloadable titles -- Black Knight Sword and Sine Mora.
Sine Mora is a sidescrolling arcade shooter with a strong old school sensibility and just enough quirkiness to let you know that Grasshopper's involved. It's also pretty damn fun.
Sine Mora is a game about time. Each level must be completed before a timer counts to zero, otherwise you lose. There's no health meter or one-hit kills, either. Taking damage cuts precious seconds away from the clock, while destroying enemies adds them. This balance of time is what Sine Mora is all about.
Despite this quirk, there's a lot of tradition to be found in the game. The scrolling action and focus on throwing many, many bullets at the player betrays Sine Mora's strong arcade roots. In addition to regular fire, players have access to a powerful alt-weapon. There will be six alt-weapons in the game, and the one I got to try was a huge beam of energy that decimated enemies in moments. In addition, there is also an option to temporarily slow down time, a blessing when facing the game's huge, multi-part bosses.
No shooter is complete without powerups, and Sine Mora has a modest offering of icons to pick up. Most of them replenish ammo and slowdown, but one can also pick up red orbs that make the regular attacks more powerful by increasing bullet spread. Taking a hit causes these orbs to fly out of the player and require recollecting, though to panic and go after them without thinking often leads to a quick death, as I soon learned.
Sine Mora is on track to be a fantastically fun downloadable shooter. The graphics are terrific, there's a silly story at play and the bullet-Hell action is fast-paced and surprisingly varied. In my one demo session, I fought giant skytanks, went underwater, and shot at big worms in a subterranean cave. With three planes to choose and plenty of levels with shifting scenery, I can't wait to try out the full game.
It's due out within the first two months of 2012. Definitely don't let yourself forget about it!
|3:00 AM on 11.21.2012|
Sine Mora arrives on PlayStation Network for PS3 and Vita
As much as we've been talking up Sine Mora, I figured one more post couldn't hurt. The shoot-'em-up has finally released on PlayStation Network for both Vita and PlayStation 3 as a $9.99 download. These are separate versions...more
|5:00 PM on 11.09.2012|
Worth-playing shmup Sine Mora out now on Steam
Digital Reality and Kalypso have released the gorgeous horizontal shoot-'em-up Sine Mora on Steam today for $9.99. There were certainly some of you who called for a PC version to happen, so here's hoping that wasn't just tal...more
|11:30 AM on 11.01.2012|
Kalypso to bring Sine Mora to PC in glorious 1080p
If you thought shooter Sine Mora was beautiful on consoles, imagine how much better it will look on PC! Kalypso Media Digital has announced that they will be bringing the side-scrolling shooter to Steam and other di...more
|3:00 PM on 06.21.2012|
Sine Mora is also headed to PlayStation 3
In case you missed it among the wave of posts during the week of E3, Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture are in the process of bringing their currently Xbox Live Arcade-exclusive shmup Sine Mora over to PlayStation Vi...more
|10:38 AM on 06.04.2012|
Sine Mora is coming to PS Vita with a special character
I know this will hardly be the biggest news of the week -- but wow! -- talk about a great little surprise to set the mood early on. Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture are bringing their previously Xbox Live Arcade-ex...more
|2:00 PM on 03.20.2012|
Review: Sine Mora
What I’m concerned with is the aristocracy of the mind. It is our obligation to select -- through our experiences, knowledge, and heart -- what is eternal and what is worthless. [...] But if I don’t represent ...more
|4:00 PM on 03.14.2012|
Exclusive: Akira Yamaoka's Sine Mora soundtrack preview
With just a week left until the release of Grasshopper Manufacture/Digital Reality's gorgeous schmup Sine Mora on the Xbox Live Arcade on March 21st, I can barely wait, and now I have an even bigger reason to be excited ...more
|10:00 AM on 02.27.2012|
Sine Mora blows up XBLA on March 21
Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality co-developed shmup Sine Mora to mix up the genre...or make us explode into flames over and over. We're finally going to get our hands on this beautiful game on March 21, ...more
|6:00 PM on 02.24.2012|
We're less than a month away from Sine Mora
Xbox Live Arcade is getting Sine Mora, the shmup from Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture, next month. By way of a community contest to see who could guess the release date, we've found out that it's due out on March ...more
|5:00 AM on 01.20.2012|
Compare the difficulty modes of Sine Mora
Here's a lovely video we received for the upcoming collaboration between Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture, Sine Mora. It gives a visual demonstration of what the difference is between playing Sine Mora at its...more
|3:30 PM on 04.17.2013|
Report: Liberation Maiden to get sequel on PlayStation 3
Liberation Maiden is getting a sequel! Well, sort of. It seems like Grasshopper Manufacture has decided to eschew Shoko's roots, following up last year's 3DS shooter with a visual novel for PlayStation 3. According to Si...more
|10:00 PM on 04.11.2013|
Monday Night Combat, Knytt Underground, and more bundled
Despite being largely unfamiliar with two of the five featured games, I'll go out on a limb and say the new Indie Royale Spring Sun bundle is worth considering. Uber Entertainment's solid multiplayer-based shooter Monday Nig...more
|7:00 PM on 04.09.2013|
Bug Princess 2 Black Label, other Cave shmups on sale
Cave is celebrating three years of selling its wares on mobile platforms by slashing prices on a number of its shooters until April 14. It's largely the same sale we see from them every few months, but there's one notabl...more