The Games of 2012: Sine Mora

Grasshopper Manufacturer has been playing around a lot with different genres in the last few years, with Sine Mora being their first SHMUP. A joint effort with the European studio Digital Reality it’s an okay game but not the extreme pewpew-fest I was hoping for. There are tons of annoying small breaks in the action to show off scenery; it seems the developers were very worried that players might miss how cool everything looks.

The boss battles are particularly disappointing as they are somewhat slow and you spend a lot of time not moving anywhere or thinking very hard.  Here are some examples I grabbed using FRAPS:

Compare that to the first boss fight from random SHMUP Ether Vapor: Remaster that I bought cheap on Steam (you may also observe that I am not very good at the game):

Sine Mora got a lot of praise in reviews all over the place but I found it to be very pedestrian and not very challenging. Substituting time for shield or health is interesting but the main impact it had was to make me not bother to try and get out of the way of fire/ships/insect puke in the very few crowded levels since your time increases goes back up as you blow enemies away. There were also way too many ripped-out-of-Gradius environmental obstacle areas. It’s a pewpew game, I want to make things explode.

Jasper Batt Jr Is Going To Drive Me Insane

I realize the point of the final boss battle in No More Heroes 2 is to be completely crazy and hard, but I am going to lose my mind before I beat him. The bosses before him are often quite challenging but there’s a trick to beating them that is somewhat easy to decipher if a bit difficult to execute, which is something that isn’t present in the last fight.

Batt Jr’s first form is easy peasy, same with the second. But when he turns into Pizza Batt Man it just becomes ridiculous, especially when he spams the nearly undodgeable three teleport combo move. He once performed that particular move six times in a row, needless to say I didn’t get a word in edgewise.

It’s definitely a winnable battle–I got PBM down to almost no health every time I faced him so far–you just need to get lucky and I haven’t yet. My next plan of attack is to see if I can trigger the AI to try and do close range moves and dodge away quickly but I have a feeling that won’t work.