HyperParasite Reviews

  • Johnny SinisterJohnny Sinister1,749,201
    18 Sep 2020 21 Sep 2020
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    HyperParasite is a roguelite twin stick shooter that is chock-full of 80's pop culture references.

    The story takes place in the 1980's. The country has been targeted by an alien parasite (you) that is planning on taking over the world by snatching bodies on the way to total domination. The president has issued an executive order for all citizens, including criminals, to take any means necessary to take you down.

    Aside from the obviously absurd premise, the game adds a bit of fun by designing most of the characters as caricatures of 80's film icons. Films that are referenced include Back to the Future, Rocky, Predator, Die Hard, Robocop, and many, many more. In fact, most of stage 2 is an homage to the John Carpenter classic "Big Trouble in Little China".

    While the premise and character designs are both fun and interesting, the most important aspect of any game should be the focus on gameplay. Now, I understand that there is a fairly large percentage of gamers who are not on board with roguelite as a sub-genre, but try not to discredit the game based on that alone. I found this game to be madly addicting with the perfect mixture of fun and frustration.

    When you start the game, you are limited to which enemies (which technically are the good guys, seeing as you are an evil alien parasite hell-bent on destroying the Earth) you can possess, or snatch. As you continue playing, you will unlock these characters by defeating them, stealing their brains, and purchasing them in the shop. Once unlocked, you can freely bodysnatch them on any future run. This makes progress a bit slow at the beginning, as you will be limited to which characters you can possess, and the early characters are generally weaker. As you continue play and consistently reach the later stages, you will become more and more familiar with the gameplay and strategies and will have a larger, more formidable pool of snatchable enemies, making each subsequent run a bit easier. Add some randomly placed Power-up stations, randomly dropped items, and shops with equipment to help aid you in your adventure, you will learn to formulate strategic builds to help with successful runs.

    For those looking for an easier mode, there is a mode called "Wrong Millennium", in which you can start with any of the game's available characters, including the mid-bosses. In addition, all characters are unlocked at the start, so you can freely jump from enemy to enemy any time you need. Please note that all the achievements for unlocking characters cannot be progressed in this mode.

    All-in-all, I found this game to be a neat little hidden gem that offered many hours of addicting gameplay while not putting a hurt on your wallet. Again, if you are not a fan of roguelite, you may want to steer clear, but I personally found it to be an absolute delight.