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Game #5145
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Wire Robo    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Vertical shooter

Rating: 7.57 (7 votes)

Wire Robo box cover

Wire Robo screenshot
Wire Robo is a fun and unique shooter that plays like a cross between a regular vertical SHMUP and Wire Hang Redux, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Instead of piloting a ship, in this game you control an anime-style robot that is equipped with a grappling hook. To destroy enemies (mostly ships and asteroids), you have to first swing to them, then attach your robot to them by shooting the grappling hook. While attached in this way, you can swing left and right to shoot in the direction you are swinging. Although this strange gameplay takes some time to get used to, Wire Robo becomes a lot of fun once you get the hang of its swing-and-shoot mode.

As if the unusual gameplay wasn't challenging enough, Wire Robo is chock-full of enemies, including large ones that shoot heat-seeking missiles... each of which shoots normal bullets at you. The graphics are slightly pixelated, but the robot and most enemies are big enough to differentiate. Superb background art and excellent music and sounds round off this neat underdog from Japan. Recommended, especially to anyone who likes difficult shooters that are a departure from the norm.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Team Dangeroude
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2002
Software Copyright: Team Dangeroude
Theme: Anime
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site (archived, in Japanese)
If you like this game, try: Wire Hang Redux, Umihara Kawase Shun, Torus Trooper

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