Hyperparasite: Is It Worth It?
HyperParasite has a retro feel. Which is precisely what the developers were going for. The creators of HyperParasite were kind enough to give me a test code for the game, and I am glad they did. HyperParasite recommends you to play on a controller, which of course I didn’t do. I still don’t have a controller connected to my PC, and it has made the past few games I have reviewed much more difficult, I'm looking at you World Next Door. When you try this game out make sure you have a controller ready and don’t be like me with my poor planning.
You might be asking yourself “what’s a hyperparasite?” and that’s the right question to have. HyperParasite is a game developed by Troglobyte games, and not something you get from eating undercooked hot dogs. HyperParasite took a retro approach to the parasitic genre, and the gameplay matched with the graphics took me back. I felt like I was playing a modernized arcade game and it felt great. The game features a well HyperParasite that is being hunted down by everyone in the city. Homeless people, basketball players, cops, and firefighters will be trying to take you down. This game did bring everyone together. Playing as the parasite you can move in multiple directions, dash/dodge incoming attacks, throw people, and take control of a person’s body. The same people that are trying to kill you will make you much more powerful. My favorite host is a police officer. As the police officer, you get the use of a pistol, and your unique ability helps clear the area. My least favorite host would be the Homeless, which felt odd to say. I wasn’t a big fan of the shopping cart mechanics. I kept missing my hits; it was a disaster for me. Other than that the gameplay is rather exciting and replayability is a strength that HyperParasite has. Each level is randomly generated which means you will have to think on the fly.
I seldom expect retro indie games to have in-depth stories. I wasn’t expecting a game like HyperParasite to have a story so in depth, I read it twice. The game is set in the ’80s, but not our version of the 80s. Pop culture is widespread, and the world is on its third World War. You play the menace that is creating widespread panic across the globe. HyperParasite allows you to play as the villain and learn new ways to win. With each host being different and the parasite only having a certain amount of life this isn’t the regular “shoot-em-ups” you might be used to. This game will take cunning and skill to traverse through the levels. Like we said before HyperParasite is dynamic and the game will not be the same each time you replay it.
HyperParasite was a different game for me. The retro feel mixed with the modernized graphics and engine took me back to a childhood memory. I felt very Nostalgic playing this game, and I almost wanted to put a quarter in my PC every time I died, out of habit. We need more games like HyperParasite. Arcade games will always be a staple in the gaming world, and without them, the gaming world would have never taken off. HyperParasite already has the nostalgia factor that I was excited for, but you know what makes the game great? The fact that you can play co-op. If you never had the joy of playing a co-op arcade game, then I am sorry, but now is your time. HyperParasite is the perfect co-op game I can think of. With the dynamic gameplay, challenging levels, and a bevy of hosts to choose from I doubt you will ever feel like you have mastered the game. The game does an outstanding job of making you feel hunted but giving you a level of power over your predators. At times the game has a push and pull, and I never quite felt sure if I was the predator or the prey, but one thing was sure I was going to survive. Take the role of the villain in HyperParasite today. Check out HyperParasite’s website for more details https://www.hyperparasite.com/. Be sure to join their discord server and follow them on Twitter @_Troglobytes_. Below will be a link to get the game on steam! You will not be disappointed in HyperParasite. Check out Hyperparasite’s Steam link below. If you played HyperParasite be sure to comment below and tell us what you enjoyed about the game. Farewell Traveler.