Aperion Cyberstorm Review - Nintendo Switch
Quick Glance - Aperion Cyberstorm
- Platform - Nintendo Switch (Reviewed), PC
- Players – 1 to 5
- Achievements – Yes
- Steam Trading Cards - Yes
- Controller Support - Yes, Full
- Retail Price - $14.99
High Level Premise – Twin-Stick minimalistic shooter
Graphics/Style – Retro pixel-art graphics similar to Geometry Wars but with more detail
Music/Soundtrack – Upbeat Electronica
Story – You've been abandoned by your team. Travel to four planets to find out what happened to them and why you have been left behind.
Replay-ability – Moderate - There are a ton of secret areas to be found, loaded with extras like finding additional ships to unlock.
Time Commitment – The campaign is a very short but sweet two hours.
Value – Moderate - It's one of the few 5-player games out there, and even though the campaign is short, the onslaught mode makes up for it.
Favorite Element – Shooting through a random wall to find a secret area, and then claiming a found ship as my own.
Back when the Xbox 360 system was first on the scene, there were very few games to be purchased on the Xbox Live service. One of them was a game called Geometry Wars. Featuring endless waves of enemies, this game set the bar for all other twin-stick shooters to come. Enter Aperion Cyberstorm, the latest twin-stick shooter to hit the Nintendo Switch and PC platforms. Not only is the endless "onslaught" mode available, similar to Geometry Wars, but multiplayer seems to be the focus of this "bullet hell" title.
For Aperion Cyberstorm's campaign, you have been abandoned by your crew for some unknown reason. Traversing four planets, you look for clues concerning the whereabouts of your team. As you explore over 200 different areas you will encounter hordes of baddies trying to thwart your quest for knowledge. The planets also are home to crystals which act as currency, allowing you to purchase new abilities for your ship as well as upgrade the current systems.
The campaign itself is relatively short. Aperion Cyberstorm can be completed in around two hours, maybe quicker when in co-op mode. This is where the game really shines. Although single player is fine, exploring and communicating with up to four additional people in the same room would present a totally different experience. Currently not many games on Nintendo Switch can handle 5-player local co-op, which sets Aperion Cyberstorm apart from other twin-stick shooters out there.
Aperion Cyberstorm is a title that should be acquired for Nintendo Switch, especially for those into couch co-op games. Single player twin-stick shooters are even scarce on the platform, so having a package like this one out the gate during the first year of the Switch's release makes perfect sense. For $14.99, the campaign is a bit short clocking in around two hours, but during that time it is nothing but "bullet hell" bliss. Providing the versus and endless "onslaught" mode make up for the difference to keep you coming back to Aperion Cyberstorm over and over again.