ReviOUYA Review #19 – Super Killer Hornet Resurrection

Super Killer Hornet (SKH) is a top down shoot ’em up with a twist.  The twist being, instead of score multipliers simply coming from the sky, or shooting a number of enemies, you have to do on-the-spot math equations.  Created by Flump Studios, the creators of Pester, and the original Super Killer Hornet.

Graphics: 9/10

The graphics are crisp and and everything feels so fluid.  You have a small indicator on your ship to show where the hit box is, so there is no excuse in saying you didn’t know when you die.  The player ships are finely detailed as are every enemy.  The bullets of each player ship differ and there are different types of enemy bullets.  The game is overall very colourful and vibrant without being an eyesore.  SKH is also an extremely fluid game.  No matter how much is going on the screen, the game never slows down.  The bosses have quite a level of detail as well, from being grotesque, to absolutely stunning.  A very beautiful game.

You must be that super killer hornet everyone always talks about…

Sound: 7/10

The music is different.  There are 4 tracks by the Hip Hop artist, Sixty Fours, which are alright on their own but don’t really fit with the rest of the theme of the game.  There is also the original SKH sound track by Dylan Barry.  You can select the music to listen to at both the ship selection screen, and in game with the L1 and R1 buttons.  The sound effects are rather quiet.  The shooting is faint, but there is an announcer that says “correct” or “wrong” whenever you answer an equation that can be heard quite clearly, but not loudly.  The game certainly focuses more on the music, and that isn’t a bad thing at all.

Gameplay: 9/10

You have 3 ships to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, all very capable.  While this may be a typical top down shooter, there is one large difference between this and many others, its multiplier system.  The multiplier is done as a math equation.  You would first have to acquire the first number and the symbol (+ – x etc) when it falls from the top of the screen.  Then acquire the second number falling from the top.  After that, 3 sets of numbers will fall from the top, and one of them is the answer to the equation you just created.  In case you have forgotten the equation, it can be seen at the top of the screen.  Answering the question increases the multiplier.  On top of that you have your natural bullets-everywhere, ships from all angles game which, on its own, is also quite fun.

Overall:

SKH Resurrection is a shoot em up that is smooth as butter as well as looks very nice.  The Hip Hop is perfect for those into the genre, but doesn’t exactly fit with the rest of the game  The original soundtrack also exists and can be played in the game.  The gameplay is fantastic with its different take on multipliers and is definitely a must try for someone who is interested in a shooter with a difference.  A highly recommended shooter for any fan of the genre.

Graphics: 9/10

Sound: 7/10

Gameplay:9/10

Overall: 8.5/10

Push SKH Resurrection on to your OUYA now! – Price $1.99

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One response to “ReviOUYA Review #19 – Super Killer Hornet Resurrection

  • Jas

    Starting to see a bit of a return to the good old ‘edutainment’ concept in games. Looking forward to seeing how far it goes, ‘Calculords’ is a great example, but sadly not on OUYA yet.

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