Review: Iro Hero (Nintendo Switch)

Iro Hero is a vertical shoot ’em up with beautiful pixel art graphics inspired by many old-school classics. Staged across nine action-packed levels, Iro Hero features a unique and fresh approach to the popular color polarity mechanic, with interactive level elements, color zones, reflective surfaces and much more.


  • Delightful graphics.
  • 455MB Download size.
  • The button layout is shown on the main menu.
  • Vertical shoot em up gameplay.
  • difficult.
  • The story is done via the borders of the screen.
  • Three lives then restart the whole level again.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Full movement.
  • Polarity switch, Made famous by Ikaruga. Swap color to that of your enemy to absorb their bullets and charge up your special attack.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • Powerups drop in game.
  • Combo counter.
  • Tight controls.
  • Easy polarity swap and it is an instant action.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Proper old school feels.
  • Decent score chaser.
  • Plays a bit like Ikaruga but is a lot more accessible.
  • Looks fantastic on the small screen.
  • 10 bosses and each one is unique and fun to fight.
  • 10 types of enemies that have randomized attack patterns to keep it fresh.
  • Clever level designs with moving walls and varied enemy attack patterns.
  • Gorgeous animated backdrops.


  • Difficult.
  • No control options.
  • Cannot rotate the screen into Tate or any other.
  • Hard to read the story and pay attention to the game.
  • Nothing is explained like item drops.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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