Warp into action with Solar Shifter EX. Man your ship and dive into fierce combat situations in space and over beautiful and distant planet surfaces. Solar Shifter EX is a sci-fi shoot 'em up with the unique ability to 'shift'.Read full description
“shmup fans should definitely buy this game” - 7/10, Guns & Pixels
“A very well done game which brings back memories for all arcade lovers” - 7.5/10, Game2gether
“it’s gorgeous to look at and the shifting mechanic is a nice twist” - 7/10, Press Play Media
Warp into action with Solar Shifter EX. Man your ship and dive into fierce combat situations in space and over beautiful and distant planet surfaces. Solar Shifter EX is a sci-fi shoot 'em up with the unique ability to 'shift'. Your only weapon is your ship: The Phase Shifter has been outfitted with a one-of-a-kind jump drive that lets you warp out of tough situations at will, a technique which will challenge you of to your limits when surviving the masses of enemies coming at you from all sides in this true bullet hell.
In good old shmup fashion you will face uncountable formations of enemies that'll try to stop you. Be clever and use the Phase Shifter's jump drive to your advantage or you will get shot.
Shortly after mankind left the solar system to colonize new worlds, we had to face a powerful alien race. The war has passed, the losses were devastating and the enemy has defeated us. As the final strike, they are about to destroy the sun that gives life to the system that we now call home. Chaos erupted, and pirate raiders are scavenging fellow human colonies on the outer rim. Their only goal is to collect enough resources to be able to leave the solar system.
Unique 'shifting' mechanic to bring a completely new level of depth into a shmup
18 tough missions
8 beautiful environments
Over 40 enemy types encountered throughout the game
Upgrade your ship
4 controllable ships: One main ship and three alien ships. Control all-powerful alien vessels that decimate allied forces with ease.
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I got this game in one of those mystery bundle packs. The price was good, but the game wasn't that good. I thought there was no way to do a shoot 'em up game bad, but Solar Shifter EX really needs improvement. Graphics and visuals are cool, and the "shifting" is a very interesting feature that gives enough reasons to be different from all those other shoot 'em up arcade based titles out there. It is not well polished, but the shifting technique is unique, and I got to give credit for that. The rest of the game, not good. At least not good enough. I actually didn't mind the awful story that doesn't explain a thing. You are just there reading the usual briefing during the loading screen and doesn't understand a single thing you are reading. Anyway, you forget about it and start playing it and see that it changes perspectives from time to time. The camera moves around you and your shift is not controlled the same way. Have this in mind, you will be killed a lot of times just because of the point of view. It shifts from vertical standard point of view to a diagonal one where you can't aim properly from time to time. What's more, those changes in the camera will make you not being able to move properly in the screen, as there are invisible walls all over you and when you think you have enough room to avoid enemy bullets you just don't. So, the game is bad, not terrible but bad overall, specially when it comes to gameplay mechanics which is the most important part in a game of this genre.
I'm a big shoot-em-up fan, and part of my love does come from how fun some of the games are to just look at, and this hits the nail on the head. Vibrant colors, awesome designs, and great backdrops. Unfortunately, that's the only impressive thing here. The controls, mission structure, etc are your standard shoot-em-up fare. It's fun, and gorgeous, but I'd pass unless you're a fan.
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