Rise & Shine is an adult swim game, so buckle up and prepare for something unique.

As described by the developer:
“Welcome to Gamearth, a once peaceful planet now threatened by the warmongering Space grunts of Nexgen. In the aftermath of their devastating first strike a child named Rise is forced to take on the sacred gun Shine – and with it the fate of his world.”

If you can pick out some of the gaming parodies already, you’re in for a treat! Rise & Shine is littered with game references!

You play in a fourth wall shattering role, the “Guide.” You see, only a few characters in this world of “Gamearth” get a Guide. This is described to Rise in the early moments of the game. Shortly after, he is gifted a magical gun named “Shine” and sent on his very own quest. 

Rise & Shine has a cool game-play aspect where you eventually unlock a bonus to your gun where you can control the bullet after it is fired. It’s very reminiscent of the way you control the batarang in the Batman Arkham series of games. They work in some clever puzzles and boss fights that utilize this feature.

The game also eventually unlocks a bullet “grenade” feature. You can either lob a bullet like a grenade, shoot it straight into the ground, or an enemy, and explode it!

Rise & Shine offers up a ton of variety in game-play to keep you entertained after all the homages and parodies stop.

It seems like there is a PSVG conspiracy to give me all the difficult games as well… because this game is hard. Like really hard. It is certainly designed to punish you, as you will quickly notice. You are often bombarded with enemies without notice, some requiring different ammunition to kill. So you are tasked with quickly changing your bullets and your attack type. Not to mention that most bosses have very small weak spots that require a specific attack to hit. You will find yourself playing these fights over and over and over. Thank god for the frequent checkpoints in this game!

One of my favorite parts of the game, and also most annoying, was NPC Village. Here you interact with a series of NPC character who make you play an arbitrary mini game to get an item or some coins that you really do not need. It is extremely hilarious and frustrating at the same time, as these mini games are tedious.

The art in this game is incredible, really something enjoyable to look at. I found myself taking a few moments during action breaks just to look at the level for a minute or two. The music is pretty catchy as well. They really knock it out of the park in capturing that retro feel.

So, from fighting “Gears of War” Grunts, watching “Link” get murdered, fighting Zombies, taking a ride in an “airship”, visiting RPG city, catching a glimpse of flappy bird, and your character realizing that he keeps respawning instead of dying, this game is an incredibly fun and challenging experience.

Rise & Shine gets a big thumbs up from this guy. You can pick this game up on PC or Xbox One.


Rise & Shine was reviewed on Xbox One using a code provided by the publisher. You can read additional information about PSVG’s review policy on our disclaimer page here.

Final Score

Rise & Shine is a action packed side scroller with challenging puzzles and enemies. This is a must play!