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Sine Mora got its start on the Xbox Live Arcade last summer and has slowly but surely been spreading to every platform under the sun. The 2.5D space shooter might not be the "legendary cult classic" that its description alludes to, but it's certainly been well-received by shmup fans, and it's now available on Google Play after a brief spell on the Amazon Appstore. It's a bit on the pricy side at $5.99.

The shooter takes place in a dieselpunk universe (like steampunk, but smellier, and you can use it to poison weeds) where biplanes and giant robots co-exist... but not peacefully. The gameplay itself is 2D while the graphics are 3D, and man, are they gorgeous. Bullet hell shooters tend to rely on screens full of lasers and bullets for visual flair, and there's plenty of that here, but the vehicle and environment designs are downright stunning. There are full console games that don't look this good.

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The standard shmup features are present, including upgrades for your plane and weapons. But there's also an interesting health mechanic, or rather, there isn't one. You only die when the stage's time runs out, but you can slow or rewind the clock by shooting down enemies, and taking damage yourself will speed things up, hastening the end of the stage and your "death." Completing the story mode at different difficulty settings will result in different story elements and endings.

There are also plenty of control options for those who like their seizure-inducing shooters to be customized. Choose between standard and mirrored screen-wide touch control, or a fixed or free-floating virtual joystick.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Sorian

    Nice graphics!

  • Ben Enos

    Looks awesome. Will it work with a moga controller? If there's one laying around the office, maybe you could try it out and let us know :)

    • Emanuel Burgos

      No, it doesn't work with a moga controller. I tried. We need to contact the developer and ask them for this feature. I already did.

      • Ben Enos

        Thanks for the info. Did you try using both a+b mode of the controller? I've found that sometimes b mode works for games like this. I'll definitely email the developer about supporting moga.

        • Emanuel Burgos

          Yes, I tried both modes and no luck. It is not currently designed for physical controllers.

      • Emanuel Burgos

        I heard from one of the developers. He told me that they are working on an Ouya version along with support for other physical controllers! He said "very soon!" Can't wait!!

  • Ben Enos

    I love the moga pro controller I won from you guys a few months ago, I wish more developers made thier games compatible with them... even though I'm loving the ones that are.

  • http://bytemypanda.mp/ SleepingPanda

    Reminds me of Einhander for the PSX. I'll have a look at this.

  • lljktechnogeek

    I have this game on Steam. I don't have too much experience with bullet hell shooters (I owned Ikaruga for the Gamecube, but that's mostly it), but I do like the "slow time" mechanic.

    • Himmat Singh

      Isn't Ikaruga like the mother of em all? Such a shame the Android version is tied to the ridiculous G-Gee network.

  • http://williamjudd.com/ William Judd

    Does this work with a Bluetooth controller or Xbox 360 controller?

    • Ishimaru

      No it doesn't. Nor does it work with the Shield. :(

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  • Zewks

    biggest complaint from the reviews seems to be that the game doesnt actually run full screen, even if you arent using the virtual controller. :(

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