I was really surprised at how good Sophstar turned out to be, especially given the reasonable price. It’s a very fun shooter that is easy to learn but with enough depth to please veterans, and includes enough modes, options, and extras to keep you playing for a long time. I wish the soundtrack had a little more kick to it and I suppose it doesn’t really do anything dramatically novel, but otherwise I am hard-pressed to find much fault in this game. A virtual must-have for shoot-em-up fans.
Sophstar soars above some of the other arcade shooter offerings on Switch because of the sheer amount of content and replayability. Going through its Arcade Mode on different difficulties and using new ships is a genuine treat because each one feels distinct from the one before. While it's a bit annoying that sleep mode seems to regularly disconnect the game from its online servers, requiring a manual reconnection in the menu, there's little else about the game that is worth criticizing. Sophstar marks a stellar debut effort from developer Banana Bytes, and it's both an easy recommendation for vertical shooter fans and a title I'll be coming back to regularly.
SophStar is a lot more than a homage to the classical vertical shoot em ups; It's a diverse, yet fast Shmup with 9 ships that offers a different approach to each stage. For the new public who enjoy a more simulator style, the game offers side missions through cadet school in a fast and innovative way. This is clearly a Shmup made by people who understand the classics and aim to innovate for both new players and veterans.
Sophstar is a fairly challenging game whose main campaign may fall a little short, but within what the genre has to offer it is still worthwhile. If you like classic arcade shoot'em up games, you should give it a try.
A competently assembled title: smooth, clean, and enjoyable. What it lacks in gravity and bravado it makes up for in balanced scoring mechanics and an interesting teleportation twist. While its Cadet Mode is its brightest spark, the main campaign shoots for the stars but falls just short of reaching them.
SummarySub-Lieutenant Soph has lived in Galanian for her whole life, having no memory of when her existence started, and no idea of how she developed her teleporting powers. But after being sent for a recon mission, all of what she knows about herself is about to change.
Sophstar is a vertical arcade shoot'em up with heavy inspiration from t...