Rise & Shine is running and gunning onto Steam today

Adult Swim are releasing their run ‘n’ gun game Rise & Shine [official site] today via Steam. It features a boy and his talking gun shooting their way through gaming history when their colourful world is invaded by the forces of Next Gen in the form of zombies, marines and the like. The trailer, which you can see below, doesn’t make the distinction between the old and the new seem strange enough for my liking, but the backdrops are gorgeous.

I love how it looks but if I ever have to hear a gun say “‘sup noobs” again, I’ll demand that every single firearm comes equipped with a silencer as standard.

Though I used the term run ‘n’ gun at the top of the page, Adult Swim are modifying that phrase slightly:

“Rise & Shine is a true ‘think and gun’ that combines elements of arcade shooters, bullet hells, and puzzle platformers to create a new blend of strategy and viscera. Switch between Shine’s add-ons to solve puzzles that redefine what bullets can do. Guide projectiles through intricate mazes, electrify damaged equipment to discover new pathways, and juggle 8-bit fruit because why not?”

I’m actually looking forward to seeing how it plays but for all its beauty, I wish the collision of styles was as weird as that seen in the dominant force on the today’s internet. Mr Nintendo did a console reveal last night and that led to unexpected talk as to whether Mario is a human being. His presence in a city alongside actual full-size humans, more realistically rendered, provides a whole new angle on the Goofy-Pluto paradox, that’s for sure. I’m into it and look forward to the too-real scenes of head-stomping and the bit where he emerges from a toilet, shrieking.


  1. robertlepervers says:

    Sneaking a bit of Nintendo news right here ?
    *sigh* I wish you weren’t a PC exclusive site.

    • MadTinkerer says:

      Just because the IBM Compatible PC is the greatest open architecture platform ever made so far, that doesn’t mean the closed-architecture platforms don’t exist.

      We’ll see if Rise & Shine is better than Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We’ll see.

  2. AutonomyLost says:

    Just wanted to pop in and say: downloaded Rise and Shine this evening and I am loving it. Controls perfectly, has *beautiful* art direction and coloring, fantastic animations, and is a very clean all-around package as far as I can estimate in the 45 minutes or so I’ve played.

    Also — not easy right off the bat, that’s for sure. Which is very much welcomed, as I’d much rather be dying and figuring things out than having my hand held.

    Overall, the game has made a great first impression on me. I’m looking forward to playing it more this weekend.

  3. mechavolt says:

    Before you purchase this, you should know one thing: the mouse pointer/target reticule DISAPPEARS when you’re behind cover, and only reappears once you pop out of cover and take aim. This makes it virtually impossible to know what direction you’ll be aiming when you pop out of cover, and in a reflex/timing type game like this, that makes it pretty impossible to play well using a keyboard and mouse. After 15 minutes of shooting in random directions while in cover I gave up and asked for a refund.