Sentry City from Flynn’s Arcade and Crashable Studios is a retro-styled 2D action game set in a cyberpunk world where A.I. has gone rogue. Check out our Sentry City review!
Sentry City from Flynn’s Arcade and Crashable Studios is a retro-styled 2D action game set in a cyberpunk world where A.I. has gone rogue. The main character – who is called Chris – was just trying to chill at a bar when a robot walked in with a red glow in its eyes. It stated it was time to execute the A.I.-take-over. This prompts the robot bartender to also get a red glow in its eyes.
Oh, and the robots casually mention that it’s time to destroy obsolete life forms. You know, humans. Chris quickly reacts, puts some bullets in their heads, and rushes out into the city’s streets to find out what is going on and who’s behind all of this. Chris will get on his bike and start riding towards his first destination, the aptly titled level 1. It’s this level that will serve as a short tutorial that will teach you all of the basics. You’ll have to get to each sector’s A.I. brain and destroy it before it’s too late!
You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, which will allow him to run and duck as needed in order to avoid incoming attacks. He can jump with the B button, shoot with the Y button, and reload as needed by pressing the A button. You can see how many bullets you have left by checking the display on the upper left corner of the screen. Trying to shoot when you’re out of bullets will also make your character reload his gun. Oh, and you can’t shoot while ducking, so do keep that in mind!
Since Sentry City is paying homage to 2D classic sidescrollers from ages past, you do need to consider how a single hit is all it takes to defeat Chris. You need to pay attention to all enemies since if an opponent gets you in its sights, it will shoot at you, no questions asked. There are also some flying robots that will crash into Chris and explode. The good news is that there are checkpoints dotted out through each level, making Chris quickly respawn at the last one you activated.
And then there are the boss battles. Since, as mentioned above, a single hit is all it takes to defeat Chris, boss battles end up feeling a bit like bite-sized puzzle series. You’ll have to pay attention to a boss’ movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right window of opportunity to attack while having enough time to take cover or move out of the way of the charging robot. There are different phases to each boss fight, which means that you’ll also have to learn a new movement and attack pattern for each sub-phase.
Sentry City is a retro-styled 2D action game set in a cyberpunk world where A.I. has gone rogue. As Chris, you’ll need to use your bike to visit each area of the city to destroy all A.I. brains before it’s too late… because the robots want to eradicate all humans! It’s an arcade-style game that you should be able to complete in 2-3 hours, depending on your experience with games in the genre. Sentry City is out today on Nintendo Switch at a budget price of only $4.99.
This Sentry City review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flynn’s Arcade.