Rise & Shine is a gorgeously illustrated adventure that’s equally vibrant and violent throughout its short duration. Despite a strong aesthetic and solid mechanics, however, its shortcomings leave it placing no immediate demands on your time or money.
Its self-aware brand of humour mostly misses the mark, unfortunately.
Thankfully, gameplay fares better.
Varied and engaging pacing is one of the game’s strengths, cramming a shoot ‘em up vehicle section, mini-games, edge-of-your-seat boss battles and more into a range of locales across a tight 2-3 hour runtime. Though it’s an enjoyable ride, there’s little reason to take it again unless you’re hunting achievements.
A serious visual treat, Rise & Shine’s gourmet presentation could be misleading. Lazy attempts at humour that rely on references without substance and an unsatisfying portion size make it more akin to gaming fast food. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, we all enjoy it from time to time, just don’t expect anything more than a quick and dirty burger.