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a game by Digitality Studios
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Games that take liberties with their name are often doing more than a little to mask mediocrity underneath. However, when you see side-scrolling action madness HordeCore in action, you will see this is something very different indeed. The game is set for release in mid-October 2021, and looks to be one of the most intriguing released by META Publishing yet. This side-scrolling gab is an online co-op shooter that has you team up with others to survive. You will craft, kill, and do everything you can to get through to the next stage without losing anything – your sanity included. It looks to be the perfect starting place for anyone keen to see something totally different come to life.

Solo or co-op side-scrolling destruction

Creating a 3D side-scroller with cutesy animation and design style like this can be tough. Often, these games tend to be more style over substance.

However, early impressions of HordeCore show a game with enough depth to keep you coming back for more. developer Digitality Studios seem to have found a good way to combine together the best parts of a side-scrolling shooter with an enjoyable co-op theme.

You can even try out the free demo, which we had a blast with. It is an easy game to play, and the addition of local co-op is a nice touch for anyone looking for something to fly through with a friend or family member. The game itself follows a relatively basic system where, much like something like a Streets of Rage, you smash through enemy after enemy to get to the end of the level.

As you go, you will see various drops from enemies that can give you buffs, boons, and even new firepower to play with. It also comes with an interesting base management system, though more has to be done to see what this actually adds to the gameplay loop. Throw in a card collecting game, too, and HordeCore is not short for ideas.

A mish-mash of very popular ideas (7.5/10)

From what we have tried of HordeCore so far, we look forward to seeing what else happens as we play. The demo offers enough to see the rough idea, but too many features are left locked for the full release. However, it looks to be an interesting choice for anyone on the lookout for a game with a very intriguing design style.

While the mish-mash of various ideas like survival, RPG elements, and side-scrolling shooting can seem like an odd mix, it appears to work. The challenge for HordeCore, like many other games of this style, is ensuring that it has enough replayability and depth to keep players coming back for more.


Creative genre mash-ups like this has worked in the past, and who knows? HordeCore could very well be the first of a new genre all on its own. Find out upon release, and see for yourself if the fun can last beyond what the demo shows.


  • Creative art style and enjoyable side-scrolling camera system
  • Co-op gameplay, both locally and online with others
  • A fresh combination of intelligent ideas that feel great to play


  • Could there be too much going on to see each feature truly work?

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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