30 Years of Video Games – Hybris (1988)

I’m waving goodbye to my 20′s and to celebrate I’m counting down 30 games from the last 30 years.  Join me while I countdown 30 great years of game memories.


I’m going to come off as some sort of scrolling shooter nut, and I assure you I’m not, but another game near and dear to my heart is a little Amiga 500 gem called ‘Hybris’.  Now I haven’t played this game for somewhere in the vicinity of 20 years but every time I think about it a wave of nostalgia and awe still sweeps through my mind.  In 1986’s entry I established that scrolling shooters were a force to be reckoned with in both arcades and home consoles throughout the eighties and early nineties.  The burgeoning Home PC scene was not immune to the onslaught and saw its own explosion in the genre.   But none of them captured my then-young imagination like Cope-Com’s vertical-scrolling shooter, Hybris.

Part of what makes Hybris so special is its ship upgrade system.  What starts off as a rather simple ship grows as you play and collect power-ups.  Watching your ship go from minnow to mighty is part of  the fun of the game and was for the most part the reason it blew my tiny mind back in the day.  The fact that it was a fun and balanced shooter also helped and the mix of land sea and air based enemies made for some tough sequences that required thinking ahead to stay alive. While perhaps not the milestone Gradius, R-Type or perhaps most comparably Capcom’s 19XX series were, Hybris was still an incredible arcade shooter experience and it always sat on top of my Amiga 500 ready and waiting to be called up for duty.

If you think Hybris sounds like your cup of tea Cope-Com are still active and last year released the follow up game Battle Squadron on mobile devices.  It’s available on Google Play and the App Store.  According to Cope-Com’s twitter account Hybris is scheduled to be released on mobile platforms in the near future.


Have a favourite game from 1988?  Tell us in the comments below.  Don’t forget to come back soon for the next game in our countdown.  Miss a year?  Catch up below.