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If you like your shoot 'em ups, you need to look at PAWARUMI

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PAWARUMI [Steam, Official Site] is a modern shoot’em up set in a retro futuristic sci-fi pre-Columbian universe, I've checked it out and it's damn good.

Disclosure: Key provided by the developer.

You can see some quick gameplay from me of the early levels below:

The game is currently in Early Acces and it is not yet feature complete, with it currently missing the final level, I've been told that should arrive in an update this week. It will also be getting in-game "movies" telling some sort of story, so that will be fun to see. It will be particularly interesting to see what style they go for.

I'll be honest, the game is more than a little insane. You get three different weapons across three different colours, each can give extra damage to the right colour of the enemy (not the same colour), enable you to power up your shield or charge up your crazy special attack. The special attack is quite a monster too, so it's worth charging it up. Thankfully, the game does start off with a pretty straightforward tutorial to introduce these elements to you as you annihilate some enemies. It's easy to learn, but very hard to master as there's so much going on at once!

You're not supposed to just imprint the information about the different weapons directly into your brain either, as the UI tells you exactly what each weapon does along the bottom of the screen at all times. It's slick too, as it switches the information as soon as you fire one of the weapons to always keep you informed. However, until you're really familiar with it, you might find yourself looking at the bottom of the screen rather a lot while you get blown to bits.

Surprisingly, the game hasn't really gained any sort of following. Right now, the game has only three reviews on Steam in total. I'm genuinely shocked by this considering how much fun PAWARUMI actually is.

The only bit I didn't like was how big the bottom UI is during the game, if they scaled it down a good bit I think it would look a lot better. Considering that's my only real complaint, it should be pretty clear how much I like the game.

There's also a strange issue with the Steam Controller where pressing a button at the menu will sometimes cause it to crash. I will be sending them over some information on that.

Once it's finished, I will likely look at it again, but I'm extremely impressed with it as it is.

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Solar 5 December 2017 at 11:58 pm UTC
It's about time someone made a decent "shoot em up" on any platform, let alone Linux.
Looks awesome, to say the least.
UltraViolet 6 December 2017 at 12:58 am UTC
so they have extended the colour principle from Ikaruga

looks interesting
xuwang 6 December 2017 at 6:10 am UTC
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I just wish it had local multiplayer (last time I checked I don't think this was planned).
ronnoc 6 December 2017 at 7:38 am UTC
Looks crazy, hard, and potentially a lot of fun.
Geppeto35 6 December 2017 at 10:06 am UTC
:'-( what a desappointment: colors are too dark for me (I prefer shiny shootthemup like DonPachi, Super Aleste, Stargunner, Sky force), I don't enjoy the music ... a shame because it's definitely my cup of tea.
I don't understand the system: killing enemy ships provides bonus or unlock something, or is the goal only to use the three kinds of weapons to kill them all only?
Bidinou 6 December 2017 at 10:37 am UTC
I love it
Definitely differs from the other titles though you can see the dreamcast / ikaruga legacy.

there are three weapons. also depending on the colour combinations you can charge yor shield, super power or double damages, so it enables some kind of strategies.
Bidinou 6 December 2017 at 10:40 am UTC
the devs said they would consider multiplayer if they can sell sufficiently the game to spend time on a proper and well balanced multiplayer, it's a small team's first game.
Julius 6 December 2017 at 12:05 pm UTC
Geppeto35I don't understand the system: killing enemy ships provides bonus or unlock something, or is the goal only to use the three kinds of weapons to kill them all only?

No, you can choose the type of weapon depending on what you want to achieve.
Depending on the weapon / enemy color combination you either recharge your shield, do extra damage or charge your super-weapon.
UltraViolet 6 December 2017 at 2:02 pm UTC
Geppeto35:'-( what a desappointment: colors are too dark for me (I prefer shiny shootthemup like DonPachi, Super Aleste, Stargunner, Sky force), I don't enjoy the music ... a shame because it's definitely my cup of tea.
I don't understand the system: killing enemy ships provides bonus or unlock something, or is the goal only to use the three kinds of weapons to kill them all only?

Hope you’ve checked out Sky Force Reloaded on Steam?

Awesome game
stan 6 December 2017 at 2:38 pm UTC
It looks pretty good, reminds me of that shoot em up for the DS, Danshaku!
If it releases DRM-free I think I’ll buy it…
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