PuPaiPo Space Deluxe is a fun, fast paced game in which you battle wave after wave of enemies, shooting and dodging in order to survive and continue to the next stage. Each stage has it’s own unique design which come with their own unique looking NPC’s for you to dodge and shoot.
From developers BolHut, who also made the challenging yet entertaining game ‘You Died But A Necromancer Revived You’, have brought their adorable sprites to Nintendo Switch once again with their remastered deluxe edition of their very first game PuPaiPo Space.
You have a choice of characters to play as such as a rocket man, a pink octopus, a wooden character and a star man (not their official names, but then again their names aren’t displayed), and with the choice to gather your friends and all play at once, you can enjoy a challenging battle to find the legendary space pizza. So gather your friends for a fun head to head co-op and see who can get the highest score and reach the pizza first, or play solo and take every slice for yourself!
The bosses of this game are challenging and fun to battle, as each loss is a learning curve in order for the player to learn each bosses move set, so that the next time you face them you can beat them with ease. Each sprite whether it’s a common NPC, a boss, or the player themselves, has it’s own unique personality that makes each design stand out from one another on screen, meaning you shouldn’t get lost whilst flying around the armada of bullets and rockets fired.
The backdrops for each stage give every level it’s own personality as well, as each one comes with it’s own types of enemies from fish in the deep water levels, to the fiery asteroids and bombs of the space levels. This keeps the game play interesting as there isn’t much you can do with a shoot and dodge game, so each stage has to feel fresh and BolHut have managed to do just that with their retro art style and unique designs.
Among the battlefield, you’ll also come across a variety of cool little power-ups that will aid you in your quest for the space pizza, from bigger bullets, to faster bullets, to a simple shield that helps add a little extra life to your character as you do your best to dodge the incoming dangers.
The game itself only has Seven Stages, with Two new game modes being unlocked after you have beaten the stages. These game modes are Boss Rush and Endless Survival Mode. Which gives the game a few different ways to be played, and ensures it’s replayability is intact.
Overall the game is a fun and fast paced experience that you can either jump into to kill some time, or set up for a group of friends and challenge one another to see who can reach the pizza. It looks amazing on the switch and the sprites are adorable and unique to BolHut’s style. I hope this company continues to bring more games out onto the Nintendo Switch because their designs and game play are always challenging and unique, which allows them to stand out among the ever growing library of indie games on the market.
PuPaiPo Space Deluxe is available on PC and on Nintendo Switch, so go get this game, select which character you like best, give them a name that’s better than any of the names I’ve given them in this review and find that delicious space pizza!
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