Manufacture 43 is releasing Pawarumi the 30th of January. Two years in the making, the game modernizes the spirit of 90s arcade games to appeal to shoot’em up hardcore fans and newcomers. It is considered by some players as the true heir of legendary 00s title like Ikaruga or Radiant Silvergun.
With Housemarque (Resogun, Nex Machina) giving up on shoot’em up development, it’s up to other small indie studios to keep on carrying the torch. In 2018, coming up with an original shoot’em up is a tough challenge. It is the mother of all action games after all. Between all the clones and variations of 1942, Touhou or R-Type, you might think that is pretty much impossible to bring in new ideas. Just like music has a finite number of notes, but an infinity of melodies and arrangements, Pawarumi managed to find its own chords in the genre.
To reach that goal, the french developers of Manufacture 43 found inspiration in an age-old game, rock-paper-scissors. Twisting the classic concept, the team created a game system called the Trinity Mechanic. By shooting with the right colored weapon on the adequate colored enemy type, it allows the player to choose between maximizing damages, charging a devastating super attack or healing the shield protecting your single life.
Blending pre-columbian inspirations with 90s pop culture, the colorful 3D graphics and the powerful original soundtrack will carry the players through their first contact with the game. Tightly crafted level design will tease their brains. Huge and intense boss fights will test their nerves. And don’t forget the delightful explosions that will reward them in their progress. The game system allowing for an infinite variety of strategies, game overs won’t last for long as the players will feed in more credits.
During the two years of the development, Manufacture 43 traveled all over the world to showcase the game, from Bordeaux to Tokyo.
Releasing on Windows, MacOS and Linux on January 30th, Pawarumi is now full ready to be enjoyed by everyone. Later on consoles…