Coming up with a unique idea for a shoot’em up game is not a simple task. Shoot’em ups have been around for a long time, and most of these games are pretty similar to each other. However, Pawarumi does manage to do things a bit differently.
It does stand out from its competition with its futuristic graphics, and its unique rock-paper-scissor shooting mechanics. It’s definitely an interesting shoot’em up that I’ve had the pleasure to play in the recent years.
Pawarumi adds a lot of colors to the gameplay. The firing-system in itself is quite colorful. There are three different types of lasers available to you, green, blue, and red. Each laser is more than just a way to take down the enemy ships.
Here’s the unique part of the gameplay, every enemy ship and bosses are color-coded in this exciting game. So, when you shoot an enemy down, different things can happen depending on what color laser you use. Shoot a blue enemy with blue fire, and you will recharge the ship’s shield, shoot the blue enemy with a red laser and you will do additional damage, and finally, if you shoot it with the green laser, you will charge up your special attack. So, this innovative combat-mechanic challenges you to employ some strategy when killing swarms of enemies.
You can either defeat enemies by using the attack type they are weak against or charge your shields by using the same color attack as the enemy. If you are really desperate, then you can use the draining attack that will fill up your special attack. You can unleash the special attack to obliterate all the enemies on screen. Keeping track of all these things feels a bit difficult in the beginning, but after a while, it will become muscle memory.
Pawarumi offers three different difficulty levels for you to challenge yourself. Easy lets you breeze through the entire game without any issues, but you won’t be able to beat the whole game on easy mode. Pawarumi only offers four of its levels on Easy mode, so if you really want to beat all five levels, then you need to play the game on at least Normal difficulty.
Pawarumi pits you against a boss at the end of each level. Bosses are definitely one of the most exciting aspects of the game. They have varying attack patterns, and they might even test your knowledge of the game’s color-based attack mechanics. Bosses do follow the same color system like other enemies, but they can possess different parts of varying colors forcing you to adjust or modify your strategy midbattle.
The ending of the game is a real letdown. Not the ending itself, but the fact that there’s not much to do after beating the game for the first time. The game doesn’t offer any different types of modes for you to replay it, there is no multiplayer mode either, and the only thing that may push you to play it again is the Online Leaderboards. So, if you are a hardcore score chaser, then you might keep playing the game to get your name and score at the top of the Leaderboards, but apart from that, there’s not much to improve the game’s replay value.
Pawarumi Review – Final Words
Pawarumi is not going to revamp the shoot’em up genre, but it will definitely sit up there with some of the most unique and exciting top-down shooters. Its fast-paced gameplay style mixed with its fluid controls, definitely provides an immersive experience. I wish the game offers some extra modes, or at least a co-op mode to increase the longevity ina future update. A must-buy for the fans of the genre.
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