Review of Retro Inspired Game Popslinger on the Playstation 4/5

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PopSlinger is a delightful blend of nostalgia, vibrant aesthetics, and quirky gameplay. Developed by Funky Can Creative, this indie gem invites players into a world where soda-powered guns and funky beats collide.

Publisher: Artax Games
Developer: Funky Can Creative
Release Date:  29 February 2024

Thanks to Publisher for the review code.

The Soda-Powered Heroine

Meet Ria Carbon, our funky heroine on a stylish quest to save the world from sinister invaders from another dimension. Armed with soda-powered guns, Ria dances her way through levels, backed up by the former PopSlinger heroine, Gin. Together, they battle the “Corazones,” whose hearts have been corrupted by dark forces.

Aesthetic Delight

The game’s aesthetics pay homage to 90s Japanese animation. Imagine a dreamy world brought to life with marker art style and VHS-infused 2D sprites. The hand-drawn portraits during dialogue cutscenes add vibrancy to the narrative. Neon hues and popping colors dominate the screen, creating an otherworldly experience.

Gameplay and Groovy Beats

PopSlinger combines beat-’em-up action with musical shooter elements. As you progress, the dynamic soundtrack reacts to your in-game performance. Expect a mix of Future Funk, New Jack Swing, and more. The music grooves alongside Ria’s moves, enhancing the overall experience.

The Bittersweet Taste

However, PopSlinger isn’t without its quirks. The difficulty curve takes unexpected leaps, leaving players both exhilarated and frustrated. The mechanics can be inconsistent at times, leading to occasional sour moments. Yet, the love poured into the art, characters, and story shines through.

Final Thoughts

PopSlinger feels like a game that pays homage to late ’80s and early ’90s arcade classics. It’s as if someone slapped a VHS filter over the action, resulting in a bright, detailed world. While it may not be flawless, it leaves a lasting impression—a fizzy concoction of nostalgia and creativity.

If you’re ready to groove to funky beats and wield soda-powered guns, PopSlinger awaits you. Whether you’re a magical girl enthusiast or simply seeking a unique gaming experience, this whimsical adventure is worth a sip!

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