I’m a simple man, if you give me nostalgia and wrap it up in a cool new style I’m basically all-in. Ponpu is a visually stunning game. It’s all monochrome with the odd bright colour cutting through the otherwise simple colour-scheme. It’s striking, and I’m very much here for just how good it looks. It helps that the character design within it is also quite striking. The landscapes feel like a mix of different classic games, but the characters wouldn’t look out of place in something like Adventure Time.
The gameplay is where the nostalgia comes in. The game looks to be an updated take on the Bomberman formula. The key thing here though, is that you’re not just putting down bombs, you’re planting special eggs, which all seem to have a different effect. On top of that, it looks like there’s some exploration in the single-player mode to keep things really interesting. The boss designs look excellent too, at least when it comes to the visual aspect again.
What’s going to be most exciting for most people, myself included, is the multiplayer. There are a bunch of different modes and it all looks wonderfully hectic. I’ve got full faith that this could become a go-to for my little gaming group, and I’ve got no intention of doing anything other than mastering the little ducks to make sure I can come out on top every time. Is that needlessly competitive? Yes, but I can’t help it and I’m bored of losing in Golf With Your Friends.
Jason is the Editor of The Indie Game Website. He’s a lover of roguelikes, soulslikes, and other kinds of likes. He basically spends a lot of time getting beaten up in games and seems to enjoy it.