Pawarumi – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Pawarumi
Pawarumi, is a puzzle shoot em-up in the same vein as the Dreamcast game Ikaruga. You must learn how to fully utilize your three weapons or you will die!!
Pawarumi is set in a futuristic Sci-fi setting with features of pre-Columbian Civilizations. This is shown through the three deities, Serpent, Condor and Jaguar. You play as the pilot Axo on your powerful ship Chukuru as you shoot your way through these levels trying to kill everything that you see.
The gameplay follows the usage of three weapons to kill enemies in a Rock, Paper, Scissors effect like you would find in an RPG like Pokemon. Blue beats Green. Green beats Red. Red beats Blue. Each attack has a different pattern:
Green fires many shots and is the best close range.
Blue uses a beam that can hit enemies multiple times this attack is good for clearing a lot of enemies in one go.
Red is your homing missiles good for hitting the critical points in boss fights. All Three attacks can also be joined together in a clear all attack.
There are also secondary effect to attacks called Crush, Boost and Drain. Crush Multiplies attack damage. Boost recharges your shields, the negative to boost is it also helps your enemies out so should be used sparingly. Finally Drain is how you charge your Super attack.
Going back to the point about the Rock, Paper, Scissors effect. This comes into play with the various enemy ships and Bosses that you fight against. Each ship will have one of the three colours obviously you can attack and beat them with whichever weapon you like as they all do damage; but remembering which colour is weak to which attack makes defeating enemies a lot easier and you gain more points for defeating them if you use the super effective attack.
The controls for the game also has the same simple layout which is even shown to you before you start the game. Y is for the Blue attack, B is your Red attack, A is Green attack and X is for your super attack. Like most shooters you do not need to remember any complicated button combos, this thankfully keeps you attention full on the action. My only criticism is that I would have preferred the Combo attack to be the Y button as it would make using blue more comfortable as it is one of the main attacks.
Graphically the game is very bright and vibrant which really melds well with the setting of a sci-fi Neo-Aztec world. You can also see nods towards the Aztec style with the use of their art style for the attack symbols. Also one of the bosses is based on an Azteca pyramid.
Even down to you own ship a lot of details is there to see, your ship even changes colour depending on the weapon you are using to give you a visual indication if you are solely looking at your ship.
The music adds to the overall mood and is not too distracting which unfortunately has become a craze in Shoot em-ups to have loud EDM playing.
Over Pawarumi is a very good shooter with some really well thought out and different mechanics. At £12.49 you are getting a very well rounded and challenging game which should keep you coming back time after time.
Written by Boouya