Magical Girl Powers Activate!
It’s not often I’m flummoxed about how to refer to a game genre. But that’s definitely the case with PopSlinger, a delightfully bubblegum adventure coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch this January 26th. Developed by Funky Can Creative, it’s the tale of a regular girl named Ria that gets turned into a superhero. With the help of a former PopSlinger named Gin, she’ll gain magical powers and fight against the diabolical Corazones.
While the developer refers to PopSlinger as a Musical Shooter, watching the trailer it almost strikes me more as a rhythm focused beat ’em up. Perhaps the following blurb will clarify things somewhat:
Gain Popping Powers by shooting sequences of colored enemy gloops. Obtain the mighty magical Dream Time, making Ria unbeatable and collecting massive points for the ranks, by perfecting multiple sequences in a row. Choose targets depending on the abilities needed: double invokes Gin as a rearguard, while heal summons a can of soda to speed up her recovery. As the story progresses, expect more challenges and for soundtrack beats to become faster, livelier, and more intense, all while immersing in a gorgeous world.
I will say, the aesthetic of PopSlinger is really attractive, and inspired by classic 90’s anime. If you like what you see, you can pick the game up later next month. But if you’re still on the fence, be sure and watch the trailer below. And stay tuned to HPP for more funky new age retro games!