Plenty of games have attempted to recapture the magic of Bomberman over the years. With a fresh art style, boss battles and reinvigorated mechanics, Ponpu might be the game that finally manages it.
From developer Purple Tree Studio and publisher Zordix, Ponpu is “a frenetic four-player party game with a funky-fresh art style.” The game has already garnered some critical praise having won the Best Console Game and Jury’s Honorable Mention awards at Game Connection Paris.
“Inspired by party classics like Bomberman, Ponpu is a competitive arcade maze game. Four diabolical ducks go in, but only one comes out on top of a mountain of explosive eggs. Ponpu updates the classic formula for the modern age with quick dodges, shields and parries, raising the stakes and giving skilled players a chance to really flex on their foes. Players can also use a variety of special egg-based abilities, including hidden mines, freezing eggs, control-scrambling poison bombs and more.”
Ponpu is set to launch with 3 local muliplayer modes – Free-For-All is classic combat, last duck standing. Coin Collector has players beating cash out of each other, with the crown going to the most moneyed mallard. Paint The Map (inspired by Splatoon) has players rushing to spread their colors far and wide before the last bell rings. All 3 modes can be played with up to 4 players or against the AI opponents.
As well as local multiplayer, Ponpu is set to have a single player mode too. “Battle against the minions of the all-powerful and destructive Duck God. Bomb your way across ten worlds full of monsters, and defeat a swarm of weird and wacky bosses in your quest to save the universe from going to hell in an egg-basket.”