Ratalaika Games, Josyan

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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Sep 18, 2020
Xbox OneSep 18, 2020
Nintendo SwitchSep 18, 2020
PCSep 18, 2020
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Josyan

Publisher: Ratalaika Games

Genres: Platformer, Arcade

Classic arcade balloon poppin’ fun! You are an alien from a distant galaxy who is totally obsessed with blow up balloons. Having popped every last balloon on your home planet, now you must venture to other worlds in search of more balloons to pop. Inspired by classic arcade games, Tamiku is an arcade game in which you have to burst all the balloons of a level without being killed. To do this you will face different dangers, jump, run and quickly inflate the red balloons! Features: * 8 worlds and 16 levels * Incredible variety of enemies. * Beautiful pixel art * Chiptune soundtrack

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Tamiku is a modern arcade-style game with a rather charming presentation but ultimately the gameplay may be a bit too simple for some, especially given that the difficulty curve may scare away anyone who's never handled a joystick. If you're looking for an inexpensive and challenging arcade experience, Tamiku may scratch your particular itch.

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Those who have been playing video games for as long as I have will adore what Tamiku has to offer. From its charming visuals to its brilliant arcade-style gameplay, I highly recommend it to any old-school arcade game enthusiast.

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Tamiku easily nailed all the sweet spots I look for in a scorechaser: addictive gameplay loops, simple controls, trial and error, it’s all here, and Tamiku does a godly job with it all, to the point I honestly believe this could be made into a NES homebrew game due to just how authentic it feels! The only real gripes I have with Tamiku are a few: one being that I do wish the game would have an endless, randomized mode that would shuffle the order of stages around, and the other being that the lack of online leaderboards is a real shame, especially due to how this game’s practically screaming for them.

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If you like your old-style arcade games from the ’80s Tamiku is well worth picking up. Simple but challenging gameplay and a crazy cute character with a weird fetish for popping balloons makes this an arcade game worth sinking some time into. Though I will say I won’t be looking at balloons the same way for a while.

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