Umihara Kawase BaZooKa!

Success, ININ Games, Studio Saizensen

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Umihara Kawase BaZooKa!

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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Oct 30, 2020
PCMay 28, 2020
Nintendo SwitchOct 30, 2020

Developers: Success, Studio Saizensen

Publisher: ININ Games

Genres: Arcade, Action

Umihara Kawase BaZooKa! is a fast-paced action game where the players goal is to clear the screen of enemies by performing skillful combos with their Bazooka and an extraordinary fishing rod. Choose your fighter out of 22 iconic characters and complete the Challenge Mode with 40 stages! The stages feature moving platforms, perilous obstacles and quirky enemy sea life. Not forgetting the other players, of course! Expect multiplayer action at its very best, either in versus mode or as party fun for up to 4 players online and offline! - Fast-paced Battle Action for 1-4 players - Online & couch multiplayer on 40 stages - Strong competitive gameplay - Online leaderboard ranking - 22 beloved characters to choose from - Each character has a different special move - Classic 2D single screen platform action - Find opponents from different countries for a quick match

Umihara Kawase BaZooKa! Critic Reviews

Nintendo Life

Stuart Gipp
4 / 10
Nintendo Life

Is Umihara Kawase BaZooKa! fun to play? Sure, a little. It's inoffensive, but it never grabbed us. Even though it's a short game, we never felt that burning desire to get to the end that is typically present in other titles. There are many characters, but none of them was really interesting. Cute, yeah. But not enough to mitigate the central problem that this isn't an interesting game. We're not sure why this is the direction the series has gone in, but could it go back to the lovingly-crafted, intricate rope courses, please? Far be it for us to call for a regression, but sometimes going back to the well is a good idea.

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A fun arcade-like party game in the Umihara Kawase series, the fishing rod and lure are back, but crazy knockback animations and underwhelming boss battles make the game drag in parts.

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All in all, Umihara Kawase BaZooka! being built from Fresh!’s charming revolutionary base is a tale of two halves. Developer Success inverting the Umihara Kawase formula post-Fresh! for a second time wasn’t asked for. Yet the creative team aimed for popular untested franchise waters. Understanding BaZooka!’s real hook is the spiritual to the Umihara Kawase core series Challenge Mode for 1-4 players when buying the game. The less refined Battle Royale half, er, not so much. Look, I’m just ecstatic two Umihara Kawase games are on the mainstream console Nintendo Switch when I feared the series would sink into the depths of obscurity!

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Umihara Kawase BaZooka! feels like the type of game that can be enjoyed leisurely rather than something to spend long periods of time on.

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