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Ponpu

Purple tree, Zordix, Green Man Gaming Publishing
Dec 31, 2020 - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

27%

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Critic Reviews for Ponpu

Ponpu, a Bomberman spiritual successor, offers solid fun for up to 4 players in local multiplayer. It falls short with its solo campaing, with good boss fights but insipid levels and unreliable controls. Nevertheless, it's a good choice for social gatherings, that also surprises with its daring monochromatic art design.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Ponpu is a decently fun Bomberman clone that has a distinct art style and some cool multiplayer modes. While the single-player content is nothing to write home about, you can definitely have a clucking good time with the right friends locally or online.

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Ponpu manages to amuse the player a little, but the story mode, besides being empty and repetitive, also have performance issues every time you pick up a feather. The multiplayer does not deliver anything big as well and doesn't have any match customizations, removing all replay factor that might exist.

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Although I had fun playing Ponpu, it made me want to dive back into Bomberman as it isn't quite as satisfying as Hudson's classic.

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Ponpu is weird, wacky and regularly wonderful. It’s a slick take on Bomberman that understands what made the original games so great and evolves it for the modern day. It’s a shame that the multiplayer modes are undermined by ineffective identifying marks that make it difficult to see who’s who. Thankfully a decent sized and suitably challenging single player campaign makes up for that.

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Ponpu doesn’t always deliver in its gameplay department and it’s far from being the spiritual successor to Bomberman we actually aren’t in a desperate need of right now, but it’s still quite fun. What really makes the game stand out is its bizarre presentation, visuals and surprisingly catchy soundtrack.

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It is joyful not only to have another 2D Bomberman, but to have it so beautiful and so well laid out. This is not easy to achieve, which is why it is a pity that the thing did not come up to that base and aesthetic design. A story mode that is not as much fun as it should be, and a multiplayer mode that is, but that asks for more options and content. But Ponpu works and deserves the opportunity.

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I really wanted to love Ponpu. The zany premise, delicious artwork, and Bomberman-inspired gameplay could have resulted in a triumphant indie classic. Instead, it was held back by glitches, occasionally sloppy game design, and a lack of real progress. But when you consider this was only the second time mobile developer Purple Tree tried their hand at consoles, I can moderate some of my frustration. If you’re a fan of Bomberman looking for something weird, then this still might be the game for you. As for myself, I find myself eagerly awaiting the next game from Purple Tree, and hoping it patches over any annoying imperfections.

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