Pankapu

Plug In Digital

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
64
Top Critic Average
41%
Critics Recommend
Based on 17 critic reviews
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Pankapu

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

64

Top Critic Average

41%

Critics Recommend

Based on 17 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Xbox OneSep 20, 2017
Nintendo SwitchSep 28, 2017
PCSep 21, 2016
PlayStation 4Sep 19, 2017

Publisher: Plug In Digital

Genres: Action, Platformer

Jump into a neo-retro adventure with Pankapu : a taste of 90’s platformers in an oneiric world. Pankapu is a narrative action-platformer that takes place in the dreams of Djaha’rell, a child troubled by a tragic incident. Upgrade your skills, find new competencies, switch your Aegis in real time in order to get rid of Nightmare's invasion: "Fight for the safety of your land, dear Dreamkeeper" Told in the manner of a fable read to a child, the game has two levels of reading: the tale of Pankapu, epic and naïve, and the one about Djaha’rell's life, in the real-world, dark and tragic.

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Pankapu Reviews

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Pankapu has interesting elements in its favour. The game's plot and the way it is presented is certainly one of them and its well crafted visuals add to the flavour. At the same time, the level design feels too repetitive and the game doesn't really feel like it offers anything new, as Penkapu's good story telling and visuals end up outshining almost everything else about the game.

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If you need a 2D platforming fix you can't go far wrong with Pankapu. While the polished, crisp, beautiful presentation and gameplay are engaging enough, it is nevertheless slightly let down by a few elements that affect the beat by beat and overall flow of the game. The charming characters and parallel narrative are intriguing, and while the resonant themes, fantastical atmosphere and wonderful locales enchant and are especially vibrant on a big screen, the controls aren't quite tight or precise enough considering the challenging level design an enemy combat. An enjoyable game, if not quite as strong as it could have been.

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After experiencing the finished product, I'm pleased to see that Pankapu turned out to be such a charming and worthwhile adventure.

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Cubed3

Eric
4 / 10
Cubed3

Pankapu leaves much to be desired in nearly every aspect, with the sole exception being its artwork. The story hints at something greater to never deliver, the music is impossibly repetitive and grating, and by far its biggest sin is that the platforming is atrocious. The difficulty and frustration is so ever-present that it annihilates any chance of it being any fun, and the slow controls only serve to put the final mark on a disastrous title.

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