Game: Paw Paw Paw
Genre: Adventure, Action, Role-Playing, Multiplayer
System: Nintendo Switch (also on Steam)
Developers | Publishers: Simpleton | Ratalaika Games
Age Rating: EU 16 | US T
Price: EU $9.99 | USD $9.99 | UK £9.99
Release Date: December 4th, 2020
Review code used, with many thanks to Ratalaika Games
Paw Paw Paw is a 2D Sidescroller Beat- Em-Up game. You play as part of the resistance in their effort to bring down the King. Hack and slash your way to victory, and beat all your enemies into a pulp!
The Kingdom of Paw Paw Paw
Paw Paw Paw was a peaceful and prosperous kingdom of anthropomorphic citizens until one fateful day when there was a big upheaval in the Kingdom. The King in all his wisdom had decided to enforce everyone to wear pants. Or trousers depending on what part of the world you come from. Obviously, the story doesn’t take itself too seriously.
You play as part of the resistance group called Antipants in their effort to bring down the King and his crazy ideas! Your character is chosen to rush ahead in the name of Antipants, the pants-denying resistance mob, mainly because you’re cannon fodder and nothing else.
Take your Pick of Four Characters
There are four starting characters to chose from, all animals, and more are unlocked as you play the game. Each character has their own abilities, stats, combos, and weapon preferences.
The beat-em-up action takes place in side-scrolling forests, or mountains, no dusty side streets for the Antipants resistance. You have sword-n-shield based combat, your team mate carries an Axe. Bow and arrows are available for another character and an animal with two knives which has to be my favourite to use.
Also, the different weapon types of different characters really do mix things up. It’s a tactically different game when playing with an arrow rather than a sword. The various characters have a good variety of combat styles between them and this extends the playability of Paw Paw Paw as you try out all the characters.
Unlock new Weapons
While you’re out killing baddies you unlock new and powerful weapons for your characters. Each weapon has its own stats and bonuses. And you can loot weapons by defeating enemies and bosses. Or you can buy new weapons from the wandering merchants. Outposts are places that you can visit between levels, a place for you to rest and prepare for the next mission. Here you can level up your characters, equip new weapons, restock your supplies, buy various items and recruit a companion.
Side Scrolling Combat
Paw Paw Paw isn’t a rogue-lite. If you die, you just start the level over again or go back to base and stock up on more items, your XP is maintained. And that’s just as well as you will die often as the combat isn’t as fluid as you would like. Since it’s a side-scrolling game and the enemies are 2D it can be hard to figure out if your standing in front of the enemy to take a good swing or not. So there is a lot of unnecessary button pressing while your characters takes swings at the air.
The later levels in the game do get harder with lots of enemies who can and will kill you instantly in the middle of your attack. While this is a game filled with super cute animals it’s all so pretty violent, even with blood splatter. You can turn this off in the settings if you find it gets to much for you.
Visuals and Controls
A lack of polish on the game shows itself a few times, as there are a couple of grammatical mistakes in the text between the characters. The graphics are alright, though there are times I couldn’t make out what some of the animals are meant to be represented. But I don’t think it really matters in this sort of game as it’s more about the combat and how it preforms.
As I’ve mentioned, the combat can be hit or miss (pun intended) as you can’t always tell which enemy you are hitting because of the side scrolling perspective. Paw Paw Paw controls fine with the joy-cons, and the game runs without any glitches and such.
You can play single player or team up for local co-op for up to 4 players. This, I think, is where the game would be more enjoyable. It’s not that it isn’t enjoyable as a single player game but I do think a bunch of friends playing it would be good laugh.
Paw Paw Paw is an entertaining little beat-em-up. While you won’t find anything new you haven’t seen before, it’s still worth playing.
If you fancy playing as a few cute animals and causing some mayhem, you should give Paw Paw Paw a try.
Final Verdict: I Like It