PALPUS (Early Access) – Indie Action Platformer with Nonstop Action That’ll Remind You of Mega Man

PALPUS (Early Access) – Indie Action Platformer with Nonstop Action That’ll Remind You of Mega Man

Game Review

PALPUS is a Rambo-style platformer game that’ll have you nostalgic for Contra.

You play as a heroic lone fighter who needs to find the way through huge 2D sidescrolling levels of gorgeous colorful old-school retro pixel art that are dominated by cyborg robots and warriors. The gameplay is similar to old-school classics like Contra, Turrican, and Mega Man.

You can shoot in a linear fashion in front of you exclusively, so you’ll have to do a lot of jump shots to take down baddies all over the map. If an enemy is in the air, you’ll have to jump and shoot. This is the same control scheme as Mega Man and Contra and should be no issue- especially if you grew up with these hardcore action platformers.

It’s all about jumping, killing, and shooting in nonstop chaos! You get different weapons, grenades, and lots of enemies to shoot. Each gun has pros and cons so you need to bring out the right gun for the right situation. It supports Xbox Gamepad as well if you don’t like using a mouse/keyboard combination.

There are a few hidden level and items as well for you to discover- so there’s a sense of exploration too if you’re not engorged with dodging projectiles.

PALPUS features four full levels each with lots of action, gore, platforming, and some very tight jumps and combat areas. The game is very fast-paced with nearly no time to take a break other than the straight platforming sections. There’s always something going on. Sparks flying, projectiles to dodge, robots shattering to bits and pieces, humans blowing up into gory bits, and moving platforms to time your jumps!

There are bosses at the end of each level that are tough to beat if you don’t know how to time your shots. The game isn’t too tough, but you need to be able to work quickly and make split-second decisions or get devoured by cyborg robots! You get a variety of power-ups like energy shields and weapon enhancements to use to your own advantage and cash to upgrade your stuff permanently or buy new items from shops located in each level.

PALPUS is a pretty fun game to just break out for some cheap thrills. It pays homage to the classics and works pretty well for some nonstop action platforming. The control is kind of off and makes some parts more difficult than they need to be, but you’ll get used to it quickly. If you like action platforming, try out PALPUS using the link below. It’s an arcade shooter that’s reminiscent of the good old days.

ProsCons
  • Nonstop action platforming
  • Upgrde your gear or buy new gear
  • Earn cash and get power-ups
  • Crazy Rambo-style run and gun chaos
  • Arcade-style platforming
  • Control scheme requires learning
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Game Information

Status: Early Access

Published: 2/17/18

Platforms: Windows

Engine: –

Genre: Action

Languages: English

Inputs: Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox Gamepad

Developer Information

Developer: Meister Palpus

Developer page: Go

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