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Pankapu

 

 

SCORE: 58

Pankapu 

 

I extend my gratitude that Family Friendly Gaming was given a digital download code for Pankapu on the Playstation 4. This 2D side scrolling action adventure video game with role playing elements is also available on the PC (via Steam), and the Xbox One. Pankapu is a downloadable only video game. Physical copy gamers are denied access to Pankapu on all three systems.

Pankapu is an episodic adventure. That means there is more of this game coming in the future. That is the good news. The bad news is you will have to pay more to play more. There is also action adventure violence as we slash our way through a variety of blob like enemies. Pankapu is deeply religious with all kinds of false gods, goddesses, and spirits. Some of the religious aspects are similar to the Gaia religious beliefs. I found nothing that supported the Judaeo-Christian belief set that the super majority of Americans identify with.

The story line in Pankapu revolves around Dreamland. The main character is a dreamkeeper that was created by the false god of dreams. He sends out us to stop the nightmares from taking over Dreamland. We are one hero listening to voice acting and really cool music on a quest to destroy all of the black blobs. I guess Pankapu does not want to celebrate the diversity of nightmares, or listen to them and learn from their diversity.

Along the way the main character in Pankapu will find magic to open the way. I love how far we can jump when we hold down the jump button in Pankapu. Some of those platforms are tiny and can be difficult to land on. There are plenty of obstacles on top of the enemies to stop us. Why do the spikes hurt us, but not the enemies? That felt cheap to me personally.

Pankapu is a 2.8 gig download on the PS4. The graphics look nice in Pankapu. It made me think of Child of Light. Only Pankapu is brighter and more colorful. I wish the radical religious beliefs had been kept out of Pankapu. I know plenty of people that will reject this game because they see it as an attack on their religious beliefs. Family Friendly Gaming has been telling RPG makers this truth for over a decade now. Obviously they are not listening or just want to limit their sales.
- RPG Master

 

Graphics: 60%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 50%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 40%

System: PC/Xbox One/PS4(tested)
Publisher: Plug In Digital
Developer: Too Kind Studio
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
{Mild Fantasy Violence}
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product


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