Looking for an intense, challenging and fast-paced shooter? Well, French Indie developer Manufacture 43 has just launched such a game on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in the form of Pawarumi. Get ready for an experience that’s best described as Rock-Paper-Scissors with lasers!

You’ll play as Axo, the pilot of Chukaru, who’s taking the fight to the limitless armies of the Council for some reason. The reason behind it will become apparent as the first four levels of the game are actually flashbacks. It’s essentially a shoot ’em up set in a futuristic, yet pre-Columbian, inspired universe.  With three difficulty levels in place, each one changes up the Arcade mode ever so slightly and there’s a sense of accomplishment in reaching the different endings.

Axo only gets one life though, and your shield will reduce strength by a third every time you are hit. Fortunately, Pawarumi features a powerful mechanic called the Trinity, which will help even the odds. The three basic weapons are controlled by coloured divinities – Condor (a laser) is blue, Serpent (a Gatling gun) is green, and Jaguar (missiles) is red. Enemies you face are powered by the same divinities, and by targeting with the same as them, or different colour, you trigger one of the three bonuses of the Trinity – Boost, Drain or Crush. But be warned, there are both positive and negative consequences to your choices.

If you want to know more about Pawarumi, then giving our full review a little read would be a grand place to start. Should it convince you to make a purchase, simply begin your journey to the Xbox Store and pay the required fee of £12.49 – with Switch gamers needing to visit their own digital store.

Game Description:

In a world where the Council rules the nations with an iron fist, you play as Axo, pilot of the legendary ship Chukaru. Experience her fight with the limitless armies of the Council, become the master of Chukaru’s power and find the true meaning behind all your actions. A dark secret is yet to be revealed! Pawarumi is a modern shoot’em up set in a retro futuristic sci-fi pre-Columbian universe. You’ll take control of the almighty ship Chukaru and its three unique weapons! Shoot wisely to either do double damage, heal yourself or charge your Super Attack!

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