Ratalaika Video games is a small however devoted indie developer that makes a speciality of charming arcade-style video games. Tamiku is one in all their newest video games of their repertoire and is on the very least…distinctive.
Tamiku is an alien with a factor for popping balloons. His obsession led to him destroying his residence planet, so now he’s off to journey the celebrities to pop all the things he can get his arms on. After a quick cutscene depicting roughly how each stage will go, Tamiku takes off in his house ship to get a-poppin’.
Every spherical is specified by typical arcade-style multi-tiered ranges, one thing that resembles Bubble Bobble and Donkey Kong. To go every stage, Tamiku should pop balloons, which he accomplishes by touching them in the event that they’re blue, and mashing them between his arms if they’re orange.
Sadly, the cute alien is kind of defenseless. Like Pac-Man, one hit stops him in his tracks. Equally, there are areas in lots of ranges the place coming into into the far left of the display permits you to come out on the opposite facet of the display, simply in case you’re working away from overzealous enemies. And boy, are there enemies.
From the beginning, I used to be reminded why I’m not enormous on the arcade style: issue. It took three recreation overs earlier than I used to be capable of conquer the primary spherical, with enemies not solely going backward and forward however prime to backside. That, paired with random robotic spawns and having to continually leap or duck down a stage to keep away from loss of life makes Tamiku as difficult because the Centipedes and Froggers of previous. Granted, that form of factor comes with the style.
Ranges fluctuate in issue as you progress, with completely different enemies and techniques wanted to beat them. As nasty as the sport’s issue may be, it seems to be higher than any arcade recreation I can keep in mind ever dropping a token into. The sport is filled with coloration, vibrancy, and originality.
There are just a few completely different additions to the sport that gives accessibility, together with 5 languages, an non-obligatory CRT filter, and even non-obligatory borders that smack of the arcade cupboards of the ‘80s.