PopSlinger, a vibrant musical shooter inspired by ‘90s anime from developer Funky Can Creative, pops its way to Nintendo Switch on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.
Enter into a hand-drawn, marker art style world as Ria Carbon, a regular girl turned into the overconfident goofball hero PopSlinger. Set out to save the planet from sinister invaders using Ria’s soda-powered guns, popping everything in sight, and having fun with magical powers bestowed upon her by a former PopSlinger named Gin.
As Earth’s new savior, Ria combats the nefarious invaders stirring up conflict and dispersing corruption, clashing with an agent from a secret organization and her coffee-powered guns along the way. Pop, dodge, and slam gooey monsters, including the ultra-strong bosses leading the invasion, known as Corazones. Utilize strategic battle sequences in beat ‘em up clashes, all while racking up high scores.
Climb to the top of the scoreboard implementing arcade-inspired scoring mechanics and a ranking system to unlock flavored-guns including the Cola laser, straw shooting Strawberry, and cap popper Orange. Collect Popping Souls, ghostly-looking bottle caps in various colors which double as sources of power for other weapons and to increase Ria’s health.
Gain Popping Powers by shooting sequences of colored enemy gloops. Obtain the mighty magical Dream Time, making Ria unbeatable and collecting massive points for the ranks, by perfecting multiple sequences in a row. Choose targets depending on the abilities needed: double invokes Gin as a rearguard, while heal summons a can of soda to speed up her recovery. As the story progresses, expect more challenges and for soundtrack beats to become faster, livelier, and more intense, all while immersing in a gorgeous world.
Enjoy a fresh, yet nostalgic New Retro art style with a performance reactive soundtrack inspired by vibey, City Pop and Future Funk music genres alongside illustrations influenced by dreamy ‘90s Japanese animations and modern music videos. PopSlinger brings to life a world of colorful, funky aesthetics in a wholesome setting.
“It is a dream come true to share our charming colorful world with Nintendo’s community,” said Jose Luis Abreu, Funky Can Creative founder. “PopSlinger is heavily inspired by the anime I grew up watching as well as artists and musicians who are also still part of my life today. We hope everyone will enjoy the mix of nostalgic and current references we put together to bring Ria’s world to life and have as much fun with it as we do!”
To learn more about PopSlinger, visit the game’s official website, follow @FunkyCanDev on Twitter, @funkycancreative on Instagram, and like the studio’s Facebook page.