Game News Summer Game Fest 2022: Poinpy, the modern-day Doodle Jump is on Netflix
Mappin, the Japanese studio behind the excellent Downwell, took advantage of the Netflix Gaming event to present its new game dedicated to subscribers to the SVOD service, Poinpy. After falling into the abyss, Ojiro Fumoto is aiming for the skies this time. In this nice little platform/arcade game, the player is invited to send an adorable greenish creature into the air in order to collect fruit. However, the mission that might seem simplistic actually requires a lot of skill.
Higher, yes higher
Freshly landed on Android and iOS devices, Poinpy is, in a way, the complete opposite of Downwell, Mappin’s previous app. Say goodbye to the dark, bat-filled caves you have to descend into, it’s time to bounce back to the skies! The Devolver game that ends up on Netflix is not there to make movies: The scenario? It fits on a stamp with this story of a gigantic monster, annoyed at having been used as a simple trampoline, which must be calmed down by making beverages. Maneuverability? It is immediately understandable and requires only one finger to perform the various actions. The small grass-colored ball is sent into the air as if the player had a slingshot: a downward sweep therefore sends the small character up high. Easy right?
When the player maintains the pressure before propelling the creature, a dotted line appears to show the path that the monster will follow once in the air. Little by little, by using the edges of the screen to bounce a little higher, by landing on platforms, by crushing enemies, and performing a double then a triple jump, the user will be able to overcome obstacles and to climb the areas. In other words, Ojiro Fumoto’s title draws on old mobile successes (Doodle Jump, Angry Bird, among others) to ensure onion-based gameplay..
Unlike other games of the same genre, Poinpy’s goal isn’t just to get to the skies. Pursued by a huge creature located at the bottom of the screen, the little creature must also pick up fruit required by the boss, respecting specific combinations. At the bottom of an area, only one fruit is needed to satisfy the ravenous pursuer, but the higher the player climbs, the more the horrific stalker increases his claims. First you need a blackberry, then two, then two tomatoes and lemon, etc. The concern is that the player has a limited time to complete these requirements and everything must be collected without the player touching the ground. If the little creature falls on the ground before the right combination of fruits is picked up, the food collected disappears and you will have to try your luck again before the timer runs out. When the timer reaches zero after too many failures, the boss ignites and grills the hero. A life is then removed.
Easy to get to, hard to master
Easy to pick up but complicated to master, Poinpy is full of elements that reveal themselves as you progress and effectively enhance the gameplay. For example, crushing an enemy or a destructible element of the decor grants an additional jump, which quickly becomes essential to hope to collect whole baskets of fruit without touching the ground. Also, some fruits are draped in a yellow veil. If the player collects them, he wins a token that he can spend in a bonus dispenser accessible from the game’s title screen. is crushed, spawning a few fruits in pairs, adding food to the smash jars, etc. Thus, the increasing difficulty of the levels is (slightly) counterbalanced by unlockable upgrades and ranks that increase steadily, even on failure.
At the same time simple, kawaii, and quite intransigent, Poinpy is a very good surprise that does everything that is asked of it without a repulsive business model. Aimed at a wider audience than Downwell without being too permissive, Mappin’s new title could well become your best companion on your holiday journey. Poinpy is available to Netflix subscribers on Android and iOS.
About the Summer Game Fest
What is Summer Game Fest?
No E3 this year, but we can still count on another world-class event: the Summer Game Fest, a big show dedicated to announcements of video games to come this year or the following years. It was in 2020 that journalist and host Geoff Keighley launched this now unmissable festival for the first time. Last year, the show featured stunning images from Elden Ring; so inevitably, the third iteration raises high expectations.
When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?
The Summer Game Fest is this Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The show will once again be followed by a Day of the Devs session devoted to the independent scene.
How to follow the Summer Game Fest 2022?
On HelloSolar.info, we will react live to announcements from the LeStream channel alongside Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée in particular. The show will also be directly visible as a teaser on HelloSolar.info’s homepage. And for those who prefer reading, you will of course find our news throughout the conference. A written summary will also be available
What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?
Among the games not to miss, there is in particular the heir to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us its first gameplay images. For its part Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 presents us with its first level. Also on the program: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from Aaryn Flynn’s studio (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, the JRPG One Piece Odyssey, the free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley further announced: “We have a few new game announcements for this show and hopefully a few surprises if all goes well. But it’s definitely a show that mostly focuses on things that are foretold.”