[PlayStation 5] PopSlinger Review

by EdEN, Owner

Narrative-focused musical shooter PopSlinger from Funky Can Interactive and Artax Games is now ready to go on PlayStation 5. Check out our PopSlinger review!


Narrative-focused musical shooter PopSlinger from Funky Can Interactive and Artax Games is now ready to go on PlayStation 5. With the world in grave danger, as invaders set out to corrupt everyone’s hearts, it is up to Ria Carbon to save the day before it’s too late! You’ll have to fight against the deadly Corazones – that’s the name given to the people who have already been lost to the dark forces that have invaded from another dimension.

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Joining Ria Carbon will be former PopSlinger heroine Gin. Or, to be more precise, her spirit will join Ria. As you use different soda-powered weapons, you’ll have to pay attention and attack in sync with the beat. The soundtrack will dynamically change based on your performance, with sounds that have been inspired by the music from the 1980s and 1990s. This also applies to the game’s colorful look, with a presentation that is totally radtastic and large animated sprites that, well, help to make everything pop.

You’ll be controlling Ria with either the left analog stick or the D-Pad and attacking with the X button as needed. Colors matter in PopSlinger, so if you want to do things right, you’ll need to work on popping enemies of the same color in quick succession. Do this just right, and you’ll be able to enter Dream Time, grooving to the music and dealing a ton of damage to enemies. You’ll sometimes need to dodge enemies by using the Circle or Square buttons so that you can line up the next kill so as not to break your combo or your groove. As you gain new weapons, you’ll be able to switch between them by pressing the L1 and R1 buttons.

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Pop four enemies of the same color, and you’ll gain access to a special power that you can then activate by pressing the Triangle button. These could be special powers such as Turret, which places Gin’s spirit in a spot so that she can attack enemies on her own, or Double, which will make Gin follow you around for a bit as you both shoot at enemies with your soda-powered gun.

At the end of each stage, you’ll have to take on a boss battle. It’s then that Ria goes all-in on the 1990s magical girl theme that has also inspired PopSlinger. Be sure to pay attention to each boss’ movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right window of opportunity to attack them. After beating a boss, you’ll be rewarded with an extra soda can of health for Ria, and you’ll also gain a new weapon.

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And once you complete a level, you’ll be given a grade based on how well you did. This is important since to enter the last level, you’ll have to get a B rating or better on the previous levels. Your rank will be decided thanks to your hit score, max track, track transitions, single progressions, double progressions, if you managed to enter Dream Time, and if you completed the level without using the healing special power.

Trophy-wise, the game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to work on. The list has 11 Gold trophies for you to unlock, with the objectives including activating a power, vibing for the first time, completing the first level, defeating an enemy with the shotgun, surviving a wave of enemies, defeating the second boss in the game, defeating 50 blue enemies, 50 yellow enemies, and 50 red enemies, and getting a B rank or higher in a level. Will you be able to get this Platinum trophy for your collection?

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PopSlinger is a fun narrative-driven musical shooter on PlayStation 5. It has beat ’em up roots, but you’ll be using a variety of soda-powered guns to defeat the different colored enemies you’ll run into, as well as the bosses that you will take on at the end of each level. It’s a game that has been inspired by the music and aesthetics of the 1980s and 1990s, with a solid soundtrack that will change based on your performance. PopSlinger is out on PlayStation 5 with a $12.49 asking price. There’s also a PlayStation 4 version available as a separate purchase with the same price tag.

This PopSlinger review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Artax Games.

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