Where is the time of simple, cute and incredibly addictive games gone? It seems to've gone not too far if you look at Push-Push Penguin. This Pengo remake takes everything the original was and boosts it up to a game you'll never let go.
In Push-Push Penguin, you play as Pen-Pen, the penguin. He is the only one left in Snow Town who is brave enough to challenge the Snow Trolls after their invasion. He can be joined by his sweetheart, Deda-Deda, if you choose to play with two players instead of one. Alone, or together, you have to fight through 50 levels of snow trolls, octopuses, pandas and bunnies, fighting bosses, collecting stars, eating fruit and so much more.
The goal of Push-Push Penguin is to finish each level. This is done by defeating all enemies and eating the fruit and powerups that're left after that. An enemy can be destroyed by squashing it between iceblocks, walls, metal blocks or rocks. You can also destroy them by running them over after you got the flaming torch powerup. In addition to that, there are other powerups to collect, as well as bonuses to be gathered. Finally, the penguins also have a special power, which freezes walls up. If an enemy touches such a wall, they become temporarily stunned.
This game is a fast-paced action-puzzler that will charm both young and old, and everybody inbetween. That's not only due to its simple pick-up-and-play gameplay or amount of powerups and items to collect. No, it's also due to its cute pixel-art. The graphics are very similar to games like The New Zealand Story and the likes: simple drawings that're made so cute it'll warm everybody's heart.
When you have five minutes to spare during your coffeebreak, or you want to keep your kids quiet during a rainy afternoon, or you're kids who don't know what to do during said afternoon, grab this game and get squashing!
Review by: Raf