Paw Paw Paw (P3) you had me at Paw. Cute cuddly bears, battle axes, and swords, what’s not to love? P3 Brings the side-scrolling beat em action akin to Castle Crashers but does it fill that gap?
On the surface, Paw Paw Paw is a cutesy take on the brawler genre. The huggable teddies and cute enemies serve as fodder as you level your character along with up to 3 friends. Visually, what’s to knock? The game is passable, character models are crisp the environments work. Unfortunately, animations really destroy the immersion. Everything feels like generation one South Park in all the bad ways. Everything is stiff and lacking the fluidity needed to convince any player they are in the world. The enemies fall into a stagnant pattern of advance retreat that is not only random but removes any chance this title has at longevity.
Audibly the title is lacklustre at best.
Nothing on offer will end up on your Spotify playlist and for good reason. The accompanying soundtrack is weak and the sound effects don’t help either. Sound design can be a massive part of the gaming experience but easily thrown away if it’s poorly executed and you don’t take it in.
Control-wise, Paw Paw Paw is a mess.
X and Y serve as attacks, but at the end of the day we have a game of give and take. Press your button in the correct order and you win, mess up the flow you lose. P3 had a chance to be an entry-level brawler and legit shit the bed. Why? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a tame intro for 90’s/80’s kids. P3 could have slotted into that spot but didn’t. Instead, they thought Double Dragon was the way.
Does it look good?
No. Everything is flat, hollow and without feeling, so Paw Paw Paw simply ends up as another shovelware title filling up the poorly managed eShop. Understand that we want P3 to work. The core is intact with some interesting concepts but ultimately feels hollow. Paw Paw Paw ends up feeling like a hack attempt at the brawler genre. There is fun to be had, but are you willing to deal with the shortcomings?
Paw Paw Paw, functions as a brawler. But long time fans and those new to the genre should walk away. Regrettably, P3 is another half-ass title on the eShop demanding full money and time. My advice is to save it.
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Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 04/12/2020
No. of Players: 1-4
Category: Adventure, RPG, Action
Developer: Ratalaika Games
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop