Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, alongside one manned developer Ohsat Games, is happy to announce a cutesy platformer, which has been single handedly created. Go! Go! PogoGirl, planned for release on February, 10th 2023 to PC Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch, priced at $4.99 / €4.99.
PogoGirl is a pogo champion living on Pogo Island. She’s fun-loving, happy, and easy-going but one fateful night, her favorite pogo stick is stolen from its case. Distressed, Pogo Girl grabs a spare pogo stick and gives chase, bouncing after the thief throughout the night and day – across the whole island in order to get her treasure back and strive to do the right thing by helping others. So the exciting adventure begins and an impressive challenge unfolds.
Go! Go! PogoGirl takes place across four seasons, with each season comprising four levels plus a boss level.
The developer commented, ‘The season theme was chosen to imply that the game takes place over a long stretch of time, as PogoGirl is hunting down the thief who stole her favorite pogo stick. The time of day within the seasons will also change, with the first level of a season taking place in the morning and the boss level taking place at night.’
Clever design work is implemented in such a way that players can find good routes for speed-running and things are never that easy. Those who want to take their time exploring will find hidden gems behind fake walls and lots more. Exploration is encouraged as care has been taken so that players can freely explore the levels without fear of getting lost! As the game plays check out some of the familiar backdrops, inspired by classic 90s titles. Once you’ve beaten the last boss, an additional bonus world with 5 more levels is unlocked but there is a long way to go before you get to this stage.
As is familiar for classic 2D platformers, the main goal is just to reach the end of each level. However, the game employs a task system for added challenges. In each level you can achieve three extra goals:
1) Collecting all 100 gems in a level
2) Finding all 3 hidden gems in a level
3) Beating the level without dying.
Each of these goals will award players with a pogo medal, and if you collect all the medals in the game (including the bonus levels you unlock after beating it once), you will unlock a low gravity cheat, making PogoGirl bounce super high. Finally, players can also enable a timer in the game to speedrun it.
As well as completing all the set levels and going on to unlock additional ones there are lots of other unlockables, and surprises on offer. In truth, just like some old-school games that have mystery finds and hidden cheats, Go! Go! PogoGirl recreates the excitement of finding secrets you did not expect!
Slick and responsive controls are the order of the day and some nice music and sound effects present a stomping-retro experience to be had by all!
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch