HAMSTER Co. has announced the newest game in its Arcade Archives series, PenguinKun Wars. This is a port of the 1985 arcade classic from UPL, the developer of great games like Bio-ship Paladin and Atomic Robo-kid. Sadly they went bankrupt in 1992, but thankfully we can still appreciate their games today.
So, PenguinKun Wars is a strange game. You control one of several cute animals, and the goal is to roll a ball across a table to the opponent’s side. Once you get ten balls to their side, you win. I’ll include a video showing the gameplay since I can’t adequately explain how it works. There are five different animals that players can choose from. These include a cow, rabbit, bat, rat, and the titular penguin. Surprisingly each animal plays slightly different. With some being faster to move than others or recovering from being knocked down more quickly.
As I said, PenguinKun Wars is kind of strange. It’s like a weird version of dodgeball. But it’s still a classic and can be a lot of fun. And it’s popular enough that a modern remake was released on the Nintendo Switch last summer. But for those who wanted a faithful port of the original HAMSTER Co. has you covered. Arcade Archives PenguinKun Wars will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on January 9th and January 2nd, respectively. The price is $7.99, and it does feature 2-player support.
If this interests you, be sure to check out the rest of the Arcade Archives series. HAMSTER Co. has covered everything from the original arcade version of Mario Bros. to Vs. Balloon Fight. These are quality ports and often the only legal way to enjoy these classic games unless you want to spend thousands of dollars on original arcade hardware.