If you are new to Retro Gaming Magazine then you probably have missed our previous coverage of “Project Y” by WaterMelon Games. This was an often teased, but not much shown, brawler that has been in development for over four years now. Now, over that period we have seen some major claims laid at the feet of what we now know as Paprium. Finally, a gameplay video has surfaced and we are able to judge, somewhat, if those claims are on spot or way out in left field.
“Never a 16-Bit game has been so big, so rich, so crisp. Never the MEG power has been so intimidating!”
Well, we now know that Paprium is a post-apocalyptic brawler similar to Streets of Rage and Final Fight. I am not going to go as far as WaterMelon games does and say this is a Streets of Rage killer–that is highly not likely. What is shown in the video is a little out there and frantic, so to speak. Not fast paced gameplay, but something else. Also, the video makes it seem like everything done in the game causes the screen to shake. That could be bad if it is the case.
Interestingly, Paprium is going to be an 80-meg game. I cannot fault WaterMelon for saying it is the largest so far, even beating out Super Street Fighter II on the Genesis. Also, there will be three save slots–something you don’t usually see in a brawling game. I wonder why they would include those? Maybe there is more to this than just brawling like some grinding to level up or something?
Head over to Paprium.com to pre-order your copy. They start at $89 and go up to $150. The first 1988 pre-orders receive a free Paprium manga. Now who knows the significance of that number?