If you’re a fan of Pokémon Snap but need a few scares to counteract the occasionally nauseating cuteness, this new standalone release on Switch this week might be just what the doctor ordered.
Penko Park is an adorably creepy indie where you explore an abandoned wildlife park and take Ghibli-esque photos of its inhabitants. If that sounds exactly like your thing, as it does mine, you’ll be pleased to know that Penko Park launches on Switch in just a few days, on September 27. That gives you a full month and changes to immerse yourself in all things cute. sights and scares during the Halloween season. Of course, it’s never a bad time for cute scary games, but things like this are different this time of year.
In an interview with Nintendo Life (opens in a new tab) Celebrating the release of the Switch game, game designer Konstantin Kopka said that the creepy and cute indie was directly inspired by the developers’ childhood memories of playing Pokemon Snap. The main difference, of course, is that the creatures are a bit creepier and the story, which asks you to uncover the dark secrets behind the town’s downfall, is a bit darker.
“It’s about storytelling and environmental exploration,” Kopka said. “Penko Park tells the story of an abandoned nature park and allows players to find out the reason for its downfall. It can be played in different ways: players can just have fun and relax, taking nice snapshots of strange creatures, or they can focus more on all those details and explore the park’s many (sometimes darker) secrets.
Penko Park has been available on PC for a while now, and it’s actually ranked #12 out of 250 on Steam’s official “hidden gems” list. (opens in a new tab)but this is the first time it’s booted into a console.
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