Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 27, 2019
    Pawarumi shows the shoot ’em up genre has new directions to go besides just improving the visuals with each passing decade.
  2. Aug 19, 2019
    The Switch is already home to a variety of shooters, but Pawarumi makes a solid case for being a worthy addition to a shooter fan's library. The gimmick of having three different-colored guns and enemies makes the game more cerebral while also not punishing players who just want to stick with one weapon type. The three main game difficulties make it accessible to everyone, while the difficulty levels determining the number and order of the stages mean that playthroughs may feel familiar but not exactly the same. It could have used a few more modes to round out the package, but thanks to it doing just about everything right, Pawarumi is worth playing for shooting fans.
  3. Aug 12, 2019
    Pawarumi joins the ranks of 2D shoot'em ups on the Nintendo Switch and brings a 'rock, paper, scissors' system to its gameplay mechanics, a laudable feature which makes the game involving and gives it a tough, demanding difficulty level (sometimes too high, it should be said). Pawarumi is full of personality and any fans of 2D shooters will feel more than satisfied with this new effort on the Nintendo Switch.
  4. Aug 12, 2019
    Pawarumi is a good old-fashioned “shoot everything that moves” game which engages the player right from the start; I had an adrenaline rush going the whole time I was playing. At $14.99, it’s a great addition to your Nintendo Switch catalog of games.
  5. Aug 9, 2019
    Pawarumi is a solid shoot ’em up in both challenge and its creative design. The sci-fi Aztec-infused presentation is refreshing, while taking inspiration from Ikaruga and throwing in their own inventive twist on the formula helps give Pawarumi its own flavour. It might be too hard for the casual fan, since there is no way to continue on death – it is key to learn Pawarumi‘s distinct Trinity Mechanic system to survive, but spending time doing so is rewarding. Pawarumi doesn’t have the final polish and tightly knitted gameplay that Treasure’s black and white gem does that could have pushed it to the kings of the genre – this comes with experience crafting games in the genre, which Treasure has mountains of – but shoot ’em up fans will have a blast as they try chase down the world champions on the leaderboard.
  6. Aug 8, 2019
    Pawarumi is a vital, beautiful and utterly enthralling entry in the Shmup genre. Its trifecta of concepts might seem daunting at first, but this is an instinctual shooter that will blow fans of the genre away.
  7. Aug 7, 2019
    Pawarumi offers us a universe that mixes old and new in a very effective way, with a very interesting shooting system that will delight the most demanding players. It is a very fun and addictive title, although unfortunately it does not have a local multiplayer, which means that we can only enjoy it alone.
  8. Aug 5, 2019
    Pawarumi is a solid shoot ’em up game with a decent spin on a tried and tested mechanic. I found that getting a handle on its multi-tasking demands is both satisfying and tense, especially when it came to keeping my cool under pressure. Throw a few decent boss fights into the mix, an online leaderboard, music that varies from pan pipes to rock music, and you have another well-crafted arcade shoot ’em up to add to the collection on Nintendo Switch.
  9. 80
    With three color-based weapons, the player must use the right gun for the right situation. Certain gun and enemy combos recharge shields, while others will energize the ship’s special weapon. There are also three somewhat different storylines for the game’s three difficulty levels, which is certainly unique. Either way, for those who love old school-styled destruction with modern tech, Pawarumi is a must-have.
  10. Jul 31, 2019
    Ultimately, Pawarumi is an inventive and engaging STG that's held back by a low frame-rate. Considering the genre, a lesser game would completely fall apart if it ran at 30 FPS. At least with this one, its admirable qualities still shine through. The art-direction is quite interesting and the Trinity Mechanics are really well-executed. That said; dealing with the handicap of having less reaction time is liable to be too much for some players. It's advisable to wait for a possible 60 FPS patch, or check out the version that's available on Steam. Otherwise, expect at least some frustration and anger in your future.
  11. Jul 30, 2019
    Pawarumi takes the idea behind the classic Ikaruga and tries to exploit it even further... but without the refinement of the Treasure gem. It has great ideas, good graphic design, personality... but often you won't know what you are doing because it's a little bit confusing. Even worst it's that it lack content (only 5 levels).
  12. Jul 24, 2019
    Pawarumi is a tough-as-nails shmup with a unique central mechanic that takes time to master. Stick with it though and you’ll be rewarded with a slick, fast-paced shooter that looks and sounds amazing and will test your skills to the max. There’s really nothing else like it out there right now and, even with slight reservations over the difficulty, a lacklustre story and paucity of game modes, this is an easy recommend for fans of the genre looking for a proper challenge.
  13. Jul 23, 2019
    Pawarumi is a smart and intoxicating shoot'em up that will surely delight old school gamers.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 29, 2019
    A definite nuanced game that requires a little more than any other shump game you have to pair different color combinations. Graphics andA definite nuanced game that requires a little more than any other shump game you have to pair different color combinations. Graphics and sound are in harmony. Stylish 3D graphics. Have great patience as it is easy to die in the game. This doesn't stop faithful shoot 'em up players from testing it. Recommended to all shump fans. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2019
    Pawarumi tiene una gran propuestas para los amantes de los desafíos. Con una buena presentación y niveles de dificultad interesantes paraPawarumi tiene una gran propuestas para los amantes de los desafíos. Con una buena presentación y niveles de dificultad interesantes para rejugar. Sobretodo, la posibilidad de estar en una buena posición dentro del score general, va a hacer que cualquier speedrunner le eche un ojo. Por otro lado, la historia y los gráficos no alcanzan a tener esa calidad. Si es eso lo que se busca, lo mejor va a ser ir por otro título. Full Review »