Last Updated on November 21, 2022
Classic-style shoot ’em up Drainus is set to land on Nintendo Switch, with pre-orders commencing today on Strictly Limited Games. To tempt you further, they’re offering a 15% discount on the entire order, but only if you order Drainus (standard box Limited Edition or the more expensive Collector’s Edition), within 24 hours.
If you are unaware, Drainus is based on an original IP and is from small Japanese indie Ladybug. The main element of the game is the titual spacecraft, which absorbs light energy attacks. Harvested energy can be used by the player to launch devastating counterattacks. This unusual twist brings a whole new experience to the classic space shooter/shmup game genre.
Featuring three balanced difficulty settings, and two unlockable game modes, Drainus also boasts the ability to activate and expand on the craft’s weapon systems. As the game progresses, you basically create your own ship, with a wealth of options from target-seeking missiles to reflecting lasers and spherical defence shields.
With a late 90s-style aesthetic, Drainus features beautiful pixel and sprite art animations, with multi-layered backgrounds, huge bosses with multiple moving parts and references to genre classics. The game’s Original Soundtrack completes the package, paying homage to genre soundtracks of the past in a unique electronic style.
This exciting retro-edged gaming experience is set for release on Nintendo Switch thanks to Strictly Limited Games. Two versions are available. Along with the standard boxed Limited Edition version is the Drainus Collector’s Edition, limited to 1500 numbered copies worldwide.
Drainus Collector’s Edition Features
- Game for Nintendo Switch
- Collector’s Edition Box with magnetic latch
- Colorful Game Manual
- Material Collection Book with an exclusive manga in both English and Japanese, exclusive interview with the developer and behind-the-scenes material about the development
- Drainus Hanging Decoration
- DRAINUS Original Soundtrack, 1 CD
- Textile Patch with the emblem of the Kharlarl Empire
- DRAINUS Enamel Logo Pin
- Double-sided Poster
Drainus is planned to release this Winter 2022/23. Pre-Orders for the physical editions can be placed exclusively on StrictlyLimitedGames.com.
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