ININ Games have announced the first-ever console ports for Spica Adventure, a classic Taito-developed sidescrolling platformer.
Spica Adventure was originally released back in 2005 only for Japanese arcades. This is the first console port for the game, planned for spring 2024 across Windows PC, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PS4, and PS5.
Preorders for a physical edition on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 will kick off on November 14th, via online retailers.
Here’s a rundown on the game, plus a new trailer:
In Spica Adventure, players will use their wits and quick reflexes to guide the heroine, Nico, through challenging stages filled with abstract and cartoony dangers.
To navigate the game’s challenges, players will rely on Nico’s trusty umbrella, reminiscent of the iconic yellow parasols from the beloved game Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III. Serving as a spiritual successor, Spica Adventure brings back the importance of the yellow umbrella as a vital device for the player. This versatile tool becomes a true lifesaver in tricky situations, allowing you to charge at enemies, float gracefully through the air, spring off walls with agility, and even reflect incoming bullets. Mastering the parasol’s various functions is essential to progress through the game, just as it was in the memorable adventures of Parasol Stars.
In Spica Adventure, you’ll race against time, as the stages are designed to be traversed as quickly as a screen-filling robot will start to pursue our heroine if she spends too long in any one stage…
After completing a stage, players will have a couple of choices for their next destination. Choose your next destination as the stages branch out, offering different challenges and rewards. Players must select their path wisely to lead the heroine to victory.
- Nostalgic 2D side-scrolling action with authentic TAITO arcade gameplay
- The triumphant return of the Parasol Stars umbrella: versatile weapon, shield, and movement tool
- Unique and charming retro pop art arcade aesthetics
- Online leaderboards for competing with other players worldwide
- Varied difficulty stages and mirrored levels for extended playtime and replayability
- Unique music composed by TAITO’s music team, “Zuntata”
- International debut and first-ever release on consoles