Grab your broomsticks and prepare to blast anything that moves in a genre not normally full of power and magic. Cotton Fantasy is set to arrive on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on May 20.
Side-scrolling shoot ’em ups are normally something of a sci-fi trope these days. Except for a few outliers like Octogeddon, you won’t see much variation on this theme. Now, ININ Games is about to put a broom in your hand and hope things go for the best when Cotton Fantasy launches on May 20. This bright new splash on the Shump shelves is already available in Japan, known as Cotton Rock ‘n Roll, is just the latest entry in a long line and adds a ton of upgrades for anyone familiar with the series. .
After the willows begin to disappear from Fairyland, the series’ protagonist, Silk, is tasked with finding out what exactly is going on. What follows are 16 colorful and varied scrolling stages of easy-to-access shooting action. Balancing on a broomstick and with new game mechanics, Silke and five other playable characters will take charge of this story. Along the way, you’ll be able to use different playable mechanics, including entirely new skills such as Psyvariar’s “Buzz” system and Sanvien’s “Time Attack”. The latest title in this series features Full HD graphics and a soundtrack full of equally enhanced classic tunes.
The best way to get a feel for this fun side-scroller is to check out the trailer above and grab a copy if you’re interested. You can already pre-order a physical copy of the game for Nintendo Switch or PS4 through Strictly Limited Games and Rocket Games. These physical copies will cost €39.99 / £35.19, €109.99 / £96.79 or the local equivalent. While the standard offering includes dedicated cover and physical media, the Collector’s Edition includes all of the following:
• Game for Nintendo Switch with reversible cover
• Premium Collector’s Edition box with magnetic clasp
• Colorful playbook
• Numbered certificate of authenticity
• Cotton Nendoroid Nata Figure (approx. 10cm)
• Japanese Yunomi ceramic tea cup (230 ml)
• Hardcover Art Book (A5)
• Large double-sided poster (A2)
• 8 character cards (A7)
• Original soundtrack on CD
• Metal collector’s item
• Willow-shaped rubber key ring
• 2 stickers (die-cut, showing Cotton with Silk and game logo)
For those of you who want to know more about the game, head over to the official site to find out more.