Landing on Switch on 1st August, Hamsterdam is a rhythmic beat 'em up which has you using gesture controls to exterminate the Vermin Gang and its leader, a stinking Chinchilla named Marlo. You take control of heroic hamster Pimm on a mission to save his grandpa from the furry clutches of the aforementioned ne'er-do-wells.
Pimm knows Hamster-Fu, apparently, and gameplay appears to be touch/pointer based (it's also coming to mobile and PC), so presumably it'll support the console's touchscreen in addition to gestures from the Joy-Con, so you'll be flicking, sliding and tapping your way through the eponymous city as you fight to bring justice to its rundown residents all hooked on the insidious concoction 'Marlo Tonic'.
Here's a list of some of the things you'll be doing according to the developers themselves:
- Swing and flick your way to epic vermin beat downs
- Unique brew of classic frenetic brawler, rhythm, and quick reactions
- Master the ancient hamster martial art form; Hamster-Fu
- Heart & fist-pounding boss showdowns. The skies rain bombs! Try dodging 1,483 of them
- A chinchilla mob boss plus a gang of trash can wearing, tonic chugging vermin
- Rescue Hamsterdammers and Grandpa. Lead the resistance to save Hamsterdam
- From Couture to Streetwear - offering the finest hamster apparel for on-point beatdowns
- Ride in style on the Ham-mobile: a two wheeled, chrome plated, pipe-grinding scooter
Considering that it looks like the name of this brawler was the genesis of the project, the game as it appears in the trailer appears to be a fun time, with a mixture of game styles and mechanics. We've seen far worse when it comes creations formed from a portmanteau, so this'll be on our radar when it releases at the start of August.
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