Pop-up Pilgrims provides a nice change of pace and a glimmer of originality for PSVR users bored by the usual churn of glorified shooting galleries. This puzzle-platformer that plays like a Lemmings-lite puts you in the role of a fantastically moustachioed Cloud God tasked with guiding a group of pilgrims to safety across six increasingly dangerous worlds.
Developer: Dakko Dakko
Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims is a new PlayStation Mini from Dakko Dakko, the developer behind previous Mini highlight, The 2D Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character. Minis is a queer category on PlayStation: launched with much fanfare by Sony, now compatible with three consoles, but yet to find a firm identity among the multitude of download portals out there. If it had more games like Floating Cloud God, that wouldn't be a problem.
The Mini concept isn't about small games - it's supposed to be a banner for simple and original ideas executed with a bit of class. Floating Cloud God is exactly that, a 2D shooter built around the eponymous deity (controlled by the player) and his quest to protect eight pilgrims as they trek through each stage.
Your own shots just knock their hats off, but getting hit by anything else will kill a pilgrim and send their spirit floating off with a sad little wail. This is bad not only because the pilgrims are a de facto health bar (losing them all ends the game) but powering up Cloud God depends on harvesting their love - juicy little hearts that pop up whenever you kill an enemy and increase in size as you blast more.