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Save Me Mr. Tako is a spot-on Game Boy homage for Switch

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Octopus platformer coming to Steam too, thanks to Nicalis

Publisher Nicalis is bringing Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San, a platformer starring a hat-wearing octopus, to Nintendo Switch and Windows PC later this year. It’s a good fit for Switch, which is replete with retro-style platformers, but few are as stylish as Save me Mr Tako.

Save me Mr Tako pays homage to the Game Boy (and Game Boy Color) with its visual design and limited color palette. Developer Christophe Galati is attempting to stay true to Nintendo’s late-’80s handheld by restricting Save me Mr Tako to just four colors onscreen at a time. The game’s soundtrack also uses “Game Boy-era instrumentation,” according to a press release from Nicalis.

Here’s the story of Save me Mr Tako:

Set in a world where humans and octopi are at war with each other, Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San tells the tale of a pacifist octopus who rescues a human woman from drowning. An octopus fairy sees this act of kindness and grants Mr Tako (the game's protagonist) the ability to survive on land, where he can learn more about the ways of humans and help to resolve conflicts between the two species.

Tako can attack by spitting ink at enemies, which turn them into platforms. The game also features 50 different hats Tako can wear — including, apparently, an archer hat that lets him spit arrows and a dog hat that lets him spit out pups.

Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San is due sometime during the fourth quarter of 2017.