What is Penarium about?
Penarium is set in a sinister circus arena, where contestants, much like Gladiators of old, are forced to entertain a sadistic crowd. In this frantic 2D arena arcade game, you take on the role of our quirky antihero; Willy who, to survive, is forced to run, jump and avoid an array of killer death-traps. Succeed and Willy will become the Champion of Penarium. Fail and he will die in a most horrendous way, much to the delight of the baying crowd.
Guide poor Willy through this evil madness in single player and 2 player local COOP and Competitive modes. Every kid wants to go to circus but no kid wants to die in one.
Penarium is just the HIT!! Whoever liked Super Meat Boy has found his next pill in Penarium. After the intro, you are thrown into the ever-heavier arenas, where you usually have to collect a certain number of boxes. However, there are absurd (and absurdly many) traps to prevent this from becoming too easy. The main character controls itself 100% exactly, so that you are jointly responsible for every screen death. Since a lot of people die, it's best to order a replacement controller. Since the target is never that far away and you can start again quickly, you try the level again and again from the beginning. I've made it to the third world so far (as unfortunately only 8% of the other players) and am biting myself out at two target seekers rocket launchers. Eventually I'll pack this passage too ;-)Until then, Penarium is a lot of fun even in the co-op!! 4/5