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Today, indie publishers Ratalaika Games announced the 1st of July 2022 release for Parasite Pack. Developed by Lowtek Games Studio, this is a retro indie title comprising 2 games. You’ll experience Tapeworm Disco Puzzle and Flea. The latter is a hardcore 2D platformer, whereas the first is a Snake/Lemmings-inspired puzzle title.

These retro-inspired titles have a dated aesthetic and use some simple ideas. But, don’t let that fool you. Thanks to the gentle learning curve, gamers will be lulled into a false sense of security. Pretty quickly, however, the stages become a handful and you’ll be tested more than once.

Tapeworm Disco Puzzle (XB1/SX, Switch, PS4/5)

Parasite Park and Tapeworm Disco Puzzle is obviously influenced by Snake and other retro titles.
Hints of Snake are obvious to see.

Inspiration and obvious retro homage goes to Snake and Lolo with a few extra ingredients added to give it its own originality, Tapeworm Disco Puzzle… offers a little bit more to keep the player entertained. It’s a mix somewhere between Snake, Lolo and Lemmings but has enough unique elements to set it apart from all of those. Best described as a more casual puzzle game with occasional ‘thinky’ moments.

Gamers will help uncover the mystery of the fleas acting strangely. Puzzles will become increasingly harder at times, but are never too long with fresh challenges and new mechanics every 20 levels or so. Gamers can also team up with a friend in Tapeworm for 25 co-op levels.

Each level has objectives and obstacles to overcome, and here are but a few of them:

  • Avoid enemies. 
  • Don’t kill the fleas.
  • Collect all the notes. 
  • Help the fleas collect the blood. 
  • Open Doors with switches. 
  • Help Fleada get to the gig on time. 

Flea (XB1/SX, Switch, PS4/5

Flea will remind you of the best old-school platform titles.
A classic retro platforming title.

Flea is a challenging 2D platformer with an intriguing back story. Play as Henry the Hyperactive Flea who just can’t stop jumping! Navigate the beasts and collect blood to get to the heart of the problems. Fortunately, though, these fleas are intelligent and have created a network of bendy straws to help navigate the obstacles.

Henry must come to terms with his hyperactivity while avoiding thumb tacks and collecting blood for the refu-fleas. In Flea, you are constantly jumping. Consequently, you must avoid tacks, pits and other less friendly parasites.

  • Explore 80 levels. 
  • Meet weird characters. 
  • Discover secrets.

Every dog has a different theme and soundtrack, and more abilities and enemies make appearances on later levels. There are a bunch of other parasites you will meet on your journey from friendly fleas, to ticks, mosquitos and tapeworms. Subsequently, the stages become progressively harder and you’ll never know what is around the corner.

Parasite Pack is coming soon.

Parasite Pack is available on July 1st for $7.99, €7.99, or £5.99. Play it on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Enjoy something different in this retro-inspired, 8-Bit title. Parasite Pack will fill you with nostalgia while being a completionist’s dream.

(More information on Ratalaika Games can be found here!)

Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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