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Curse Of The Sea Rats

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: PQube
Developer: Petoons Studio
Release Date: April 6, 2023

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'Curse Of The Sea Rats' Gets Release Date, Shows Off Boss Battle - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 24, 2023 @ 8:38 a.m. PST

Curse Of The Sea Rats is an exploration-focused, hand-drawn animation side-scroller RPG leading a group of heroes who are transformed into rats by a pirate witch.

Help them rescue the Admiral’s son and break the magic spell!

Curse of the Sea Rats will feature 4 playable characters, and single and local multiplayer modes in which you will have to explore the island, battle diabolic creatures, and fight brutal bosses commanded by the evil pirate Flora Burn. Eager to return to their human bodies and break the spell they must take on the diabolic creatures and brutal bosses under her command. Forge your own path to freedom in a non-linear quest through the vast and mysterious coast of Ireland in 1777. 

Curse of the Sea Rats packs all of the best features from the metroidvania genre featuring beautiful 2D hand-drawn animation and 3D environments, a non-linear game world to explore packed with hundreds of quests, puzzles and battle, combined with unique real-time combat mechanics, and of course, lots of rats!


The pirate witch Flora Burn will send her fiercest captains to try and halt your progress as you try to reverse her evil spell. Here is a small selection of some of the many bosses you will encounter in your adventure! Study their attack patterns and hone your reflexes to survive these dangerous encounters.

Krabawaki & King Clapper - Killer Crabs with Even Bigger Claws

Transformed by the evil magic of Flora Burn, these killer crustaceans block the path to anyone wanting to leave Shipwreck Beach. A hoarder of gold and lover of all things shiny, the esteemed King Clapper rides atop the mighty Krabawaki inside his treasure chest-turned-hermit shell. 

Under King Clapper’s direction, the monstrous Krabawaki uses his immense size and hard shell to ram into his victims. Despite his size, Krabawaki can quickly charge forward, leaping into the air and using his full weight to crush anyone unlucky enough to get caught! Beware his mighty roar capable of shaking the rickety bridge under which he dwells, causing dangerous debris to rain down.

Freddy Eightfingers - The Sadistic Spider

As twisted as he is terrifying, Freddy Eightfingers’ malicious personality is matched only by his horrifying hybrid form. Flora Burn’s curse seems to have affected him differently than the others with the entire lower half of his body being that of a giant spider!

Thanks to his arachnoid characteristics, Freddy can freely swing around the dingy caves of Spider’s Nest as well as trap any Sea Rat caught off guard with the use of his web. Armed with two curved blades he scurries around the cave floor, slashing anything in his way at great speeds. With his affinity for creepy crawlies, Freddy can also summon his hatchlings to aid him in battle.

Rama Cinnamon & Banana - Toucan Play at this Game

High above the treetops of Eriu’s Forest awaits Rama Cinnamon and her faithful pet, the splendid toucan, Banana. Sharp-tongued and razor-fast with her whip, the sultry Rama possesses a natural affinity for nature allowing her to manipulate plants and animals to her will.  

Rama can direct a tangle of thorns to attack her adversaries, will leap into the air in a swirling vortex of whip lashes, and utilise her spinning attack to whirl back and forth across the stage. Not one to be taken down easily, Rama will call upon her toucan to bail her out of trouble. Astride the giant bird’s back, Rama commands Banana to unleash powerful gusts of wind to blow her enemies away!

Fatso & Fatsie - The Troublesome Twins

Fatso and Fatsie are the life of the party. Brash and brutish, the pair love to scrap as much as they love to party! Despite Fatso’s bravado, he will have no qualms running back to his sister for support when cornered. Fatsie on the other hand is far more self-assured, believing that those around her will be infatuated by her ‘charms’.  

Both have a knack for deploying barrels in combat, hurling them across the floor or popping the cork and riding them like a boozy bullet. Fatso prefers to get up close, using his large belly to deal damage, while Fatsie hangs back and calls forth a storm of spiked barrels. Keep an eye out for Fatsie’s kiss of death, which is anything but friendly and will cause some serious heartache.

Physical editions of 'Curse of the Sea Rats' are available to pre-order now from the official website! Secure your copy on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4.

Key Features

  • Classic metroidvania platforming & combat - Explore and fight your way through a wide variety of intriguing locales along the 18th century Irish coast
  • 4 iconic heroes with individual playstyles and skill trees - Develop your skills as David Douglas, Buffalo Calf, Bussa, and Akane Yamakawa
  • Stunning hand-drawn art and animations - 2D animation inspired by classic animated films combines seamlessly with detailed 3D environments
  • Get Spiritual - Gather Spiritual Energy and use it to upgrade your characters with extensive skill trees!
  • Local co-op for up to 4 players - Drop-in/out at any point using the flexible local co-op mode
  • Challenging boss battles - Take on Flora Burn’s elite crew! Study and learn their complex attack patterns to emerge victorious
  • Item collecting & inventory management - Search for hidden treasure and purchase items from the quartermaster to give you the edge in battle

Curse of the Sea Rats is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) on April 6, 2023.

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