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Throwback Japanese shmup DRAINUS gets a Switch port – Effinate Games

Publishers WSS Playground and Playism along with developer Team Ladybug announced a Switch port to DRAINtheir throwback shoot ’em up.

The new Switch port of the throwback shmup is coming sometime this winter and will include 7 new languages. DRAIN was originally released for Windows PC (via Steam) back in May 2022.

Here’s a new trailer:

English version

Japanese version

Here is an overview of the game:


This is a side-scrolling shooter where the player takes control of the “Drainus”, a ship that can absorb energy balls, to take down the countless enemy ships that slide through space. The absorbed energy can be used to improve the ship’s features, such as adding new weapons.


The planet Halpax is located far out in space and suffers under the oppressive rule of the Kharlal Empire. One of the slaves living there is struggling with an illness.

He must return home to the distant planet Earth to be cured of the disease known as “Planetary Compatibility Disorder”. His daughter, also a slave, is both devastated by her father’s illness and helpless to do anything about it.

At that moment, a humanoid named Ghenie, who looks strangely like a frog, appears and says, “I have come from 30 years in the future. A galactic war is about to break out, where more than 5000 planets will be wiped out of the Kharlal Empire. I have come to this time period to stop that war and the oppressive rule of the Kharlal Empire. I need your help.”

Why me? What can I do? Irina had no idea what was going on, but her father’s illness was worsening by the minute. With no time to hesitate and nowhere else to turn, she takes Gehnie’s green hand and sets off…

Now she has begun her journey into a universe filled with the armies of the Kharlal Empire, and her quest to reach her distant home planet while taking down the Empire once and for all.

Game features

The “reflector”, which absorbs enemy shots, is the most distinctive feature of this game. When activated, it absorbs enemy attacks for a certain period of time. Counterattacks can then be launched in accordance with the amount of attacks absorbed.

The absorbed energy is also stored in tanks. That energy can be used to improve your ship’s various functions.


  • Irina – Determined to save her father, Irina steals the Drainus – the Kharlal Empire’s most cutting-edge fighter – and heads for a distant planet.
  • Layla – A commander in the Kharlal Empire. Irina’s older sister. Layla joined the Kharlal Empire’s military while still a child.
  • Gehnie – A human soldier who has traveled back in time from the future to destroy the Kharlal Empire and prevent a devastating galactic war.
  • Izumo – Governor General of the Kharlal Empire. Izumo controls the vast Imperial army and is completely evil, but at the same time an extremely skilled general.

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