Curse of the Sea Rats, a new ratoidvania action-adventure, is available now

Curse of the Sea Rats,  a new metroidvania, ahem, ratoidvania, title is now available on the PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the Nintendo Switch. In Curse of the Sea Rats, four prisoners of the British Empire are transformed into rats by a pirate witch and then set out to regain their human bodies. Curse of the Sea Rats features two to four player drop-in/drop-out co-op. You can check out a trailer above and read below for more details:

PQube (London, UK) – April 6, 2023 – PQube and developer Petoons Studioare proud to announce that upcoming ‘ratoidvania’ adventure Curse of the Sea Ratsis releasing today for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One!

Embark on the epic journey of four prisoners of the British empire, transformed into rats by the notorious pirate witch, Flora Burn. To regain their human bodies, they will have to fight many dangerous bosses, uncover the secrets of the vast Irish coast and ultimately capture the witch who cursed them.

Classic metroidvania platforming and combat – Explore and fight your way through a wide variety of stunning locations along the 18th century Irish Coast

Choose one of four unique heroes with their own 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

Local co-op for up to four players – Drop-in/out with a flexible two-four player local co-op mode

Challenging boss battles – Take on Flora Burn’s elite crew! Learn attack patterns and anticipate their moves to emerge victorious

Get Spiritual – Gather Spiritual Energy to use on the extensive skill trees to upgrade your characters!

X Marks the Spot – Search for hidden treasure, help characters find specific items and purchase consumables from the quartermaster to give you the edge in battle

Curse of the Sea Rats is Releasing Today on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One!


Curse of the Sea Rats begins with the British ship, HMS Barfleur, returning to England from the Caribbean with a hold full of prisoners. Among these prisoners are our protagonists, four individuals, who, in the eyes of the British Empire, are lawbreakers and must stand trial for their crimes.

Imprisoned alongside them is the notorious pirate captain Flora Burn and her crew. In a daring escape, Flora uses a mysterious artefact, the Eye of the Serpent, to transform everyone onboard into rats! During the ensuing chaos, Flora kidnaps Admiral Benjamin Blacksmith’s son as insurance. Unable to leave his shipwrecked crew, the Admiral asks that you return his son in exchange for a full pardon.


The Eye of the Serpent is an ancient and powerful item comprised of an amulet and a ring. To recover their human form, the heroes must reunite these pieces in order to invoke the artifact’s magic again and reverse the curse. The artifact embodies the concept of yin and yang, of good and evil and was created by the mysterious Shen.

When both pieces are joined together, they allow the user to fulfil any wish. But when separated, good and evil are no longer balanced. The amulet is the good half where Wu Yun, Emissary of the Shen (and the heroes’ guide!) resides. The ring is the evil half, possessed by a serpentine spirit that Flora Burn uses to increase her magical powers…


Curse of the Sea Rats features over 16 unique and vividly realized environments for players to explore. From the cold rocky shores of Shipwreck Beach to the glowing autumn leaves of Banba’s Forest, there are ancient and mystical forces at work along the Irish Coast.

Each new area the player discovers feels and plays differently from the last with unique enemies to fight and environmental challenges to overcome such as the blistering gales of the aptly named Cliff of the Winds.


The Irish Coast is inhabited by a huge cast of strange and quirky characters. You’ll frequently encounter members of Blacksmith’s scattered crew, escaped pirates, and local denizens, both natural and supernatural… Interacting with them will give new insights into the world and open up various side quests to complete in exchange for rewards.

Seek out Marcos and his pet monkey, Amelio, to start digging for buried treasure or help Rick escape the life of a soldier to transform him into the world’s most fearsome pirate! There are dozens of characters to meet, and all are brought to life with full voice-acting throughout!


Physical editions of Curse of the Sea Rats are available now! Visit the link below to secure your copy on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4.

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