heroes don’t die, they just replay...
Imagine Green Beret crossed
with Wonder Boy in Monster Land. Dealing death while running
rightwards, gunning, commandeering vehicles and annihilating bosses
– but being several shades of cute about it - and popping into stores for
breaks to trade hard-earned coins for goods and services, or to kick
back with a retro arcade game within a retro arcade game.
could imagine, or you could just drop a measly few bucks and buy
this little gem for your Vita.
You start your mission as either
of two tough-as-nails 1980s action throwbacks – one chick, one bloke - and
hit the randomly-assembled airfields, jungles and more to disable
beacons then get the fuck out of there thanks to chopper support.
Killing’s optional – but advisable, otherwise you’ll be pixel soup
before you can yelp, “Huh?!?!???!!!” More wonderfully ’80s-inspired
playable characters will unlock as you stumble across them, and even
better if you subsequently play with them, you’ll start from the
level they originated in.
That last bit’s more important than it
might seem, for you’ve got one life, baby. One. Life. Well, unless
you luck into a rare popup store that’s flogging continues AND
enough coinage. If you haven’t absorbed the memo yet, Gunslugs kicks it old school so hard that you can almost see Doc
Martens marks on your Vita screen – and it’s a joy for it, as unlike
some similar outings, it’s super-fun to play, and most frustrations
are brought on solely by your own stupiditude.
Gunslugs is pure
run-and-gun joy that gets how an ’80s-inspired game should be,
marred only somewhat by those aforementioned games-within-games,
many of which border on incomprehensible, despite obvious
Regardless, we pity the fool that doesn’t drop a
couple of bucks for this chipper chunk of retro dynamite.