GUNPIG: Firepower For Rent is a brief however enjoyable dual-stick shooter. Whereas it doesn’t essentially have any actual standout options, it accomplishes what it must.
You management a pig named Bax out to rid an area academy of alien hordes. The swine mascot is at all times seen within the nook, reacting to what’s happening. Nonetheless, I admit there was a missed alternative for a little bit of voice work. Maybe the worry was vocal clips might annoy, however additionally they would’ve added some enjoyable persona.
Firepower is a part of the title, and fortunately this recreation delivers on that finish. The weapon selection hits the spot. There are highly effective weapons, fast weapons, and weapons which have a variety. I fairly get pleasure from experimenting with the various ammunition. In the event you don’t have the suitable weapon towards a boss, they’ll take you down rapidly. The sport continues to be simpler general, with many enemies dropping protect power to replenish your well being bar.
Talking of enemies, I slightly loved the number of robotic area monsters. Some are insect-like, some chase and spin at you, and others fireplace from a stationary place. You possibly can play as a completionist and intention to take all of them out. Every space, or stage, has bonuses and secrets and techniques to enhance your rating; you possibly can blow out partitions to disclose hidden spots, encouraging some exploration. Or, you possibly can seek for the top boss in additional of a speedrunning strategy.
Having expanded leaderboards is one facet GUNPIG ought to have a look at. Displaying your high and most up-to-date runs is a begin, however I’d wish to see correct boards. Native, the place you possibly can enter initials in true arcade style, and even on-line (separated by completely different scores) to provide the sport extra legs.
Whereas I’m mentioning arcade style, GUNPIG at present has no save system. I get that old-school arcade strategy. The sport is brief, too – lower than an hour – so saving isn’t important. Nonetheless, on a hybrid console like Nintendo Change, the place you could solely play for a couple of minutes, a save system would’ve been a considerate inclusion for the viewers. Even the Arcade Archives and NeoGeo video games allow you to save; it’s extra a matter of comfort.
GUNPIG controls very effectively, which is particularly necessary as video games like this aren’t unusual on the Change. You might have the choice to invert the controls in case you like. The sport doesn’t have time to get repetitive, and a few enjoyable bonus ranges assist break issues up. It has a well-fitting soundtrack that provides to the enjoyable.
GUNPIG: Firepower For Rent does what it should for the modest value of $4.99. It teases a sequel – “Bax will return…” – and I hope the followup brings expanded leaderboards, a save system, and perhaps even a two-player mode. However in case you’re a fan of top-down dual-stick shooters, this entry is strong enjoyable and replayable.