Enter The Gungeon – Binding of Isaac meets guns, lots of guns! More guns than you can shake a lifeless corpse at!
Everyone loves to hate ‘bullet hell’ games, they bring both joy and incredible amounts of rage, Enter The Gungeon is no exception. I will happily admit that I’m so terrible I can barely ever make it to the 2nd floor, this doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the game though, in fact, it makes it much more addictive. Developed by Dodge Roll and published by Devolver Digital (maybe Revolver would be more apt in this case), they have done a fantastic job!
Enter The Gungeon brings diverse characters, amusing enemies (all themed around guns and bullets) and a literal mountain of guns. The aim of the game is to make it to the end of the Gungeon and obtain the ‘Gun that can kill the Past’, the 4 main characters each have a past that they would rather do all over again (wouldn’t we all?) and so the game begins.
The gameplay is solid, no glitching hit-boxes and bugs are patched out shortly after they are found, the devs are really working hard to make the game as good as it can be. There are numerous ways to avoid those deadly bullets; blanks (you’ll find out all about those when you play), dodge rolls, flipping tables and much more. The guns are fantastic, from the lowly pea-shooter to rail guns, you will never be left wanting! The bosses are as deadly as they are daft and are all very well designed. Every floor is procedurally generated so each run will never be the same, there are also 48 Steam achievements to collect for those who are so inclined.
While it lacks the grim and disturbing nature and multiple characters of Binding of Isaac, it makes up for it with diverse loadouts and power-ups (both active and passive). The controls are intuitive (not that it matters, since you can re-bind them), playing on a keyboard and mouse works very well but controller support isn’t lacking, though some might say it’s more difficult because of the lack of a target reticule.
Overall I must say that Enter The Gungeon is well designed and implemented, a fantastic work in and of itself. Available for around £10.99, I’d say it’s a bargain! Oh, did I mention it has co-op and is available for both PC and PS4? Just try not to break anything when you die repeatedly!