(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really full-fledged game reviews as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know if it’s worth your time/money.)
I always like running across little hidden gems like this one. GunNero is one of those games that I almost didn’t download due to the screenshots looking like a basic Unity game. Anyway, GunNero is an arcade-y vertical shooter by indie developer, Khanh Hung Vu. You play as an unnamed gunner that’s trying to clean up the crime in the Old West town of Riskville. The game plays like most vertical shooters with just using your thumb to move your character around while it auto-fires. The controls aren’t the smoothest, but they work well enough. There are 6 stages with a boss at the end of each one. As you progress, you can collect and stack power-ups and coins that you can use to purchase new weapons at shops scattered throughout the levels. GunNero is actually a really fun little game. My only real issue is that it’s a roguelike with no progression. Once you use up your 3 lives, you have to start over from square one. There’s no carryover. The game itself isn’t that long. You could probably burn through all 6 levels in 20 minutes, so you’re not losing much time. GunNero definitely isn’t perfect, but it’s a fun little game by a first-time developer. And it deserves a little extra attention.
GunNero is also in this week’s iOS Roundup!