Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 90
    Gunslugs is a fast-paced, retro-inspired, run-and-gun shooter that brings some of mobile gaming's best to PlayStation Vita.
  2. Feb 28, 2014
    88
    A good mobile game gets even better with buttons.
  3. Feb 19, 2014
    85
    Gunslugs is an action-packed mix of Metal Slug and Spelunky, seeing the player fight through randomly generated stages with only one life to live. Although simplistic, this old school throwback has a lot of charm and enough hooks to keep you coming back long after you've mastered the few stages and earned a high score.
  4. Mar 7, 2014
    83
    It's not a must-own game, but it is a very, very good one, and you could do far, far worse than it if you're looking for something fun and inexpensive to pass the time between those must-owns.
  5. Mar 2, 2014
    80
    Gunslugs packs a real punch by giving you plenty of bang for your buck.
  6. Feb 11, 2014
    80
    The pricepoint may not be as generous as the iOS and Android original, yet Gunslugs still feels like a generous package.
  7. Feb 28, 2014
    75
    Gunslugs is a great tribute to the old school, while still maintaining a fresh outlook on the genre. While its random level generation isn't perfect, the control and chaos at play here is a fun distraction for an afternoon. You'll shoot a lot, you'll die a lot, and you'll always be moving right, but you'll always be having fun too.
  8. 75
    Gunslugs is very good. Controls are excellent, graphics are cute, and the action is fun. Beating a hard level feels rewarding. Levels are randomly generated and tend to have decent design, but sometimes an awkward set-up ruins the flow and forces a restart.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Feb 19, 2014
    4
    Retro styled graphics, solid chiptune soundtrack, quick playability, and an attractive price point might convince you (as it did me) this isRetro styled graphics, solid chiptune soundtrack, quick playability, and an attractive price point might convince you (as it did me) this is worth picking up. Unfortunately, you're likely to bump your head when you dive into this very shallow pool.

    What starts off as a fun run-and-gun roguelike quickly devolves into a repetitive bullet hell slog as you hold down the directional button to run (and shoot) right. It's as straight forward as you can get as you move from level to level completing the same objectives with nothing more than a slight change in background color and an occasional new enemy. Enemies constantly spawn from both directions and fill the screen with unavoidable damage and projectiles which keeps you running from health kit to health kit instead of trying to skillfully accumulate a high score. Run, shoot, run, shoot, jump, shoot, die, repeat.

    Games that are known for their difficulty (like Spelunky and Dark/Demon Souls) offer rich and deep game systems that take time to learn, but once learned, become master-able and elevate the experience. A game that kills you by spawning 3 land-floating mine combos in a row isn't "difficult" it's just cheap. And that's a hard example; it seemed like the majority of deaths came from situations that were completely out of my control or from sloppy mechanics. Considering the structure of the game changes very little from start to finish (and tends to drag), dying for seemingly no reason makes re-starting less and less appealing each time.

    There are some roguelike styled rooms that are placed in missions but after a short while you'll see the majority of what the game has to offer and see the same "random" events with enough consistency you'll know what to expect. There are also a good deal of mission "objectives" which adds some incentive to keep playing but they are most often too simple or out of reach for far too long.

    Overall, a very mediocre experience that manages to be too frustrating to be bland. It's extremely low price-point won't hang over your head for too long, but when compared to say, Super Crate Box (a game that does everything Gunslugs does better and only $1.50 more), it's hard to recommend.
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  2. Feb 19, 2014
    9
    This game is exactly what it has set out to be, a romping shooter with a few laughs, a lot of fun, multiple deaths you'll want to start overThis game is exactly what it has set out to be, a romping shooter with a few laughs, a lot of fun, multiple deaths you'll want to start over from, and lots of guns, bullets, and craziness. For a little over $2 it's a great experience, a very good mobile game with a great soundtrack (serious, it's like Hotline Miami good, which makes sense, same porter to Vita) No regrets buying this. Full Review »
  3. Sep 15, 2014
    0
    note that this game is for the hardcore gamers (unlike me). i completed the first level. it doesn't reward me with anything but with morenote that this game is for the hardcore gamers (unlike me). i completed the first level. it doesn't reward me with anything but with more missions. i cannot complete the next missions which were really hard and annoying. its a retro type game and it has a price tag of 4$ but it is not worth your money. trust me. at all costs avoid this game. it doesn't deserve a score at all. Full Review »