• Publisher: Mebius
  • Release Date: Jun 20, 2019
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  • Summary: With its reliance on BAC, humanity had forgotten how to operate even basic transportation, let alone weapons.

    After the attacks from BAC and the subsequent social chaos, the human population was reduced by half. However, there was a group within Lerman Matsunaga that foresaw
    With its reliance on BAC, humanity had forgotten how to operate even basic transportation, let alone weapons.

    After the attacks from BAC and the subsequent social chaos,

    the human population was reduced by half.

    However, there was a group within Lerman Matsunaga that foresaw the dangers

    of a dependence on Buster Engines and the BAC that controlled them.

    This group led the third stage of energy development, an anti-BAC weapon

    developed in secret that would render Busterium inert, called the Rolling Gun.
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  1. Jun 20, 2019
    90
    Directed by ex-Cave dev Daisuke Koizumi, who worked on Deathsmiles 2 and Dondonpachi, amongst other great entries in the genre, Rolling Gunner has pedigree, and it shows; this is one of the most addictive, accessible and downright fun shmups currently available on Nintendo’s system. It plays beautifully, looks amazing and is overall one of the most engaging side-scrolling shmups released in recent memory. Kudos to Mebius for creating an entry in the genre that does so much to welcome newcomers into the fold whilst at the same time offering a blisteringly difficult challenge with plenty of hidden depth to hardened warriors looking for their next shooter addiction.
  2. Jul 22, 2019
    88
    Challenging as well as mesmerizing arcade action merging classic bullet hell with interesting fresh ideas.
  3. Jul 3, 2019
    80
    Rolling Gunner features classic arcade shoot 'em up gameplay that's as tight and challenging as its visuals are flashy.
  4. Jun 23, 2020
    80
    Don’t let its somewhat drab exterior fool you, Rolling Gunner is worth a look for genre professionals and up-and-comers alike. Its the kind of game that, despite only being six stages long, I can see myself returning to for a long time coming.
  5. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    Though there’s a surprisingly large field of competitors on the platform, Rolling Gunner ends up as the best scrolling shooter available on the Switch. While it clearly embraces the traditions of its arcade-oriented predecessors, Koizumi’s work serves as both as a solid introduction to the genre as well as a satisfying deep-dive for veterans.
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  1. Feb 2, 2021
    10
    The game is the perfect modern shmup and It was the main reason I bought a Switch but unfortunately it runs awfully on the system. The frameThe game is the perfect modern shmup and It was the main reason I bought a Switch but unfortunately it runs awfully on the system. The frame rate drops and a lot of distracting slow down occurs during busy moments as a result. I hope it gets a release for other more powerful home consoles in the future. Expand
  2. Jan 30, 2021
    9
    One of the best shmups I've ever played. Controlling the rolling gun adds a new twist to the gameplay that makes it stand out among its peers.One of the best shmups I've ever played. Controlling the rolling gun adds a new twist to the gameplay that makes it stand out among its peers. And it's just so much fun.

    The other thing is medals. You collect them both for scoring and to charge your "hypers". Using the free-aim shot on popcorn enemies and the focus shot on bigger enemies give you more/bigger medals. And the closer you are to the enemies, the more damage you deal and more/bigger medals you collect. Then learning how and when to use both your first and second hypers adds another layer to the game.

    Novice is a fun mode for beginners (even absolute beginners), Casual is the way to go first if you have some experience with the genre (it gets quite hard though! "Casual" is just a term from the perspective of Japanese shmuppers haha); and Original is the full, intended and tough experience you'll end up playing the most once you dive deeper into the game. Of course for those looking for more, there's Expert mode as well :D (that isn't impossible though, but requires effective use of hypers to succeed)

    On another note, I wasn't impressed with some backgrounds and animations at first (especially watching screenshots or videos), but when playing it looks really good. Don't let the graphics put you off. It's a fantastic game! (you can even dim the backgrounds if you want the enemies/bullets to stand out more).
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