Game review: Enter the Gungeon – one of the most addictive games

This tongue-in-cheek retro shooter is great value for money, with responsive gameplay and plenty of secrets to uncover

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 April, 2016, 12:00pm
UPDATED : Friday, 15 April, 2016, 12:00pm

Enter the Gungeon

Dodge Roll

4.5 stars

Finally, a game with an awesome title that absolutely delivers. Enter the Gungeon is one of the most addictive games we’ve played for a long, long time. It’s small and downloadable, just over HK$100 for the Playstation 4, Linux, PC and Mac. But it’s worth every single cent.

The blatantly tongue-in-cheek concept is as simple as its name, a retro-looking adventure that blends arcade shooter dynamics with classic Zelda-esque dungeon levels. Gamers take on one of four different characters, each with a unique set of load-out abilities. Your goal? Shoot the ever-loving crap out of endless bad guys, using an almost hilariously over-the-top blend of traditional and new-fangled weapons.

And also dodge rolls, lots of dodge rolls – the developer Dodge Roll is such a fan that it they named the company after them. You’ll use them to jump across pits, leap across bullets and generally play up the defence.

Gameplay here is incredibly tight, and there was nary a single moment throughout that we felt the game wasn’t responsive to our commands. That’s incredibly important considering well-timed attacks are key to your survival, but the true secret behind Gungeon’s ridiculously addictive nature comes down to repetition, funnily enough.

To unlock new guns and abilities, you’ll have to continuously journey back into the “gungeon”. Thankfully, each dungeon is randomly generated, enemies become ever-more difficult, bosses are seemingly endless, there are hundreds of guns to unlock, and a whole host of side quests posed by folks you rescue. That keeps the game feeling fresh and exciting, with plenty to unearth even after you log in dozens of hours in its simplistic but challenging world.

Gungeon is completely old-school, with no multiplayer options but a couch-friendly co-operative option – and that’s largely one of the reasons we love it. Overly complicated storyline, needless online play, genre mashing and massive-budget “innovations” are starting to see the gaming world slip slightly.

Enter the Gungeon is exactly the kind of thing to keep us entertained on those long, lonely nights when the Sevens hooligans are tearing up our fine city. It was perfect timing, really.