Wildcat Gun Machine Review: A Fun But Shallow Bullet Hell

There are well-established hallmarks of a good bullet hell game: significant challenge, a killer soundtrack, cool visuals, and unique combat options like those featured in games like the best-selling Enter the dungeon. Those Who Pick Up The Self-Proclaimed Dungeon Crawler From Bullet Hell Wildcat Pistol from Chunkybox Games and DAEDALIC Entertainment will find some of these inclusions recognizable, but others will be left to find, and that may put off gamers looking for something meaty to sink their teeth into.

Wildcat Pistol players assume the role of an unnamed protagonist as they work their way through four acts, culminating in a brutally difficult climax. Each act takes place in a different area, and the four areas provide a nice contrast in terms of visuals, enemy types, and intense electronic music. As for storytelling, Wildcat Pistolis essentially non-existent, as there are no cutscenes or dialogue segments, and the main character’s identity and goals are never established.

When it comes to gameplay, Wildcat Pistol could be compared to Archvale or other contemporary games that emphasize fast and constant movement, relentless damage and vigilant attention to an attack of enemies. Each enemy killed will provide the player with bones, the in-game currency. The bones can then be spent at each level’s checkpoint for better main weapons, additional dodge charges, grenade upgrades, and extra lives, which come in the form of ethereal cats. Primary weapons purchased at checkpoints have infinite ammo but do much less damage than special weapons, which are obtained by exploring the game and have limited ammo. Players can also use the titular Gun Machine, which can be used to deal massive damage when fully charged.

While Wildcat PistolMain weapon selection can be underwhelming and underwhelming, its special weapons are another story. While Wildcat Gun Machine will not compete with AAA games like The wonders of Tiny Tina When it comes to weapon and ability selection, there are over forty unique weapons that players can unlock throughout their playthrough, each with unique abilities such as ricochet bullets or armor-piercing ammo. This large arsenal means that finding new weapons in the early game can be extremely fun and satisfying.

Problems start to arise when Wildcat Pistol keep going though, as players will soon find that their progression options are very limited; there is an upgrade system in the game, but half of the upgrades are extra lives, which does not create interesting gameplay opportunities or fun progression that can be found in other indies like loop hero. The Gun Machine will receive a new modifier after each boss fight, but these will end up making very little difference to the damage output and function of this special ability. The rest of the upgrades are minor variations to movement speed, dash charges, and grenade type, which is a good start, but the fact that no new abilities or major upgrades are gained after the first act means that Wildcat Pistol can quickly become stale.

Wildcat Pistol can be beaten in as little as seven or eight hours, so this lack of depth in combat and game progression won’t be a problem for players interested in a quick and easy dungeon crawling experience. Additionally, the game launches on Steam for just $15, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a solid title at an affordable price. However, players looking for a deep and complex combat system – or a narrative to follow – may want to pass on Wildcat Pistol.

Wildcat Pistol will arrive on PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PS4 on May 4th. Screen Rant received a Steam code for the purposes of this review.

Our assessment:

3 out of 5 (good)


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There are some well-established hallmarks of a good bullet hell game: a significant challenge, a killer soundtrack, cool visuals, and unique combat options like those presented in games like the best-selling Enter the Gungeon. Those picking up self-proclaimed bullet hell dungeon crawler Wildcat Gun Machine from Chunkybox Games and DAEDALIC Entertainment will find some of these recognizable inclusions but will be left searching for others, and it may underwhelm gamers looking for something meaty to sink their teeth into.
Wildcat Gun Machine players assume the role of an unnamed protagonist as they shoot their way through four acts, culminating in a brutally difficult climax. Each act takes place in a different zone, and the four areas provide a nice contrast in terms of visuals, enemy types, and intense electronic music. As far as narrative is concerned, Wildcat Gun Machine‘s is essentially nonexistent, as there are no cutscenes or dialog segments, and the main character’s identity and goals are never established.
When it comes to gameplay, Wildcat Gun Machine might be compared to Archvale or other contemporary games that place an emphasis on quick and constant movement, relentless damage output, and vigilant attention to an onslaught of enemies. Each enemy slain will provide the player with bones, the game’s currency. Bones can then be spent at each level’s checkpoint for better primary weapons, extra dodge charges, grenade upgrades, and extra lives, which charmingly come in the form of ethereal cats. The primary weapons bought at checkpoints have infinite ammo but do significantly less damage than special weapons, which are obtained by exploring the game and have limited ammo. Players can also make use of the titular Gun Machine, which can be used to deal massive damage when fully charged.

While Wildcat Gun Machine‘s selection of primary weapons can be disappointingly limited and underwhelming, its special weapons are a different story. While Wildcat Gun Machine won’t rival AAA games like Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands when it comes to weapon and ability selection, there are over forty unique guns that players can unlock throughout their playthrough, each with unique capabilities like ricocheting bullets or piercing ammo. This wide arsenal means that finding new weapons in the early game can be extremely fun and satisfying.
Issues start to arise as Wildcat Gun Machine goes on, however, as players will quickly realize that their options for progression are very limited; there is an upgrade system in the game, but half of the upgrades are extra lives, which don’t make for interesting gameplay opportunities or fun progression that can be found in other indies like Loop Hero. The Gun Machine will get a new modifier after each boss fight, but these wind up making very little difference in the damage output and function of this special ability. The rest of the upgrades are minor variations to movement speed, dash charges, and grenade type, which is a good start, but the fact that no new abilities or major buffs are earned after the first act means that Wildcat Gun Machine can get stale quickly.

Wildcat Gun Machine can be beaten in as little as seven or eight hours, so this lack of depth in the game’s combat and progression won’t be an issue for gamers interested in a quick, simple dungeon-crawling experience. Plus, the game is launching on Steam for only $15, making it a great choice for anyone searching for a solid, affordably priced title. However, players looking for a deep, complex combat system – or a narrative to follow – might want to pass on Wildcat Gun Machine.
Wildcat Gun Machine will be coming to PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PS4 on May 4. Screen Rant was provided with a Steam code for the purpose of this review.

Our Rating:
3 out of 5 (Good)

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