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Enter the Gungeon

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8.2

Great

Game Reviews from around the web

100

Enter the Gungeon is a fantastic game that continues to offer surprises after hours and hours into the experience. The game feels satisfying to play, and gives you the tools to succeed, and it is up to you to master the skills. The crazy weapons, enemies, and bosses all lead to an experience that is worth playing, even if you aren’t a fan of the genre.

95

Enter the Gungeon is a fast paced dungeon shooter that punishes and rewards in equal measure. Easy to get into, and tough as nails when it wants to be, Dodge Roll’s energetic and hilarious loot ’em up is sometimes frustrating, but more often a joy to experience.

90

With all those map layouts and bosses to hunt down, you’ll still spend hours in the Gungeon pushing yourself with a stupid, maniacal grin on your face. [Issue#174, p.72]

90

Despite its unforgiving difficulty Enter the Gungeon is an absolute masterpiece.

90

Dodge Roll has created an excellent game with Enter The Gungeon. It’s extremely difficult, but equally rewarding.

90

A toweringly charismatic twin-stick blaster that expertly marries retro shooter beats with roguelike game mechanics, Enter the Gungeon is one of the cleverest and most enjoyable shooters money can buy.

90

I’m not going to pretend that Enter the Gungeon is for everybody, it’s not. If players can’t stand the idea of starting over from scratch mostly after each death or don’t have an appreciation for games like Binding of Isaac, there isn’t much to change their minds here.

90

An absolute blast at every turn and just pure concentrated fun overall, Enter the Gungeon is an absolute gem that is not to be missed out on and Dodge Roll should be congratulated for it.

90

Enter the Gungeon is one of the most polished games I’ve ever played, especially considering the multitude of items that are available. Just when I thought that the rogue-like genre had been done to death, this game comes along and completely turns me around. I’m not sure I’ll ever master the Gungeon, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever want to leave, either.

88

A simple but tough through concept makes this exhilarating cocktail of dungeon crawler, dual-stick action and bullet hell a blast.

88

A game that’s clearly the product of passion, talent and dedication, Enter The Gungeon is an exciting twin stick shooter that mixes up elements ranging from The Binding of Isaac, Dark Souls and Ikaruga (among others…). The result is a delightful and sadistic cocktail that the most hardcore gamers will fall in love with, but also one that is definitely not for everyone.

85

The hell of bullets that awaits you when you enter the Gungeon is weirdly addictive, as you have a whole range of weapons and the map changes constantly. The game has a good foundation with great eye for detail, but those beautiful elements do not fully work together all the time, which can hopefully be straightened out with a patch.

85

Enter the Gungeon’s roguelike elements and vast array of crazy weapons keep it entertaining for the long haul.

84

A charmingly exuberant blend of punishing roguelike convention and gleeful blasting. [June 2016, p.81]

Games Master UK

83

Enter the Gungeon is addictive, fun and deeper than it looks. It’s far from being revolutionary, but it has its own personality and a few details that make it unique. If you enjoy shooting and dungeon crawling, you don’t want to miss it.

80

A great-looking game with a hell of a lot of content hidden inside it, but the steep difficulty curve and lack of real progression may not sit too well with more casual players. [Issue#269, p.82]

Play UK

80

Enter the Gungeon is another in a long line of fantastic roguelikes.

80

Enter the Gungeon is a terrific roguelike shooter whose sense of humour and exacting design make for tricky bullet-slaying fun both alone or with a friend.

80

Enter the Gungeon is a charming bullet hell/roguelike hybrid that manages to balance the best elements of both its genre influences while carving out an identity of its own.

80

There’s a lot of depth in this game and it’s a real treat to play, assuming you’re the patient type that sticks around long enough to enjoy it.

80

Enter the Gungeon offers a new way to understand the rogue-like games, being more dependent on the player skill than focusing on the item drops. It has perfect gunplay and a cute game design, and even if it’s not as good as The Binding of Isaac or Nuclear Throne, it comes close to them.

80

Enter the Gungeon is slick, smooth and bombastic to play with a deluge of weapons and randomly generated weapons to keep things interesting. While it doesn’t bring anything brand new to the genre, it’s still a nail-biting thrill ride of a game worthy of high praise.

80

It won’t have the most innovative gameplay, but Enter the Gungeon is entertaining and inspired. Mixing the mechanics of Nuclear Throne with some “bullet hell” action, it delivers a solid roguelike experience, with a ton of unconventional weapons to have fun with.

80

A clever mix of well-worn genres, that knows exactly what to take from each in order to create its own entertainingly unique experience.

75

A fun and colorful action game full of adrenaline and humor. But start from scratch when you die and the accumulation of enemies in some rooms can ruin the experience.

75

Nevertheless, this is title crafted with care and a gaming heritage that ought to tickle any player — the Ammoconda, for instance, shoots out bullets in the vein of Snake. Toss in co-op gameplay, excellent writing and a genuinely entertaining sense of humor that is often self-referential and never trite and you’re left facing a competent shmup that is familiar, yes, but damn entertaining.

70

Enjoyably challenging. [June 2016, p.86]

Playstation Official Magazine UK

70

The randomness can grate, leaving you facing a boss with your starter weapon, or having an enemy at the entrance of a room take your last sliver of health. [July 2016, p74]

Playstation Official Magazine Australia

70

Enter the Gungeon has a few questionable design decisions that prevent it from reaching the same echelon as its competitors, but it’s a fine little action game that will satisfy bullet hell enthusiasts and those of you who love twitch shooters.

70

So much care is apparent in its construction, but in its attempt to merge multiple genres and styles together, Enter the Gungeon’s most important elements–namely its roguelike flavors and massive offering of distinct weapons–don’t gel. It’s a game at odds with itself.

70

An interesting and fun roguelike, albeit one which doesn’t capitalise on its potential.

70

Overall I had a great experience playing this game despite the urge to rage quit from time to time, which is to be expected with a game such as Enter the Gungeon. This is a great little indie title with great elements of combat and exploration.

Summary

Enter the Gungeon is addictive, fun and deeper than it looks. It's far from being revolutionary, but it has its own personality and a few details that make it unique. If you enjoy shooting and dungeon crawling, you don't want to miss it.
8.2

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