Enter the Gungeon is a roguelike game developed by Dodge Roll, a small indie studio, authors of title: Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike. It follows a series of four adventures as they attack the Gungeon to find a gun. The gun is supposed to be a legendary weapon, thus the term “ultimate treasure” is used to describe it. The weapon is considered to kill all memories, so a person with regrets is in search of it. The fact that the game was published by well-known Devolver Digitals (publishers of series such as Serious Sam or Shadow Warrior) helped a lot to skyrocket a player-base of Enter the Gungeon, so it quickly became one of the most popular indie games currently available on Steam.
Enter the Gungeon is a bullet hell dungeon crawler. You must shoot, loot and dodge- roll your way to Gungeon in search of hidden treasure. Choose a protagonist and find your way towards multiple floors which contain abundant rooms with many traps. Each room also contains enemies who vary in endurance and power. Before reaching the real end, you must endeavour hard to defeat them. It is necessary to dodge their attacks by performing dodge rolls, flipping tables or by covering behind obstacles.
Limited number of “blanks” for each floor, which can be used to eliminate all enemies makes the game even harder so don’t expect to finish it in your first few hours of playing. Enter the Gungeon is really challenging and you will not be given anything additional from the game for free, even ammo will be distributed in very humble amounts. Besides that, with the aim of defeating enemies, you will gain a wider access to an arsenal of guns which can be bought directly from shops or won by defeating bosses defending the end of each stage. Player is also granted with money and time to proceed to next stage.
As you progress through various stages, you may encounter non- player characters that can be rescued from Gungeon. After getting rescued, these “NPCs” take residence at the breach. Prior to the start of a new game the player buys special items for the next stages. These items are bought from money earned from defeated bosses and they increase your odds of winning during your next “run”. All stages are quite difficult, so before reaching the end of the game one dies countless times.
Enter the Gungeon is a distant land inhabited by various life forms and living bullets. The story revolves around a gun, which is an ultimate treasure as it can kill the past. Filled with courage and regrets players make their way towards the fortress in search of the gun to vanish their cruel memories. These fortresses are designed in the labyrinth pattern which contains meticulously designed floors loaded with an abundant number of rooms and shops. These fortresses contain the gun, which is deeply situated somewhere inside. Filled with despair the player tore down the fortress in hope of the gun. The one who conquers the fortress will get a chance to use the legendary gun to overcome his past. Are you ready to face your past and thousands of deadly enemies?
The game is considered a masterpiece of the genre also because of its appealing graphics. Sound effects are simply mind blowing! It has high definition based ambient occlusion, which provides the game with the best possible visual effects. Mixture of colourful textures and pixel-art design could not be better, despite the fact some graphic assets repeat too often.
Enter the Gungeon is a great action dungeon crawler that brings the difficulty and challenge. The sheer amount of different types of guns and enemy variety means that even after hitting the 10-hour mark, you're still getting something new out of the gameplay. Those looking for a challenge won't need to look far, because this game is definitely not easy. The boss fights in particular are great, as you dodge roll and shoot around for your life. Gameplay in general is very good and the controls work nicely as well, even without using a controller. It does have some flaws though: storytelling wise, the game is weak despite some interesting characters and graphic assets. Level design might start to get annoying after a while, as the game can really screw you in this aspect alone with crowded corridors. Those with low frustration tolerance: stay away from this game, it's going to beat you over the head with some ridiculous scenarios, trust me.