I love discovering indie hidden gems and Guntech 2 is definitely one of the best that I've played recently so strap in and let's take off.
│ A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2023. 🐻
Classic games like Solar Jetman where you blast your way through tricky levels while dealing with gravity and reclaiming loot are awesome. Thankfully, Guntech 2 is a similar game albeit with a focus on action as opposed to careful manoeuvres but that actually works out quite well. Don't get me wrong; you still have to be careful because slamming into walls and such will cause damage but there's definitely more emphasis on shooting than in similar games. To play it, you control your ship with the left stick and it thrusts in whichever direction you push as you fire your basic railgun with the right stick. You also have a couple of extra weapons that are mapped to the shoulder buttons for some additional firepower and they usually shoot in whichever direction you're facing which adds a layer of strategy to movement. v1d30chumz 3-235-186-94
Levels in Guntech 2's varied campaign task you with 1 or 2 primary objectives and you can also complete them within the time limit and take on an optional challenge for a couple of bonus stars. The objectives range from collecting coins and key items to destroying a certain number of particular foes and you'll even land your ship at points in order to rescue folks. All of these various objectives are rewarding to accomplish and when you factor in the wide assortment of enemy types and unique stage designs, you're left with a campaign that never gets stale. For example, you may have gravity generators pulling you towards or pushing you away from them, cannons can launch barrels that rain fireballs down, there are many moving parts and breakable walls, and you even have to unlock the way forward at times.
All of this comes together into one action-packed formula and I particularly enjoyed the tough boss fights and seasonal levels; one of which has you delivering presents by shooting them at houses. Meanwhile, the graphics are just awesome with plenty of eye-popping neon effects, detailed ships, and more explosions than in a '90s action movie. My only issue with the presentation is that the rockin' music is great but it repeats a bit too much after playing it for a while. Other than that, it's one captivating spacefaring adventure.
Although mastering levels as you unlock and upgrade weapons is rewarding stuff, especially after you acquire all 3 ships, Guntech 2 could use more levels and modes. It's not that it's a super-short game or anything and 3-starring every level adds replay value; it's just that it's such an enjoyable space shooting experience that I want much more of it. You can play cooperatively with up to 4 players which is cool and watching your friends struggle with the physics as you skillfully whip through levels definitely makes for a good time. However, there are some glitches such as sometimes when a mission began, I couldn't move and had to quit to restart. The developer seems keen on fixing these issues, though, and I already installed a huge update so such glitches will probably be ironed out down the road.
Guntech 2 is an indie hidden gem that deserves a lot of attention so if you enjoy physics-based twin-stick shooting in space then you'll love everything that it has to offer. Just play it with eye protection on because its many explosions may singe your corneas.
- + Tight and challenging twin-stick shooting with tricky physics
- + Flashy visuals and clever bosses
- + Lots of rewarding weapons and upgrades
- - Could use even more levels and modes
- - Music gets repetitive after a while
- - Has a few glitches every now and then