Enter the Gungeon Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Enter the Gungeon RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Exit the Gungeon to Roll Its Way to PC and Consoles This Year https://www.gameskinny.com/gnbiy/exit-the-gungeon-to-roll-its-way-to-pc-and-consoles-this-year https://www.gameskinny.com/gnbiy/exit-the-gungeon-to-roll-its-way-to-pc-and-consoles-this-year Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:37:09 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Enter the Gungeon is the most prolific twinstick roguelite on the market, as evidenced by last year's announcement of arcade lightgun spin-off House of the Gundead. Well that ain't all, buddy soon you'll also be able to Exit the Gungeon.

The folks over at Dodge Roll Games announced via Twitter that not only will House of the Gundead be making its way to arcades early this year, but also a sequel to the original game where, seemingly, you're making your way out of the Gungeon rather than delving into each of the six Chambers.

No further details are known about Exit the Gungeon at this time, but I'm curious how the dynamics will change with the Gungeoneers fighting their way out. Hopefully, we'll see more of Exit the Gungeon from Dodge Roll over the next couple of months, considering their statement that both games would be coming to PC and consoles "early this year".

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more news on the upcoming Exit the Gungeon, and peek around your local arcades when the time comes for House of the Gungeon's cabinets.

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How to Play Co-op in Enter the Gungeon https://www.gameskinny.com/p80hc/how-to-play-co-op-in-enter-the-gungeon https://www.gameskinny.com/p80hc/how-to-play-co-op-in-enter-the-gungeon Mon, 30 Dec 2019 10:41:11 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Some co-op Enter the Gungeon on PS4 as well as PC is one of my household's main rainy day activities. Starting the game in co-op is basically the same no matter the platform, and it's easy as pie.

In order to start co-op, you need to have two inputs enabled.

On PC, this probably means one person is on keyboard and mouse and the other is on controller. On PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, or Xbox One, that means two users need to be signed in with controllers on for the game to recognize that you may want to do co-op.

Start the game like usual and have the person who will be player one choose their Gungeoneer. Walk a bit to the right and you'll see a pink-robed character, the Cultist, whom you can talk to and initiate co-op.

Things to Know About Enter the Gungeon's Co-op

First, is that one player has to play as the Cultist. Accept it and decide who plays as him.

The Cultist is really not all that bad, as he comes with a single-use cookie that can revive the other player and a passive item that increases his movement and damage if the other player is dead.

You can revive a dead partner by finding a chest, which they will burst from at full health at no cost to the living player. A dead partner will also revive after beating a chamber's boss.

Both players can drop weapons to give to the other by holding down on the D-pad or by holding F if you're using the keyboard.

Lastly, item synergies work between players. This is a pretty big boon and negates most negative aspects of playing the game in multiplayer.

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Enter the Gungeon's co-op is much more fair than some similar titles and the difficulty raises only a tiny bit when playing multiplayer rather than solo. The amount of item synergies and surprises make it well-worth playing through with a partner.

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How to Unlock the Bullet in Enter the Gungeon https://www.gameskinny.com/8efwc/how-to-unlock-the-bullet-in-enter-the-gungeon https://www.gameskinny.com/8efwc/how-to-unlock-the-bullet-in-enter-the-gungeon Sun, 22 Jul 2018 14:38:07 -0400 Ashley Shankle

It just wouldn't be right if Enter the Gungeon didn't have at least one unlockable character. You start with a meager four gungeoneers (plus the Cultist for co-op), so there's gotta be more than that, right?

You are correct! There are two unlockable characters in Enter the Gungeon, one being the Robot and the other being the Bullet.

In this guide, we're going to go over how to unlock the Bullet, which is as unique as it is fun. Unlike the other gungeoneers you have available, the Bullet starts with a melee weapon called Blasphemy. Here's what you need to know. 

How to unlock the Bullet

The steps to unlocking this little guy are easy enough to follow but actually doing them can be a time-sink.

Once you've beaten at least one character's Past, you'll occasionally run into a Bulletkin that's a little different from the rest.

This cape-donning little guy will be found throughout the Gungeon starting in Chamber 1, once you've completed another character's past. He is sometimes quite hard to see once things get hectic.

You must keep the Bullet alive until you are done clearing the room, after which it will leave and you will have to seek it out once again.

The simple gist is this:

  1. Beat one character's Past
  2. Look for a caped Bullet Kin in subsequent runs
  3. Protect the caped Bullet Kin each time you see it
  4. Protect it five times

After you've found and protected the Bullet five times, he will join your roster as a permanent option.

The Bullet will show up randomly throughout a given run, but is most frequently found in Chambers deeper within the Gungeon. You'll be more likely to find it in Chamber 3 than in Chamber 1, but it can be found anywhere. It's best just to keep your eyes open for him on subsequent runs, rather than playing just to find him.

What's so special about the Bullet?

He's got to be a pretty cool dude to be one of two unlockable characters, right? Heck yeah, he is.

As mentioned, the Bullet starts with a melee weapon named Blasphemy, which is an actual sword rather than a gun.

In a dungeon made of and filled with guns, this weapon stands alone as a sword that actually acts like a sword.

Blasphemy destroys bullets within its attack range, much like some guns' reload animation and melee weapons in a certain other bullet-hell roguelite. It also shoots out a laser sword when attacking with full health, and it is the only starting weapon that can be found in the Gungeon (once it's unlocked, anyway).

Aside from Blasphemy, the Bullet comes equipped with a passive item named "I'm A Bullet Too!" that makes him immune to contact damage and increases rolling damage. It's an ideal combination with the short-range murder action of the Blasphemy, just don't get any ideas about the Bullet being special in the stat department: past starting with "I'm A Bullet Too!" and Blasphemy, the Bullet is the same as everyone else.

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There's not much more to know about the Bullet and how to get him. It can take several runs to finally find and save the caped wonder that is this character, but your perseverance will pay off once you're finally able to add it to your roster and take Blasphemy for a spin.

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Steam Summer Sale 2017: 5 Best Dungeon Crawlers Under $10 https://www.gameskinny.com/nd49a/steam-summer-sale-2017-5-best-dungeon-crawlers-under-10 https://www.gameskinny.com/nd49a/steam-summer-sale-2017-5-best-dungeon-crawlers-under-10 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:33:24 -0400 Zantallion

The Steam Summer Sale is here again. And as always, the gaming community has come together to empty their wallets as their most desired games go on sale.

If you're a fan of dungeon crawling, you're in luck with this year's sale. There's a bevy of wonderful dungeon crawlers seeing serious deals this year. Here are five of the best you can add to your collection for under $10.

Ziggurat

Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $3.74

Ziggurat takes the best qualities of both FPS and roguelikes and combines them together into one great game. Rather than using guns, you use different staffs and spells to blast your way through randomly-generated levels fighting hordes of minions. Check out our Ziggurats review for more info on this one. 

Get Ziggurat on Steam

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $7.49

The Binding of Isaac is a game that needs no introduction. But if you somehow don't already own this game, now's the perfect chance. A take on the biblical story of Isaac and Abraham, Isaac's mother hears a supposed message from God that tells her to sacrifice her son to him. Isaac, hearing this, flees into the caverns under his house to escape the murderous matriarch.

Get The Binding of Isaac Rebirth on Steam

Crypt of the NecroDancer

Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $2.99

Crypt of the NecroDancer is a dungeon crawler with a twist: it's also a rhythm game. Every action you take is in time with the music, even moving and fighting. As is expected of such a game, the soundtrack is incredible -- but if you somehow get bored of its tunes, you can even play to your own music MP3s. Its pixel art is top-notch too, and it's overall well worth your purchase -- especially so now that it's on sale at a steal of a price.

Get Crypt of the NecroDancer on Steam

Victor Vran

Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $9.99

Victor Vran is a title in the vein of favorites like Diablo, in which you and three friends control a party of four characters as you quest together. But where many games in the genre fall back on the age old trope of grinding EXP, Victor Vran instead has a much more open approach by allowing you to set the difficulty of different areas yourself -- meaning that you can choose what pace you want to take.

Get Victor Vran on Steam

Enter the Gungeon

Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $7.49

For those who like a little more shock and awe in their dungeon crawler, Enter The Gungeon is exactly what the doctor ordered. Taking cues from bullet hell games, Enter The Gungeon is fast-paced, brightly colored, and (as it's name implies) chock full of guns. You'll need some pretty good reflexes to get through this one -- but if that's your style, Gungeon is for you.

Get Enter the Gungeon on Steam

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Those are our picks for some of the best deals this side of the Summer Sale. Did we miss another good deal? Did you pick one of these up because of us? Do you agree that ziggurat is a really cool word? Let us know in the comments below, and keep posted to GameSkinny for more articles on the best deals during the Sale.

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5 Most Punishing Indie Games on Steam Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/0u8cg/5-most-punishing-indie-games-on-steam-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/0u8cg/5-most-punishing-indie-games-on-steam-right-now Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:29:49 -0400 glados131

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Super Meat Boy

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There are plenty of platformers renowned for controller-smashing difficulty, but few are as iconic as Super Meat BoyCreated by Edmund McMillen, who would later go on to make another indie classic in The Binding of Isaac, it's not uncommon to feel that the odds are utterly stacked against you in this game, as you stare down a gauntlet of spikes, buzzsaws, rockets, and countless other deathtraps.

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Like in Titan Souls and Hotline Miami, you don't have health, so the game demands perfection as you navigate the deadly obstacle course in your way. One might worry that this would make the game feel unfair, but when you die you respawn immediately, so there's no waiting time between attempts. Coupled with the extremely responsive controls, it's not hard to see why this game has remained a shining example, if a brutally difficult one, of its genre.

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What are some of your favorite hard indie games? Let us know in the comments!

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Salt and Sanctuary

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While Titan Souls took inspiration from Dark Souls for its difficulty and title, Salt and Sanctuary did the same for its difficulty and... pretty much everything else. The main difference being, of course, that it's a 2D platformer rather than a 3D experience. But other than that, the Souls formula has been very directly translated into this new format. Salt is souls, sanctuaries are bonfires. And yes, the infamous difficulty is present as well.

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And although copying a pre-existing template isn't terribly impressive, what is commendable is how well it delivers on making the combat nearly as challenging, yet also rewarding, as the originals themselves. If you've played Souls, I highly recommend checking this one out.

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Hotline Miami

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Hotline Miamiand its sequel, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, are a pair of brutal top-down shooters. Each stage has you taking a gun and massacring a building full of enemies, usually in a highly gory fashion. The real adrenaline rush comes from how unforgiving the combat is-- one hit and you're dead. This means you need to think tactically as you move from room to room. Rather than rushing in, you need to pick your moments to take enemies out without getting overwhelmed.

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As swiftly as death comes, though, it's just as quick to reset a stage. One button press after death and you're right back into it, ready to die gruesomely yet again. These are not games for the faint of heart.

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Enter the Gungeon

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I considered putting The Binding of Isaac on this list, but ultimately decided against it. While that game is extremely difficult for new players, once one has "learned" the game it becomes much easier and based more around RNG. Enter the Gungeonon the other hand, is almost entirely skill-based, to the point where I've never beaten the final boss.

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Like Isaac, the game is a rouge-like, meaning the layout of the floors are randomly generated each time you play and death is permanent. Each floor is exponentially more difficult than the last, as the game throws more and more complex enemies at you. The bosses in particular are extremely challenging bullet hells, and as if that weren't enough, the only reliable way of upgrading your health is to beat a boss without getting hit once. Seeing the true final boss and ending of this game is an achievement you should feel truly proud of.

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Titan Souls

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With a name that takes direct inspiration from Dark Souls, you might expect that Titan Souls would share that series's notorious difficulty. And you'd be right. The premise is simple-- you're in a world where the only enemies are bosses. Your only weapon is a single arrow you can shoot and pull back to you. And everything dies in one hit-- including you.

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You might think that the bosses dying in one hit would make them easy, but getting that hit is easier said than done. Every boss has some sort of weak point, some sort of weakness you need to exploit to be victorious. As a result, each fight feels unique and stress-inducing, as you're essentially trying to solve a puzzle while under constant threat of dying from a single slip-up. The game requires you to develop very quick reflexes, and the thunk you get when your arrow finds its mark is incredibly satisfying.

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Indie games can be a source of endless entertainment. The best of them can give you a great experience with interesting but fun mechanics, all with graphical requirements and price much lower than their AAA brethren. When a game isn't under pressure to be seen as "mainstream," game designers are free to unleash their creativity and make something that doesn't have to be marketed to as wide an audience as possible. They also don't have to make it easy.

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It's easy to make a hard game, though. It's not as simple to make a hard game that doesn't feel cheap or unfair. When a game pulls it off, though, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Just ask anyone who's played Dark Souls. (And don't mention the Bed of Chaos.)

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With that being said, here are five of the most difficult-- in a good way-- indie games you'll find on Steam right now.

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6 of the Best Local Co-Op Indies the PS4 Was Graced With in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/3g8hh/6-of-the-best-local-co-op-indies-the-ps4-was-graced-with-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/3g8hh/6-of-the-best-local-co-op-indies-the-ps4-was-graced-with-in-2016 Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:35:50 -0500 Ashley Shankle

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Don't Starve Together

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Is this one of the biggest indies on PC? Yeah, probably. Is it also one of the biggest indies on PlayStation 4? Also probable!

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Don't Starve Together is a survival adventure, where up to two local players can ruin each other's good time while trying to stick it out in the unforgiving wilderness. You both must stay alive and try your best to retain your sanity and health, and of course not starve.

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There is so much to this game that there is not enough room for me to even begin here. This is a very different game from the rest mentioned in this list, and it's packed with so many hours of content its $14.99 PlayStation Store price tag is a total steal if you and your local bud(s) get addicted just like so many have on PC.

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There are many secrets in Don't Starve Together, but it's going to take dying over a dozen times to even begin to scratch the surface. With another player in co-op you have to share food and other resources, making this a true cooperative local co-op game... provided the person you're playing with isn't being a jerk.

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Don't Starve Together is flexible and allows for long play sessions should you get lucky -- just don't get mauled, don't go insane, don't freeze to death, don't starve, and don't let your co-op partner hoard resources.

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As mentioned at the start of this article, 2016 has been a fantastic year for indies on the PlayStation 4. Both single and multiplayer indie games are more abundant than ever and 2017 is bound to be even better -- but if not, at least there are plenty of amazing couch co-op run-offs from 2015 and 2016 to sink your teeth into on the console.

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Super Mutant Alien Assault

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So many games on this list are going to kill you a million times, what am I even thinking? I'm thinking, "Dealing with a bunch of bull with friends is way better than on your own," and that's very much the case with Super Mutant Alien Assault.

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An arcade-style meatgrinder roguelite that allows for up to two local players, Super Mutant Alien Assault's gameplay is just as blood-pumping as its music. Each stage you push through is a trial thanks to the random weaponry you're given and the variety of goals the game may throw your way, and it's absolutely packed to the brim with unlocks.

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Some may overlook this game because of its generic title, but it's definitely up there among the best local co-op roguelites on the PlayStation 4. A run generally won't last as long as one would in the previously listed Enter the Gungeon or Risk of Rain. The ship's radiation mutating your enemies should they be alive too long will make sure of that.

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It's fast, it's fun and it's only $9.99 at its standard price on the PlayStation Store. There isn't much else to say -- in this case, if this game looks like a good time to you, it definitely will be.

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Risk of Rain

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I'm going to recommend this game any chance I get and there's nothing GameSkinny can do to stop me.

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Risk of Rain is one of the better-known indies on PC due to all the media coverage when it came out in 2013 -- and it's still one of the best. It's pretty much just as good on PlayStation 4 as it is on PC, and is probably the second least forgiving game on this list.

Boy, is it worth it.

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The game launched on PS4 in 2016, complete with the whole PC experience, as well as online matchmaking. But the focus here is local co-op, and it's got that, too. Up to two local players can play locally on console.

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Risk of Rain is a frantic action platformer that is absolutely brutal, and even (especially?) when playing with another person in local co-op on console, it becomes an even more trying effort as you must portion out items and share the same screen.

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This game takes dozens of hours to get good at, and there are a good number of unlocks, but even the best player can get murdered in a split second with a misplay. It takes both skill and luck to push forward, and a run can either be a few minutes or well over an hour, depending on both factors.

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Risk of Rain can be grabbed up on the PlayStation Store for a paltry $9.99, which is a tiny sum considering how easy it is to rack up hours both solo and in multiplayer.

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The Bug Butcher

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This one may be a hard sell if you're not inclined toward shoot'em ups, but between The Bug Butcher's manageable difficulty, bangin' soundtrack and satisfying pew-pewing, it's really difficult not to recommend this game to someone looking for a quick pick up and play co-op game on PS4.

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The Bug Butcher is a vertical shoot'em up... kind of. While you certainly shoot upward and clear out waves of enemies while dodging their attacks and bouncing bodies, it's a different sort of animal from what one traditionally expects from the genre. And that animal is good.

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The game allows up to two local players to cooperate and shoot their way through countless enemies as the clock ticks down. You can stave off the timer and stave off your enemies, but if one of you has died enough and can't be resurrected by the other play fast enough, it's game over.

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The Bug Butcher is great to play with other people in short bursts. You pick it up, push as far as you can until one of you dies for good, and either go at it again on the same or different map or put it down. It's very easy to play a (hopefully not too) quick round and accidentally turn that into five or more in a casual play sitting.

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The game's singleplayer Mission mode has progression, but multiplayer Panic mode is where it's at for quick and totally fun gameplay sessions with a friend.

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Unlike the other games on the list, no one has paid much attention to The Bug Butcher, despite it being both fun and affordable. If a more arcade-style co-op game sounds down your alley, you may want to grab this up on the PlayStation Store for its standard price of $9.99.

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Enter the Gungeon

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Another popular indie title this year, Enter the Gungeon is a far cry from the four-player frantic struggle of Overcooked but not all that far off from the other games on this list.

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Enter the Gungeon allows up to two local players to cooperate as they shoot and dodge-roll their way through the perilous Gungeon, a dungeon both made of and filled with guns of unimaginable types. Well, unimaginable as a player. The devs certainly thought of them. But anyway ... 

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Despite its labeling as a bullet hell, the game is much more accessible than actual shoot'em ups and hardcore bullet hells. Bullet speed is generally on the slower side, and enemies have patterns for you and your gameplay partner to learn and eventually overcome completely. It may seem impossible the first couple hours, but in time you'll be a dodging and shooting machine.

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Enter the Gungeon's crazy tight gameplay is paired with a whole buffet of charm, from the enemies and music down to the gun and equipment descriptions. You'll stay alive longer in this than you will in the similar Nuclear Throne, and pushing to new depths and unlocking new guns is extremely satisfying.

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This bad boy can be picked up on the PlayStation Store for a mere $14.99 at regular price, and it makes for an excellent entry point into this intimidating genre.

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Overcooked

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The only strictly "party" game on the list, Overcooked has gotten a fair amount of attention since its release on both consoles and PC in August for its unique premise and frantic cooking gameplay.

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Up to four local players must cooperate to run a kitchen within a time limit, and let me tell you, cooperation is hard when you have to manually do every task from grabbing and chopping ingredients, putting together food orders, serving them and washing the dishes -- and that's not even going into the variety of stages that test your personal and team coordination and timing.

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Overcooked is by far the most stressful game on this list, but it is also the most full-on party gaming experience. You won't laugh as you play, but you will cry, scream and wonder why your fellow players can't just get on the efficiency ball. Should you and your fellow players be able to cooperate and coordinate properly, you'll run like a well-oiled machine all the way to the "this is immensely satisfying" bank.

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You can pick this baby up for $16.99 on the PlayStation Store when it's at its standard price, and there are two other editions with some extra content for the true gaming gourmet.

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2016 has been an absolutely amazing year for indie games on the PlayStation 4. The list of indies that have made their way to the console this year alone is a long one, and anyone looking for easily accessible couch co-op these days need look no further than the PlayStation Store's indie section.

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From high-tension pseudo-shoot 'em ups and roguelites to survival and platformers, the PlayStation 4's got some good variety in the co-op department that makes it easy to sit down for a few hours with a friend or loved one and just gnaw on the ol' gaming bone.

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This list will touch on six of the console's most gripping co-op indie games that are a lot harder on your fingers than they are on your wallet. They may be ports from the PC or other platforms, but they're well-worth your money on PS4 if you specifically are looking for games to play with other people in real life, the old-fashioned and superior way.

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The 11 Best Indie Games of 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sj1fq/the-11-best-indie-games-of-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sj1fq/the-11-best-indie-games-of-2016 Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

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So, there we have it, 11 of the best games of 2016. These games will be around for a long time to come and we look forward to a whole bunch of new games all ready for 2017.

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What are your favorite indie games of 2016? Let us know in the comments below.

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1. Darkest Dungeon
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So, here is the number one indie game of 2016.  And why is it number one? Well, this simply shows how hyped we were about the game! 

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Like most fiendish things, the game appears much simpler and benign than it is. The grim, but expressive hand-drawn art style adds to the innocent style. Characters trudge from left to right as the backgrounds scroll. This makes it seem like there isn’t much to the game. But, once players have visited therandomizedd dungeons, seen other characters die -- or go insane -- the game is revealed as an intimidatingly deep, tense and opaque turn-based tactical game. And it’s got so much character too!

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The game robs players of certainty and predictability, as they will never know if the healer will heal, for example. Success and failure is intensified by outstanding narration, with grim warning and exclamations in response to critical events, and the back stories given at boss levels are fantastically told.

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Enemies are rich and diverse, from fish men to eldritch horrors -- but if players want to bail out, they can do. Knowing when to give up is key to the game’s success. if you utilize the character’s skills and make the very best out of them, the team is formidable. Even with all these intricacies, the game is robust and plays very well. 

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Darkest Dungeon is a grim and merciless tactical strategy game, with many layers of complexity, unpredictable randomisation and willingness to put venturing fragile characters in peril.  There is brilliant narration and expressive animation which makes it easy to be immersed into a tantalising world, with the end feeling slightly out of reach. But that is a good thing! The game is available for PS4, PS Vita and Steam and was released in April.

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2. Enter the Gungeon
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Genre fusion can be clumsy, but this game works perfectly and is so skillful to utilise all elements of the mash-up. Even judged purely by arcade shooter games, Enter The Gungeon makes the grade; and the roguelike elements add variety, structure and replayability to the base. All this goodness is wrapped up in a delightfully silly, breezy package, set on a distant planet that keeps everyone playing.

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Simply, the game is about bullets and shooting some stuff -- ultimately, a giant bullet falls from the sky. Many of the enemies are actual bullets that fire smaller bullets at the character. There is a clear love of arcade shooters and therefore the game is reliant upon dexterity. Fighting bosses is quite unique, in that the boss will either spawn minions or bullets and the player has to juggle between defeating both. But this is really a game about the crazy weapons that can be used, such as a fire-spewing pitchfork or a laser rifle. 

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Enter the Gungeon is really sophisticated for a game about shooting bullets at anthropomorphized bullets with guns. It uses elements of one genre in the context of another, enhancing the most enjoyable elements of both and still throwing surprises at players, whilst still being a whole bucket of fun. The game is available for PS4, Xbox One and Steam and was released in April 2016.

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3. Superhot
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An excellent first-person shooter, where players think first and shoot second. Each level is exciting, self-contained and time-bending fun that turns the FPS mechanic on its head. If the character moves, so do the enemies, but if the character stands still, so does time.

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Super Hot is a truly unique idea and ever so reliant upon the smallest of movements to ensure bullets can be dodged. Every level is trial and error and definitely designed as such, to strategise the game in the best way possible. The true gameplay exists in those frozen moments; giving players time to carefully calculate their next movement based upon the heightened situation unfolding. The levels gradually introduce more difficult levels, such as providing less cover.  

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Every scenario offers a unique challenge and every level is wholly worth playing. The clever time manipulation idea delivers consistently fulfilling challenges by turning quick actions into carefully considered and cautious tactical decisions.

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The unique puzzles are simplistic but look great too. It is a great game with quick respawns to avoid the frustration of a death. The game was released in February and is available on Steam, Xbox One and PS4.

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4. Owlboy
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Oh, how much love is there for this game? A lot! We've already mentioned our love for this game right here! Owlboy is a game that defies expectations and tugs at the emotional heartstrings.

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Bullied mute owl Otus wants to become a warrior, a fighter and a hero -- and it’s the player’s role to ensure he can reach that goal. But remember the importance of teamwork; Otus can’t do everything alone, but with friends, everything is possible. The game is utterly beautiful with its 2D graphics, has a compelling story, and a lot of wit. Control Otus whilst he bravely fights the invading robo-pirates.  

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The developers clearly know what gamers want and have provided short cuts, such as easier ways to swap weapons. The artwork is sublime, the restrictive palette drives creativity and the amount of stunning locations or backdrops that last mere seconds shows how much love has been put into this game and should be cherished. It is a surprisingly emotionally deep treat, with some really compelling moments.

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The game is a pleasure to control, it has impeccable difficulty balancing to keep players moving forward, whilst always feeling like players are being skillful. And of course, the gorgeous pixel graphics are awesome. The game was released in November and is available on Steam.

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5. Stardew Valley
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This game perfectly intertwines a farm simulator with RPG elements to create an intriguing and absorbing rural world. 

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Each day in Stardew Valley is approximately 10-20 real minutes and yes, players do build the farm from scratch. The beauty of this game is its game play of no overnight success, as players are required to plant the correct seeds, water and harvest crops.  

The game is relaxed and initially seems simplistic, letting players play at their own pace. The blend of farming simulator and RPG feels effortless and the game is exciting and compelling as a result. The RPG elements are very welcome and break up the farming simulation pieces.

Stardew Valley is in touch with its message and very grounded in reality, subverting clichés from similar games. Get to know the town’s inhabitants and their individual quirks, and players are absorbed into the environment. Be kind to one another and people are rewarded too -- building relationships are just as important as the farming.

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The game emphasizes make do with what you have and build on it. The game expertly explores the connection that someone can have with their environment and the people around them. And remember -- what needs to be done today? The game was released in February and is available on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One.

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6. Starbound
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This is a great 2D procedurally generated platformer, and it is truly a gaming experience that shoots for the stars and lands amongst them. We rated this game a huge 9/10! 

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Exploration of a diverse range of planets, biomes and subterranean nightmares is the highlight of the voyage, but the combat, scripted bosses and rich backstory ensure the game shines brightly. Players can craft, mine and refine -- and also team up with friends.

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What elevates this open-ended crafting sandbox game above others like it is the sheer diversity. Each planet is unique and randomized -- its geography, landscape and weather conditions are all intriguing. When players drill downwards, there are some great and unexpected items, such as mini dungeons and bone temples. Enemies are diverse and the combat style focuses upon experimentation to prevent battles from becoming repetitive and to continually engage players.

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The freedom to uncover the secrets of the galaxy and make worlds makes this game truly special. The game has been available since July and is playable on PS4, Xbox One and Steam.

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7. Death Road to Canada
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There are a lot of zombie survival games out there, but none more quirky than a two week road trip from Florida to Ontario. The first thing that stands out is the zingy music; it’s chirpy, contagious and memorable and is an amusing antithesis to the desolate and desperate world on display.

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The journey is full of broken cars, greedy bandits and constantly needing to replenish basic supplies. But, if you don’t make it to Canada, don’t worry -- just have another go. We love how the characters can be named after real life people and that there are other characters along the way who are inspired by pop culture.

When the zombie hordes arrive, players can literally use anything at all as weapons to defeat zombies, including regular weaponry. The ‘siege’ event is fun, as the area the player is in becomes flooded with zombies! Yes, players may fail, but with a couple of playthroughs, players will learn the intuition to succeed.

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Overall, the game is a charming road trip game that, although occasionally harsh, is always fun. Death Road to Canada was released in July 2016 and is available on Steam and GOG.

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8. Oxenfree
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This game is perfectly paced, allowing players to progress through the game without burning it out quickly -- and this is part of the allure. The supernatural adventure game appears superficially to be a teen slasher, but underneath, it is about people, relationships and growing up; we explored these character relationships in another article on Oxenfree.

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In the game you play as protagonist Alex, who hears an urban myth that a special radio frequency can allow him to hear ghostly voices. Naturally, Alex and friends investigate on a deserted island, but while learning about the island’s history, they become separated.

The game allows players to decide who to search for first and this totally changes how the story plays out. This means there is a great amount of replayability, as players can go back and opt for the other choices and see how it affects the outcome.

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The narrative is very reactive; even a silence is responded to and the dialogue is seamless, truly recreating human conversation. Characters are well rounded and believable. It makes a refreshing change for a horror game to not have jump scares, but be more heartfelt instead. The game was released January 2016 and is available on Steam, PS4 and XBox One.

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9. Reigns
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This is a brilliant ‘choose your own adventure’ game, with players considering how to solve a number of crises. You can make binary choices to resolve the ongoing crises, but these choices do act like scales that tip the kingdom’s ethos one way or another. The risks in the game must be calculated and outcomes are never certain. Ultimately, the game is about balance -- the king can’t please all of the people all of the time!

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Reigns is written economically, but with a malevolent streak that genuinely makes players believe that they will succeed; when without practice, they won’t. Reigns is a game about choice and heavy with consequence. It totally delights in its cloistered malevolence. Long may it reign. The game is available on SteamiOS and Android and was released in August 2016.

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10. Hyper Light Drifter
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This game is truly demanding, throwing continual road blocks at players where progress is only rewarded via practice, practice, practice -- not cheap strategies and exploits.

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In this game, the drifter protagonist has access to technology long forgotten by the game’s world. The developers do seem to wanted to create a SNES style gaming experience as the battles are almost poetic in their nature and punctuate the exploration phase, both characteristics of classic Nintendo action-adventure games from years past.

Emphasis in Hyper Light Drifter is very much placed upon learning how to interpret everything that happens in the game, what it demands and how to wield weapons. It is a game with no dialogue but instead employs a protagonist who has survived an apocalyptic attack and is being chased by a shadowy monster -- using the environment to tell the story.

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A beautiful pixelated game, Hyper Light Drifter places importance on player interpretation as there are few hints to help players along their way -- but that’s the fun! The game is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Steam and was released in March 2016.

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11. Obduction
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This game is about a person being transported to an alien world and that person having to explore and solve puzzles to return home. It’s a great first-person adventure game set in a beautiful and lush world, which is so amazing you sometimes find yourself just standing around admiring it. We loved it so much we gave it a solid 8/10! 

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Obduction resurrects that feeling of classic adventure games like Myst, whose creator, Rand Miller, also created this amazing experience. An immersive world, the environment of Obduction requires considerable exploration and discovery of its enigmatic character. Through this exploration, the world’s secrets are unveiled. Solving puzzles requires searching and keen observation is vital to ensure clues are not missed -- they can often be the most unassuming things!

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Half the fun of this game is the feeling of a race against time to find that final clue; but once it’s found, the reward is very much worth it. The in-game choices do have substantial consequences for the rest of the game, too, giving it another layer of intriguing difficulty.

Obduction is available for PC and Steam and was released in August 2016.

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Each year we see another shed-load of outstanding indie games hit the market, and 2016 has once again been a bumper year. Whether it's something you’ve found on Steam or heard about from a Twitch streamer, these indie games are always a refreshing change from Triple-A franchised games, offering something new and different for players.

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So, which games have really excelled this year? There has been a lot of choices, but we’ve narrowed it down to 11 of the best indie games of the year!

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Kickstarer: Blubber Busters - A Combat-Oriented Whale Doctor Platformer Now On Kickstarter https://www.gameskinny.com/zeb0c/kickstarer-blubber-busters-a-combat-oriented-whale-doctor-platformer-now-on-kickstarter https://www.gameskinny.com/zeb0c/kickstarer-blubber-busters-a-combat-oriented-whale-doctor-platformer-now-on-kickstarter Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

Hello, and welcome to Kickstarer, where we dig up interesting video game Kickstarter and other crowdfunding campaigns, and stare at them until they exist. Today we will be looking at Blubber Busters, an action-oriented 2D Platformer with a team of indie and AAA veterans working on it, and a creative premise that lends itself to all kinds of new ideas.

Blubber Busters is being developed by new developer Thar Be Monsters, which as previously mentioned, is composed of a large handful of seasons developers from circles of both AAA gaming and indie gaming alike. Employees of Thar Be Monsters have worked on titles such as League of Legends, Darksiders 2, Ori and the Blind Forest, and Enter the Gungeon among others.

As for Blubber Busters itself, it is a combat-centric platformer, whereyou choose one of four different playable characters, and seek to cure the illnesses of giant space whales by annihilating them with enormous weaponry. Like many recent indie platformers, Blubber Busters takes strong inspiration from other games like Mega Man X and the Metroid series, what with it's 2D space exploration and familiar jumping and shooting. 

Blubber Busters' premise of exploring the insides of space whales in order to make them feel better lends it a great jumping off point for a humorous tongue-in-cheek plot, as well as a detailed and unique visual style, both of which the game evidently takes advantage of. The art-style in particular is a standout feature, being appropriately jagged and gnarly for the space-marines-meet-internal-organs feel they were going for, and the artistic talents of the former Ori and the Blind Forest and Darksiders 2 developers shines through very clearly.

Another special feature present in Blubber Busters is that you are able to swap between the four different characters on the fly for different situations. This opens the game up for a great deal of diversity in combat, as well as puzzles, as the different weapons and abilities between characters, such as wall climbing with Eva the power-armored chef, or burning through barriers with Rudy the Janitor's flamethrower.   

The game also features uprgradable moves and equipment, as well as upgradable space stations. Treating whale patients will earn you cash, which you can use to upgrade each individual character to improve them in combat, or you can choose to upgrade your space station clinic hub, in order to analyze new infections, get more cutting edge tech, and treat more patients at once.  

Overall, despite it's familiar looking gameplay, Blubber Busters boasts a number of interesting ideas and is definitely worth at least a look. You can check out the game's Kickstarter page by clicking here, where there is a free prototype of the game available for download, and you can follow Thar Be Monsters on Twitter by clicking here.

You can also watch the game's Kickstarter launch trailer down below:

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The Top Five Twin-Stick Shooters to Scratch That Itchy Trigger Finger https://www.gameskinny.com/crr0v/the-top-five-twin-stick-shooters-to-scratch-that-itchy-trigger-finger https://www.gameskinny.com/crr0v/the-top-five-twin-stick-shooters-to-scratch-that-itchy-trigger-finger Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:39:36 -0400 Herruchan

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Lauded as the king of the twin-stick genre, Assault Android Cactus pits a host of chibi androids against a rising tide of a full-scale robot insurrection.

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Nearly every detail is fashioned after its arcade predecessors: massive waves of enemies (with more than a singe wave per screen) random powerup drops, bullet hell boss battles, infinite ammo, and co-op play.

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In lieu of random weapon drops, each android has access to a primary weapon and a secondary heavy weapon that must cool down after a certain amount of use. As such, Assault Android Cactus relies more on the individual strengths of each character and synergy between the character choices of all players (up to four local).

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The gameplay is fast-paced and chaotic, and though off-putting at first, the art style is easy to appreciate. Environments range from sterile machine rooms, hazardous engine rooms, to self-generating tile floors in an infinite void. This brings great variety to the admittedly low number of basic enemies in the game.

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Even the characters, whose weapons range from assault rifles to remote-controlled rotor blades to even drill-lances make sure that there are many ways for the game to be played.

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It may not have the deepest story or even the most interesting gameplay mechanics, but if nothing else, Assault Android Cactus is more loyal to its genre's origins than any other title out there (of this quality and caliber at least).

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So these were our picks for the best five twin stick shooters available.

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Did we get the best ones for our list? Care to disagree? If you have some suggestions, let us known in the comments below.

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Here we have a game that needs little introduction.

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The tale of a young boy running from the mother who believes God has told her to sacrifice him; The Binding of Isaac Rebirth is top dog in the roguelike genre. From the progressively more satanic imagery to the massive list of items and collectibles, this game leaves little to be desired.

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However, despite the gameplay being fluid (although slow at times), the shooting mechanics aren't what keep people coming back (at least not entirely). One of the more attractive aspects of The Binding of Isaac is the sheer amount of fan theory around it.

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Is Isaac's mom crazy? Why is Isaac's dad not in their lives anymore? Is what Isaac is seeing real, or is it just how a terrified child sees the world around him? Did he even go into the cellar at all?

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It's questions like these that add to the intrigue of the game and drive players to keep coming back to find every secret there is in hopes of uncovering another piece of the truth.

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The Binding of Isaac Rebirth was a strong competitor for the number one spot on this list, but ultimately a heavy reliance on stats gained from items and modifiers pushed it deep enough into roguelike territory that it loses touch with the twin-stick genre, and that's why the number one spot must go to...

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Aesthetic in the extreme, Enter the Gungeon is absolutely obsessed with guns. Many of the enemies are bullets, life is measured in crossed bullets in the shape of hearts, shell casings are used as currency, and every boss has a gun-related pun for a name.

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The game follows the exploits of four gungeoneers come to claim the Gungeon's greatest treasure: a gun that can kill the past. It is with this gun that each of our intrepid heroes hopes to erase the greatest misfortune in their lives.

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Generally seen as the yang to Nuclear Throne's yin, Gungeon's gameplay is slow and methodical like a proper bullet hell. Furthermore, where Nuclear Throne was centered more on interesting and diverse characters, Enter the Gungeon's primary concern is exotic weaponry, like a gun that shoots eggs that hatch into a cluster of bullets, or a mailbox that shoots letters (and letter bombs).

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Though Enter the Gungeon is primarily a roguelike, certain measures are taken into the game design to replicate an arcade experience. For example, ammo is limited for all guns except for each character's starter weapon, and any dropped items left unclaimed will be stolen by the next time the player comes around.

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At first this looks like a simple way to prevent power gaming and micro managing, but it also replicates the fleeting weapon and health pickups rooted in the genre's arcade origins.

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In short, Enter the Gungeon is a love letter to twin-stick shooters, arcade roguelikes, and of course, guns.

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The number of top-down roguelike games is always increasing, but few are held in as high esteem as Nuclear Throne. With simplistic art, solid gunplay, small procedurally-generated levels, no-nonsense weapons, and fun characters, there was little doubt that this title was bound for greatness. 

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Taking place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Nuclear Throne tells the tale of various mutants on their journey through the hostile wastes as they search or the Nuclear Throne, which is said to be able to bring peace to earth once again. 
Along the way, our heroes must make use of any weapon they find in their path; be they guns, simple tools, or even stores of radiation to accelerate mutation and gain new abilities from it.

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Much like Helldivers, ammo is limited here. However, munitions are easily found throughout the wasteland and are not likely to become much of an issue if the player doesn't get too attached to any one weapon they're using. This combined with the smooth flow of the levels gives a more arcade-like feel due to frantic shooting and regular weapon swapping (in lieu of consistent weapon powerups in arcade titles). 

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Sweet and simple, Nuclear Throne offers the fast-paced gameplay of the twin-stick genre with the variance and replayability of a roguelike to create a unique experience.

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The list has only just started, but already we have a massive deviation from the original twin-stick formula. Taking place in a dystopian future where "democracy" reigns supreme (and infinitely expands and destroys in its quest to continue to do so), Helldivers eschews the original arcade feel of the genre with a tactical, objective-based gameplay formula.

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The goal of this squad-based game is to capture points, destroy enemy nests, and/or complete a host of similar localized objectives before calling in a dropship to extract the team and end the level.

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Unlike others in its genre, Helldivers actually makes it possible to run out of ammunition. Enemies also spawn in infinitely, so it is in the players' best interests to complete the objectives as quickly as possible. 

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However, to make up for this, players have access to "stratagems," supply drops of varying uses, such as ammo or sentry turrets. These strategems must be called in from a menu by inputting a code specific to each drop, leaving the user prone to enemies in the meantime.

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That moment when you're desperately trying to input the code for a sentry turret or an ammo resupply is the finishing touch that shows that Helldivers is truly in touch with its roots.

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Rather than putting the player in a room and telling them to kill everything they see, Helldivers dares to promote restraint. Enemies will never stop coming, so it makes little sense to fire on everything that moves (not to mention that friendly fire will make short work of innocent teammates if one is not too careful).  

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However, objectives and extraction points attract waves of enemies, creating that high-intensity gameplay paramount to the genre.

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Arcades have always been places of wonder. Within those bewitching neon caves stood cabinets that ate our quarters and fed our imaginations.

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Though many genres of games made their homes within arcades, one has gotten a great deal of love from indie game developers as of late: the twin-stick shooter. The name is fairly self-explanatory; a twin-stick (also often called top-down) shooter makes use of two joysticks: one for movement and the other for aiming/shooting, utilizing a top-down perspective to allow for omni-directional movement.

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Unlike many other arcade shooting games, these titles offered infinite ammo in exchange for upping the number of enemies on screen. The idea more or less what that the player would need to play methodically to eliminate all of their enemies at their own pace; rather than being a sheer test of timing, aim, and ammo management. It's this chaos of mindless yet smart gameplay that made games like Smash TV such cult hits.

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For the uninitiated, Smash TV is the granddaddy of all twin-stick shooters. On a basic level, it pitted players against massive waves of rival contestants in a twisted life-or-death gameshow ala The Running Man. Levels were broken up with scoring screens that showed the marvelous prizes the player has earned thus far. That is the spirit of twin-stick shooters. Yes, the thrill of the gunplay makes for a solid experience of its own, but it's the spirit and tone of the game that wrap it all together. It's this reliance on story that makes this genre so well-suited for modern indie titles.

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With all that said, there are quite a few twin-stick shooters on the market, so let's take a look at some of the best and most popular titles in the industry today.

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*Fair warning, some find it difficult to actually play twin-stick shooters with actual twin sticks (IE, left and right analog sticks on a controller). If mouse and keyboard is more your speed, by all means give it a try.

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Enter the Gungeon out for release April 5th https://www.gameskinny.com/tdqog/enter-the-gungeon-out-for-release-april-5th https://www.gameskinny.com/tdqog/enter-the-gungeon-out-for-release-april-5th Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:24:16 -0400 Cresta Starr

Ever since the Enter the Gungeon demo was shown at E3, players have been anxiously waiting for this title. Starting April 5th, the wait is officially over. Created by Dodge and Roll games and produced by Devolver Digital, players can expect puns of damage and high quality pixelated action in this top down dungeon crawler.

Enter The Gungeon is a fast-paced, table-flipping, gun-slinging bullet hell dungeon crawl. Players can choose from a band of misfits who are all looking for the Gungeon's ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past. With challenging bosses and the Gundead in your way, players must shoot and loot their way to the bottom of the Gungeon to claim their prize. Players must gather other guns and discover all that the Gungeon has to offer in order to gain an edge.

Enter the Gungeon is a mix of bullet hell and the Binding of Isaac meets Broforce. With meticulously designed and regenerated levels, players might have a hard time putting this game down. Also, the possibilities are endless with the cast characters and a variety of unique weapons for the player to choose from.

If guns and puns is completely what you are after you can get your hands on Enter The Gungeon starting tomorrow April 5th 2016. This title will be available on PlayStation 4 and Steam.

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