03/11/2020

๐Ÿš€ Jets N Guns 2 | Review | Nintendo Switch | "A Tooled-Up Shooter That Shines in Co-Op" ๐Ÿš€ @rakeingrass #IndieGames #GameDev

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Game Title: Jets N Guns 2

Platform Reviewed: Switch

Rating: 9/10 (ICE COOL)

Jets N Guns 2 Developer Rake In Grass has delivered unto us one of the finest side-scrolling shooters ever made.

*sigh* I suppose I’d better say more.

This was a tough one to review due to the current (2nd) lock-down. Long time readers of the site will be familiar with my colleague Co-Op Chris, the 6’4 hunk of man I bring in when two dudes need to shoot stuff. 

I was lucky enough to snag an evening with him and we spent a few hours on this game and rest assured, it will be going straight back on when we can once again be in each other’s arms.

Jets n Guns 2 is NOT shy when it comes to customisation. Whilst the gameplay remains familiar (scroll right and shoot) the game feels filled to the hilt with neat touches and content that keeps you coming back for more. 

You can change almost every aspect of your ship and spend earned cash on upgrading everything from your guns and appearance to having mascots follow you around during the levels. Whilst you may think attaching homing lasers and rockets to every part of your ship may be the key to victory, you have to balance out your arsenal against the overheat gauge which can be boosted and upgraded (natch) but requires precious cash in order to do so. 

Beyond these vast customisation options, the in-game action is gloriously colourful and frenetic. Running super-smoothly with nary a hiccup in sight, you and your partner in crime will blast your way through hundreds of enemies and environmental hazards, using your shield at key moments as you take down the screen-filling boss enemies. 

I was a huge fan of the graphical style which feels weighty and the environments cover everything from space to caverns and the guts of rusted juggernauts with pulse-pounding music to match. The only real downside that I can think of is that sometimes the on-screen action gets so frantic that you can’t see enemy fire. 

I also loved how the second player, upon death, takes a set amount of time to respawn. It gets so tense as you desperately try to survive until help arrives. Awesome.

If you like shooters, you’ll be all over this and the two-player option adds an extra layer of joy that I am still digging through, with a smile on my face. 

Right, I’m off to buy a goldfish to follow me around.

9/10

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