Exit the Gungeon

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Chaotic shoot-'em-up adventure is fun but frustrating.

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Positive Messages

There's no higher purpose or great sense of heroism here. You're basically in a place that's collapsing around you. The name of the game here is survival ... and shoot anything that happens to get in your way.

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Characters don't have much in the way of personality, as enemies tend to die off too quickly and heroes don't stick around much longer.

Ease of Play

It's a shoot-'em-up "bullet hell" style of game, which means players spend their time blasting away at what they can while dodging a screen filled with enemy fire. Aiming isn't precise, and swarms of enemies (and bullets) increase exponentially in a short time.


Focus is on blasting everything that moves with a gun that's constantly changing abilities. Lots of explosions and even death shown on-screen, but art style is highly pixelated and doesn't show graphic detail.


Game is a direct sequel to the indie game Enter the Gungeon, beginning right after events of the first game. Still, the nature of the game and the near nonexistent story elements mean players don't need knowledge of what's come before.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Exit the Gungeon is a fast-paced shoot-'em-up game available for download on Nintendo Switch, Apple Arcade, and Windows-based PCs. Players attempt to escape a collapsing dungeon by navigating through a series of elevators and rooms, shooting anything in their way while simultaneously dodging the flood of enemy attacks that fill the screen. Although violence is a core component of the gameplay, with massive explosions and a variety of over-the-top weapons, the game's pixelated art style and tongue-in-cheek humor keep the violence from ever being too graphic.

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What's it about?

EXIT THE GUNGEON is a fast-paced and funny arcade-style shoot-'em-up and the follow-up to the indie hit Enter the Gungeon. After proving your mettle as a gungeoneer by surviving the perilous trip to your goal in Enter the Gungeon, it's time to pick up that sweet reward you fought so hard for. At least, it would be sweet, except for the fact that your previous escapades have caused the whole place to start collapsing around you. Well, guess it's time to grab your gun and Exit the Gungeon! Blessed by the Sorceress of the Gungeon, your weapon now has the ability to shift into new forms with new widely varied abilities on the fly. It's a good thing too, because as hazardous as trip might have been to get into the Gungeon, getting out is even harder. And with it's constantly shifting maps, crazy gun forms, and hordes of the Gundead trying to drag you down, no two trips out will ever be the same. Do you have what it takes to blast your way to the surface and escape?

Is it any good?

Although it might have slipped under many gamers' radar, 2016's Enter the Gungeon was a frantically fun shooter that proved to be a hit with fans. Now that prospective "gungeoneers" have found their way in, Exit the Gungeon comes along to get them the heck out. The follow-up has changed up more than a few of the game mechanics this time around, most notably the shift from being a top-down dungeon crawler to being a sort of side-scrolling platform game, with players riding a series of fast-moving elevators and navigating through rooms in a mad dash to climb to the surface before the whole place collapses around them. Toss in the constant flow of enemies and gunfire, along with your own gun's new ability to almost randomly shift forms on the fly, and you've got all the elements for a truly chaotic experience.

Exit the Gungeon, with all its changes from the original game, feels less like a true sequel and more like a side game spin-off. That's not to say that there isn't a lot of fun to be had in jumping, dodging, and, of course, blasting through anything between you and the surface. But the game's difficulty curve starts off at a steep incline and just keeps going. While the ever changing form of the player's gun adds variety to the repetitive feel of the game, it's also jarring to go from one form to another. One minute you're aiming lasers with pinpoint precision, only to suddenly shift to lobbing grenade-like explosives and completing changing your strategy. Making matters worse, key mechanics, like the dodge roll move, feel almost ineffective in practice. Exit the Gungeon isn't bad by any means, especially taken as an arcade shooter. The game just lacks any real depth to keep players coming back for more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Exit the Gungeon affected by the cartoonish, pixelated visuals in the game? What are some of the ways that violence is presented in gaming? How does cartoonish, slapstick violence differ from more realistic portrayals of violence in its effects on younger audiences?

  • How can different artistic styles affect storytelling techniques? In games, how can the use of different art styles change the interactive experience?

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