A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
With virtually no story or character development, this isn't a game that pretends to have any messages. You simply shoot evil demons and robots in this fantasy action title.
Positive Role Models
You don't know much about the young and nameless female protagonist, but she demonstrates strength and courage in this dungeon shooter. But she does gratuitously use weapons to kill enemies en masse, which isn't positive either.
This game includes one human (the heroine), plenty of evil demons and robots, and some kittens, too.
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Ease of Play
This action game is relatively easy to control with its "twin stick" approach -- one stick navigates around these dungeons and the other aims the protagonist's weapon -- while the trigger is to fire. Other buttons switch weapons and dash quickly. The pace starts off slow and gets more difficult as the player progresses.
Violence & Scariness
While not realistic, bloody or gory, the aptly named Wildcat Gun Machine is all about combat. You will have access to dozens of weapons (mostly sci-fi guns) to kill thousands of demons and demon-robot hybrids, which all explode in a ball of fury (with varying effects). You can also loot skeletons, and many of the enemies may look scary or "gross" to kids, with dripping flesh or giant teeth (though these are cartoon-like).
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Products & Purchases
There's an option to buy a "Supporter Pack" for a couple of extra dollars, which also gives you a music soundtrack, a cute "Captain Chunky" sidekick, and two extra weapon skins.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wildcat Gun Machine is a downloadable action game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. This is considered a "bullet hell dungeon crawler," as the core gameplay mechanic is to shoot and kill demons and robots (or both in some cases), while evading their return fire and other threats. That said, this fantasy game isn't realistic, bloody or gory, but some of the enemies may look scary, including giant teeth and dripping flesh, and you can loot cartoon skeletons, too. There's also an option to buy a "Supporter's Pack" to acquire a sidekick, weapon skins, and soundtrack.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun, accessible, affordable, and attractive "bullet hell dungeon shooter," that doesn't try to be anything that it's not -- but gamers may lose interest after a few hours of play. That is, while there's some depth in the weapon selection and upgrades of Wildcat Gun Machine, and some memorable boss battles, there could have been more to the maze-like levels, including gradually tougher puzzles and other challenging ways to advance. Or maybe by fleshing out the (virtually non-existent) story, exploring more of your heroine's role (and weaving in more meaning to the magical cats) could help make the action more engaging, not to mention adding a few narrative paths could add to the replayability, too. Or perhaps adding additional solo or multiplayer modes would help keep one's attention. You get the idea.
But Wildcat Gun Machine does succeed in delivering an over-the-top twin stick shoot-em-up with attractive 2D hand-drawn creatures (that increasingly get more and more bizarre as you progress), and the weapons are unique and worth exploring with trial and error to see what you like best. It's fun to build up your character's meter, which eventually allows you to hop into a 'mech for some serious damage (and temporary invincibility). While there are a few 'mechs to choose from, they don't change the experience, as you can't die when unleashing the carnage in any of them. It's also great to play with your abilities and upgrade them, find items on the levels, and steer clear of traps like spikes, laser beams, poisonous gas, and exploding barrels. Alas, while fast, frenetic and fun for a while, Wildcat Gun Machine loses its steam. You'll clear an area, kill the boss, find a key, and get to the next stage. Rinse and repeat. The levels are also quite linear and the game doesn't allow for much exploration, secrets, and collectibles. For only $12, though, this game will please many action fans. Just don't expect more than a weekend's worth of fun with it -- if that.
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