I want to say that indie games make up about 75% of my games’ library on the Nintendo Switch. The Switch has become my favorite platform for them and they usually don’t take up much space on your memory card as larger tripe-A rated games do. I’m also a huge fan of indie games mainly because of how weird some of them can be and that they’re not afraid to try something new or different. Take for instance Raw Fury and developer Art in Heart’s latest, GONNER2. GONNER2 is a procedurally generated platformer with roguelike elements that features an art style that is both colorful and unique.
GONNER2 is the followup to the IGF winning game, GoNNER. You play as the hero IKK and your mission is to help Death. Her lair has been taken over by a mysterious presence and she needs Ikk to take it down.
GONNER2 is a platformer, but it’s not an ordinary one. Levels you play never really seem to be the same and platforms and bits of the level only show up when you come close to them. Since this is a platformer of sorts, your main means of movement is running and jumping. You can also cling on to walls in order to jump and reach higher parts of the map, and you can also boost in any direction to jump further.
IKK can also attack as long as he has a weapon. Weapons can be found a picked up, such as rifles, melee weapons, and even a laser rifle, but they all need ammo to function. You’ll have to refill ammo often to stay alive. Without ammo, your weapon is useless and enemies have the ability to basically one hit kill you.
Luckily, you can wear certain heads that offer up more lives and abilities. For instance, The Skull provides extra lives. The Dashing Head allows for double dash moves. The Flying Head allows IKK to fly.
GONNER2 for the most part is pretty straightforward and really doesn’t take much to get into it. Controls are easy to learn and understand, though the mechanics with the different heads and weapons you’ll have to discover and figure out on your own. Overall, GONNER2 is pretty fun and different from your average platformer. You will die a lot in this game, and I mean a lot, so don’t get frustrated.
GONNER2 makes for an interesting game. Should you pick up GONNER2? I would say so. There’s a lot going for it for lovers of platformers and roguelikes. It’s a very challenging game and one that seems to change each time you play it. On top of that, I’m really digging the art style, as it is pretty unique and has a style of its own.
GONNER 2 is available now on the Nintendo eShop here.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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