Back to the retro reviews now, and going back to 2015 which was a much simpler times where the world was more “black and white” morally speaking, and the games were pretty good back then as well with titles such as the first Star Wars: Battlefront which historians would have called a warning from history for what was to come from EA attempts at Star Wars games and Ubisoft trying to kick some life into an incredibly tired Assassin’s Creed Franchise and Konami making 2 great games in the form of Metal Gear Solid 5 and PES 2016 and then completely say “fuck it” and stop making games altogether. So, today’s offering comes from Crazy Monkey Studios and with Guns, Gore and Cannoli.
Guns, Gore and Cannoli takes us back to the roaring 20s where Prohibition was in full swing, wall street was booming, Cadillacs came with Tommy guns as an additional extra, and gangsters didn’t keep tabs on their taxes. And with the fictional city of Thugtown were St. Patricks Day has turned into another zombie apocalypse otherwise known as “here we go again”. Where we play as Vinnie Cannoli local hitman for the Mafia looking out for a Goodfella gone missing. Aside from the zombies to deal with we also deal with mobsters, the army/government and Rats which Vinnie would have had plenty of experience in dealing with. The story does have all the usual nods to gangster movies like The Godfather. It does have the predictable twists which can be seen by a mile out, but it does the job of tying up the gameplay nicely. going back to the zombie apocalypse aspect while for me personally a tired genre after the influx of games like Call of Duty and many, many others, Guns Gore and Cannnoli somehow managed to kick some life into the genre with its cartoony approach and light hearted comedic approach.
It’s a side scrolling platformer shoot ‘em up with a cartoony art style (so like Cuphead if you need a point of reference) shooting you way through the zombie horde/mobsters and the government (which have different variances, some will pick you off while others will try and get in close and give out a spanking) which is very easy to be overwhelmed and be a zombie dinner. To help prevent this there are an assortment of weapons to help prevent this from tommy guns to shotguns and bazookas and heavy machine guns to churn through the horde with efficiency. But you would still have to be sharp because this game doesn’t take boobs wisely and the boss battles are tricky enough to be a problem but as a wise guy, problems can be solved. But if you know a guy who knows a guy and also knows another guy you can have some 4-player local co-operative fun to make life more fun or hectic. Overall, it’s a fun game to play and incredibly charming with the art style and simple and effective gameplay. But there are some issues which we will cover later.
Other aspects like the build quality is very good and no major bugs and glitches to report and load times are very brisk, so you will be back in action after dying several times which keeps the tempo high and helps the game massively. And as it quite cheap £7.99 on the Xbox store (at the time of writing) so, the value of money is very good and incredibly tempting if you like supporting the little guys of the indie developers
While there was good, there were aspects that was a load of baloney. Firstly, the shooting now while majority of the shooting is simple enough (left and right) there are times when I wanted to directly up at the fucking zombie leprechauns which I feel is a missed trick, so I hope in the second game I can fine aim at the boob. And as I said before zombies have been done to death and maybe portrayed in a different aspect like mutants which would keep the game similar while standing out more than its competition. And while the local 4 player co-op is great I would also like an online co-op as well to complement it.
Guns, Gore and Cannoli
So, Guns Gore and Cannoli is a very fun game, incredibly charming with-it visuals and simple let effective gameplay though while it plays with the zombie genre is a tired choice these days, the boys down at Crazy Monkey Studios have managed to put some life into it with gangsters and the roaring 20s setting and keeping it tasteful as well, throw in the value for money it offers. Then you really do have an offer you cannot refuse.
- Great setting
- Quick load times
- Quick and satisfying gameplay
- Easy to be overwhelmed
- Difficult to pick up and play
- Short levels