My favorite game that I played at the Glu iPhone Games event was Gun Bros. Gun Bros. is a top-down dual-stick shooter with a completely over the top style in just about every way. You play as one of two brothers, Percy or Frances Gun, as you destroy wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies. The game is set on a series of planets in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi world, and each planet has 10 levels (called revolutions) with 50 waves of enemies per revolution. You'll earn XP with every enemy that you kill, which goes towards leveling up your character. You will also earn something called Xplodium, which is an unstable ore that can be refined after each level and sold for gold to buy new weapons, armor, and equipment.

The greatest thing about Gun Bros. is the huge arsenal of crazy weaponry. Sure, we've all played games with a shotgun or a spread gun, but what about a triple barrel shotgun or a gun that spreads in seven directions? If you fancy gatling guns, why not up the ante and add three together for a triple gatling gun. Don't even get me started on the Shuricannon (cannon that shoots shurikens) or the Machete Mayhem (a dual pistol that shoots – you guessed it – machetes). These are all realities in Gun Bros., and it makes mowing down enemies a ton of fun. In all, there will be 30 different weapons across 6 different weapon classes, and your character can carry two weapons at a time and switch freely between them.

Besides the regular weapons in Gun Bros., there's also a number of special items and tons of different armors. The special items can be pulled up in a small window during play and give you benefits like health refills, increased damage for a short time, or powerful full screen attacks. The armor in the game is almost as cool as the amazing weapons, and give you many options for enhancing your attributes and customizing the look your character. There will be over 40 different pieces of armor, each capable of upgrading your character in areas like defense, strength, and speed. With the right combination of armor pieces you can choose which areas you are most effective in, and look bad ass while doing so.

Another key element to Gun Bros. is the social aspect of the game. Since you are a pair of brothers, there is always an AI controlled partner blasting away at baddies with you while you play. You'll have the ability to add friends in the game, and then import their specific character to play as your AI companion in your own game. If your friend happens to have some seriously upgraded gear compared to yours, you'll get the benefit of his extra firepower on your computer controlled character. You will also both keep all the XP you earn, which will transfer back to your friend's game when you're done playing. There is extra incentive to play with your friends as you can earn daily bonus items by doing so. Perusing the in-game friend list allows you to check out what bonus items are available for each friend, as well as how their various characters are equipped.

Much like Glu's other game Magic Life, Gun Bros. will launch fully featured for free, but of course there is a way to spend money on the game if you wish. You can purchase additional types of chambers for refining your Xplodium at the end of levels, thus earning more cash per unit and getting to buy weapons and armor much more quickly. This isn't necessary, however, and those who don't want to pay and have patience can still see everything the game has to offer. Gun Bros. was the game I played the most at Glu, thoroughly enjoying every minute of it, and I'll be impatiently waiting for its late October release.

  • Pope22

    No mention of an iPad version? As my kids have claimed ownership of the iPod touch, my mobile gaming is iPad only. I love dual-stick shooters, but they don't seem to love the iPad. And no, 2x iPod mode won't really cut it, but I'm sure I'll give it a go.

    • http://soiled.com Gload

      Because iPad blows for dual-stick.

      • JCat

        Then you ^ obviously don't own an iPad.

      • JCat

        Then you ^ obviously don't own an iPad.

  • Pope22

    No mention of an iPad version? As my kids have claimed ownership of the iPod touch, my mobile gaming is iPad only. I love dual-stick shooters, but they don't seem to love the iPad. And no, 2x iPod mode won't really cut it, but I'm sure I'll give it a go.

    • http://soiled.com Gload

      Because iPad blows for dual-stick.

      • JCat

        Then you ^ obviously don't own an iPad.

  • Mindfield

    No Retina support it seems, either. Bit of a letdown.

  • Mindfield

    No Retina support it seems, either. Bit of a letdown.

  • Mindfield

    No Retina support it seems, either. Bit of a letdown.

  • RogerThat

    No iPad, No Retina, iOS 4 only. Fragmentation.
    You can't seem to please everyone.

  • RogerThat

    No iPad, No Retina, iOS 4 only. Fragmentation.
    You can't seem to please everyone.

  • RogerThat

    No iPad, No Retina, iOS 4 only. Fragmentation.
    You can't seem to please everyone.