711756_largerWe recently mentioned how having a Minecraft style game, or even just sticking the word Minecraft into your title or search terms, is the flavor of the moment to try and snatch some downloads from mobile Minecraft fans. Sometimes, though, the block-building formula is actually used in a unique way that complements the game. Naquatic's recently-released Guncrafter [Free] is one of those games.

I never really understood the appeal of "gun apps" that let you either build, clean or just admire various types of 3D-rendered firearms, but they sure have been popular in the past. In Guncrafter you're given a grid and a set of block types that you'll use to build a firearm piece by piece. There are different size grids and different kinds of blocks that you'll slowly unlock as you play which will affect how large your weapon is and the kinds of attributes it has.

Once you've created a firearm in Guncrafter you can then take it into a shoot range scenario where you get to actually test it out by blasting away at various targets, also made up of blocks. This portion of the game actually pits you online against another player and their created weapon to see who can blast away more of the target terrain.

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It's actually really fun, both to build a creative weapon and to see how it performs in competition. The formula really works in Guncrafter. However, there is one major negative that seems to be the sticking point for most players: the actual build of your weapon has no bearing on its performance. So, an elaborately-built weapon will fire exactly the same as one that's literally just a barrel.

That's too bad too, because Guncrafter could be a really deep title if the actual designs of your weapons had meaning. As it is now it's still a fun shooting gallery game, and there's something strangely compelling about creating crazy weapons of your own design, but at the end of the day the game just feels a bit too hollow to have much lasting appeal.

Like I said, though, it's still fun for what it is, and it's free-to-play so worth giving a look. I still need to spend some more time diving into it, but so far I've found that Guncrafter is way cooler than I originally thought it would be. People in the forums have been enjoying it too, so if you fancy making your own weapons and blasting away at stuff against online competition, check out Guncrafter.

  • Soul_of_Wit

    This sounds like "skinning" a gun and competing with it. Never underestimate the appeal of skinning almost anything.

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  • Naquatic

    Our first major update is en route to Apple. Get ready for performance based building :). Sneak peak in the forums: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=189395&page=11

  • jweevil

    I havnt loss yet and won seven games, I like it :)

    • jweevil

      I just realised ive soent 1 and a half hours on this thing, Ive never been this addicted to an app, help!

  • D-Vader

    This artice forgot to mention that this game is Pay-to-Win. Someone can pay $100 and have all these bonuses like 2x damage, 2x barrels. I also think it unlocks all grid sizes and gun materials. I don't know anyone that would do that, but I know that people do.

    • B3NDoX

      Yes but if you that, it would scale your difficulty to other players.

      • Serial

        Wrong I have the 109$ pack and I verse noobs I have 36 wins and 3600 win percent ratio. Matchmaking doesn't change I'm rank 10 btw

  • anabolicMike

    The idea is brilliant. I actually like the gameplay and the sounds! I wish building the gun was more in depth though. Also the IAP prices are ridiculous. I know developers gotta get paid but 99 bucks for the pro pack? Um no! Haha. Brilliant premise though. Utterly brilliant

  • Thaumite

    Don't be so quick! A new update is coming with what you wanted.
    I also demand a new review once the update is out :)

  • nightc1

    Jarred, I think you nailed the details on this app very well. Looks like you are doing your homework and it definitely pays off for me as a reader that spent time with this game. It's refreshing, because more often than not what I read (here and other places, not here to criticize) misses key game details both positive and negative. Way to go. First Survival Craft now this. It's been a long time since I've had any game journalist to look forward to reading their work... you might be the first.

  • Andrew

    I like the game but can't seem to make any money. Please add me
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  • Greyskull

    What would be great would be something else to shoot besides a cuboid block. Lasted about 10 minutes on my device. Having said that, the multiplayer has no noticeable lag.

  • epikninja

    I love naquatic's other games, but this is so boring. You just tap away at the screen shooting as many blocks as you can.. The only content is gun building which isn't even as fun to me as it seems to be to Jared

  • Ringler153

    Ringler153
    Go to the top left of the gun building area and tap the left most button by where you select the blocks it will pop up saying creative tap creative and it will go to pro therefore giving your weapon stats and not just the same dang gun