Despite its name, RunGunJumpGun ($2.99) doesn’t actually feature much running, or even technically jumping. However, if one thing’s for certain, it’s that the game has a lot of shooting. RunGunJumpGun, from ThirtyThreeGames and Gambitious Entertainment, the latter of which were responsible for the recent Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator ($1.99), is an eclectic mix of games such as Downwell ($2.99), Jetpack Joyride (Free) and VVVVVV ($2.99), and features your protagonist having to use their ‘gravity-defying mega-weapon’ to propel themselves off the ground while avoiding an abundance of obstacles and eliminating enemies that stand in their way. After an extremely positive launch on Steam back in August, RunGunJumpGun should be an awesome twitch arcade action that adds to an already stellar week for iOS releases, and is available for $2.99 now on the App Store.
As you may have well guessed from the exuberant launch trailer, RunGunJumpGun is similar to many of the games it takes influence from in that it is hard as nails, and will likely prove a challenge to even the most seasoned of gamers. Despite this, an extremely simple two button control scheme, as well as a ‘merciful respawn’ mechanic that keeps you making progress within a level means that RunGunJumpGun is at least fair in its trials, and 120 levels over three unique game worlds should keep both hardcore and casual gamers occupied for a while. With an endless Marathon Mode, a whole host of collectibles to collect, and the vivid visual and audio style you’d expect from a retro-inspired release, RunGunJumpGun stands out from the surfeit of similarly themed titles with its unique spin on the platforming genre. If RunGunJumpGun has caught your eye, or if you’re just feeling particularly masochistic today, remember to run, jump and gun down to our forum thread and join in the discussion.