Jets’ n’ Guns (PC)

By Xi Lin

Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 10.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 8.00

I’ve never been an avid shooter fan. I find that they’re fun in small doses, but never for more than half an hour at a time. So imagine my surprise when two hours later and I’m still eagerly shooting away at aliens and ships in Jets’ n’ Guns. I don’t recall the last shooter I played till my hands were cramped from being in the same position for several hours. RPGs are my favorite genre. I was surprised to find elements of that in this game. Not that I’m complaining, it definitely cranked up the enjoyment factor several notches for me.

The initial game play is no different some many other shooters of the same genre. The screen scrolls to the right and you have control over your airplane. Avoid missiles, other ships, debris, asteroids, aliens, and other alien objects as you attempt to blast your way to and through the boss. While you’re blasting, you’re also able to run into pilots and soldiers. In fact, this game encourages a higher body count. So shoot the soldiers, run into pilots, hijack trucks and release beasts to kill and mow down hundreds of little pixilated people. It’s strangely satisfying to hear them scream (judge me after you play this game). You might find that you’re as demented as I am.

After missions, you’re taken to an intermission where you can upgrade your ship, load up on new weapons, upgrade those said weapons, and crack open crates. Now I mean seriously, crack open crates. If you’ve ever played mastermind, then you pretty much understand how to hack into the crates. Before you can do so, you’ll need to buy an upgrade. Crates don’t offer much, just specials items that aren’t available in shops. A bit of a gimmick I’d say. Other upgrades protect you from bullets, cooling so the ship doesn’t overheat, more health, and better engines, wings for turning, a hack to hijacking gun placements and trucks, and some others that make your slaughterin…ahem, shooting experience a little more fun.

The music is a big strong point in Jets’ n’ Guns. The music in the game is played by the metal band Machinae Supremacy. I just absolutely love the song playing during the intermission. Out of the whole game, I remember that song vividly. Probably because I heard it in between every level, but importantly it was also because it’s just a damn fine song. The rest of the soundtrack is also equally excellent. Machinae Supremacy did a mighty fine job.

This game has firepower, with an equal amount of explosions. If anyone knows me, they know I like explosions. Explosions and massacring are pretty high on my list of things-that-make-Xi-smile (NOT DEMENTED, play this game damn it!). You start off with a little pansy gun that doesn’t really do much. As you upgrade or invade, newer, more powerful and seizure inducing weapons become available in the shop or in your items list. Weapons that fill the scream…oops, screen with wonderful colors of destruction that bring death to so many aliens, pilots and anyone else stupid enough to happen to be in your way.

The graphics aren’t super advanced, but definitely fit the game. Models seem to be pre-rendered 3D and then there are those fun pixelated soldiers that remind me of the good old days of Worms. Some of the aliens seem to be standard affair, such as the Alien baby that seems so familiar. Then there are the wacky gun ships that literally look like guns. I’m honestly having too much fun blowing them up to care where I may have seen them before.

In all honesty, I recommend this game 300%. Granted this game is not the most perfect game in the world, it definitely is one of the better games I’ve played this year. There are loads to do in this game. As I’m writing this, I’m surprised at how many fun features there were. There are some gimmicks, like the ability to take over gun placements and unmanned vehicles. I think I used it twice throughout the whole game, and they were on the trucks. Other features include a license to hunt down pirates that pop up through out the game, which means more money for more insane weapons.

Overall Rating: 9.00

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