Watch out for furballs and hordes of enemies – the game Wildcat machine gunDeveloped by Chunkybox Games and published by Daedelic Entertainment, it features a series of fast-paced action-themed levels that will appeal to science fiction fans and animal lovers alike.
On paper, everything is ideal for the success of the title: electronic music with a good rhythm, cartoon images, enough monsters to vary the pleasures, different weapons to unlock … and a series of dungeons to explore, story of “recovery”. bonus there, not forgetting to eradicate any form of life, monstrous or mechanical, that there is. And after “clearing” a level by killing the main villain, it will be about doing the same thing with the next level, then the next level …
There is no denying it, in terms of graphics, it is successful: everything is well drawn, the colors are bright, the monsters and the heroine are very well designed, etc. Normally, all of this would be the sign of a good match, or at least a match to which we will devote maybe 30, even 60 minutes, just to clear our heads.
After all, we’re rarely interested in aa underground crawleror to a hell of bullets, for its narrative structure. The rest will then have to be solid enough for it to hold up without a major dramatic revelation in the last act.
The problem here is that Wildcat machine gun it’s just … ordinary. Music is good, yes, but it loops in minutes and you tire quickly. As for the monsters, their design is quite original, but when it takes fifteen or even twenty hits to kill a few, we are no longer in the shoot himor in underground crawler, but in the patience simulator. Oh, some special weapons can be effective at hitting the toughest monsters, but those same weapons are only available with a limited amount of ammo. The player can then find himself in the midst of machine gun fire, blasting enemies here and there, but suddenly, it’s the return to the machine gun that can come in handy, yes, but whose power is minimal.
Another irritating aspect, the game allows you to “store” lives, a story that a death does not, fortunately, mean the end of the game. However, the way the resurrection system works is difficult to understand. During a fight at the end of the level, for example, being killed leads to three options: starting over from the place of our death, losing a life; start over from the nearest control point, without losing a life, or start over from the center of the map, which is the starting point of the level.
If we choose the first option, we would have the right to imagine that we will come back to life together with the villain on duty, ready to resume the fight. However, the resurrection takes place rather out of the battle arena, without restoring special ammunition, while the fight against the big villain will have to be resumed from the beginning. How come?
In short, Wildcat machine gun is a game that strives to be relevant and interesting. And if he’s not fully on the pitch, the result is strong enough not to drop the title in the turnip category. But it’s also incomplete enough to make you want to move on.
Wildcat machine gun
Developer: Chunkybox games
Publisher: Dedicated entertainment
Platforms: Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series / One (tested on Windows / Steam)
Game interface offered in French