Gunbrick: Reloaded, which is out as we speak on PC and Switch, is a remaster and remix of a Nitrome recreation that I by no means initially performed the primary time round. Don’t blame me, although: again within the day Nitrome dazzled not simply due to the standard of its browser video games however due to the startling rapidity with which they got here out. Two minutes with Gunbrick is sufficient to verify that that is the Nitrome I keep in mind with such fondness. There’s the intricate model and zip of the pixel artwork, in fact, however there’s additionally the sense of ingenious thrift, of a handful of intelligent concepts explored to absolutely the fullest.
Gunbrick is a little yellow sq., with a defend on one aspect and a gun on one other. You roll round 2D ranges getting from the begin to the end line, and nearly instantly the sport begins to combine issues up. You can use the defend aspect to roll over jets of flame, however you could be sure that the appropriate aspect is in the appropriate place while you roll. Equally, you should use the gun not simply to shoot enemies however to push your block backwards with out rolling, so it is a positioning software for nailing the defend-touchdown as a lot as the rest.
Point the gun on the flooring and it is also a rocket-leap, every squeeze of the set off shunting you into the air and opening up a world of platforming potentialities. What else? Everything else! Lasers, switches that transfer blocks round, colored partitions that pop out and in of existence, bosses. Nitrome is splendidly expert at getting every thing out of an concept.
And a recreation like Gunbrick lends itself so fantastically to the type of bonus levels that a Reloaded launch calls for. What’s the massive concept? Whisper it: three dimensions.
Three dimensions! Suddenly I’m rolling the Gunbrick round neat little isometric levels, and the Gunbrick itself has develop into a dice! The positioning recreation simply acquired extra difficult, however the gunplay simply acquired extra satisfying too, as a result of you’ll be able to kind of roll and strafe if in case you have the cannon pointed in the appropriate route.
I fearful about Nitrome when the Flash gaming scene hit the skids, and I think about it has been fairly robust. But this small outfit is nothing if not inventive. Ingenuity is the watchword. Gunbrick is an absolute delight.