Wildcat Gun Machine — Runnin’ and Gunnin’ for No Reason Whatsoever

Jeffrey McGee
4 min readMar 17, 2023

Most of the time, you’ll shoot stuff

I’ll be frank: nothing special happened this week, so I don’t have anything special to say. Then again, it’s still the first half of the week, so something interesting might still happen. In the meantime, my game library somehow got bigger, and I often find games I don’t remember downloading. Regardless, I played this one game, Wildcat Gun Machine and found it to be decently fun.

The game isn’t who-knows-what, but once you get to meat of things, you have enough enemies to shoot at. There’s also a nice arsenal to this game, but for some reason, I didn’t feel like the interchangeable weapons made enough of a difference to keep discovering them when a single weapon could suffice throughout the entire run. I still have more to say about this, but first lemme describe how it started…

I have no idea what the story is about

So, I start up the game; nothing too flashy yet. I start playing it, and I am given no context whatsoever as to the conditions that I am in. I have no idea why I’m playing as a woman with an eye-patch or why there are Cronenberg monsters roaming around. All I know is that I have a gun and I need to shoot them, and that’s exactly what I went to do.

At first, there wasn’t much excitement going around since there weren’t many enemies, and I pondered whether this easy difficulty will persist throughout the game. It didn’t, because when I got to the part where there are a lot of enemies, suddenly there were a lot of things to shoot at. Combine that with a large arsenal and you have a rainbow of explosions just waiting to be discovered. What else there is to enjoy about this “Gun Machine” is that the player becomes invincible and shoots homing bullets everywhere. This is especially important because the player will need it when things get really hard. More so, what I especially liked is the dash ability that, when timed right, can be used indefinitely to dash infinitely, although I didn’t realize this when I started the game. Also, there are a lot of enemy bullets to dodge and the difficulty just increases as you progress, so I probably wouldn’t continue playing it because I lack the patience. However, it seems that the ever-increasing difficulty becomes an issue that might get even worse when the player nears the game’s end. Not that I know since I didn’t get there.

The game seems to have no story whatsoever; you just assume the role of a really cool-looking lady. It’s possible that the story might’ve flown over my head, but the game itself offers no indication as to what’s going on. You just start shooting ugly monsters and collecting guns that are seemingly there for absolutely no reason.

That’s… pretty much it. You go around and shoot monsters with complete disregard to the story. This game has a simple design and some people would prefer it that way since it means they can just straight jump into the game without working their brains to understand the redundant plot. On the other hand, this does mean that anyone who wants a deep story won’t enjoy this game. Regardless, I have to move on to the next project… but I have no idea what that is.

Did you understand the story?

I should also mention that the levels are large and somewhat interchangeable. I mean, there is some enemy variety, but they don’t feel that much different. What about you? I mean, if you did play… this game. Also, if you figure out what the story is about, be sure to tell me.

In Conclusion…

So… this game is ok. It’s simple and maybe sometimes simple just works better, because it doesn’t require the brain to complicate itself with convoluted plotlines. This game is just about shooting stuff, and that’s all that’s great about it, even though I understand that simplicity isn’t something that everyone goes for. But hey, if you like simplicity, then try this one out.

I especially like how there are multiple guns to collect, but as I said earlier, I don’t know if it’s enough to sustain the player until the end of the game. I probably won’t get to the end, so it was fun while it lasted.

By the way, I got this game for free, courtesy of the weekly free games, and the next thing I’ll write about is yet another game I got for free, because at this point, I’m running out of ideas to write about…

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