Developer: Glu Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Gun Bros 2 is a lot of fun. Sure, it’s a little mindless at times and the in-app purchases available could make it a very expensive title, but it’s the ideal shooter to dive into for 10-15 minutes throughout the day.

In a similar vein to something like Borderland Legends, Gun Bros 2 is all about the loot and steady instant gratification. The difference here is it doesn’t feel like a missed opportunity and it’s potentially completely free. It’s a twin stick shooter with a series of levels across eight different chapters, each offering wave based attacks. The levels are attractively designed and, while all are somewhat grim looking, they’re animated and designed well. Ramps form a way to leap across from side to side, reducing any issues with the character’s slow movements.

Each level doesn’t take long to complete, but the developer has packed plenty of excitement into each stage. Vehicles play a prominent part here with a Honey Badger machine available to commandeer when the going starts getting tough. There’s also a slight strategical element to proceedings with the need to have relevant mods on weaponry in order to infiltrate the enemy’s shields. A steady stream of loot and experience points keep the player keen for more, too.

Such loot comes in handy, in part that it reduces the need for spending real money. Extensive grinding can work out for players, providing they have some patience, as it’s possible to acquire some great armor over the course of repeated sessions. Weapons range from a typical pistol or rifle to rocket launchers, wide area machine guns and a particularly potent shotgun. In each case, these can be upgraded to inflict further damage.

This steady stream of accomplishments does make it all the more tempting to splash out on a few in-app purchases and I know I’ve been extremely tempted by some of the lower end ones, but it’s not vital for progression. An Endless mode provides further means to grind it out, but it’s backed up by the ability to play alongside friends via Game Center.

Gun Bros 2 isn’t a clever game in the conventional sense but it’s been keenly designed to draw players in. It’s a potent mix of achievements and that sense that even 10 minutes can further the cause substantially.

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