Enter the Gungeon is developer Dodge Roll’s love letter to the “many inventive and memorable guns of video games.” It’s further described as a radial shooter stuffed into a “dungeon-crawler lootfest,” which is reason enough to open your mouth and prep a yawn. But there’s enough fun character design and potential Vlambeer-y feels on display in the trailer that I’d ask you to stifle it for just a few minutes more.
Like, seriously. It almost brings a tear to my eye. So far, Dodge Roll has revealed shops managed by gunsmiths, bats with bullets for wings, chest-guarding shelletons, and the gundead of the Gungeon. Gun’t you just feel the love growing in your gun-ts? I certainly can. Despite the jokiness of the atmosphere, the actual premise is surprisingly heartfelt: you’ll be playing as a misfit encumbered with a deep, terrible regret. A regret so profound that it compelled you to travel to a distant planet in search of a gun that can kill the past.
Obviously, that place is the Gungeon, an ancient temple that is comprised of hand-drawn rooms that are procedurally arranged. As you might have already guessed, guns are an absurdly large part of the game. On top of the usual bombardment of missiles, lasers, and cannonballs, there will also be stranger weaponry like rainbows, fish and foam darts. Most delightful of all, it appears as though there is one crucial mechanic that must be mastered for success: the dodge roll. Get it? The developers’ name? Dodge roll?
This is where you yawn, then watch the trailer: