Welcome Time Wasters!
I was browsing through the Google Play Store this week when I ran across something that looked very familiar. It’s a game called Gungun Online that I initially mistook for GunBound.
For anyone who has never played it, GunBound is a turn-based strategy game that lets players choose different vehicles, what it calls “mobiles”, and has them fight each other.
The combat in Gungun Online is almost an exact copy of GunBound. Players select the angle and power of their shot to hit opponents and drain their health. The terrain is also destructible, which can lead to players being dropped through the level for a kill. This is called a “Bungee” kill and that is another term lifted straight from GunBound.
There are a variety of different mobiles in Gungun Online and they are all basically ones from GunBound. Right down to the different types of shots that they can use. However, all but a couple of the mobiles need in-app purchases to be unlocked and they are dang expensive. Like, $4 per mobile. The item system in the game is also an exact rip of GunBoud’s, except that players have to buy more items once they run out via in-app purchases.
Players can also collect different outfits for their characters in Gungun Online. Just like in GunBound. The system works a little different with players having to collect fragments of the clothes before they can get even a single article of the outfit. I feel like this was done in an attempt to get players to spend more money trying to unlock outfits. However, they do offer buffs just like the outfits in GunBound.
There are some other things in Gungun Online that aren’t like GunBound. Mainly this is just added purchase and currency options, though. It’s an obvious attempt at getting more money from players with in-app purchases. GunBound already has a good bit of in-game purchases, which means that Gungun Online takes the idea way too far.
When it comes to the gameplay, Gungun Online is an exact rip of GunBound. It’s easy to excuse this by saying the two games just share a genre, but that just isn’t the case. GunBound and Worms share a genre, but are much different games. Gungun Online is just a copy. I mean, even the maps are the same!
Adding to the copied mess that is Gungun Online is the art. The game uses the exact same art style that GunBound does and even flat out copies its designs. The player avatar looks exactly like the one from GunBound and the mobiles are identical in appearance to their GunBound counterparts. Granted, the developers (I use that term lightly) of Gungun Online did have enough sense to change the names of the vehicles, but that’s it.
So where do I stand on Gungun Online? Well, it’s definitely a shameless clone of GunBound that upped the amount of in-app purchases to try and get players’ money. However, it does still play good, because it’s GunBound. The fact that it’s a smartphone game is also super appealing for the mobile aspect of it. It’s just that I can’t support the game when I know it is such a blatant ripoff of another game I used to play a lot in my youth.
In other words, I’ll be deleting this from my phone and advising people to stay away from it. However, I hope that GunBound creator Softnyx takes note of this game and makes their own mobile version of GunBound. That would be a treat. Until then, I’m going to look for another artillery game to play with friends on my phone.
Gungun Online gets no GiN Gems because it didn’t actually do anything for itself.