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GoNNER is this year’s Downwell – a neat, short-form action game that has found the perfect visual style to communicate its near-misses and big hits. Whether you want to show off by pushing its systems to the limits or play at a more relaxed and careful pace, basking in the gorgeous music, it’s an absolute delight.
GoNNER is a great introduction to the roguelike genre. It may be short, but that doesn’t mean you will blast through it quickly even though its high difficulty may seem a bit too challenging for some. It plays and looks great on the TV screen and it fits nicely as a portable title.
With its charming soundtrack, beautiful artstyle and challenging combo system, GoNNER will grab you and it won't let you go. Get ready to spend hours trying to beat your score or competing on its leaderboards.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Like The Binding of Isaac like I love him, so this is definitely a Must-Have from the world of Roguelike games, and you as a fan will appreciate it highly, but if you're not a fan of this genre, why not join, dark, frightening levels of the surreal world can push and pull you into it's gloomy, but terribly exciting adventure small IICA and a huge whale named Sully.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Whether you will choose to buy GoNNER or not is much more of a product of the game experience that you're looking for than how well it executes on its design. If you're a fan of challenging arcade-style run-and-gun shooting with a variety of selectable play configurations (and keep in mind the slight pricetag) I have an extremely easy time recommending it. The aggravation of dying in the current run is almost always quickly followed by the "just one more try" impulse and the relatively short length of an average run makes it even more compelling to play in between other things given the portability of the Switch. If the look or the description of the gameplay doesn't appeal to you I don't know if there's anything that can be said to change your mind. It is a game that is extremely comfortable being what it is and generally executing on its vision very successfully, the only question is if you have the inclination and the nerve to give it a shot.
If you're looking for an honest - yet brutal - challenge and you're not afraid of getting lost in a quirky and abstract dimension, dive in and join the water drop Ikk in his procedural adventure: monsters, sweat, lots of swear words and many satisfactions will be waiting for you in this fierce platformer/shooter hybrid with a roguelike structure (one that actually works really well with the Nintendo Switch philosophy).
Review in Italian | Read full review
While GoNNER doesn't branch off from most roguelikes with its item systems and level designs, it's still an engaging game that pulls you back in despite the difficulty level. The soundtrack, the throbbing neon colors, and the sense of accomplishment make this title well-worth the money.
Just a little bit of handholding wouldn't have gone amiss, but spend some time working out what GoNNER is about and you'll find a dark yet warm hearted bullet ballet.
If a list were to be created of games available on Switch that make you say “oh, just one more go” for approximately four hours, this would sit right on top. An addictive, beautifully presented experience that will bring you hours of joy/frustration, GoNNER seems a perfect match for the Nintendo Switch console – offering a gameplay style suited to both quick bursts of play and longer, dedicated sessions.Possibly too tricky for some players, this game requires a lot of determination, offering little respite - expect to be thrown back to the start countless times as you try to progress. If you're the type who enjoys a serious challenge we recommend giving this title a go; it is one that will reward those who stick with it the most.
GoNNER is a delightfully peculiar game that brings a very unusual sense of aesthetics as well as very high difficulty level to the Nintendo Switch. It's hard to conceive this game pleasing every single player out there but GoNNER stands out on its own merits and it's an audiovisual experience that deserves every opportunity that it gets.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Gonner presents a stiff challenge that might not be for everyone, but if the potential oddities of this disquieting adventure seem up your alley, it's well worth trying to figure out; just be prepared to maybe look up a few things for clarification. It's not quite the tops of this take on the roguelike genre, but Gonner definitely earns its spot at the table.
If you're after a game that's fun to pick up and play, GoNNER is well worth the asking price. Its unique visuals, great soundtrack and wonderfully responsive controls make it a title you'll go back to again and again; perfect for a portable device like the Switch.
Rather, like the best roguelikes, it begs you to try again. You feel like you failed Ikk when he dies, not that the game was cheap or punishing. For $10, you could do a whole lot worse on the Switch. And if you like hard, side-scrolling action games – this is a no brainer.
While not a perfect game, GoNNER will leave us a good taste in terms of gameplay and gunplay. With a good variety of weapons and enemies, an eye-catching visual style and a well measured difficulty -even if sometimes it goes over the top-, it becomes an excellent recommendation for fans of this genre
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Whether this is a worthwhile purchase for you comes down to how much tolerance you have for highly punishing mechanics so that you can push through to the enjoyable sense of mastery it eventually offers.
Gonner is a single gameplay mechanic away from being a fantastic run & gun roguelike, and if you don’t mind passing up a set of options, that problem can be ignored.