Gunpowder on The Teeth: Arcade is a rage-inducingly tough action platformer that plays like a blend of Super Meat Boy and Metal Slug.
First featured on Alpha Beta Gamer a year ago and now gearing up for a full release, Gunpowder on The Teeth: Arcade is an incredibly tough Game Boy styled retro action platformer that sees you dying a lot as you attempt to complete military missions around the world. The demo build features the entire first chapter and will take even seasoned precision platform players some time to beat.
Gunpowder on The Teeth: Arcade blends the hardcore insta-death precision platforming of Super Meat Boy with the run n’ gun arcade action of Metal Slug. The controls are responsive and shooting/blowing up things is fun but you will die a lot. The levels are deviously designed and it even feels like the game is trolling you at times – such as when the chopper you jump out of at the start of a particular level is hovering just above a patch of deadly barbed wire! You can even make it all the way to the end of a level then jump too high as you enter the extraction chopper and get chopped up in the rotor blades!
The Game Boy styled monochrome pixel art visuals are aesthetically pleasing, but can make it hard to spot hazards at times (specifically barbed wire and enemy soldiers). You can memorise where these hazards are, but it would be nice to include a “color-blind” style visual filter that would allow you to see hazards more clearly.
Gunpowder on The Teeth: Arcade’s rage inducing action splatforming won’t be for everyone, but if have a steady temper and fast reflexes then there’s a lot to like. The pixel art animation is superb and every single level requires real skill (and a little perseverance) to complete. Many brave little soldiers will lose their lives in this action packed retro run n’ gun romp.