GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire

Hey folks, welcome to the feature series we call “EXPlay.” A series of feature articles where we share our experience on games we’ve recently played in the form of written views and captured gameplay footage. In today’s installment, we’re all about GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire by publisher Flynn’s Arcade.

GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire

EXPlay GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire (Nintendo Switch)

GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire is a top-down arcade, twin-stick shooter. You play as Bax Torpini, a pig who works in pest control and is tasked with clearing out pest that have infested a space station. Bax pilots a small craft and and can fire laser blasts and other projectiles at pests to defeat them.

Being a twin-stick shooter, you can control the movement of the craft with the left joystick and change the direction it is facing with the right joystick. The ZL/ZR trigger buttons are to fire your primary weapon and the L/R shoulder buttons activate your secondary weapon. Most of the enemies that you face are basic fodder but you will encounter stronger enemies that will take a constant barrage  in order to defeat them.

As you defeat enemies, some will drop an item that you can pick up, which will increase your score. The boss also drops an item that, after it has been collected, will succesfully end the mission. There are also a number of different weapon sorts that are depicted with a type of food item like an apple, orange, peanut, avocado, etc. These can change the type of ammunition of your main weapon and your secondary weapon. You can find a type that works best with you and stick with it or change it up when you feel like it. There are other items you can find that can have an effect on your craft. It can slow down, speed up, and even increase firepower.

The main idea of the game, much like any arcade game, is to increase your score. This is done by killing pests, defeating enemies and completing the mission as quickly as possible. There is a bonus for how quickly you complet each mission which depletes over time. It is ultimately up to you whether you wish to kill everything in sight or head straight to the big bad and kill it ASAP.

GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire is a surprisingly fun game that is good for killing time. It may feel a bit repetitive over time but it is best enjoyed in short bursts rather than in engrossingly long sessions. That said, when you have started working up a wicked high score, it may be tricky to put the game down.


EXPlay GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire Gameplay:

Game Specifics:

Gunpig: Firepower For HirePublisher: Flynn’s Arcade
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category:  Racing, Action, Arcade
No. of Players: 1 Player
Release Date: December 3rd, 2020 (EU & NA)
Price: $4.99
File Size: 253 MB Listing

Thank you for reading our EXPlay on GUNPIG: Firepower For Hire. We hope that you find it useful in your decision in picking up the game for yourself. While there are a lot of hidden gems on the Nintendo Switch and a fair number of duds, we’ll leave it to you to decide whether a game is for you or not.

After all, we can’t tell you what games you might like or not like, only what games we like. So, this condensed overview is simply to shine a light on some games that might have been missed on your radar. If you wish to share your own thoughts with us, please be sure to leave them in the comments below.


Until Next Time, Keep On Gaming!

By Mike Scorpio

I am Chief Administrator for A news & reviews website for Nintendo related articles and merchandise. An intermediate gamer with over 20 years of experience spanning 4 decades and 4 generations of Nintendo Games Consoles From the NES up to the Wii U. I also manage our YouTube Channel where I post videos frequently ranging from Let's Plays, Unboxings, Let's Talk Abouts, Our Wii U Lv1 Playthrough Series and the Super Mario Maker Bros Show! and a whole lot more, we even have our own Miketendo64 Directs!

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