When it comes to FPSes, they don’t make them like they used to. Sure, the latest Doom has proven that fast-paced FPSes are still relevant, but there’s something unique about games like Quake, Blood and Duke Nukem 3D. Bunker Punks tries to emulate the formula of these games and adds its own twist: a nice infusion of Rogue-Like elements. The result is amazing!
Bunker Punks doesn’t only look like a mid 90’s FPS it also plays a lot like one. Your movements are really fast and can get even faster with the help of some upgrades. The enemies are easy to recognize and fit into the categories established by the original Doom: You have hitscan enemies, slow projectile enemies and those that need to come close in order to hit you. There are several more difficult huge enemy robots that are really challenging and are sometimes a mixture of these types. But overall, you should be able to establish certain tactics in order to deal with all the challenges the game throws at you. Even if the random generator pairs tough enemies together you’ll be able to handle it.
This is also due to the different weapons and armor sets. While the selection is quite limited right now, more sets are added over time. Each armor set not only gives you better defence stats, but can also boost your attack power with certain weapons. Too bad the weapons themselves are quite boring at the moment. You get pistols, revolvers, shotguns, grenade and missile launchers and automatic rifles – nothing extraordinary, except for a couple of melee weapons.
The game’s structure is fairly straight forward: You go into a bunker, destroy the robots, collect money and Tech and return to your own bunker. Here you can invest your money into different upgrades: More health for your punks, faster movement speed, more damage and more. Then you head on to the next bunker, which is bigger and more dangerous, but also has better rewards. If all your characters die, you get to unlock new features, characters, items and improvements with your tech points and get to start over again.
So far, the game is addicting and fun. The fast pace combat and upgrade system kept me hooked for hours and hours. Unfortunately, the amount of content as of right now is just enough for about 4-6 hours, which is fine, since there are regular content updates. So if you’ve looking for an interesting Early Access game, this could be it. You can get it on Steam and the Humble Store.