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Video GameJets'n'Guns 2 (Series) Review
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Posted: 9 weeks ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Jets'n'Guns 2 is a fast arcade-style shooting game where you defeat wave after wave of enemy ships and avoid an endless barrage of bullets. While initially the challenge seems overwhelming, building instincts of how and when to move and upgrading your ship enables you to progress through the ever tougher challenges. The mix of shooting and role-play upgrades makes for an unusual blend of skill, strategy, and ambition.

When an unknown extragalactic assailant threatens the peace, it's up to you to defeat them and their armies of attack craft. In your ship, you move through the stages as the screen moves forward, shooting down opponents and collecting money and upgrades that increase your strength. Along with typical enemies, you also face off against larger boss enemies that have more health and deal more damage, making them especially difficult to take down.

Often, the sheer number of missiles, lasers, and other incoming attacks can seem insurmountable, but by going to the shop and buying and equipping different upgrades, weapons and body styles, you can customise every element of your ship to make it suit your play style, with many parts offering special bonus effects that support unusual play styles. Experimenting with all the different items available and discovering ambitious strategies and permutations that work best for you is essential in progressing smoothly.

The result is a novel twist on the side-scrolling shooter genre that combines traditional skill, precision and fast-paced action with unique customisation and upgrade paths that provide a chance for you to craft clever strategies and ambitious moves.

It's the latest game in the Jets'n'Guns series of games, which started back in 2004:
  • Jets'n'Guns (2004) PC, Mac.
  • Jets'n'Guns Gold (2014) PC, Mac. An expanded version of the original game.
  • Jets'n'Guns 2 (2020) PC, Switch.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/11/2004, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Rake In Grass (@RakeInGrass)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play cooperatively with a friend, each using a different plane to shoot down enemies and dance through the stages.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

The developers provide the following Mature Content Description on Steam:
"Contains action, humorous violence and jokes inspired by cyberpunk, sci-fi movies and pop culture in general that may not be suitable for all ages."

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The gameplay is very fast-paced and you need to constantly have excellent control and precision of your plane. You also need to replay levels in order to unlock upgrades, so you should be prepared to repeat levels multiple times.

CostsCosts

Jets'n'Guns 2 usually costs £5.39 to £13.49.
 

Jets'n'Guns

Switch Store Switch £5.39

Jets'n'Guns 2

Steam Store PC £13.49
Switch Store Switch £11.69

Jets'n'Guns Gold

Steam Store PC £6.69
Steam Store Mac £6.69
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Jets'n'Guns 2 Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:
This report is based on the latest game, Jets'n'Guns 2. Previous games may differ in the options available.

The game is very fast-paced, and you often need to move and react very quickly to avoid incoming attacks. You need to hold down a button to fire, so any extra action then means you need to simultaneously press multiple buttons. Because the screen is always moving forward there is essentially a time limit on the levels, so it's not low-pressure.

Text can be made large and most of it is high contrast, but there are some sections where it isn't due to low contrast with the background, like the "Checkpoint Reached" text that appears during play.

Many objects during levels can be quite small and also difficult to distinguish because of low contrast. There are frequent flashes and busy backgrounds.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion


You play a white, masculine-presenting character, and can choose your name.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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