Niche Spotlight – MOTHERGUNSHIP: Absurd Bullet-Hell Gun Fiesta

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Today’s Spotlight is MOTHERGUNSHIP, a bullet-hell FPS by Grip Digital and Terrible Posture Games, of Tower of Guns fame.

In many ways, MOTHERGUNSHIP takes the core principles of Tower of Guns and brings them to their logical extremes. Much like in Terrible Posture’s previous title, MOTHERGUNSHIP has you exploring massive environments full of mechanical enemies and giant bosses that spew hundreds of bullets a second in your general direction. The game’s signature mechanic is it’s gun editor.

This allows you to assemble an arsenal of absurd guns using modular parts, like a rack of 12 miniguns that fire homing rockets, or a 20 barreled lightning shotgun. Your guns can get so huge and insane that constructing them in a way that doesn’t obscure your screen too much is an actual consideration. You can find the original launch trailer above.

My reason for highlighting MOTHERGUNSHIP in particular today is because the game just received a free update that’s even larger than the bosses it throws at you. This update includes a new campaign, a new ship type, a new game mode, new enemies and bosses, rebalanced gun-assembling mechanics that encourage you to get even more elaborate in your designs, and much more. You can check out the patch notes here.

MOTHERGUNSHIP is available for Windows PC (via Steam and the Humble Store), PS4, and Xbox One for $24.99. The Steam version is currently 35% off.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

MOTHERGUNSHIP mixes bullet-hell intensity with the FPS genre, and brings one of the largest gun customization options seen in video games. It’s up to you to equip your over-the-top arsenal and defeat a robotic alien armada that has conquered Earth.

Craft gun monstrosities that no reasonable person could ever lift, fight gigantic bosses and experience randomized mayhem as you battle your way to the heart of the fleet to destroy the MOTHERGUNSHIP!

Key Features:

  • FIGHT – Face off against overwhelming odds in brutal, non-stop combat where thinking on your feet is the only way to survive. Dodge hundreds of bullets with unique FPS/Bullet-hell hybrid gameplay. Each ship hosts hordes of alien machines, deadly traps, and intimidating bosses, all set on preventing you from saving humanity. Go get ‘em.
  • CRAFT – To take down the MOTHERGUNSHIP, you’ll need your very own personalized arsenal of destruction. Luckily, in MOTHERGUNSHIP you can create the gun of your dreams with one of the most modular gun-crafting systems ever seen in a videogame. Want to have twelve-barrel gun that shoots homing rockets? Or do you prefer a lightning shotgun? And what gun wouldn’t look better with a fishtank affixed to the top? Go for it! The design of your destructive arsenal is in your hands.
  • RESIST – Join the ranks of the resistance against the robotic alien invasion. Destroy hordes of metallic fiends and earn your way to the Mothergunship! Fight together with a friend in a full co-op experience, while you work together to cut through the alien fleet and reach that ultimate goal – bringing down the MOTHERGUNSHIP.
  • Post-launch MOTHERGUNSHIP will support free updates for the community to add more depth to your gameplay with new gun parts, more enemies, big bad bosses, extra features, and more modes.

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