Nintendo Life — February 13, 2018

Atomik: RunGunJumpGun launches for Switch

by Matthew Mason

Few games have a more apt, succinct title than ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun. In it you play as a fellow with a death wish and a mini-gun who must traverse trap-laden stages while automatically running. It’s your job to ensure he makes it by using said mini-gun to either blast past obstacles by pointing said firearm forward or to point it downwards in order to float him across gaps and violent quagmires. If it sounds daunting it is; one tiny misstep can be haphazard, and with only two hits to your name anything less than near perfection will cause him to rocket back to the start of a stage posthaste.

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RunGunJumpGun is a game about mastering you position. Getting from point A to point B is harrowing and difficult, but the game also dangles that perfectionist carrot by also offering up little orbs known as atomiks that not only guide you to what the ideal path is, but also unlock new worlds down the road. Luckily, controlling our gun-toting hero is as simple as alternating the two shoulder buttons. He’ll quickly move his weapon as needed without lag, but you do have to consider that you’ll lose lift if you shoot forward and you’ll lose forward momentum if you get hung up on the environment. 

As mentioned, the game gives you two hits to try and make your way through, but will quickly dart you back to the beginning if you fail. This minimizes frustration, as trial-and-error is the bread-and-butter of RunGunJumpGun. If anything proves to be too unmanageable, the game will let you skip to the next stage, but you’ll miss out on precious atomiks that you might need later in the process.

The controls are intuitive, with a small difficulty curve that’s waylaid by some solid level design and to-the-point tutorials. The playable character’s floaty jump has a harsh yet fair physics system attached to it making it feel natural and precise. Which is good, because had the game made the action even a little loose it would have been an unsatisfying experience.

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