Gear up and get ready for war! Take on hectic 2D action shooting stages with your deadly Gunhound mech.
User reviews: Very Positive (54 reviews)
Release Date: May 1, 2014

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"Influenced by the Assault Suits Valken (Cybernator) series. Heavy controls give the sense of maneuvering an armored mech in a 2D story-rich action game."

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July 10

Trading Card Title Modifications

Hi everyone,

Due to feedback from users purchasing Gunhound EX trading cards from the Steam Marketplace, we have slightly modified the title of one of the trading cards to make the two Juliane Yuri cards easier to differentiate from each other.

I hope this helps card collectors find the card they need to craft their next Gunhound EX badge.

The PLAYISM Staff

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About This Game

Gunhound EX is the PC version of the cult PSP mech action release that pits players' armored Gunhound mechs against scores of mechanized military foes.

In the search for a new renewable resource, humanity has discovered a powerful new one: neutron polymer. Integral to the expansion of modern society, alliances form and shatter as countries jockey to get their hands on the resource. A small southeast Asian nation is in the throes of civil war, but its concentrated deposits of neutron polymer are about to make the conflict a worldwide affair.


Features:
  • Eliminate robotic foes with your Gunhound across multiple stages of mayhem.
  • 360 degree aiming for precision strikes.
  • Unlock armor, weapons and more as you play the game
  • The PSP cult hit, available on PC for the first time!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3 or newer)
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo E4300 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB VRAM and DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes:
    Recommended:
    • OS: Vista, 7, 8 (32bit and 64bit supported)
    • Processor: Core i3-530 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card:
    • Additional Notes:
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Featured in Episode 99 of Bullet Heaven HD!

***We love our mecha-based run-and-gunners here on Bullet Heaven, and while Gigantic Army was well and good, we always had deep, tearful feelings for Gunhound EX, but she'd always been just out of our grasp. Thankfully, Playism (Active Gaming Media) has brought this fast-paced, super polished shooter west... but how does it stack up?***

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNm2spGVyMQ
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This game is absolute bliss, I've been watching the G-Rev trailers many times while drooling since it was released for PSP, and thought it'd never get a port. It's very much like an hybrid between the Assault Suit games and Wolf Fang (a.k.a. "Rohga: Armor Force" outside of Japan, an arcade game by Data East, check it out.) It's basically a run-and-gun mixed with a shooter in which you destroy as much stuff as you can and as fast as possible in a mech loaded with powerful weaponry. Just rush missions and destroy tons of baddies, it's as simple as this.

Music is scored by Hyakutaro Tsukimo famous for his works on the last games of the Thunder Force series by Tecnosoft, and the art is very 90's-like with gorgeous details.The character design is decent in my opinion, and the japanese voice acting is spot-on. However, being a straight port of the PSP version, it doesn't have high-def graphics or audio, which I can totally live with. The controls are top notch too, but hard to apprehend, you definitely need a joystick for this one.

Overall this game screams quality, which is amazing considering it started as a mere doujin. If you're a shooter/STG fan, enjoy mechs and big splosions with fierce head-banging music and lots of pew pew, or just kawaii uguu animay, this game is for you.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Here is my review. Look down. They're all thumbs ups, They are for a reason. If you ever liked a mech platform shooter tittle in your life, you owe it to yourself to pick up this tittle. For that matter if you've ever enjoyed any kind of platform shooter in your life, you're likely going to really enjoy this game and find a love for mechs.

As well, those of you just rolled out of the anime conventions like Otakon, and want to see an anime type story unfold, the more realistic types using decent psudo science, not screaming for five epesodes type, this is a platformer shooter with a very anime style background, and an unfolding story that you would expect from the likes.

Take a machine, avoid incoming fire, flutter the engines to masterfully not have to rely on the suspension alone for all the more grace as you get chop lifted and dropped into jungles, make your way down mountainous hills, and take up arms in another mechonizec war worthy of the kind of vibes you felt watching things like 08th Team, and endure the dangerious with your story granted comrades.

The only way this could be better, and I'm hoping someone really watches when I say this, is if someone took these suspension stomping, engine flaring, war environment changing like platformers and started giving them too us with co op play options.

Only Metal Warriors was ever two players that I can remember and it was vs. Whatever company starts delivering mech tittles like these and let people form their squads, maybe even community level editors or periodic epesodic levels and missions being dropped for people to play, it's going to be a company with some good sales.

Either way, mechs are back, and this is a great tittle to grab to celebrate it.

When it comes to gorilla warfare in mechs, and you got a chopper to drop you off where you need to start operations, you already have a good vibe for what you're in for.

No brush to tough, we dive at 5.

A 5, out of 5.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
When this game's music is composed by the same person behind Thunder Force V, it must be good. It is.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Had this on PSP, so I knew what the deal was already, but cool game. Great soundtrack. Controls are a bit hard to wrap your head around initally, but good once you do. Only issue is it's short with not that much replayabilty, but the stuff that's there is good stuff.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
awesome assault suits-alike, that looks and feels like it belongs on the saturn!
stage 2 is unbelievably, insanely hard, but don't let that put you off!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
To be honest, i'm not really into these kind of games. I bought this game for the steam backgrounds you get after creating badges. Just take a look at the background on my profile right now. I've seen it sell on the market for $25 although right now people are only offering $15 for it. Anyway, I super happy with my background and am very glad i bought this game for it!!! :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This takes some getting used to compared to Gigantic Army, but when you do get used to it, it's a pretty fun mech side-scroller with a variety of weapons and missions to undertake. You'll have to set up a controller yourself; for some reason, it's not automatically set.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
anticipating this game since it's release on PSP. A professional mech side scroller shooter. Short game but has a "nice" low res 2d graphics that is so appealing to retro fans. replay value is high due to unlocking new weapons for your mech. The only problem is that there is no adjustable difficulty level in this game that kind of a let down for a shooter game. there is also a simple but solid story element that accompanied by a sweet Japanese voice acting. Pick this gem up. Because every 10 year only one game like this reach the English language audience. And i repeat: This is no indie ****. This is a pro game by pro developers of the genre.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Good 2D mech action game that follows in the footsteps of the Assault Suits series, Front Mission: Gun Hazard and Metal Warriors. If you enjoyed those titles, then you'll like this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Extemely Good Game. Brings back the nostalgic Side-Scroller mechagames.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Interesting addictive arcade game, I think in many ways similar to the Metal Slug
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
It's a nice throwback to older mech games, much like Gigantic Army. Has a lot of positives, though they are tempered by the negatives. I'll explain below.

-For those of you who want to use a controller, you'll need to set it up in options first, but otherwise it works just fine with most controllers. I personally use a dualshock3 with a USB attachment.
-Gameplay is responsive, difficulty is decent but not overbearing (I recommend the simulator since you'll need the training beforehand). Please keep in mind that if you're a real go-getter and you don't take things slowly, you'll find yourself beating this game in a matter of hours.
-The story is ehh, it's not bad, but let me save you some time and recommend skipping them. There's a button you can map it to, I forgot it at the moment. But thankfully you can skip most of the dialogue. It isn't in the way and 90% of the time it isn't forced on you, so it's good on my standards. After all, I'm playing a game, not watching a movie.
-graphically it's very nice. Spritework is almost top notch, and you won't get that taste of "8 bit retro hipster" in your mouth. However it's a little confusing sometimes since the sprites can often leave you dazed and they'll group together, but in most of the missions you can tell what you're firing at and what's firing at you.
-the OST is okay, nothing to speak home about
-regarding variety in your mech customization, you might be a little disappointed, since I believe they're tied to achievements. But it is there for subsequent playthroughs, so I still count that as a plus.

Overall, as a robot enthusiast, I would recommend this game, but under the pretense that you get it on sale. If you want my honest opinion, the game could still use some improvements, but you get what you pay for at least.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
A 2D game where you play as a mech with a epic sound track,Pretty awesome although the controls are abit mehh

Takes me back to the good old days on my PS 1 (graphically)

10/10 for the sound track and nostalgia feeling i get from playing this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Awesome arcade-style mecha game. Think a slower-paced version of Metal Slug.

Controls work fine for gamepad. I can see how it's graphics might turn some people away but the gameplay is pretty satisfying (especially if you like explosions).

My only gripe is that the cutscenes are unskippable.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
This game is great for old school gamers specially for those WHO CAN ADAPT to its gameplay mechanics. I'm using an arcade stick and I don't have issues with it compared to those impatient casuals.

My only issue with this game is the fact that the campaign is short for its actual price, good thing I got it on sale...

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
A pretty solid and enjoyable game in its own right, but there are a few things that hold it back enough to not be able to confidently recommend.

  • The primary issue with this game are the controls, which I was fighting with & tweaking, and trying to get accustomed to the entire time while playing. By the time I finally found a configuration that worked for me and had sufficient time to get used to it... the game was over; just when I thought it was gaining steam. If the game was much longer or had more content, then the fumbly controls would be a non-issue. But as it stands, the control_weirdness:gameplay ratio is not worth it.

  • Another issue are the unskippable cutscenes & dialog. The game isn't long enough to really warrant the mostly-mediocre story shoehorned into it, and does nothing but add frustration if you have to replay a part over and over. And since Gunhound is a Japanese game, it's more-so unforgiving than it is difficult, so you will find yourself restarting quite a bit in order to experiment and learn patterns. There's also a Mission mode that completely skips cutscenes & dialog, but nobody is going to use that mode on their first run.

  • The tutorial trials are also not very useful nor fun. They suffer from unskippable dialog, and they themselves are unforgiving, mostly-nullifying the entire point of them. If you want to learn the controls, my advice is to just walk around for a bit in the first tutorial and mess-around until you're comfortable - then go and play the campaign. Oh, and map Sprint to right-bumper if you're using a 360 controller.

  • The normal price is $17 CDN. That is way, way too much for what you may get out of it, and I feel like I didn't get my money's worth for $3.


With all that, I had a good time with Gunhound, and am glad I played it - but it's not something I can really recommend for the reasons above.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
I really really really wanted to like this game but I sadly can't... You have to maneuver to the gamepad setup by keyboard to set it up first otherwise the game will ignore the pad. Ingame the analog sticks do not have 360° control, it is locked to about 8 or 16 angles. Your mech is totally clumsy and heavyweight, rendering dodging bullets about impossible. You do not have the option of a shield like in gigantic army. In mission 2 you have to escort a ship for 10 minutes, if it takes too many hits you fail and have to restart at the beginning, tried 3 times and deinstalled. Graphics were mediocre at best, extremely blurry and low res. Too bad, this looked like so much fun...
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Very fun game, very similar to the old mech games from the SNES era such as Cybernator and Metal Warrior if you are fortunate to have played them. The ability to customize your mech with different weapons and even change the color scheme is also a nice feature to have even though I have not unlocked any new stuff they do give you a couple things to start with.

I will say that the only negative I can think of at the moment would be that the zero gravity missions have a very wonky feel to them as I have a hard time aiming and not spinning but this is most likely due to me not having enough practice with the controls.

So if you are a fan of old retro side scrolling mech games I think this game will fit the bill as I have not seen anything like this since the old SNES days.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
This game is great- it's a modern take on the Cybernator \ Assault Suits Valken \ Metal Warriors kind of shooter.

You pilot a "realistic" style mech (think something out of VOTOMS) and blast the hell out of anything in your way. The controls feel really good and weighty, the music is great, and it's just plain old fun.

If you like mecha, or quality 2D shooting games, get this. It's like a gem you'd find on the PS1.
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