Jet Gunner is a 2D platform action indie game that's full of Nestalgia. Full of action, gunfights, bosses and explosions so if you're into the whole 8-Bit vibe you should love this. From the sound, to the graphics to the flicker, this should pay tribute to those classic hard as nails, run 'n' gun games.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (243 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 4, 2014

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May 12

Upcoming Updates And Fist Slash: Of Ultimate Fury

So the past couple of months I've been trying to work out some bugs with the game, sadly not all can be fixed with out basically ripping apart the engine and starting again. This would take far to long and instead I've opted to actually make a new "spiritual sequel". However with some stuff I've learn from that, I'm planning to do some fixes with this game in the next month or two.

Achievements
The first one is the achievements issue, some people are experiencing issues with the medals not unlocking or saving. With this I'm planning to add in-game medal system as well as Steam achievements. That way it'll unlock in game and if it doesn't unlock with Steam, you can always resubmit the achievements. This should also help with some saving issues too.



Gameboy version:
You can play a game boy version of this game for free over at Newgrounds:


I might add controller support as it being a flash game it's extremely hard to do this.

Tweaks
Also in the next couple of months I'm aiming to tweak the game slightly. For example enemy fire being slower and more "dodgable", weapon edits to make some of them more useful and general tidy up of some level designs.

Extra Content
I did have this planned but work got in the way and I just didn't have the time, other projects also came into the mix. Then I got to a point where I was re-designing and improving the engine when it became not compatible with Jet Gunner. So instead I opted to start fresh and make a whole new game in the same vein, hence; Fist Slash: Of Ultimate Fury.

Fist Slash: Of Ultimate Fury



You could call Fist Slash: Of Ultimate Fury a spiritual sequel, it's hopefully going to be a vast improvement to Jet Gunner. I've worked hard to get better controller support. I've also worked on the engine so it shouldn't lag to some users, better enemy AI and difficulty settings so everyone can enjoy the game.

It's currently up on Greenlight at the moment and doing rather well, so if you want to see more, go over and Greenlight the game! I'm aiming for it to be a budget title again and most likely cheaper than Jet Gunner!

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So that's the news for now, until next time, take care!
-S'Strange

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About This Game




Jet Gunner is a 2D platform action indie game that's full of Nestalgia. Full of action, gunfights, bosses and explosions so if you're into the whole 8-Bit vibe you should love this. From the sound, to the graphics to the flicker, this should pay tribute to those classic hard as nails, run 'n' gun games. Hopefully this should wet your appetite for re-living the good ol' days.




  • SIX Stages - From cities to flying airships.
  • HEAPS of weapons - From beam blasts to circle-ly side shooting thingies.
  • RETRO soundtrack - Made from the juiced tears of a Game Boy brick.
  • CHALLENGE MODE: Try and complete 25 extra difficult challenges.
  • STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS: Unlock 31 Steam Achievements! (More to be added with upcoming updates.)
  • HARDCORE MODE: Is the game too easy? How about trying the extremely challenging Hardcore mode!
  • FREE ADDITIONAL UPDATES/CONTENT: Extra levels, challenges, modes to be updated through the upcoming months.
  • LEADERBOARDS. So show off to all your friends how great you are!




  • September - Game Boy Version Released
  • October - Extra "Lab" level released to tie in with the release of I Want To Be Human
  • December - Extra "Winter" level released to celebrate the Holiday season.
  • More Updates to come...

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or higher
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 35 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
Helpful customer reviews
38 of 63 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Jet Gunner is a side-scrolling platformer with a late-era NES aesthetic that wildly succeeds in emulating the most frustrating and archaic elements of that era.

Enemies that fire immediately as they appear on screen, usually while you are mid-jump. Weapon powerups that have strange arcs that prevent them from hitting enemies directly in front of you. Massive knock-back. Vertical stages in which the bottom of the screen instantly kills you. Bullet-sponge enemies that necessitate a large life bar, resulting in a sloppy, inelegant play experience in which you can't finesse your way through a level but must rather brute-force your way through like a rabid speedrunner taking damage-- just to make it through a level, not to shave time.

These flaws could be overlooked or even appreciated as period-specific quirks if the visual and audio design of the game were more memorable, but they're just aren't. It succeeds at being a hard-as-nails NES game but that isn't really enough as unless you've played the entire NES library, there are probably dozens of better designed *actual NES* games that you could play and enjoy instead as well as better retro pastiche games on Steam.

That said, it still felt pretty ♥♥♥♥ing good to beat it.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
It's like a decent mix of Contra and Mega-Man. Almost everything you would expect from NES game is in it. Smooth controls, nice 8bit graphics, power ups, challenge..... only downside of it is that music is kinda.....crappy. But if you are fan of NES run and gun games, you should give it a shot.

Oh, i forgot to mention... This game haves same problem like Castlevania and Ninja Gaiden on NES. If you get hit, you will be pushed back a bit which can sometimes cause deaths and enemies respawn.

Overall: 7/10
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Pros:

- Fun and tight gameplay evoking the likes of Contra, Power Blade, and -- bizarrely yet awesomely -- Kirby (due to the innovative jetpack mechanic)
- Truly excellent graphics and sound design, with a feel that reminds one in particular of some of the finest Sunsoft games of the NES era
- That wonderful balance between being challenging enough to hold interest but nowhere near the obnoxious over-difficulty most modern "retro" games are rife with

Cons:

- Sadly, the music doesn't compare to most decent NES games' OSTs, and is unfittingly quite poor in comparison to the rest of the game's quality. So many fantastic Famitracker musicians out there could have been hired to create a wonderfully composed and fitting soundtrack for this game; I don't really know what happened here, but it's very disappointing.
- The game's over with extremely quickly, even compared to NES games of very modest length, perhaps partly due to how rarely you'll die and be forced to memorize the stage and boss patterns as perfectly as most such games. It might be worth it to crank up the difficulty even on your first playthrough if you're an experienced retro gamer for this reason.
- Cutscenes are completely pointless even for a guy like me who generally enjoys them; simply slapping sprites that are weirdly ugly compared to the rest of the game of your player character and his boss and having them spout one or two very basic lines doesn't really have a place. Either go for Ninja Gaiden-style quality, Clash at Demonhead-style humor or just don't bother.

Overall, though, the fun factor and quality of *most* of the game is high enough that this title is absolutely worth the price tag for any oldschool action/platformer/run-and-gun fan.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
CONTRA + Mega Man for PC.

9/10, could do without the enemies firing as soon as they come on screen though. But other than that. Perfect.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Cool
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
There is some games that they old but gold.
this game its not one of them.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I am not sure if this is worth 3.99$, but if you are a fan of the NES era, you will be very critic and find serious issues this game has, because at the end of the day is not so innovative to create a retro game at these times if you are going to emulate the most frustrating and archaic elements of that era; you are just making yourself look bad.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I actually really like this game. I don't know what other reviewers are talking about... Controls are responsive, sound is great, and the gameplay feels exactly like a NES or Sega. It's really hard (but that's how old games were!!). It has a full screen option if you don't like playing in a window, and it just uses your monitor's native resolution and recreates the pixel graphics. Looks great, plays great... I would pay for this if it wasn't free in a giveaway!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
i have only played the first stage, but i can say that the game is good actually, its a good'ol Sidescroller Shooter with a gamestyle similar to the ones from the NES era, however you get 2 weapons here, a main weapon and a support "drone" that last by default 30 seconds, but incrase in 1 second by each enemy you defeat, also, you can press jump in the air to use your jet, so you can hover and fly upwards, which is really practical.

I have only seen 3 downsides on the game:
1-Some weapons are badly placed or just clones of other weapons, they can be in the right momment or not.
2-You cant jump while crouching(which btw, you barely crouch here), which is a bit uncomfortable.
3-You cant skip cutscenes, which is relly annoying, good that they are short.

Aside from that, the game seems good, and i recommend it if you want to play something from the old-school.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
this game, is HARD as dumbass ... but still i like it (just like megaman, i love it) :)
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
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This old man came rolling home.
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He played knick-knack on my shoe.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
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He played knick-knack on my knee.
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Give a dog a bone,
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He played knick-knack on my door.
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Give a dog a bone,
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This old man, he played five,
He played knick-knack on my hive.
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Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played six,
He played knick-knack on my sticks.
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Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played seven,
He played knick-knack up in heaven.
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This old man, he played eight,
He played knick-knack on my gate.
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He played knick-knack on my spine.
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He played knick-knack once again.
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Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
This a very underrated platformer that deserves your time. It's jetpack mechanics may be hard to get used to at first but it won't take long before you master them. With games like Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight this game has gotten under the radar and is a hidden gem of the Steam Library. It may be another Retro game but I wouldn't want it any other way. This is an amazing platformer that is well worth sitting in your collection with tight controlls and an amazing soundtrack it is hard to say no. And for $4, why pass on it.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Friend gifts game
Opens game
Huh its in a small window
WAIT WHY CAN'T I MOVE
Oh its the arrow keys
1st stage: I'm Ready
HOW DO I SHOOT
*Dies
Oh its the A key?!
*Kills first enemy
*Dies by second
FINE
*plugs in xbox controller
HA NOT SO HARD NOW
*Game overs on first miniboss
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
10/10 Ign wud kwicskoep agen
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Jet Gunner is a side-scrolling platformer with simple controls. It is the combination of Contra and Megaman with multijumping. The graphics are what you would expect from NES games and same goes with the story. This game could have been good if it weren't for some flaws. The biggest one being that enemies respawn, though this wouldn't be much of an issue but in this game when ever you get hit by an enemy you get pushed back often either pushing you off the screen causing enemies to respawn or making you fall into pits resulting in your death. Most upgraded weapons have strange arcs which make you almost never hit enemies. Some enemies take way too many hits to die. Due to these flaws which can be patched easily this game becomes less enjoyable.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
It plays like Mega Man but its a decent game with easy controller support but it does have some little levels and the character designs look strange. 7.5/10
Also why do we still have 8-bit games its 2015 they should be obsulete now.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
nice litle game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
good game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
It's Like Contra I remember my awesome childhood
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
8 bit- 8 bit I Love 8 bit
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Reminded me of contra...
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