Blast ‘Em Bunnies is developer/publisher Nnooo’s first PS4/Vita title, and it’s a budget game that evokes a lot of feelings of nostalgia.
Essentially a shooting gallery (or turret defense) game, Blast ‘Em Bunnies has you manning a turret and trying to keep oncoming hordes of crazed bunnies at bay. Really, that’s it. The premise is indeed simple, but it’s a tried and tested formula that’s been successful in the past. There have been dozens of PC games with a similar formula, and there are plenty of mobile games that are similar. The arcade games of old – which often featured lightgun – would also employ the “shoot everything that comes at you” method, but in those cases you’re often in the setting of an on-rails shooter.
Shooting bunnies sounds awful, and needlessly violent – but this is a game with a cartoon-like exterior and very particular set of weapons. Instead of bullets, you’ll be shooting things like seeds and launching pumpkins in order to stay safe from the onslaught. In a game as simple as this one, diversity is extremely important in order to keep things fun – and Nnooo does provide this, albeit in a limited way.
Weapons are varied, with seeds and pumpkins naturally yielding different results when fired. The same can be said for the enemies, with faster smaller bunnies that are hard to shoot but easy to kill – as well as larger ones that take some beating before they go down. In addition, the attack patterns that the enemy uses varies – forcing you to find a winning strategy once things really start heating up.
These are all variations on the same basic game mode though, and it would have been great to have some creative new modes as well – or even a story mode or more online functionality. Without elements like that, Blast ‘Em Bunnies is a solid turret defense game – but one that feels like a mobile game rather than a fully featured (handheld) console game. Luckily, what’s there is executed well, and there aren’t too many alternatives on the Playstation Store for a game of this type. It’s a type of game that’s well suited to the Vita since you can play a quick round if you have a few minutes to spare, and it’s also a steal at less than 5 euros/dollars. Additional DLC content is available when you really get in the mood to blast some more bunnies.