Gal Gun: Double Peace review (PC)

Before Criminal Girls 2 on the Vita, there was Gal Gun: Double Peace – another title that sexualized teenage school girls, albeit in a slightly more innocent way. The game got a PS4 version at release as well, and has now found its way onto the Steam platform for PC users.

Gal Gun: Double Peace is, in essence, an on-rail shooter much like House of the Dead or Time Crisis, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Instead of trying to save yourself from an onslaught of the undead or preventing a terrorist plot, Gal Gun casts you as the most desirable boy in school – courtesy of a magic spell that comes with a catch.

With every girl in the school throwing herself at you, you’ll have 24 hours to find the love of your life – or suffer doom. Reading that plot, it seems like a big leap to an on-rail shooter. Gal Gun: Double Peace solves that problem by having you shoot pheromones at hordes of girls as they charge you. Seems far-fetched? Well, you can get rid of them even quicker by hitting ‘soft spots’ – I’ll leave the implementation of that feature to your imagination.

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Aside from the fairly standard shooter sections, there are also a number of minigames available – which for the most part show their Vita origins in that you can tell they were designed with the use of a touch screen in mind. If you read our recent Criminal Girls 2 review then you’ll know what I mean by that, although Gal Gun is a much more well-rounded package as a game. Sorry for the pun.

Aside from Gal Gun’s core shooting mechanic being solid (although simplistic when compared to genre favorites), the game is also loaded with extra content and features. This helps in extending the game’s lasting appeal as well as your enjoyment. Score attack will see you chasing high scores in stages you previously beat, and there are plenty of unlockables to be found as well. If it’s the story mode you’re most interested in, then it’s good to point out that it’s on-rails but not strictly linear – there are multiple story branches you can choose from.

Of course Gal Gun: Double Peace is still a niche title, clearly geared towards a specific audience. Recent releases have shown that there is definitely an audience for this type of game though, and you could do a lot worse than Gal Gun: Double Peace. It’s not as good as other shooters, but it’s full of content and will definitely scratch an itch for those with pheromones to spare.

Score: 6.6/10

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