Ever since Crypt of the Necrodancer blended rhythm and dungeon crawlers into a cool new thing, I’ve been waiting for the same wave to hit first-person shooters. Gun Jam is one of the few games that gives a crack at the FPS pace, and so far, it’s the one I’d most like to play. Game developer Jaw Drop has released a new trailer for the unusual shooter during the Future Games Show 2022which you can watch above.
I found this game familiar after watching the trailer so I went to the official website and realized that Gun Jam is what happened to this cool one FPS rhythm concept who made the rounds on Twitter at the beginning of the pandemic. Two years later, Gun Jam is now a proper game with a campaign and arcade mode.
One mechanic that hasn’t changed much since the beginning is Gun Jame’s central note road reminiscent of Guitar Hero. The notes fly from the bottom of the screen and intersect with the weapon’s reticle in the center. Players are encouraged (or perhaps required) to shoot to the beat of the notes. Similar to Necrodancer, it looks like you can keep a string of notes when there are no enemies around by running to the beat. However, it’s unclear how accurately you should aim to hit enemies. The constant obstruction of notes on the screen makes it seem like it would be difficult to maintain a constant aim, but maybe there’s some aim assist to compensate.
There are a few other games like Gun Jam out there at the moment, but this is probably the first one I’m going to pick up, largely because it’s the only rhythm FPS at the moment that isn’t focused on heavy metal. I’m not a metalhead so I never tried 2020 BPM: Bullets per minute and I’m equally less interested in the next Metal: Hellsinger. Gun Jam already has more variety after a trailer. Today’s trailer was all electro-pop, but Jaw Drop says the full game will have an “original multi-genre soundtrack.”
I also like that Gun Jam songs seem to dictate which weapons you can use at any given time. As the notes change color, the player switches to the corresponding weapons. It looks like yellow is a shotgun and orange is a grenade launcher.
Gun Jam Steam Page says it will release sometime in 2022, but you can wishlist it now.