Gunbrella combines a gun and an umbrella, and it makes us wonder why no one has done this before. A serious-looking 2D platformer for developer Doinksoft, with Devolver Digital in the publishing duties, the game is built around quick trade-offs between blasting enemies and using the umbrella’s defensive and movement capabilities.
You play as “a gruff lumberjack seeking revenge”, which reminds me mainly of Parks & Rec’s Ron Swanson, and shoot-slash-Poppins your way through “ghouls and gangsters, cops and cultists, and the aftermath of corporate exploitation.” “. The game isn’t all about action: your gun-toting lumberjack is on some kind of investigation and interrogates other characters they meet along the way to build a picture of what’s going on.
The games Steam Page says the locations range from a junkyard turned fortress to a mythical city, and you’ll gradually discover some sort of supernatural evil. There’s a basic crafting system, and Gunbrella also has a cute website where you can make the main character shoot with mouse clicksalthough unfortunately it still doesn’t have any umbrella functionality (that I can find).
All things aside, the reason this is immediately on my radar is how slick and satisfying it looks in action – there’s a sequence where the bearded protagonist is running into a shooting enemy and raises his umbrella to deflect the enemies. shots before returning to a gun and blowing them away. That’s the kind of action I want in my life.
Developer Doinksoft (what a big name) worked previously the excellent Roboto Cat, a Game Boy-inspired Metroidvania that was short but very sweet. This batch knows exactly what they’re doing when it comes to platform games, so Gunbrella will be as good as it looks. It should be released sometime next year.