In the age of seemingly limitless technology, the temptation to add hyper realistic and over-complicated mechanics gets the best of many game developers. Thankfully, the same cannot be said for Nnooo’s Blast ‘Em Bunnies.
You take control of a Bunny living in a burrow on a farm charged with the task of defending his home and babies from an onslaught of enemy bunnies. Armed with a rotating gun torrent, the objective is quite simple: defeat the attackers before they defeat you.
The simplistic nature of the game feels refreshing at a time where almost everything coming from the indie scene tries to reinvent the wheel or push some social agenda. Blast ‘Em Bunnies is about shooting, collecting coins and shooting again. Players are dutifully rewarded for their efforts with 73 Achievements up for grabs. Early on in the game you tend to unlock a few of these rather easily however the sheer amount on offer means perfectionists have their work cut out for them.
Blast Em Bunnies
Two modes are on offer here; Survival in which you hold out for as long as possible without being defeated, and Slaughter where you’re invincible and have to shoot as many evil bunnies as you can in two minutes. Both modes are deceptively simple, starting with instilling a false sense of security in the player before ramping up the difficulty. In any other game this may feel unbalanced, here it feels right — you want to get to the action quickly and furiously, even if you’re not that great at it in the beginning.
The variety of enemies adds to the fun. There are Gliders who soar through the air, Grenadiers who pop up and throw bombs in your direction and Runners that make a mad dash towards you. All these enemies can appear at any time, from any direction. Blast ‘Em Bunnies is good old fashioned fun, even if it feels a little tricky by todays’ standards.
In Survival Mode, the key to raking up a high score is to purchase and apply upgrades. These can be purchased with all those coins you collect throughout the game. Coins are collected by shooting them, however you can apply a Coin Magnet upgrade that makes harvesting cash a lot easier. Upgrades also appear in the level temporarily via crates, relying on those alone probably wont get you very far. If you’re so inclined, you can also purchase upgrades with real money so you can get into the action a little quicker.
Slaughter Mode appears to be a more casual fare, and considering it’s a two minute burst of excitement as you try to hike your kill count, there’s still quite a bit of skill required to get something of a respectable score. Those used to other FPS titles will question the lack of auto-aim, and the precision that’s required to land a hit sometimes. Again, these are hallmarks of a modern approach to game design and I feel Blast ‘Em Bunnies is a classic from another time, born to an age where this kind of variety is sorely needed.
Still, there are a couple petty gripes that need to be addressed. The biggest of which are around the lack of cursor or aiming reticle of the screen. In all my long years of playing games, I’ve come to realise there are two types of people who play shooters: those who watch the reticle to aim, and those who watch the barrel of the gun to aim. This, I believe, also helps to explain why some people prefer to invert the axis of their controller (which is possible in Blast ‘Em Bunnies), and some do not. Perhaps I belong to the former group as I found it jarring to have to rely on aiming without that guide. Otherwise, the main menu could use a re-think. It’s simple enough but maybe requires a little more attention on the players’ behalf to understand how to change game modes.
In terms of overall presentation, though, Blast ‘Em Bunnies lays on thick catchy tunes, pretty visuals and cute characters (with a hint of speedo-wearing kid decapitator, Throat Slitter). There’s a pretty straight forward and succinct tutorial at the very beginning of the game that helps you learn the ropes, and a menu option to listen to some of the music you hear in the game. These details all help to realise a game that is steeped in value, one that you’ll come back to again and again for some bunny blasting action.

Editor's Rating

Presentation 7.5
Gameplay 8.9
Engagement 9.0
Overall Impression 8.5
Blast 'Em Bunnies is a classic take on the wave-survival shooter genre steeped in charm and crafted for gamers with something to prove. Pick it up if you're after a fresh challenge.
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Ty Muddle

Ty Muddle

I cut my gaming teeth on a Commodore 64 my siblings and I found stashed under my parents bed. It was the early 90's and the strange computerised images were a novelty for a young kid living in a rural Australian town. It would be some years before I was introduced to a simple word processor powered by a Apple II my grandfather found at the dump but it didn't take much to spark a love of writing and video gaming that would continue through my life. My first "modern" console was, like most people in Australia at the time, a Sega Master System II. In those days you'd hire games from the local video store. I always loved flipping to the back of the game manual to see the cheat codes other players would scribble in the "Notes" section.

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