The addictive PvP action that comes with the party-brawling genre of video games has seen a dominant amount of releases that look to take the insanity one step further. Taco Gun features this same style of friend-on-friend combat, but adds in the strategy of firearms along with the heart burn inducing tactic of feeding your foes until the burst.
Invite Your Friends
One thing that must be made certain right off the bat about Taco Gun is that it’s strictly (for the time being, anyway) a local co-op game only. Players will either square off against one another in a match of up to four players, or perhaps pair up to rack up the most points in a team-based brawlout. While the game is limiting to those who have actual real-life friends (do those still exist?), or at the very least, a few willing family members, Taco Gun does provide the feverish mayhem it’s sent out to accomplish. Unfortunately, there’s just not much else there to add to the experience.
Players will choose between a variety of colorfully designed and cleverly named fighters to raise their food-hurling cross hairs at one another. Maiz Santiago fires off his giant corn bazooka while Avacado Juan squeezes the trigger of his ricocheting taco shots that litter the fighting arena. The game never shys away from the absurd, and that’s exactly the point. You’re not dealing massive amounts of damage points to your enemies, but rather feeding them until they’re too full of health. Rather than a depleting health bar to signify your defeat, your health bar simply increases until it’s too much to bare.
Along with the outlandish firearms of flinging tacos and the unique special abilities from all-star champions like Chili Carlos and Arandano Diego, the stages in which these food fights occur are no subtlety, either. And whether you’re duking it out amidst a UFO discovery or atop a creaky water vessel, the constant looming threat of environment hazards always seems to a play a role in defeat. Especially if that hazard happens to be the dream-turned-nightmare experience of raining tacos. It’s, believe it or not, not as pleasant as one might assume.
A Nice Balance of Powerups and Environmental Hazards
Aside from the taco smashing fighters and the eccentric battle grounds, the fluidity of combat comes off as loose and enjoyable as you could ever hope for in a food fighting brawler. Wall-jumping is a useful feature that helps players manuever around the various ledges found in each stage, and the battles never feel more crammed than they need to. The random power-up drops like the Diet Tequilla to make your player lighter or strange mutated pepper that grants players invincibility adds to the chaos that ensues when flinging ground meat in a corn shell at each other. With the free-for-all aesthetic that comes with the party brawling genre, food fighting is a prime suspect of energizing mayhem.
While Taco Gun shines with its quirky gameplay and ridiculous objective, there’s also not much playtime rooted into Taco Gun. With no AI opponents or online aspect of the game, you’re extremely limited in when you can food fight your friends. With the lack of any kind of real practice mode or AI driven battle, singleplayer gamers are left in the dust with a game forcing your too become social. Even if an online multiplayer mode will become available later in Taco Gun’s lifespan, players may still be without any real method of practicing on his/her own time.
If the PvP local play isn’t enough to scare off party brawler fans, then Taco Gun is an exciting addition to the competitive genre. With plenty of unique power ups, bizarre and strangely powerful character designs along with unique settings that offer up virtually the same amount of directionless fun found in other party brawlers, Taco Gun makes feeding your “frien-emies” until it hurts a short-lived, but wildly fun time.
While not singleplayer friendly, the action-packed fun of feeding your foes until they burst is a blast when playing in local co-op settings. With a solid variety of food-related characters and tons of interesting and off-the-wall hazards to keep the bouts exotic and fresh, Taco Gun may provide just enough fun for the casual PvP gamer.