Gun Gun Pixies (Switch) | Review

Unabashedly suggestive and conceptually bizarre, Gun Gun Pixies is a third-person shooter developed by dual dev teams Idea Factory and SHADE, and is published by PQube. The game is little more than a mediocre shooter with fanservice shoehorned into it, a bit like stuffing a mouldy roast turkey with candy floss. But hey, if you’re a sucker for waifus and have a weird interest in gigantism, then it’ll probably be a lot easier to look past its many glaring flaws.

The mysterious planet Pandemo is in disarray, and its native race, the Pandemonians, are on the brink of extinction. As a result, the planet’s military dispatches two alien soldiers, Bee-tan and Kame-pon of the Pixie Squad, to infiltrate an all-female sorority home full of university students on planet Earth. By observing them in their natural habitat, the Pixies try and secretly help the Earthlings with things like bug extermination, and preventing one girl from starving herself.

There’s a lot of cuties in this. It gets a brownie point for that.

To its credit, the cutscenes and briefings look like something out of a visual novel. The artwork is well done and there are a lot of cute chicks, especially the protagonists themselves. Although, the corny dialogue feels like excess padding to the wafer-thin plot. It’s not like most of it’s important to memorize, anyway. 

Each chapter is made up of a handful of missions. Most of the time, you must shooting specific parts of their bodies with ‘Happy Bullets’ to fluster them with endorphins, all the while remaining undetected. Staying too long in their sights or firing your weapons too much within earshot will result in a game over. If that wasn’t enough, ‘auras’ will begin to appear at times, honing towards you to deal damage and strip away your outfit. Other missions may require you to shoot all enemies in the stage, or examine specific points of interest in the environment. Their locations are seldom made clear, as there are many other useless things to examine that are merely there to throw you off and waste time. Zooming makes finding these points of interest a bit easier, but only to an extent.  

There’s a very suggestive bonus level in the bath for racking up coins and losing your innocence quickly.

Having to revisit and explore the same bedrooms repeatedly in order to complete samey objectives is hardly a joy, no thanks to the stiff controls, pathetic jumping mechanics (the protagonists have a short jump range and fall so quickly) and dodgy camera that keeps getting stuck to walls and in tight passages. To help travel around key points in the map are some handy portals, disguised as plug socket. Still, it won’t take long until it becomes apparent that the graphics are pretty undetailed and that the framerate is so inconsistent throughout most of it.

There’s a fair bit of customization in the game. You can collect coins scattered around each stage to spend on weapons and gear . Most weapons tend to be straight-up improvements over one another, but some of the slower-firing weapons are about as effective as tossing frozen peas at your enemies with a wooden spoon. Alternate outfits and undergarments (which become revealed to the player as you take damage – oh my) can be purchased, but they offer no additional benefits, much like the scope upgrades and their X-ray abilities.

The shooting is OK at best, but the item hunting is so dull and tedious.

Cute artwork and jiggle-physics alone aren’t enough to salvage Gun Gun Pixies from its plethora of visual and performance issues, nor its lackluster gameplay. The objectives and levels lack variety, and requires a lot of patience and perseverance to get through. Sure, the stealth aspects of the game works well enough, but when the shooting mechanics in a third-person shooter intended on titillating players fails to satisfy (in more ways than one), what you’re left with is a woeful waste of time and money.

Review code supplied by PQube.

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