|Platform(s)||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Genre(s)||Bishōjo game, Rail shooter|
Gal*Gun (ぎゃる☆がん Gyaru Gan) is a Japanese rail shooter Bishōjo game developed by Inti Creates and published by Alchemist, and released in Japan on January 27, 2011. The player takes the role of a male student, Tenzou Motesugi to shoot his female classmates with "Pheromone Arrow" to prevent him from falling in love with them, while he finds one of the four lead girls before the sunset.
The synopsis takes place in a high-school where the protagonist Tenzou Motesugi, a second-year male student, has been accidentally shot with several "Cupid Arrows" by an apprentice angel, Patako. The aura of many arrows caused the attraction of female students from the entire school, trying to confess love to him.
A major side effect of the arrow is if Tenzou is unable find one of four "True Love" girls before sunset, he'll be destined for a life of loneliness.
The game features different routes and endings, depending on chosen girl and progression.
Gal*Gun is a rail shooter and bishōjo game. Player controls the protagonist, Tenzou to shoot his female classmates with "Pheromone Arrow", while he moves automatically through predetermined route on each stage. Girls runs towards the player trying to profess their love via notes or screams that must be prevented by shooting them. If player fails to do so, this results in damage to his HP. The girls they've been shot receives euphoria, subduing them in process. Each girl has their own weak point in their body that results in "Ecstasy Shot", subduing them immediately if shot. As the game progresses through each stage, the player may confront female teachers that must be shot multiple times, making them harder to subdue.
The shooting is broken up by "action events" similar to that of a boss battle, as well as a "Doki Doki Mode" ("heart pounding" in English) where the player has the option to zoom in and stare at the selected girl.
The developer also added a panic button that switches the action for a retro-looking game, with authentic animations and sounds. This is referred to as a Mama kita gamen or "Mom arrived screen".
In the original Xbox 360 version, the player could control the camera below the hemline of the girl during Doki Doki Mode. However Microsoft ordered the game publisher, Alchemist to eliminate this feature by releasing "Panties Protect Patch"[sic] update on March 18, 2011.
A sequel, Gal*Gun: Double Peace, was released in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on August 6, 2015. Noting the praise of the first game received from players outside Japan, Inti Creates released Double Peace on July 22, 2016 in Europe and August 2, 2016 in North America, making the first game in the series being released worldwide. A virtual reality (VR) game, Gal*Gun VR, was released worldwide for PC on August 9, 2017 via Steam. A further sequel, titled Gal*Gun 2 (which is actually the fourth game in the series, after Gal*Gun, Gal*Gun: Double Peace, and Gal*Gun VR) was released in Japan on March 15, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The Japanese version will be published by Inti Creates, whilst the North American and European release is handled by PQube Games.
Mighty Gunvolt, an 8-bit styled spin-off of Inti Creates' other title, Azure Striker Gunvolt, features Ekoro from Gal*Gun as a playable character. The game was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS in August 2014, while a PlayStation 4 and Vita port, titled Gal Gunvolt, was released on August 6, 2015 to coincide with the release of Double Peace.
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