Guns Gore and Cannoli – Wiseguy Style… Capiche?

By | May 3, 2015

Guns Gore & Cannoli is An over the top, comical and fast paced action game with sweet hand drawn graphics set back in the roaring twenties. In this shoot fest you embody Vinnie, a mobster with a mission in a city called Thugtown controlled by many gangsters and infected by zombies. Featuring up to a 4 person local co-op. Which is bad ass in my opinion.

Lose yourself in an exciting, elaborate tale of the underground and underworld. Experience friendship, betrayal, vengeance, and witness first hand the rise and fall of a criminal mastermind. This is survival horror, wiseguy style… Capiche?

Games Key Features:

Action-Packed Gameplay
Prepare yourself for a non stop, action-packed, completely over the top, platform game where you have to fight, shoot, blast and kick your way through a deeply engrossing story. Not only will you have to take on the undead, but also rivalling gangsters and government officials.

Epic Gangster Story
Beneath the city over run by zombies, there is a dark story of conspiracy and betrayal. Unravel the sneaky mafia ways and government conspiracy while you try to look for your lost pal and for answers about the zombie outbreak.

Beautifully hand drawn 2d graphics and animations
Step into the atmospherical, shady world built by HD hand drawn 2d graphics. Experience fluid animations and cinematic style cut-scenes.

Immersive World and Period
Despite Prohibition and the imminent Depression, people are ready to drink themselves to (un)dead. Every inch of the game is like a picture straight from the Prohibition era. The cars, the furniture, the Speakeasy clubs, the music and the weaponry reflect the turbulent days of the roaring twenties.

Co-op mode
Partner up with 3 other friends and unravel the mystery together.

Story Line

Guns, Gore and Cannoli, as mentioned above, tells the story of Vinnie, a mob enforcer who made a name for himself by getting jobs done no matter the cost. The whole plot takes place in the 1920s, so expect to hear plenty of era appropriate dialog and situations. Vinnie himself provides plenty of ample commentary on what is going on around him, so you will quickly fall in love with the Italian anti-hero.

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Vinnie’s journey takes him to Thugtown, a fictional city that has been overrun by zombies, as well as other monsters. His quest involves finding and rescuing another mobster who, surprising no one, was captured by a rival family before the outbreak.

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As such, Vinnie must go through waves of zombies, monsters, and rival mobsters in order to complete his quest, while also unraveling a bit more about the actual outbreak. The story won’t blow you away but it is pretty fun and explores a setting that has not exactly been all that present in video games.


Guns, Gore and Cannoli is a shooter platformer reminiscent of the likes of Metal Slug and other such older games. You explore various environments, shoot enemies with an assortment of guns and try to make it to the checkpoints for a bite of tasty cannoli that also serves to replenish your health.

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The mechanics are fairly simplistic but this does not meant that the game disappoints. Quite the opposite, shooting the variety of guns is pretty gun and each offers different solutions for certain situations. You can use the standard pistol with unlimited ammo but frequent reloads to dispatch of enemies slowly but surely, or the other weapons that have limited ammo space.

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These other guns include a standard shotgun, an automatic one, an iconic Tommy gun, or even a flamethrower, each designed to fill various niches and provide varied ways of eliminating the zombies and the other enemies crossing your path. There are also items that can be thrown to inflict area of effect damage, such as grenades and molotovs, so do not be afraid to use them as much as possible in order to save some of the ammunition for your favorite guns.

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The enemies, they are also quite varied, ranging from standard shambling corpses, to runners that quickly close the gap between them and Vinnie, not to mention bigger zombies that throw cleavers, barrels, and other things at you. As you progress you also get to meet rival mobsters, monster rats, and other such opponents, so things stay quite hectic throughout the story.

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Environments are designed quite well, while enemy behavior and spawning are pretty smooth. There are some situations where you have to withstand a few waves of enemies before something happens to allow you to move further but these are few and only serve to break up the monotony of running to the right and dispatching of the undead.

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The  movement system is relatively good but you can move in one direction while firing in the other, so dealing with foes that rush towards you can be a bit frustrating, as you have to run in the other direction, turn around to fire a few shots, and then keep running to maintain distance between you and the opponent. If zombies reach Vinnie they begin to sink their teeth in his flesh, but with a swift kick you can keep them off you for a little bit longer.

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You can also play through the story in the local cooperative mode, which supports up to four players. Things can get quite hectic in this mode but it’s a shame that the mechanic does not also work online, so you have to get your friends on the same computer if you really want to enjoy it.

The Graphics and Sound Quality

Guns, Gore and Cannoli sports hand drawn visuals and things look quite good, with a cartoonish style that retains its sharp looks in motion. The animations are pretty good and while zombie models are not that varied, they are still pretty fleshed out.

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The soundtrack fuses 1920s themes with Italian ones, complementing the action on the screen in a good way. Vinnie’s voice acting is also quite entertaining, as are the other characters he meets along his journey.

Final Thoughts:

Guns, Gore and Cannoli is quite an entertaining side scrolling 2D shooter platformer. The 1920s mob theme, the undead, and the simple yet solid mechanics make it quite enjoyable and you will have a blast going through the story either alone or with your friends locally. A must play if you are looking for something different to play.

My Overall Game Rating: 8 Out Of 10

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