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Guns, Gore & Cannoli is a 2D side-scrolling shooter with mechanics similar to the Metal Slug series and a hand-drawn Belgian comic book-style aesthetics. The game is set during the 1920s Prohibition in the United States. The protagonist is Vinnie Cannoli, an enforcer for the mob. The mob boss Belluccio sends him on an assignment to travel to Thugtown and bring back someone called Frankie. When he arrives there, he soon discovers something is wrong in the town. It has been taken over by rioters, who turn out to be zombies. Meanwhile there are also groups of gangsters who do not like having Vinnie around. His first task is to find and bring back Frankie, but Vinnie soon discovers leaving Thugtown alive may be the real goal. The game's story and visual style is adapted from Hell Bent For Whiskey, an animated short film about the mafia by the developers.

Vinnie moves through the side-scrolling environments, taking out gangsters and zombies. He can duck, jump and there are also small platform elements. Almost all weapons are guns and these include a regular pistol, a powerful Magnum, a Tommy gun, a Lupara (sawn-off shotgun) along with a regular shotgun, a flamethrower, a bazooka, a Maxim gun and a Tesla coil. He can also throw grenades and Molotov cocktails. Except for the regular pistol all guns have a limited amount of ammo and regularly require pick-ups. Health is replenished by eating Cannoli, the Sicilian pastry dessert. Most zombie enemies attempt to get close and attack in group. There are butcher-like giants that throw knives, women with a poisonous breath, and flying leprechaun-like creatures hanging from balloons, dead soldiers, giants throwing barrels and so on. Gangsters usually attack using bats or by shooting guns. Bullets often travel slowly enough to dodge them by jumping or ducking. Weapons require reloading, costing valuable time, and it is possible to switch between all available weapons right away. Enemies can be kicked to keep them at a distance, for instance while reloading. Many objects such as barrels and cars can be shot to set them on fire and make them explode. Head shots are rewarded and kill enemies faster. There are regular checkpoints and animated cut-scenes between missions.

The game supports local multiplayer matches for up to four players in single screen levels where all four characters are shown on the same screen. Optionally these matches can be played with AI-controlled bots as well. Settings include different maps, the type of weapons (light or heavy), a time limit and a kill limit. The main story campaign can be played cooperatively with two players, also on the same screen.


Guns, Gore & Cannoli Windows Entering the mob headquarters.
Guns, Gore & Cannoli Windows A four-player multiplayer game in progress
Guns, Gore & Cannoli Xbox One Many zombies attack you throughout the game
Guns, Gore & Cannoli Windows A boss fight against a giant rat

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Alternate Titles

  • "ガンズゴア&カノーリ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

That's some good cannoli! Nintendo Switch Tony Denis (506)

Critic Reviews

ZTGameDomain Windows Jul 28, 2015 9 out of 10 90
Games Arena Windows Jun 20, 2015 8 out of 10 80
Hooked Gamers Windows May 05, 2015 8 out of 10 80 Xbox One Sep 29, 2015 74 out of 100 74 Windows May 08, 2015 74 out of 100 74 PlayStation 4 May 08, 2015 74 out of 100 74
Bit Cultures Windows Nov 02, 2015 70 out of 100 70 Windows May 21, 2015 6 out of 10 60
Switch Player Nintendo Switch Jan 22, 2018 3 out of 5 60
Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch Dec 22, 2017 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60


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