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In Madshot, everyone’s favorite eldritch abomination, Cthulhu, has awakened from its unnatural slumber – and it will be up to you to fill it with lead. As a gun-toting hero, your task will be to survive the paranormal horrors that besiege you in a procedurally-generated 2D shooter with light Metroidvania elements.

With an action roguelike as Madshot, no two playthroughs are the same, giving players an endless amount of replay value for their buck – and when a game has such solid gameplay as this one does, it’s easy to see why Madshot has the potential of being a 2D classic.

Survive the Apocalypse

After meddling with forces beyond human comprehension, you’ve managed to awaken the most feared Lovecraftian abomination of them all. Don’t worry: it happens to the best of us from time to time. Madshot takes the player on a gun-toting ride across alien geometries that are procedurally generated as the game progresses.

The player controls a character that can change masks to acquire new powers that benefit them in their journey. However, they also wield pistols, which are much more effective than masks when it comes to dispatching eldritch abominations. The gameplay feels a bit reminiscent of the original Risk of Rain, with the added bonus of being able to aim your weapons freely.

The roguelike elements, much like the critically-acclaimed Hades, mean that every Madshot playthrough can feel radically different. And while the core mechanics may not seem too complicated at first, it is only through experimentation that players will learn how to make the right decisions in order to succeed.

There’s a healthy amount of different weapons and masks to combine to craft a personalized character build in Madshot. If players want to find the perfect combination, it’s a good idea to try out a bunch of different combinations before settling on the optimal one.

A Living Map

As we mentioned earlier, Madshot makes extensive use of procedurally-generated maps for most of its scenarios. These rooms have been entirely handcrafted, ensuring that, while the experience might feel entirely randomized, every level works well with one another.

Exploring the map and scouting it for threats has to become second nature to the player if they’re aiming for a successful run. It's easy enough to find the exit by simply running straight ahead, but it can be difficult to avoid unnecessary combat encounters, especially early on in the game.

One thing to note about Madshot is that, despite being a roguelike title, the HUD is pretty minimal for such a complex game. This is both a blessing and a curse: on the one hand, having less info on screen at all times can lead to a greater appreciation of the game’s art; however, there is also the risk of losing track of important information at any given moment.

All things considered, Madshot feels like a love letter to fans of old-school shooters, bringing back memories of titles such as Gunstar Heroes or Vectorman, and incorporating some of the best features from the modern roguelike gaming landscape. If you’re in the mood for an entertaining game with tons of replay value and an amazing art style, absolutely give Madshot a go.


Madshot is an astounding roguelike title that feels both old-school and refreshingly new, all at once! Its minimalist HUD and engaging gameplay will surely appeal to long-time fans of the genre, while newcomers should definitely check it out as well.


  • Procedurally Generated Maps
  • Tons of Replay Value
  • Great art style


  • Minimal HUD can be detrimental at times

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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