New gunbound set to launch on pc, tablet and mobile later this month


New Gunbound, a free-to-play turn-based artillery game similar to Worms, is set khổng lồ launch on PC, Tablet and Mobile later this month. It’s a blast from the past for anyone who played the original.

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As someone who played the first Gunbound, I’m very excited about New Gunbound’s release. But before diving inlớn its history, many potential new players are probably wondering what the hell it’s all about.

New Gunbound is lượt thích worms, but better

Have sầu you ever heard of the game Worms? It’s a popular franchise by Team17 that spans seventeen PC and console games, five sầu handheld & điện thoại games, và five spinoffs.

I’m a massive sầu bạn of the Worms series. But New Gunbound is a lot lượt thích worms, và in my opinion, it’s better. 

The premise is the same. It’s a two-dimensional turn-based artillery game that revolves around ballistic warfare on different maps and terrains. But New Gunbound has a cooler and more vibrant aesthetic, similar lớn games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons.


More importantly, New Gunbound is streamlined for online play. A player only needs to lớn control one character rather than an entire team, và they don’t need to worry about picking from dozens of weapons. Everything is simple.

Players create or join lobbies và organize themselves into lớn two teams. These teams can be 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 or 4v4. The host player picks the rules, maps and items available. 

Once everyone has picked a side, each player needs khổng lồ select a vehicle & three useable items. The usable items are supplementary và limited lớn things lượt thích double-shot, teleport & additional blast radius. The vehicles are far more critical to gameplay, & there are many different ones available.


No two vehicles are the same. Each one has a chất lượng look và a different set of weapons. These weapons are known as S1 (Shot 1), S2 (Shot 2) & SS (Special Shot). 

Generally, Shot 1 is the weakest, followed by Shot 2 and Special Shot. But the downside to the more powerful shots is that they cause more delay, a kind of time-penalty imposed between turns.

For example, a player who keeps using Shot 1 against an opponent who keeps using Shot 2 will eventually jump them in the turn queue, earning themselves an additional shot. Ideally, you want lớn use Shot 1 to find the right angle and power, and only use Shot 2 when you have an enemy lined up.

It’s also worth mentioning that some vehicles are better than others in different scenarquả táo. And likewise, some shots are better than others depending on the circumstances. It is knowing what khổng lồ vì chưng and when that separates the wolves from the sheep.

But there’s more to a battle than vehicle & shot choice. Factors like terrain damage, wind tốc độ & direction, và other phenomemãng cầu come in lớn play. Players need khổng lồ change their ayên & trajectory power all the time while being mindful about health và strategy.

It’s worth mentioning that New Gunbound also introduces a ‘real-time mode’, which adds an extra element called ‘action power’ that allows players khổng lồ move sầu và dodge in the middle of an enemy’s turn. But more details will be revealed closer to its release.

There is also a progression system built around ranks & gold. For every shot, high skill shot, kill and victory, players earn skill points & gold. The former is like experience points used khổng lồ rank up, while the latter is a currency used to buy cosmetic items & sets and add some flair.

Gunbound was a smash-hit bachồng in the day

Back in 2003, there weren’t many free-to-play online multiplayer games available. But Gunbound was among mỏi the best at the time. It was polished, fun, addictive, và very popular, especially in South-East Asia, South America, & Oceania.

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I rethành viên the day I first discovered Gunbound. It was way baông chồng in my first year of high-school. A classmate handed me a burnt disc, pale-White on the top và multicoloured on the bottom. It even had that unique metallic smell. But what stood out the most was the word ‘Gunbound’ inked onlớn its surface with a permanent marker.

“This game is like a better version of Worms,” he said. “And we can even play it online. Install it tonight and join us for a game.”

It sounded like blachồng magic. I grew up playing all kinds of different games và consoles. But I didn’t know online multiplayer on the PC was a thing. 

Needless khổng lồ say, that one game ended up being hours worth. I didn’t even start my homework, let alone finish it. And I went to bed way later than I should have sầu, but it was worth it.


The next day, I skipped school & played Gunbound all day. Seventeen years have sầu passed since then. I’ve changed, life has changed, và the world has changed. My passion for online gaming never faded. But unfortunately, Gunbound didn’t survive the demo of time.

I suppose it was inevitable. Online games became the new craze. They got bigger & better every year. A small studio like Softnyx couldn’t keep up, no matter how passionate the community was. Gunbound’s popularity continued lớn wane and the servers eventually shut down on July 24, 2009.

Gunbound found a new home on Android & iOS

Although the game died, Smartphone gaming eventually became a thing. It seemed lượt thích the perfect fit for a simple game like Gunbound.

Sure enough, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it relaunched as a mobile exclusive sầu on Android & iOS devices. It was rebranded as GunboundM, & it became a smash hit.

GunboundM had some new features, namely a visible bullet path to lớn make it easier for players khổng lồ aim & a training mode. But it remained true to lớn its predecessor.


GunboundM is still alive sầu and well. It’s currently rated 4.5 on the App Store with 1,200 ratings và 4.2 on Google Play with 76,467 Review. That’s pretty damn good for a free-to-play game.

It’s success sparked interest in re-creating the game properly, và that’s where New Gunbound comes into lớn the equation.

New Gunbound’s release isn’t too far away

No official release date has been set. But a developer named ‘bauwow89’ dropped some hints in a discussion thread on Steam.

From what he said in the comments, a closed beta will be happening sometime in early June. It will be a short one, and the game will be released soon after. Still, if you’re like me & you can’t wait, all you need khổng lồ bởi vì is comment in the thread & ask for a beta key, và you’ll get it.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re an old player lượt thích me, it’s a no brainer. But if you’re curious to lớn see whether New Gunbound lives up the hype, you’ve got nothing khổng lồ thảm bại. It’s free-to-play and worth a shot. Who knows, you might even get hooked.

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Update (June 11, 2020): In their first official announcement, the developers said the release has been pushed bachồng until July. It’s good that they want khổng lồ get it right, but let’s hope there aren’t any more delays. Tonnes of people are desperate to play.

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