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(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really a full-fledged iOS game review as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a mobile game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know whether it’s worth your time/money or not.)

Plunder Kings is a pixel art SHMUP (shoot em’ up) with a little twisty twist. It takes the classic shooter genre and adds betting/wagers to each run. With the game being a rogue-like and absolutely brutal at times, you’ll need to upgrade your ship in order to make some decent progress. You lose all money you collect during each run if you don’t have a continue, so the best way to earn that cash is by betting on yourself. You can bet on how far you will go or how many enemies you will kill. Depending on how much cheddar you lay down, things can really pay off for you. Goodnight games took a gamble themselves on mixing the two genres, but I think they did well with it. The controls work well and the character design/pixel art is really nice. I would have liked to see a little more in the upgrade category or maybe a couple more ships. Regardless, Plunder Kings is a tough as nails SHMUP/roguelike that any fan of the genre would enjoy.

Plunder Kings
Price: $2.99

@hashtagNOEN (if I was a betting man….)