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Gun Bros for Xbox LIVE blasts its way onto the Windows Phone Marketplace [Video]

Warning: This game comes with Bro-ops & could be awesome for your health

We’ve given you a sneak back in early June but now you too can get your hands on Glu Mobile’s Gun Bros game for Windows Phone. And it’s free.

The game is a classic top-down arcade shooter (reminds us a lot of SmashTV) where you and your ‘Bro’ go around and basically destroy everything you can. We like that idea. Plus you can upgrade you weapons along the way giving a unique level of customization.

We took it for just a quick spin (see the video below) on our Titan II and boy to the graphics look stellar…very arcade like and the controls aren’t too shabby (dual virtual sticks), so we’re thinking it should be good but look for our detailed review a little later.

Gun Bros is technically a ‘freemium’ game which means, well, that it’s free. The catch? There really isn’t one as you can play the whole game without paying a dime. But, if you want the cool experience with all the big guns, cheats and different options you will have to purchase those as you go along. Of course there are plenty of regular weapons and upgrades that are all free so there shouldn’t be too many complaints from you folks.

Anyway, less talk, more rock. Go pick up Gun Bros for Xbox LIVE here in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Sound off in comments on your thoughts about the game. Thanks, zebrasqual, for the link

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

90 Comments
  • Getting it now. Thanks Paul.
  • Oh no!!! Sorry Daniel....Thank You.
  • lol, Paul is busy/asleep...I got it for once ;-)
  • Small typo in the line after the embedded video. Should read "Gun Bros is technically a 'freemium game..."
  • Got it, thx.
  • Im glad it's early. Downloading now. Thanks
  • I'll give it a shot, but so far I've had bad experiences with Glu Mobile games
  • I hate those free2play games. I would prefer if it just costs 3$ but without this micro transaction nonsense...
  • is anyone else getting an error at about 10% download
    Samsung Flash
  • Im not. Samsung Focus.
  • Yes, but L900
  • Finally downloaded trying
  • With you... I didnt check the size of this was; the slowest download and install of any game/app I have encountered...
  • Just downloaded on OG Samsung Focus Rev. 1.3 - can't get past the 'select your gun brother' screen.  This sucks.  Clicking on either one doesn't do anything.
  • Same here
  • rebooting the phone seems to have fixed it.
  • I am able to play on my Samsung Focus. Good game.
  • i have rev 1.3 focus with no tango yet. works fine
    maybe a tango bug?
  • It takes about 90 seconds for the game to load and then it's asking me to choose my bro but it's unresponsive
    HTC HD7
  • Same here. Just downloaded it on my Nokia 900.
  • Same, L900.
  • I will wait to download it to see if there is issues if so many people are having trouble :S
  • Working ok on my Lumia 900.
  • The controls are WAY too small, even on a larger phone like the Lumia 900.  I'd hate to see how small they are on the Focus Flash or Lumia 710.  The joysticks are absolutely tiny, and there's buttons that are probably 20 pixel squares.  They clearly (poorly) crammed a tablet game onto a small screen.
  • Works great for me on my HD7 - same 4.3" screen as the Lumia 900. Either you have the world's largest thumbs, or you're trying to play with your feet :P
  • No problem
    HD7
    os 7.10.8107.79
    32gb sd swap no issues
  • Its an ehhh game. Slow and wonky controls.
  • Downloading right now :)
  • Add me. Mr rick smits
  • Send me a message saying you want to play gun bros with the request
  • can't really play its u download the buddy and it adds his equipment and name as your friends bro and the ai just controls him
  • Oh well... Jeez.
  • I guess I play it on my One C then...
    The "Xbox Phone" has the worst games by far...
  • good thing its not a Xbox phone then.....
  • Can you guess why I used the quotation marks? Thought so.
  • Text is really small and hard to read in the menus, and movement can be tricky but so far its fun even though I seem to be dying way too easily.
  • The game loads fine on my HTC Arrive, but the gameplay feels sluggish at times and the sound effects randomly stop for a few seconds.
  • Loading part is so long. Clearly not optimized.
  • Hey at least it's free... And it's an Xbox Live title so stop complaining.
  • They always gotta find something to complain about
  • So no one should offer any criticism of anything WP related, rather people should just be sheep and not give negative opinions, just positive? Thanks but no thanks, that's the apple RDF way, and for me at least that won't work.
  • Yeah without crisicicm what would the gaming world be like. Every studio thinks all their games are perfect because no one says anything bad about them. Criticicm (constructive) is needed for people to learn and evolve. If they are willing to take that in that is.
     
    People give 5 stars too easily often just because they think it's fun and forget to criticize the bad parts about the game because most often they are there.
  • same thing to can be said about people giving 1 stars... often they exaggerate on the BAD quality.. or peopel that complain and write pages and pages of complaitns and then post it here instead of telling the DEV. how useless are they./... unless people seriously think DEV's spends hours on Wpcentral reading comments ( some might ..most dont) like people that complain about being able to use real cash in game.. so what? all that’s good for is clearing the game faster. you can still finish it with out spending a single penny. or who was saying the controls suck? controls are awesome.. or my personal FAV.. complaining about loading time.. ROLF...  your life that busy  you cant wait 10sec?
    then maybe you shouldn’t be  playing games.  
     
     
     
  • Right
  • When it has taken 5 minutes to load the game on launch, that is a legitimate issue. 10-45 seconds would be understandable. But so far the initial load time is really the biggest issue, and I have a focus flash.
  • There is no way it takes 5 minutes. 1 minute tops! But yes, that is very slow.
  • Getting stabbed is free but I'm sure you wouldn't want that, would you? Just because something is free doesn't mean it can't be shit and you can't complain about it.
  • Geez people get a life, there are more important things to complain about rather than this port. Just be thankful its an Xbox live title, its not like your whole lives revolve around your phones. JUST SAYING: GET A LIFE
  • Hey drama queen, people are just giving feedback.
  • Hey princess, I don't care.
  • This feels like it was rushed
  • what part does?
    if you're talking graphics wise, remember that they can only so much without native code
  • Graphics are great! It's just everything else that sucks.
    And nothing's wrong with WP, it's Glu that's not very good.
  • Lack of native code is what's wrong, but that's being fixed come 8
  • Nothing todo with WP7 in this case, just Glu being Glu.
  • One thing I'm mad about, WiFi just doesn't work on my phone, and since I'm on sprint I have unlimited data. Why can't I use my freaking 3g connection to download? If I can watch Netflix over 3g I should be able to download apps over it too.
  • Its really silly. I've connected to a friend's WiFi of his L900 and he did the same a few times. I guess I'm not an adult. Myatt meters fine, maybe in 8.0 with a meter built in we can do what we want.
  • This game is crud.
  • It may be free, but I still regret getting it.
  • The game is, once again, a joke compared to the iOS and Android version.
  • IOS sucks anyway. And Android is meh.
  • Weird, I don't understand it. How come so many people are having issues? I have an HTC Arrive on Sprint. I was able to download it, no problem, it loads really fast, and it doesnt stutter. Of all the phones that can't play this game, it SHOULD'VE been the Arrive, but its taking it like a champ!
    I guess it might have to do with the fact that I have a 32gb sd card and a custom rom on it, but if anything I thought that would make it worse... strange.
  • it wont go past the choose gun brother screen wtf??? its not responding?
  • I had no problems or bugs at all with the game on my Lumia 800. Not that I noticed anyway. The game was just not fun though even if it played well.
  • Its a port I think cause they forgot to take out the multiplayer option in the help menu. Says log in to gamecenter... Lol
  • How professional!
  • Where can I get a case like the one in the pic for my HTC titan 1
  • I second that question. Where?
  • How about for my hd7? I need a better case than the powerskin that I bought.
  • +3
  • is this US only?
    it's not on the swiss marketplace or on the windowsphone site...
  • Nope, I got it in Australia. These things sometimes take a day or so to propagate to all the marketplace regions... sometimes they take a while to show up in search results, but can be found using direct links (as provided on this site).
  • Got to level 17 then picked a gun and phone rebooted, back to level 0 with my character looking gold and blocky. Reinstalling just fixed character. Still level 0. Screen on lumia 710 is getting that hot playing thus I can feel it burning thumbs. Also does this game really need to take so long to load.
  • 186MB?!?! What the heck!!!
  • Loving this game, my kinda game. Any one wanna play? Send me an invite @ kenzibit
  • Add me @mofade
  • Great job getting us the early access as always Paul and wpc!
  • Slow and bad control :S
  • Loading times are painful. Controls are annoying. Game menu is confusing. Uses your MS points to buy things.
  • You only buy with MS points if you want to. Otherwise, just play the game and you will generate coins along the way.
  • "Desert Fox0420" is my gamer tag. I would like to tinker with the multiplayer section of this game. I tried the forums but can't reply to anyone's comments. :(
  • i hv added you 
     
     
  • Works fine on my RM-801. I disliked at first sight, but once I learned the controls and bought better guns I can't stop playing, it's pretty addictive.
    The only thing I would complain about are some xbl connectivity isssues.
  • Im still trying to find out how to recruit bros. My gamertag is BULL DatsWho504
  • Anyone who wants to do bro ops, send me a request. Want to see how it works.
  • Not working on my Lumia 900.  Are you guys contacting Glu?  It's a big problem based on the reviews and comments here.
  • hey, for Gun Bros multiplayer - add me..nick Paklic
  • Simply love this game...need more bros though add me. Nick Donthomasen
  • AWESOME GAME...ADD ME dewittinfl
  • would it be possible to download this on the x-box seein as its an x-box live game or is it just for the mobile phones?