Square Enix’s Guns N’ Souls Looks Like Temple Run But Better

By Eugene . February 4, 2014 . 5:01pm


Square Enix have released a trailer of the opening tutorial for upcoming music/action-RPG Guns’N’Souls, the spiritual sequel to Song Summoner (a game so old it was made for the iPod).


This is slated for smartphones, so gameplay of course has to be kept relatively simple—cue stages where you run in a straight line, sliding under fire traps and jumping over pits like Temple Run. You also rapidly tap the screen to shoot bullets at foes, but there’s much more to it than that if we’re looking at the above video right.


Whe you go into battle, you’ll have to equip a deck of cards, which look like they’ll have skills you can use and attributes that will possibly affect your overall power and health as well. While we’re not entirely sure if the first game’s style of adding cards based on music will still be in play in some form, it seems like in Guns’N’Souls you’ll obtain some of them while battling in a gacha, random fashion.


As we mentioned in our last report, the game’s main character Ziggy wakes up in a prison ship convicted of some crime. Boss fights like the one below will have you dodging enemy attacks and firing back as fast as you can to take them out.


Character designs are done by Roberto Ferrari, one of those who did work on the original Song Summoner as well as Final Fantasy XV, while Chaos Rings artist Yusuke Naora is here as well. The story is being written via Senran Kagura writer Yukinori Kitajima from Synthese, while the theme song is from all-girl band Larval Stage Planning. Still can’t get over that name. Oh and Shift are developing the game. Maybe we might see a God Eater crossover?


Guns’N’Souls is available for iOS devices already, while the Android version will be released later this spring.

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  • GH56734

    Is this the future of gaming?

    • Guest

      No, but it will be most likely the end for established gaming companies who bet all on this kind of devices.

  • Zer0faith

    IPhone Master Race!!!
    …Said no serious gamer ever.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Said everygamer who wants a decent app store

      • Zer0faith

        Wanting a better app store and using it to provide the best gaming experience available are 2 different things.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          Nope pretty much the same thing, you need a decent app store to find good apps to play

          • Zer0faith

            That’s true but like i said if you want a true gaming experience you should probably be playing on a PC/console (handheld or not). You know the things that were designed with gaming as their main priority. Not to mention that some iOS port have destroyed good series like The World Ends With You.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Or you could like multi platforms and enjoy anything that gets a game designed for it. and no The world ends with you had terrible control schemes to begin with and square enix is to blame for not fully continuing the series not apple or it’s system.

            Quite frankly mobile gaming in america has really taken off so it’s really just another gaming medium for me.

    • k.b.a.

      dunno if better should be used anywhere on this page
      wait i got it. SE made FFXII. They can do better.

    • revenent hell

      Sadly as the days go on I begin to believe people actually do think this way……..

    • Ric Vazquez


  • Kaetsu

    ummmmm…is it free?

  • neocatzon

    Does it has an ending?

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Looks cool and I like the music. I’ll give it that.

  • I have to admit it looks pretty good. Nice job Square.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    The japanese had actual games on the ipod?

    • Beat

      Um they were everywhere. I got Song summoner on my old iPod Nano and it was amazing.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        They don’t have them anymore though

    • surakian

      What? I had Song Summoner on my iPod. It was one of the only I ever bought. Best game I ever played on my iPod.

  • Chaos_Knight

    Huh. It actually does look more fun and also more challenging than Temple Run. So sad no Android and not free (was expected anyway).

  • NeetTentaclesRiot

    Square sure loves their linear hallways

    • Anewme…Again

      It’s a runner game, so that’s quite normal in this case.

  • Julio D. Zulkarnain

    In the 2nd screenshot…
    Auto-skill? …is that what I think it is? I hope it’s not what I think it is.

    • icecoffemix

      It probably is, remember that this is a touchscreen game.

  • Beat


  • icecoffemix

    I thought “spiritual” mean that it retain gameplay element from old game, how is song summoner a runner game?


    • surakian

      Spiritual in that a similar team worked on it.

      • icecoffemix

        Then there’s a lot of spiritual game with wildly different genre in the market.

        I’m sorry but I don’t think that’s what people mean when they said spiritual successor.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      I thought spiritual could also similar plot or theme or something set in a similar universe and that used to be on the ipod?

      • icecoffemix

        Cod and battlefield are on similar universe, plot and theme I guess they’re spiritual something too :P

        I know wiki is not the best source of info for this kind of things but I agree with their definition here:

        A spiritual successor,[1][2] sometimes called a spiritual sequel,[3] is a successor to a work of fiction which does not build upon the storyline established by a previous work as do most traditional prequels or sequels, yet features many of the same elements, themes, and styles as its source material, thereby resulting in its nevertheless being related or similar “in spirit” to its predecessor.

  • GodLikesSnacks

    Nakamura Yuuichi as voice actor is always a good choise! ^o^

  • Göran Isacson

    I… have to admit, I’m not quite seeing how this is a spiritual successor to a game about using songs to influence a tactical battlefield, when this game doesn’t seem to have that much to do with music… or strategy.

  • Keyboardcrash

    It looks like black rock shooter the game during the motorcyle mission and battle encounters

  • Schiffy

    No Square no. I…. I wanted Song Summoner on Android. I didn’t want an infinite runner. Not another one. There’s already 20 on Google Play. Just…. port the best game I have ever played on a mobile device to Android, for the love of god. Please, why did you have to do THIS?

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