Cowboy Guns HD is a twin stick shooter / adventure released by Chillingo Ltd.
“A lonely cowboy faces a deadly gang of gunslingers known as The Crimson Jackals. He will have to fight through towns, deserts and canyons crawling with bandidos before finally defeating the four leaders of the gang to bring peace to the land.”
The game puts you in control of the kid, who has to complete various missions set by the sheriff and other locals of New Nazareth as you work towards the defeat of the Crimson Jackals.
Gameplay wise, you will walk around the game world and obtain missions for various characters then use you map to travel to that location and try and complete that quest to even the bounty.
Along the way you will find sheriff stars that can be collected and be used along with money to purchase upgrades that will increase your firepower.
If you are on a quest or looking for one, a useful red arrow will point you in the right direction which is useful on the bigger maps.
The game walks a fine line between being a gritty western story and complete fanatasy. Much of the time stays in the realm of western with touch cowboys who are hard to kill, and then a boss will come along and with do things like split into 5 duplicates of himself gunning for you.
Along with the adventure, there is also a quick player mode offering Bounties (hunting down bad guys on a map) and Survival (a never ending wave of bad guys entering an area) – This modes add to your cash in the main game and also give you a chance to collect stars in an area without having to go through the mission in that area again.
The game is control as your standard twin stickers, with a few icons to quickly switch between your different weapons and to throw explosives.
The graphics and sound are both very good, both have a nice western style mixed with the blocky characters.
On the upside:
- Quests are well designed.
- Generally fast paced action.
On the downside:
- Repetitive gameplay. (Go to an area and kill the bad guys.)
- Boss battles – Take you out of being a gritty western into fantasy land.
- Enemies often “teleport in”, appearing on screen right next to you.
Overall, this is a solid twin stick shooter, with good, but repetitive action and some nice cartoon animation. The game is a lot like other twin stick shooters out there, but the usage of Boss characters and large (but linear) maps sets it above the main stream. If you are a fan of twin sticker shooters this is one of the best.
Size: 61.5 MB
Price (at time of review): £1.99