McGyro is a virtual shooting game released by Chillingo Ltd.
“The western gun range game that’s a cutout above the rest… Meet Sheriff McGyro, the lawman with a difference, when McGyro aims his trusty pistol at someone he imagines them as a plywood cutout. It makes bringing law and order to the Wild West just that little bit easier. “
This games puts you into the shoes of Sheriff McGyro, a guy who imagines all his enemies as plywood cutouts as he cannot bring himself to shoot a flesh and blood enemy (or bunny).
Gameplay wise, you just need to aim your sights at the target and shoot. There are no power ups, different weapons or collectables in this game. However, the areas are bigger than the screen, so you will need to look around for some enemies. Helpfully there are arrows that appear at the side if an enemy is moving off the side of your current view.
The single player game offers 15 stages of gameplay which are split into 5 little stories with their own areas and bosses.
The backgrounds of the game are often animated and give a feel of not being a static shooter.
Bosses are tough, but have weaknesses and if you are a good shooter are not too difficult.
There is a promise of Multiplayer coming soon, but at the moment this is unavailable.
Control wise, there are several options on how to play the game from touch to tilt. However, I found that without a device with the Gyro the game became much harder to play and not as much fun.
The graphics have a nice cartoon styling that matches the cartoon cut scenes. The music and sound are your usual spaghetti western style sounds.
On the upside:
- Fun and playable (with a Gyro device)
- Plywood Humour
On the downside:
- Limited gameplay, shot, shot and shot some more.
- Longevity may be an issue with only fifteen stages.
Overall, this is a fast and fun little shooter. There is not enough here to make it a classic, with no power ups or collectables. If you like the old style shooters like Time Crisis or Virtual Cop then this is similar and may fill that void. If you device has a Gyro it is worth a look, if not, playability is a little more limited.
Size: 91 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69
Link: McGyro – Chillingo Ltd