Every once in a while the right game script is paired with the right team of developers, the right music, the right voice actors, and a little piece of gaming magic is created. The Gunstringer is one of these titles. Twisted Pixel Games, in both their first Kinect and first retail title, lives up to their reputation for well made, well developed, humorous, and just pure fun to play games with this original title. I must admit that, after reading the who’s and the what’s of this game, I had high hopes and I am very happy to not be disappointed.
As a Kinect connoisseur I have found that I can pretty much tell within the first 15 minutes of gameplay how much time and effort the developers put into creating an enjoyable gaming experience by how the sensor responds to my movement. Now while it isn’t ‘perfect’, The Gunstringer shares the top spot on my list for how the game reads and responds to me.
This game also marks a ‘first’ in the Kinect market. Instead of just throwing this game together, Twisted Pixel took the time, thought about their gamer, and created a game that you can not only play standing but also while sitting. Now while I have to give them props for how well the sensor responded while standing, I found it to be a little less then reliable while sitting, especially when sitting in a chair that has ‘arms’.
Now let’s talk about the story and gameplay…
The premise of the story is you control a marionette skeleton cowboy who is a one-man judge, jury, and executioner out for revenge. This cowboy, or Gunstringer, is back from the grave and on the vengeance trail against his old posse.
They were the usual gang of Samurai cowboys…Voodoo Priestesses…Cutthroat wildcatters…Purveyors of inequities better left unmentioned…like dressing a horse in women’s pantaloons… and Wavy Tube Man.
- Excerpt from “The Gunstringer Rides Again”
You run, jump, ride, gallop, slice and shoot your way through the old west as you embark on this journey… until justice is served.
The game consists of a Prologue, 4 plays (each consisting of 5 acts), and an Epilogue. I would classify the game as a mixer of genres (90% Rail Shooter , 10% Platformer) but the way Twisted Pixel married the two genres together is close to seamless, and really keeps the game from feeling stagnant and repetitive.
Twisted Pixel added their usual modifiers of Hardcore and a local 2 player mode, but they also included a lefty mode (for all you wrong handed gamers out there) as well as a very unique commentary mode. When the commentary is enabled, instead of hearing the exquisite voice actors, we are indulged with voices from the celebrity gaming world, such as the team of Jeff and Geoff of Rooster Teeth, as they play through the level “with” you.
Now I can’t leave you without mention the extras this game gives you…AND THEY GIVE THEM TO YOU FREE!!! When you purchase this retail game, the full downloadable game Fruit Ninja Kinect
, another fantastic, fun and well made Kinect game, is included as a redeemable code. And then there is … The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles. This DLC is a live-action shooter, set in both classic western and futuristic locations, featuring you as a quick-drawing cowboy hero who needs to save the world from Wavy Tube Man Jr. Inspired by the game ‘Mad Dog McCree’, this DLC features Troma Entertainment’s ‘Big Cheese’ Lloyd Daufman and Dazed and Confused
star Wiley Wiggins as characters you encounter on this mission. Did I mention that IT’S FREE???
Overall, this is a fun, enjoyable, well made, and easy to use game that is sure to please Kinect owners as well as Twisted Pixel fans. If you own a Kinect, go out and buy this game today. If you don’t own a Kinect, go get one so you can play this game… NOW!!!