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Very Good

Cute, entertaining, all around fun game

posted by sizzle (SEATTLE, WA) Feb 15, 2012

Member since Feb 2012

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

We really enjoyed this. Sometimes I even think we should go back and buy it, but it is a very short game. It does work as a great way to show off the Kinect when you have friends over.

It's not totally accurate all the time (as most Kinect games aren't) so that can be a bit frustrating, but overall it's very enjoyable and a fun use of the Kinect

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Fun To Play, and Funny As Well. Rent Don't Bu

posted by kencushing (VALENCIA, CA) Oct 18, 2011

Member since May 2011

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I rented this game based on the say-so of reviewers, but I was a bit leary of doing so, after being disappointed in Child of Eden. I have to say, however, that this game as a shooter is simply more fun than Child of Eden, and has a lot more depth and variety to it as well.

You (usually) control your puppet with one arm and your side arm with the other. You paint targets first, then raise your arm as if you had recoil from your pistol, and it releases the shots. If the entire game were like this, it would get stale fast, each Act consists of various elements of running along avoiding obstacles while painting targets and firing, sometimes it becomes a platformer, either in 3D or from the side, where you have to jump and/or shoot at the appropriate times.
Sometimes you have six-shooters in both hands and need to aim both of them simulataneously.

As far as the plot goes, it's pretty basic. Cowboy wants revenge. However, the game makes him into an undead cowboy marionette, and it's like you're playing out a puppet show "movie" that is being viewed by a live audience. They laugh when something funny happens (and trust me, there are plenty of these moments), they do startled gasps whenever you get shot or hit (and sometimes they boo at you).

I haven't seen anything quite like this. Ever. My wife didn't really love the type of humor that is presented, which is sort of like a cross between Mad Magazine/Monty Python mixed with southerner cowboy-style dialogue. These things are all amusing to me, so I found the game's plot and delivery simply brilliant. Your mileage may vary, however.
My only complaints are that you can't really play for extended periods of time. Holding your arms up for more than a couple of Acts at a time can be tiring for somebody who is out of shape like me. :-)
The game is quite short as well, at around 4 hours, but your poor arm and shoulder muscles may make you grateful it's over.
This is a great rental, but not good for buying.

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Best Kinect game, but...

posted by JustAbussiness (GEORGETOWN, SC) May 11, 2012

Member since May 2012

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Best Kinect game, but... the controls aren't perfect. They're some parts where its just almost impossible to move out of the way. I have unlocked almost 900 gamerscore from this game. Love it! you get free xbox theme, Xbox emblem for your profile, anddd the best you get the Gunstringer's outfit for your avatar, also! don't forget to download the free content :) hope this was helpful!

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