Gunman Clive is a 2D Side-Scrolling Shooter from Hörberg Productions. Clive is a Cowboy in 18XX that is tasked to save Mayor Johnson’s daughter and the old west from the criminals that have taken over the land. Gunman Clive’s 16 levels are all in a unique hand drawn/sketch that is different from anything else on the market. The player uses the arrow keys to move and the Z key to jump and the x key to shoot . The Outlaws that face Clive come in small waves but are separated by a bevy of platforming elements such as ladders, boxes, moving platforms, trap doors and more. Its not just a shooting gallery like some side scrolling or 2D shooters, you will actually have to take time to navigate throughout the levels if you want to win. Clive is easy to control and move about the world but getting the controls down is only half the battle.
Gunman Clive is not a game that will hold the players hand throughout the level. If Clive gets hit once while holding a power up he will lose it and if he gets hit three times he will die. When Clive dies he respawns at the very beginning of the level to start again. Enemies respawn, becoming deadlier as the game progresses and you cannot change the difficulty level. Clive can gain power ups and health by dispatching enemies in the field. The power ups modify the rate of fire, the direction of fire and other aspects of Clive’s gun to take out the criminals. Enemies will be able to aim at you from many directions and will also use the environment to shield themselves from harm.
The game’s art blends heavily into the gameplay and nothing in the background feels static or fixed. The bullets are dots but the game is so fun and exciting you won’t care. The characters are modeled after old west cowboys and criminals aiding the visuals in the levels as you play. There are Saloons, Police depots, houses and other types of buildings for players to traverse through. The desert breaks up the towns that Clive travels through and for a 2D game Gunman Clive is insanely detailed. The soundtrack maybe a bit repetitive to some but those that love westerns will like the games score. The sound effects also do a good job as the gun sounds like a pistol when its fired, Clive ( as well as his foes) will weep in pain as they are taken out. There is nothing really wrong with Gunman Clive, the game is solid from start to finish. The only thing it lacks is extra content, such as a challenge mode or training mode where players can run through the level without dying and set up there run for the main mission/story mode. The game does have achievements and lets you time your play-throughs but doesn’t included a leader board to compare with other Gunman. Gunman Clive is still a great game for people new to 2D Side-Scrollers or Veterans alike and it should not be missed.
Gunman Clive pays homage to both Westerns and 2D side-scrolling games of the late 80s and 90s. The game is Visually unique and brings challenge back to today’s gaming market. The only thing missing is extra content to give the players a reason to come back for more of Clive’s adventures but it is still a great title that no gamer should skip out on.
Overall Score: 9.8 / 10
RGN Rating : Platinum Game
Developer / Publisher: Hörberg Productions
Available On: PC | Mac OS X | Linux | 3DS
Played On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.
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