Gunman Clive HD Collection Review
Note: I originally reviewed Gunman Clive 2 on 3DS back in January. Fortunately, the game is just as awesome on Wii U.
Gunman Clive and its sequel are what I’d call “essential” games for any 3DS owner. Now on Wii U, Bertil Hörberg’s Gunman Clive HD Collection combines both titles into one must-have package. If you think you know how the West was won, think again.
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Both games feature the same tight controls and core gameplay - Clive must run, gun, and jump through a number of 1-2 minute stages (20 in GC and 25 in GC 2) in order to vanquish his foes and save the day. Players can also play as Ms. Johnson, who can hover-jump like Princess Peach, Chieftain Bob, who wields a spear instead of a gun (and is now playable in GC), and a mysterious fourth character that I won't spoil here. Though the first Gunman Clive is a straight platforming game, the sequel adds a few on-rails sections to shake up the formula. Think Mega Man x Star Fox in the West.
Yellow-bellied players be warned: these games are challenging. You never know what enemies lurk just off-screen, and certain jumps require you to fully commit to a particular direction before you leap. Fortunately, respawns are quick and stage layouts never change, so even the toughest segments can be mastered with patience and a quick trigger finger. To make Clive’s life easier, enemies sometimes drop more powerful weapons, such as a gun that simultaneously fires in three directions.
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Though “unique art style” can describe just about every indie game out there, I’ve never seen a game quite like the Gunman Clive HD Collection – it’s like a pencil sketch come to life. The levels in the first Gunman Clive are beige and sandy, with color reserved for playable characters and enemies. The sequel looks like the first game injected with a rainbow. At 1080p and 60fps, the collection simply pops on the TV. Throw in Arne Hörberg’s awesome soundtracks, and you have one of the most audiovisually impressive games on the eShop.
At $3.99, the Gunman Clive HD Collection is a steal. If you’ve ever had a hankering to fight cowboys, ninjas, and… ducks… well, you’ve never had a better opportunity than now. Giddyup!
Please note that the final score is not an average