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Gunman Clive Review

An hour of fun for a fistful of dollars. Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?

Rejoice! Not only is Gunman Clive the cheapest game on eShop, but at £1.79 it is also only 20p more expensive than its iOS original. In the lawless badlands of eShop pricing that is pretty good going.

The extra 20p is easily justified by the addition of physical controls that elevate Bertil Hörberg's Mega Man-inspired platformer from fiddly touchscreen oddity to minor gem.

If Clive's DNA was extracted from a NES cart trapped in amber, it's spliced with more modern thinking. His pursuit of the kidnapped Ms Johnson is littered with boulder riding, mine carts, stampede dodging... every level spicing up its left-to-right gauntlet with a conceptual twist.

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It eats ideas with the abandon of Mario Galaxy, even borrowing a few gravitational tricks. And it has a distinctly 21st century slant on gender equality, with the option to pursue a kidnapped Clive as Ms Johnson.

Her floatier jump is reason enough to replay the 20 stages, which is lucky, as Gunman Clive lives fast and dies young. Easily bested in an hour, the game is too fleet-footed, its cool ideas given short shrift in the dash to the next two minutes of fun. Another bizarro secret ekes out one more replay, but there's nothing beyond that. More please!


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  1. tohaker Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 10:21

    Might buy this, seeing as it's rather cheap.

  2. goldbricks Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 10:34

    Ive had this game for a while now on the 3DS. And I love it. Ive put over 3/4hours into it, replaying levels as the different characters (there's a secret 3rd reason to replay I wont spoil.)

  3. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 10:48

    I didn't buy it when it came out, but considering that it's so cheap and so many people have said how good it is, I may have to give it a whirl.

  4. ploiper Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 10:56

    got it a while ago and i do really enjoy this game. do wish it was longer but what there is of it, is so much fun.

  5. Mello Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 11:43

    While longevity is important I thought this game was about the right length. I played it in short bursts and was pretty surprised I'd only spent an hour or whatever on my first playthrough.

    A Ł30 game that only lasts 5 hours or less is a bit of a problem but a Ł2 game that is really good fun for an hour or two is ok by me; better than being artificially extended just to last longer and end up outstaying it's welcome like some games do. More levels and I might have got bored.

  6. alexkinch Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 11:47

    Better than most eshop games. I say get it.

  7. Shinnos Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 13:44

    This is a fun little game, and for the price is definitely worth picking up! And the visuals are great! I've played through it once, but like someone else said, the levels are just the right length for a short play, but also have that Just One More Go factor.

  8. fisher2007 Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 18:09

    Might buy this, seeing as it's rather cheap.

  9. Commandervideo Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 21:23

    I 100%ed GMC to the max just recently. 8) Everyone should buy it. Do it now!

    And why does everywhere say it's Ł1.80 when on the eshop it's Ł2.

  10. mudkipzman Friday 8th Mar 2013 at 16:09

    It's a really fun game, playing on hard is... well, hard. It's so cheap too! It's a must.

  11. Time-Bomb Saturday 9th Mar 2013 at 20:41

    This is the first game i've bought this year and after the first few levels, seems pretty darn cool! I hope it's not as short as you say though :( I only played it for a quick 20 minutes and that'd mean i'm a third of the way through. Sad times. It does seem like the sort of game i'd play a fair few times when i'm bored though!

  12. smash-brother Sunday 19th May 2013 at 12:56

    what you only gave it 70% :evil:

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