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Wild West Guns Review

Zapper's delight in the American West

No one is your friend in the Wild West. In shooters set in the Gold Rush you might expect a game of Cowboys and Indians but here you'll be blasting both sides, plus Mexican bandits, policemen, vultures and much more besides. Only the strangely invincible piano player in the bar escapes flying bullets.

It's reminiscent of the high-score chasing of the shooting game in Wii Play, only stretched out over 18 excellent mini-games. Each level is split up into three games and you'll need to reach the high score to progress. In the first level you'll start by pointing your Remote at the screen and blasting moving targets, trying to avoid the skulls. Then you'll move onto shooting flying sombreros before the finale, a classic Wild West train scene which has you riding alongside a train and blasting enemies peering out of windows, on top of the carriage and on horseback. No, you can't shoot the horses!

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Yet there is so much that you can shoot. The scenery is interactive so on the sombrero game alone, you can pick off butterflies, shoot birds, frogs and even shoot a post which causes a boat to slide down into the water. This isn't just for effect though - you'll get points for each hit, all of which will go towards your total. It's all about concentrating on the main aim while picking your moment to go for secondary targets. So during a quiet moment during a shootout in a dusty town you might want to shoot down the sign or try and hit the cockerel on top of a building.

He Shoots, He Scores

Ignore the main aim at your peril though, because you need big scores to make it to the next level. So if you try and hit a rabbit whilst ignoring the fact that a cowgirl is picking holes in your head you'll lose points. Also the only way to get big points is to get big combos so you'll need to make sure you hit plenty of your main targets in a row. This is great in the tin-can shooting level when you're effectively juggling cans with your bullets. So you'll blast one and then you'll have a short time to take out a charging enemy and a rat before going back to the falling can to get your all-important combo points.

If you're something of an expert at this sort of thing you might find blasting through the levels quite simple but then Wild West Guns is all about the high scores and you can have fun trying to beat your friends in two-player mode. It's an enjoyable blast and had it been just a little bit cheaper (maybe 800 Points) it would have been essential.


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  1. Mr.GameandWatch Friday 1st Aug 2008 at 18:34

    Good solid fun best with Wii Zapper.

  2. dizzy boy Friday 1st Aug 2008 at 20:43

    much to my suprise the visuals are pretty decent for a download game. also the wiimote is very responsive. and you do need a quick hand if you want to get the secondary targets to help build up the points. this maybe a bit short for anybody who is used to the point and shoot games, but a great starter for anybody who has never experienced these type of games.

  3. icon162 Saturday 2nd Aug 2008 at 08:38

    how much is 1000 wii points? i might buy it :)

  4. Hotblack Desiato Saturday 2nd Aug 2008 at 09:09

    Zapper's Delight?

    Oh Dear. :lol:

    The puns get worse every week :P

  5. chojin Saturday 2nd Aug 2008 at 09:15

    Was looking at this so it might be worth a blast

  6. Mendez Saturday 2nd Aug 2008 at 09:36

    I really want this, I just can't spare 300 blocks at the moment though :(

  7. BOWIEtheHERO Saturday 2nd Aug 2008 at 10:00

    Wild West Guns eh?

    Let me just say... This is just like Wild Guns for the SNES!
    A great little shooter in the same format as this! The 3 staged levels etc, two characters... Moving and shooting etc etc!

    Wild Guns was great but underappreciated.. a good 70/80% game! Glad it's made a Wii(ware) little comeback!

  8. Anonymous Saturday 2nd Aug 2008 at 19:42

    sounds intresting might get it
    not a bad little gam by the sound of it

  9. chojin Sunday 3rd Aug 2008 at 09:06

    Well I cleared out 300 blocks last night, backed Paper Mario to SD card. Download Wild West Guns left myself my 20 blocks :(

    Its a good gamefor Ł7, nice graphics and fast passed game play. Well worth a blast.

  10. GamerKid Sunday 3rd Aug 2008 at 12:34

    It dosen't look that good

  11. tomonm Monday 4th Aug 2008 at 08:46

    Zapper's Delight?

    Oh Dear. :lol:

    The puns get worse every week :P

    C'mon that's genius! :lol:

  12. catinthefreezer7 Monday 4th Aug 2008 at 14:42

    looks like a laugh

  13. adastoy Monday 4th Aug 2008 at 14:57

    i think id get this.....if i had the points+the space,don't seem too expensive if you compare it to links cross bow training.

  14. wayne649 Tuesday 5th Aug 2008 at 13:24

    looks like links crossbow training only with a different setting and 3 less levels, it barely even costs less when you consider that the zapper made up at least half the price of LCBT :roll:

  15. fanboy Tuesday 5th Aug 2008 at 14:56

    This is fantastic! I was just going on about Wiiware being perfect for Zapper games the other day - I just need to get some points though. Nowhere ever has them were I live.

  16. King gerbil Wednesday 6th Aug 2008 at 15:52

    Ive downloaded:
    Toki Tori
    Doctor Mario
    Fantasy Zone
    Sadly, me being me I only enjoy SMB3 and FFCC so I may delete Toki Tori and Pop to get this.

  17. phil44 Tuesday 9th Sep 2008 at 21:45

    is this a properly clabrated gun game e.g hotd and ghost squad otr is it just like links crossbow aiming.

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