Review: Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U)

Gunman Clive and Gunman Clive 2 ride onto Wii U in one complete package. Jump and shoot your way across diverse and challenging levels and fight massive bosses. Gunman Clive is an old-school side-scrolling action platform game set in the old West. Bring out your inner cowboy and get ready for some real gunslinger action.

gunman clive 2 (4)

Pros:

  • Gorgeous hand drawn graphics with a grainy effect in true HD quality.
  • You can back out to the main menu and swap game when ever you like meaning no game reset to change games.
  • Game pad screen is mirrored so you can play off TV or on the TV.
  • Four file saves in each game.
  • Three difficulties: Easy,  Normal and Hard.
  • Simple control scheme. Two button jump and shoot.
  • Three initial characters to choose from with a few to unlock.  Each character is unique and introduces new ways to play.
  • Health bar on the left side of the screen.
  • Level score is substituted with time,  Time is your score in this game.
  • Falling off a ledge will lose you some health and then restart you at the point as to where you first attempted the jump.
  • Power ups and health items can be found and dropped by enemies.
  • Lose all your life and you will restart at the begininng of the level.
  • Analogue and digital pad support.
  • Platform shooter gameplay.
  • Western infused soundtrack.
  • Able to replay any completed level.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Cheap price point.
  • Over 20 levels to play through.
  • Levels are not just platform running,  You can also fly and ride horses in a behind the player perspective.  Acting more like a short distraction yet rewarding scenario.

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Cons:

  • Judging/performing precise jumps is a bit tricky.
  • Enemies respawn really quick.
  • Few instances in the bonus levels where you cannot always see the projectiles coming towards you.
  • You don’t like cowboys.

GunmanCliveHDCollection (5)

So Gunman Clive returns in a HD collection for Wii U. The games are real gems to play bringing a sense of old school platforming back to the Wii U. What you get here is the chance to play the original game that started it all and then the newer more polished Gunman Clive 2 title. The graphics have benefited greatly from the 3DS screen to the big screen. It all just looks a lot smoother and nicer on the eye. The games have remained the same in terms of play ability and that is a good thing. You can use the analogue stick which brings it all together nicely. My favourite part is still the fact that you can easily jump between games without a reboot! In short we have 2 gem indie titles in one cheap little package making this a umm big gem indie title. A must play.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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