It has to be said that, so far, there have been a lack of decent games on the Kinect and rather a glut of rubbish ones! Kinect sports and dance central aside, there has been very little for Kinect owners to get excited about. Then along come Twisted Pixel to save the day with their 1st retail game, 'The Gunstringer.' For those not familiar with Twisted Pixel, they are responsible for XBLA games The Maw, Splosion man, Comic jumper and Ms.Splosion man. All highly innovative and entertaining games. The Gunstringer is no different.
The Gunstringer sees you in control of an undead cowboy puppet bent on revenge against the posse who betrayed him and then left him for dead! The whole thing is being watched in a theatre by a crowd of real people who clap and cheer as you play. You control the Gunstringer by moving left & right with your left hand and aiming and firing your gun with your right. It all works very intuitively and you almost forget that you aren't using a control pad. It's just like when you used to pretend to fire a gun in the school playground!
Graphically the whole game oozes charm and character. It has Twisted Pixel's trademark humour stamped all over it. Trees are made of toilet rolls and corrugated card, cows are made of beer cans and rivers made of quilts. The music, too, adds to the character of the game and the whole thing is described by an hilariously tongue-in-cheek narrator who never fails to raise a smile as you play! The only criticism that could be levelled at the game is it's length. It clocks in at around 3 hours to complete, but it does pack a lot of variety into those 3 hours. Getting gold in every level (or plays & acts as they're called) will take longer though. Plus there's a hardcore mode and a stack of unlockables like green screen outtakes, BGMs, photos and concept art. It also comes bundled with the 1st bit of DLC. It's all live action and is completely different to the main game. Plus, it comes with a download code for fruit ninja. A fun little game in itself, although unfortunatley I'd already downloaded it!
I really do urge anyone who owns a Kinect to buy this game. Its just the kind of thing Kinect needs. It's funny, charming, innovative, great fun to play and it shows that Kinect is good for more than fitness, dancing and sport! If you own a Kinect, then this is an essential purchase. I just hope it sells. It really would be a crime if it didn't!