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Gunman Clive (3DS eShop) Review

Review for Gunman Clive on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Platform titles used to be all the rage, until technology advanced so much that developers instead started to dabble in 3D open-world adventures and got stuck there, believing that nobody liked the older style of play anymore. Then, suddenly, someone decided to try out a retro approach and - shock horror - it struck a chord with gamers the world over and after that many teams were attempting to cash in on the purposely old design method. What was lacking, though, was a game that naturally had pure 8-Bit panache. Along came Gunman Clive.

Gunman Clive comes from the mind of Bertil Hoernberg, and started its life as a mobile phone game, using virtual on-screen controls to tackle the old school platform action. Whilst rated well enough, it is only now the game has been tweaked for the Nintendo 3DS that it can truly shine thanks to the D-Pad / Circle Pad and standard buttons of the portable system.

Taking on a sketch-book visual approach throughout its Western setting, players choose from one of two characters and must progress through various sandy-coloured stages, dodging numerous obstacles, blasting away foes, leaping over treacherous drops, and reaching the final goal in as quick a time as possible. It may all sound rudimentary, but those that loved classic Mega Man, Super Mario Bros., and even more recent games such as Mutant Mudds, will immediately adore this bite-sized eShop download.

Screenshot for Gunman Clive on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

There are so many different styles poured into Gunman Clive that despite only lasting about 30 minutes to an hour - depending on player skill levels and difficulty chosen - it is one of those experiences that simply cannot be missed. Carefully dodging a boss' hands before jumping upon them and shooting its head, delicately leaping from disappearing block to disappearing block, balancing precariously on rolling boulders, navigating areas where gravity switches in all manner of directions, surviving extremely tense mine-cart rides, and even taking part in a space shooting segment - there is something from nearly every past classic. Gunman Clive has so many wonderful ideas packed in that it deserves to be tried by every 3DS owner, especially since it's only £1.99! Amazing, right? It truly is one of those games where the cost of entry is stunning considering some much higher priced titles are so disappointing at times.

Oh, and the soundtrack is legen…wait for it…dary. Yes, it had to be said. Simply give the game a whirl and find out what a masterpiece this really is. With any luck an expanded 'Deluxe' version will make its way onto Wii U eShop further down the line.

Screenshot for Gunman Clive on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Gameplay

Mixing together all manner of platform gaming styles sometimes does not work quite well, but for Gunman Clive everything is expertly tied together with some pinpoint precise jumping controls that makes the whole outing a true pleasure to play through.

Graphics

What started out as an attractive game with an intriguing sketch-styled effect and smooth visuals now looks even more amazing as the added 3D depth works wondrously, adding to the overall feel of the adventure in general.

Sound

Chiptune-esque beauty throughout, from mellow pieces to higher energy tunes that increase the heartbeat as the action heats up. Everything is reminiscent of classics of days gone by, without plagiarising; it instead brings back fond memories that just benefit Gunman Clive even more!

Value

This is the one area where the game collapses, and yet with two different characters to play as, plus a special twist on the normal mode once the game has been finished once, as well as the fact that the game is a joy to play through so boredom does not set in with repeat plays, it can easily be forgiven. Oh, and it is only £1.99!

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

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Rated 9 out of 10

A stunning masterpiece of a platform game, with so many different styles that are well loved from over the years, all tightly pieced together and expertly delivered by a developer with a clear strong talent in this genre. With a wonderful art style, amazing music, superb variety in the platform stakes, the only thing preventing this from a higher score is the longevity. However, at such a low price, it is impossible to not recommend Gunman Clive to all 3DS owners!

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Developer

Bertil Horberg

Publisher

Bertil Horberg

Genre

2D Platformer

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Bought it on impulse one day, and it's a wonderful game. My least regretted e-shop purchase by far! Smilie

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I don't know how I overlooked this previously! It was only because I was reading Bertil's thread on NeoGAF about how 3DS eShop sales have far surpassed sales on all other formats that I actually became aware of the game and requested it for review.

Really pleased I did. What do you think of Duck Mode?

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Ssssssht, spoilers :p . Completed it in DMode, was hilariously awesome. Had read things about a third character being available but didn't see that one coming xd.

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Haha, I thought that for a second, but then again so many people talk about it freely now, I think it's safe Smilie Also, the name doesn't actually give away what the mode is, I reckon! I thought it was really hard at times...

Intrigued to see what Bertil does next.

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Niels (guest) 24.07.2013 10:28#5

I'm especially interested in what his brother does next... the music was awesome.

Also, one of the best things about the game is the e-shop trailer. Did you watch it? It's hilarious.

From the maker of... some other games
comes a... generic run and gun shooter
featuring... lots of brown
... and more brown

I bought it on release day, just because of the trailer...

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His brother did the music? Aha, cool. Does he have a website? The music was awesome! I should search for more of his compositions.

What's your favourite track from the game?

Adam Riley < Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited >
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I'm kind of out of touch with the gaming community, have been for a while, so wasn't sure how known it was to people XD.I actually found it pretty relaxing in a way, I must say. It was challenging to me, moreso than really difficult.The music is indeed pretty darned awesome. Definitely a name to keep in mind.

The trailer is basically what got me to buy the game, too >.>  <.< >.>...

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