Summary: A skeleton cowboy marionette driven by revenge. Troma's Lloyd Kaufman driving dangerously. A beautiful, unlockable picture of our own Hamza Aziz. A gator that has sex with a lumberjack. Wait, hold on... what now? Yup, this is definitely a Twisted Pixel game. Welcome to The Gunstringer , easily one of the most fun and original titles for Kinect.
Excerpt: Taking cues from the old spaghetti westerns, modern revenge tales, and marionette puppet shows comes a Kinect game that may surprise gamers. The Gunstringer provides a unique experience with immersive controls, a charming world, and a good sense of humor, but at the same time is hindered by the same laggy controls and short campaign that may leave some gamers feeling like there‘s a snake in their boots.
Pros: Genuinely funny dialogue, Unique presentation and wacky characters, Intuitive and simplistic Kinect control scheme
Cons: Short experience, Sluggish controls, Platforming sections
Excerpt: Only the mischievous minds at Twisted Pixel could mess with us like this. In the third add-on for their Kinect shoot-’em-up The Gunstringer , you play as someone new: the Devil himself, with eightballs for eyes and a shotgun that wastes foes with one shot. He needs a queen to rule beside him, and he’s come to woo a familiar face: the Brothel Madam. The twist?
Pros: + Switches traditional, + El Diablo and his quest are as goofy-charming as you’d expect from Twisted Pixel.
Cons: ? Will El Diablo ever battle the Gunstringer?
Summary: For gamers looking for something different and full of action on the Kinect accessory, The Gunstringer is the closest title released on the platform to fitting the bill. There is a ton of humor and style thanks to the involvement of Twisted Pixel and the nature of the game and its controls make it easy to get involved in the game.
Excerpt: Twisted Pixel is back with their second release in 2011, and their first one to not only debut on retail shelves, but also use the Kinect sensor. You play as the Gunstringer - a skeletal marionette armed with a six-shooter and a grudge towards his ex-allies who betrayed him…in a puppet show about a gunslinging puppet out for revenge.
Excerpt: Playing Real Big Shootin’ was a sweet reminder of everything we loved about The Gunstringer ( OXM rating: 9.0), one of our very favorite Kinect games. Unfortunately, many of those wonderful ingredients aren’t part of this downloadable add-on. As its title suggests, Shootin’ focuses purely on gunplay, presenting you with 13 shooting gallery–style challenges full of such appropriately bizarre enemies as flying sheep, giant spiders, leaping alligators, and doll-like...
Pros: + More, + Goofy levels with solid variety and plenty of challenge.
Cons: ? Next time, how about more insanely over-the-top DLC like
Gun-slinging puppet on Kinect is more creative than violent.
Common Sense Media
18 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that The Gunstringer is a third-person shooter and platforming game with modest but frequent violence. It requires an Xbox 360 Kinect sensor to play. Players use their hands to aim at, shoot, and punch cartoonish enemy characters, which disappear in puffs of smoke when defeated.
Conclusion: Definite buy for Kinect owners: Many games for Kinect are reviewed as a Kinect game first and as a real game second thus a comparatively great Kinect game may not have warranted a second look if it were a normal controller game. I honestly think that this game stands on it's own merits very well and the fact that it uses Kinect actually fits well with the style and gameplay.
Excerpt: The Gunstringer arrives for Kinect just a week after SEGA's ill-fated horror effort Rise of Nightmares . While both games attempt to deliver a 'proper' gaming experience instead of yet another series of mini-games, Twisted Pixel's Marionette cowboy title is far more accomplished. Compared to standard third-person shooters The Gunstringer feels about as removed as can be while still occupying the same genre, but the gameplay mechanics and game design have clearly been...
Summary: Overall " The Gunstringer " is a good overall package which represents decent value for money and must rank one of the better Kinect games currently available. This is mainly down to the instantly recognisable Twisted Pixel presentation and humour along with the superb soundtrack and the bonus of free content.