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?
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
14 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.
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.
Conclusion: A Show For The Ages - The presentation for the Gunstringer is unique. The game starts off with a live action bit showing a theater full of people and a theater crew getting ready for the evening show. As the curtain pulls up to start the show, we are pulled into the world of the Gunstringer. Twisted Pixel uses a mixture of live action segments and in-game cinematics/gameplay to bring the game to life, literally at times.
Conclusion: If you can get the Kinect, and your body, perfectly placed then The Gunstringer is a hoot of a game. While it is short, there is still plenty to gain from it (unlockables, trophies and a co-op mode) including a very fun and strange story. If you own a Kinect you might want to give this a go.