Gunman Clive 2
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|2D Platformer Games, Side Scroller Games, Wild West Games
Gunman Clive 2 follows up a surprisingly engaging platformer set in the futuristic wild west. It was a more artistic approach to the genre, exploiting the power of the 3DS engine with unique visuals and an homage to the classical platforming mechanics. So clearly, after the first game's success, there's a demand for a second offering to satisfy our sketchy gunslinging urges.
It's rare when a brand-new handheld IP races into the fray and makes an instant impact. However, the first game was so well-designed that it was hard not to enjoy the sights and sounds it brought to the table. So that leaves us excited to play Gunman Clive 2 and see what tricks a sequel could have up its sleeve.
This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Three of Us
Anybody who played Gunman Clive 2's predecessor will find it's comparatively more of the same. If you still need to, we'll quickly recap the concept. The game is a 2D side-scrolling platformer that takes on the aesthetic of a sketchbook. You'll play as one of three characters, battling with your gunslinging skills across 20+ levels, where enemies and obstacles become progressively more challenging.
Gunman Clive 2 is fundamentally the same as the first game, with a more diverse color aesthetic and a new narrative. Players will immediately know that the game sticking with its original design will satisfy those who have played before. The first left us wanting more. The sequel feels like it only exists to give dedicated platform enthusiasts an extension of that impressive gameplay.
You'll run and gun through a beautifully-designed indie world, creatively flatting any foes that decide to get in your way. Gunman Clive 2 is a classic platform game where new and older players can enjoy the challenges, fierce combat, and distinctive wild west art style.
Gunman Clive 2 accomplishes what it sets out to do and continues that popular indie gameplay hardcore gamers love. However, the only roadblock the title runs into this time is that, towards the end, it feels like the endless creativity of the predecessor starts to run out. Battles get repetitive, and the storyline winds to a simplistic level. But that's no reason not to play it; the game is great fun.
An Ode to the Funslinger
Gunman Clive 2 is the 3DS' answer to what Mega Man Zero 2 was to the GBA. It's a creative flurry of wild west combat that serves as one of the most immersive platformers ever created on their respective systems. Only some of the repetitiveness stops them from becoming all-time classics on the broader gaming spectrum.
But Gunman Clive 2 is one of those must-plays if you've done the hard yards of handheld gaming. It's easy to slip under the radar against all the similar genre competitions. However, you won't find a platformer that's better designed than this one, made even better with its holistic injection of independent creativity.
Round-Up - Pros & Cons
- An outstanding independent platformer for the console
- The gameplay is exciting throughout
- The Sketchbook art style is fantastic
- The game gets repetitive toward the end
- The similar narrative of the first isn't as exciting