Every once and a while you come upon a gem that just completely takes you by surprise. Westerado: Double Barreled had the look of an interesting indie game and definitely caught my eye with its amazing looking pixelated worlds. After spending 15 minutes in the world, I was still a little unsure this game was going to be insane amounts of fun, but after playing for another 3 hours and still wanting more, I can say this game is the real deal. A pixelated spaghetti western with one hell of a story to tell.
Set in the wild west, you play the role of a man with nothing but his revolver, the clothes on his back and the need for revenge. In Westerado: Double Barreled you take control of the action by either walking or riding town to town trying to find the man who has done you wrong. This can be accomplished by talking your way through towns, threatening some people to get the right answers or even killing some to fill your form of justice. You will be hunting down the desperado in any fashion you like allowing you to play the game in any manner you wish.
Now the controls are not for everyone, hell they even through me off when I first started playing and actually made me dislike the game a little at the start. You basically have to pull your gun out, pull the pin and shoot. Do 2/3 of that each time you shoot an enemy and you are fine. This made the game increasingly frustrating because you only can aim right or left and you had to get the shot off exactly or else you came off too high or too low. This works the same way for enemies so you have plenty of time to dodge bullets, but it is not until you actually master the controls you see the beauty in it. Dodging bullets is one thing, but getting hat shots to recycle those lost lives is an amazing feeling. You see, in Westerado: Double Barreled hats are like lives. Every desperado is wearing on and if you are lucky, you can shoot one of your enemy and net yourself another life. A fair trade considering that Indian tomahawks are incredibly unforgiving!
The overall feel of Westerado: Double Barreled is a revenge western. Somehow the game just fulfills the wish in gameplay but also in dialogue, pixelated world, and music. The game has this tendency to just immerse you into the world. Pretty much to the point that time seems to fly by while you get lost exploring. The pixels design works extremely well in the overall feel of the game. The different music pretty much envelopes you into the world you are in. Walking through a town, you get the feeling of a gunslinger walking through a town with little trust. In the desert, you hear the howling wind as you pass scorpions and snakes. The biggest plus in this little game is the fact that the dialogue is so engaging. You will find yourself running into some characters that seem to repeat themselves but for the most part, everyone can be talked to and even give you a mission! Pull your gun out and he’ll know what will happen!
Overall, Westerado: Double Barreled is an excellent indie game. Priced at $14.99 i would say wait for a deal if you are on a budget but pretty much put this on the top of your wishlist or even buy it now if you don’t mind that price. You can finish the game as quickly or as slowly as you like making the world just that much better. I found myself jumping back into the game after just to see how much I could get away with! I highly recommend this to any fans of RPG, westerns or overall action adventure games! Westerado: Double Barreled will not disappoint!