Wild West Guns — point-and-shoot WiiWare action
When Wii came out a couple years back, I was impressed and anxious to see just what kind of titles would eventually become available for download. Sure, the ability to download old titles and previously unreleased Japanese versions of our old favorites is an awesome feature, but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some titles made just for Wii without having to leave the comfort of my couch.
Wii Ware became officially available this past May with a handful of titles, and the selection continues to grow. I purchased more points, having exhausted my previous surplus on old classics like Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers for old times’ sake. Nothing, however, really caught my eye until recently.
A few weeks back, I was browsing through the titles and came across Wild West Guns. Having always been a fan of shooters, I snatched this one up and waited for the magic to begin.
Wild West Guns has its fun points (hey, shooting guns is fun, you know), but seems to have been hatched as an idea without too much depth. Basically, it’s a target shooting game, and the levels are all very similar to one another. Breaking through to higher levels becomes easier, once you learn that accuracy increases the point values of the targets, but I really expected more out of the higher levels.
The higher levels of Wild West Guns are just faster versions of the previous levels with a different backdrop. One thing to take note of is that headshots are worth more points, and a strange thing I figured out after playing a while is that the bare-chested Indians and the women are worth more points when shot in the head. What message is this sending out to young players out there?
That anomaly aside, Wild West Guns is fun, but the fun is short-lived. After playing the game for a little while, frustration at the limited nature of the game sets in. If you’re looking for a game that repeats itself over and over (are we seeing a pattern here yet, Nintendo?), this is the game for you. If you are looking for something more challenging, keep looking.
This review was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of the top online colleges. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com. Wild West Guns sells for $10. Image from WiiWare World.