I was pleasantly surprised the other day when scouring the 360 dash for new content, to come across a demo for the upcoming Kinect game The Gunstringer. After downloading it and giving it a whirl I’m even more surprised with just how refreshing and entertaining an experience it was.
The best thing about the demo for GS is the demo itself. Twisted Pixel Gamesdid an excellent job creating something that draws you in from the beginning, represents the vision for the project well and most importantly is fun to play.
The game opens up giving the option of two different sections to play. I started out with the first one that acts as a tutorial and opening to the story. In a method similar to what you’d see in Little Big Planet, the story is introduced using a blend of live action video and the game itself. The narration is perfect. The weathered voice of an old cowboy helps to tell the tale of a gunslinger on a quest for vengeance; he even narrates your actions during gameplay. A nice touch that I wish more games would utilize.
I am hesitant to go too in depth with the games control scheme simply because part of the fun is finding out for yourself, I don’t want to spoil that moment of discovery. What I will say is that while you do use both hands, it’s not tiring and you can play it sitting down. When you hear people talk about the “magic of Kinect” this is what they mean. There simply isn’t anything like it on Kinect or anywhere for that matter.
Visually speaking the game has a vibrant color palette that works well with the art style and design of the characters and their environment. It’s cartoon like but not too cartoony. Based on the demo there seems to be a trend towards constantly offering the player something new to see or do, like the aforementioned live action footage. It’s a fast paced game with Kinect doing a good job of keeping up with the quick hand motions that are needed. Simply put the game works, and it works well. The music and sound both have the appropriate western feel and the script is expertly written.
I didn‘t expect much from a demo and honestly, I didn’t have any interest in GS. I had heard of it, I had read some articles about it but it wasn’t on my radar. Now it’s a purchase.