About The Game
Gunman Clive and Gunman Clive 2 ride onto Wii U in one complete package.
In the year of 18XX, the West is overrun by thugs and outlaws. A group of bandits have kidnapped Mayor Johnson's daughter and are spreading havoc across the land. Gunman Clive must rescue the girl and and bring order to the West, then finish the fight in Gunman Clive 2. His battle against the bandits takes him all around the world and beyond.
Jump and shoot your way across diverse and challenging levels and fight massive bosses. Gunman Clive is an old-school side-scrolling action platform game set in the old West. Bring out your inner cowboy and get ready for some real gunslinger action.
I was privileged enough to receive an advanced early review copy of Gunman Clive 2 for the 3ds on its release and I was very impressed with the game.
Now both the original gunman Clive and its sequel have arrived on the Wii U as a combined package with shiny HD graphics.
But with no extra content included is this a cheap cash in or worth your consideration?
If you don’t already own either of the 3ds versions buying both together in this package is a cheaper option.
If you do already own one or both of the games then it will obviously largely depend of how much you want to play one or both of the games and if you’d prefer to have it on the move or play on the tv at home.
If I never have to jump on these mushroom again I'd be rather happy!
For anyone new to the series both games are fairly similar you can play as one of 4 characters the fourth of which must be unlocked by beating the game with any of the other 3 characters.
Both games play in a similar fashion with exactly the same 4 characters and many of the ideas from the first game being carried over to the second game.
That’s not to say no improvements were made however the second game has a far greater colour pallet and despite taking several of the originals ideas it adds to them making many bigger better or just more plane crazy.
Both games can be beat on normal mode in around an hour (or well under that if you’ve played it before) with most levels taking under 2 minutes both games could be over pretty quickly.
But even if you do beat both games in a few of hours there are still a few replay options available such as beating the games with all 4 characters or beating the game on hard mode or even beating the games with all 4 characters on hard mode could add multiple hours to the game.
Duck mode in particular will add an extra challenge to the game as you’ll have no attacks at all and the only thing you can do is dodge the many attacks coming your way.
Not only did my Duck beat the level it did so without taking any damage!
The first game game largely sticks to the cowboy theme but does throw in a few random enemies like ducks, sumos and ninjas just to keep things that little bit surreal.
The boss fights are often just as crazy as the rest of the game including a train that clearly thinks it’s a transformer.
It also offers plenty of tributes to Nintendo games too including donkey kong mine carts and some horrible bouncing mushrooms (thankfully they weren’t in the second game)
As I already briefly touched upon earlier in the review many of the first games best ideas from the first game were carried over to the second the mine cart section was not only made longer it includes riding upside down and across Dinosaurs!
And that wasn’t the only level in which Dinosaurs were invited to the game you’ll also battle a T-Rex boss ride a Triceratops (Think Poochie from Yoshi) and ride a pteranodon (We’ll that’s the one I’m going for anyway) through the skies (Beats a plane right?)
The bosses for the most part are bigger and largely better than the original though a couple of them could prove to be something of an annoyance.
there's plenty of gravity pulling annoyance (at least annoying for me) towards the end of the game.
The final battle is relatively easy and lets the game end with something of a whimper but for the overall package it’s an improvement on an already very good original game.
There’s plenty of death to be had in both games and not a single check point in sight.
It might sound a bit annoying but the levels overall are so short there really is almost zero need to feature such a system in the first place even if a particular level is claiming a fair few lives it shouldn’t take that much practice to finally get the level done.
As an added incentive the game will also mark down levels on the map you manage to clear damage free.
If you’d really like a challenge how about going through every level in both games with all 4 characters not only death free but without taking a single hit?
I would suggest anyone attempting such a feat (let alone completing such a challenge) can expect well in excess of 30 hours game play. (A potential legacy challenge for the future perhaps)
Finally the one thing I thought both games should have had on the 3ds and should almost definitely have now as at least one bonus extra for the Wii U is an online leader board for level completion times.
With the levels being relatively short it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle for players to start it up every now and again to attempt to beat their previous records.
It would also give more players an incentive to return to the games they’ve probably beaten in just a few hours.
But alas they still aren't included.
If only our local trains were this cool!
(Maybe without trying to kill us anyway)
Both games in Hd for a lower price than both games individually on the 3ds
Both games offer a fair difficulty curve.
All 4 characters offer a different challenge
Plenty of level variety to keep things fresh.
No damage level completion could offer genuine multi hour challenge.
A mine cart level that genuinely offers quite a bit of variety!
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
A free download for players who already own BOTH games on the 3ds would have been a nice gesture.
If you already own one or both games on the 3ds the Wii U version offers no extra content at all other than the HD graphics.
If you only intend to beat both games once with 1 character you’ll likely do so in under 3 hours.
With both games beaten using Clive in under 3 hours it might be too short for some but if it took 3 hours with each of the 4 characters (and it will probably take longer with at least a couple of them) that's 24 hours of game time for a budget price!
I’m a big fan of the Gunman Clive series from a personal point of view I intend to beat the game with every character including that pesky duck (never did so on the 3ds)
Anyone new to the series is getting a truly fantastic deal in terms of game play and value of the two options I would recommended this one every time.
But if you already own both games on 3ds this becomes a much harder proposition to sell.
Everything is exactly the same if you loved it on 3ds you’d love it here too but unless you are desperate to play it on the Tv or the game pad is that really enough?
Given it’s low price and potential price in a future sale for some I would say it will be.
For others it’s never going to enough on its own and that’s hard to argue against too.
An online leader board for level completion times for all 4 characters would have been a fairly easy bonus to include in this version and offer a difference between the two.
If you already own both versions you might want to knock a couple of points off due to the lack of cross buy or loyalty promotion but if you’re new to the series and would like a challenging but reasonably fair platform, shoot em up this should be an almost perfect game for you.
A review copy of the game was provided by Hörberg Productions and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.