Gunman Clive

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Gunman Clive
GunmanClive.jpg
Logo of Gunman Clive
Developer(s) Hörberg Productions
Publisher(s) Hörberg Productions
  • JP: Flyhigh Works
Director(s) Bertil Hörberg
Series Gunman Clive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, iOS, Android
Release Android
  • WW: 2 April 2012
iOS
  • WW: 20 April 2012
Microsoft Windows
  • WW: 2 May 2012
Nintendo 3DS
  • EU: 20 December 2012
  • NA: 3 January 2013
  • JP: 22 May 2013
Wii U (HD Collection)
  • NA: 3 September 2015
  • EU: 3 September 2015
  • JP: 28 October 2015
Genre(s) Action game
Mode(s) Single-player

Gunman Clive is an action game developed and published by Swedish indie video game development studio Hörberg Productions. It was first released for Android on 2 April 2012. The game follows a lone gunslinger in a futuristic Wild West as he tries to save the mayor's daughter from a group of technologically well-armed bandits.

Gameplay and plot[edit]

Gameplay of Gunman Clive

Gunman Clive is a side-scrolling action game. The game is set in the year 18XX, where the player controls the titular character Gunman Clive as he fights different sets of enemies across 16 levels to rescue the mayor's daughter. The player has to traverse along a 2D platformer filled with moving platforms, traps and enemies.[1] Shooting is a huge emphasis in the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapon such as a spread shot, explosive bullets, and a laser gun. Enemies vary in each level, from bandits who carry rifles and dynamites to animals such as pelicans and wolves. Aside from the occasional grunts, bosses can also be found in the game. A life meter runs out every time the player takes damage.[2]

The 2D graphics has the animation style similar of a sketch, while the backgrounds are of the same color of brown typical of the Wild West. Gunman Clive's soundtrack is described as "old west authenticity", paying tribute to the Western genre. The game offers two playable characters; Gunman Clive and Ms. Johnson.[2] The only difference between the two is that the latter is slower and has a skirt that can slow down descent.[1] A third playable character is unlocked after completion of the game. While Gunman Clive has three difficulty settings, the difference between each is how much damage you take and where you respawn after every death.

Development[edit]

The game was approved through Steam Greenlight in November 2013.[3] In October 2015, Bertil Hörberg released a one level ROM of Gunman Clive for the Game Boy line.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(3DS) 82.20%[5]
(iOS) 81.25%[6]
Metacritic(3DS) 82/100[7]
(iOS) 81/100[8]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid(3DS) 8/10[2]
IGN(3DS) 8.7/10[1]
Nintendo Life(3DS) 7/10 stars[9]
Pocket Gamer(iOS) 8/10[10]
TouchArcade(iOS) 4.5/5 stars[11]

Gunman Clive received generally positive reviews after its release from both mainstream and video game journalists. The gameplay, art and style has been critically praised, although Destructoid noted that its major flaw is its short length.[2] Destructoid also noted that the game pays homage to classic platformers such as Mega Man, Super Meat Boy and Super Mario.[2] Destructoid described it as "a steal at $2" and that "fans of 2D action platformers need to check it out. If Hörberg Productions is ever graced with the opportunity to develop a mainline Mega Man game, I'm confident that fans of the series would be happy with the results."[2] IGN described it as "a brief experience, but still one well worth experiencing if you’re looking for a fine $2 platformer on your 3DS. The stellar game design is emboldened by the three different characters you can play as. From start to finish, Gunman Clive is a fantastic platformer, good enough that it is worth playing multiple times to play as every character."[1] By January 2015, more than 400,000 copies of the game had been sold, with over eighty percent of sales on the 3DS.[12]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, Gunman Clive 2, was released for the Nintendo 3DS on 29 January 2015. The story now takes Clive around the world to chase after the leader of the bandits from the first game.[13] In June 2015, Bertil Hörberg announced the two games would be released on the Wii U as Gunman Clive HD Collection.[14]

Other media[edit]

Clive, Ms. Johnson and the duck enemy appeared as three of the playable guest characters in the 2D action RPG game Drancia Saga for the Nintendo 3DS.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ronaghan, Neal (22 February 2013). "Gunman Clive 3DS Review: It's hard to argue with a fantastic platformer for only two bucks". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Holmes, Jonathan (8 January 2013). "Review: Gunman Clive (3DS): In the year 18XX". Destructoid. ModernMethod. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Tach, David (14 November 2013). "Valve greenlights Gunman Clive, Black Gold Online and more". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Carter, Chris (2 November 2015). "Gunman Clive creator releases ROM of his game on Game Boy Color". Destructoid. ModernMethod. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gunman Clive for 3DS". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gunman Clive for iOS". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gunman Clive Critic Reviews for 3DS". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Gunman Clive for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (26 December 2012). "Gunman Clive (3DS eShop) Review: Mega Clive". Nintendo Life. Gamer Network. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Slater, Harry (13 April 2012). "Gunman Clive". Pocket Gamer. Steel Media. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Bennett, Colette (13 April 2012). "'Gunman Clive' Review - A Playful Sketch of the Wild West". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (3 February 2015). "Gunman Clive Sales Pass 400,000 Across All Platforms". Nintendo Life. Gamer Network. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Gunman Clive 2 for Nintendo 3DS". Nintendo eShop. Nintendo. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Treese, Tyler (26 June 2015). "Gunman Clive HD Collection Coming to Wii U". GameZone. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.perfectly-nintendo.com/n-direct-drancia-saga-3ds-details-trailer-western-release/

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