Retrific Game Studios Colt Canyon will have you saying Clint Eastwood quotes

Retrific Game Studios Colt Canyon will have you saying Clint Eastwood quotes

People love westerns worldwide. There’s something fantasy-like about an individual fighting the elements. Or even bad guys and the elements. It’s a simpler time. There’s no organized laws and stuff.” (Clint Eastwood)

I’ve played video game since the 80s and like to go back to that classic gaming feel that I found out Indi gaming offers. I if you don’t know what Indie gaming is please, allow me to assist you in understanding by providing you with a Wikipedia link that will give you the history and Definition.  

Colt Canyon is a 2D pixel art shooter where you control a cowboy, or one of the many other unlockable characters, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the ruthless bandits

I’m a big fan of Syfy and Westerns so when I came across the Colt Canyon demo, I said this is it a straight to the point good old shoot-em-up. Colt Canyon is like Red Dead in 2D HAHA ok maybe that’s pushing it, but you get my point “I hope”. Fast paced, great graphic style, and a perfect little wild west action game. It’s a top down pew pew or sneak-stab, it sticks to its theme, After some game play “there is a video at the end of my article to give you an idea” I was impressed Enough to fork over my hard earned 15 bucks. After finishing the game, I said wow I must write a review and share with my fellow gamers so here, we are. 

Let’s talk about the ATMOSPHERE, PROGRESSING & STORYTELLING in bulletin points: 

• Distinguished Western feel by environmental sounds, music and graphics 

• Focus on great gameplay and game feel, story kept simple 

• Roguelike progression through unlocking more characters (with varying stats and strengths) 

and weapons through various challenges – secrets or random encounters and by learning 

the games mechanics and getting to know the world’s objects and enemies. After a couple 

of failed runs, you will be able to read the environment more clearly and therefore be able 

to make decisions faster and easier, helping you to live on longer, until you finally beat the 


• Getting inspiration from games like Hotline Miami, Nuclear Throne, Enter the Gungeon, 

Hunt: Showdown, Red Dead Redemption and many others 

• Large, open levels allow for exploration and a unique atmosphere 

• High replay ability 


Take your gun and TNT and shoot your way through a hostile canyon full of hidden treasures, weapons, obstacles and all kinds of bloodthirsty scum.

Now, let’s look at some key features:  

Simple on the surface but with a lot of depth and intertwining features 

• Easy to learn but hard to master 

• Polished to perfection 

• Roguelike gameplay mechanics incl. permadeath 

• Every Run is different 

• Procedurally generated levels based on handcrafted designs 

• Persistent generated levels which you can always return to (whilst your current run) 

• Currently about 70 deadly weapons, a few more to come 

• Mostly realistic weapons with focus on ammo management with manual reload 

• Western-style soundtrack 

• Exceptional punchy sound effects 

• Single player & 2P local co-op 

• Animals and humans as enemies 

• Various Traps and explosive objects 

• Use the environment to your advantage (cover / stealth possibilities) 

• Beautifully stylized environments 

• Various containers to loot for ammo and other useful items 

• A prisoner in every level that will grant you upgrades or fight on your side when rescued 

• Advanced AI allow for various strategies like stealth 

• Three Stages per run, each with three large levels and one boss encounter 

• Once you reached the end of the canyon you will also have to fight your way back out 

through the already visited levels 

• There is enough to do and to explore to spend 

Lastly let’s take a gander under the hood: 

Designed for 60fps but will also be able to run at higher framerates on PC 

• Scales to almost all screen sizes seamlessly and without borders 

• Engine: Game Maker Studio 2 

• Mouse/Keyboard + Controller Support 

You can pick this baby up for PCSwitchSwitch EUXbox One and later this year PlayStation. Another good place for the PC gamer is GOG.COM for a small but meager price USD 14.99 / EUR 14,99 / GBP 11.99


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