GAME NAME: Westerado: Double Barreled
DEVELOPER(S): Ostrich Banditos
PUBLISHER(S): Adult Swim Games
RELEASE DATE(S): April 16, 2015
“Nothing wrong with shooting…as long as the right people get shot.” Oh Clint Eastwood, how you inspire the cowboys. If you like Spaghetti westerns, retro 8-bit graphics, have an adult swim sense of humor and like exploratory action/adventure games, then we have here a game that will knock your socks off, welcome to Westerado: Double Barreled.
Westerado: Double Barreled is an action/adventure game developed by Ostrich Banditos. It’s homage to spaghetti westerns and the consequences of your choices/actions affect the outcome of the game and how people react around you. The best way to describe this title is it’s an explorative mystery 8-bit western game and its very damn hilarious and quite fun.
It all starts off like any normal day on the farm where you are tending the family ranch, and you head out to round up the remaining buffalo when you see an orange glow in the dusky sky. You rush back to the farm and notice your family is murdered by a mysterious desperado, and your family farm is on fire (that bastard). You do find your brother mortally wounded and he while he can’t describe what this villain looks like, he does give you a clue as to what that desperado is wearing. Your brother then asks you to end his suffering which you can oblige as a tear rolls down your check and you cock your gun and squeeze the trigger to end his misery. Now, you could cower like a sissy and hide in a cave somewhere but you decide its time to man up, and set out into the world to take revenge (after all you just had to kill your brother, if you chose to do so). It’s your task to uncover clues as to who this desperado villain is and avenge your family by ending him.
The intro sequence to the game is quite strong, in fact the strongest I’ve experienced in a while especially for a humorous game, it has its strong moments which fuel your purpose and I think that is excellent storytelling. For strong storytelling I give props to Ostrich Banditos. The game is filled with fun characters that you can interact with in many ways, by talking, pulling your gun out and threatening or just plain shooting, although I caution the latter choice as this is a game of action/consequence. The whole town could wind up hunting you down if you shoot the wrong guy. The dialogue that’s written out is in a western dialect so you can hear those voices in your head as you read the text on screen or at least I could.
The map is a pretty decent size and its up to you on how you want to tackle this mystery, you’ll have a book with collected clues as well as a picture of the mystery villain that has fast rotating clothing. When you get specific clues the picture of the villain locks in and his identity becomes clear. You’ll hopefully be able to figure it out as you progress through the story, do favors and jobs for people and wander from town to town. Some jobs can include getting someone’s drunk husband home from the bar, other jobs could be sexing up the sexy 8-bit “Miss Tress” a local promiscuous female. Once you complete these jobs, the characters offer up more clues more specifically what that murderer is wearing so it gets added to your notebook. One thing to note though jobs aren’t done purely by talking and sexing, there is plenty of shooting and leaving a pile of bad guy bodies in your wake. That makes for a great cowboy right?
Westerado can be played solo or co-op with a partner, which is really fun. The controls are very basic but easy to manage and feel natural. You have infinite ammo and can draw your gun and by pressing a bumper cock it, then pressing that bumper again shoot. So it’s great for intimidating the folks around town.
As I mentioned earlier this title has 8-bit graphics and is pretty in that retro artistic way. The music/sound effects are excellent as well and play off the western theme just right. There is no voice acting but that’s okay, I did a twitch where myself and my brother did some voice acting while streaming this title, you can check out the video below.
Westerado: Double Barreled is a title that is quite unique and has some great personality. This title is an easy pick up and go game. If you like games that have mystery, witty banter and exploration/action this game is for you and I highly recommend checking it out.