Cowboy Guns iPhone Review

Chillingo's dual stick shooter, Cowboy Guns, could have been a wonderful homage to Rockstar's critically acclaimed console hit, Red Dead Redemption. Instead, this Wild West adventure is limited, irritating and dull.

You play as The Kid, a mysterious gunslinger out to take down the four leaders of The Crimson Jackals, a tough as they come gang that specialize in making folks dead.

To reach these lowlife, you must explore towns, canyons and other locations, shooting banditos and grabbing gold stars. Invest enough time, and you'll unlock up to four weapons, strap on some armor and even different costumes.

That is, if you make it that far. Although Cowboy Guns looks decent and comes with a satisfying narrative, the actual shooting comes up woefully short, largely because all of the missions feel the same. You wander around, wait for enemies to appear and gun them down while searching for those stars.

That's it. The game never evolves beyond this shallow formula. It would be easier to swallow had the developers included more weaponry, but you're stuck with a pistol, shotgun, heavy gun and explosives.

What's more, the top down perspective hinders the experience, as The Kid absorbs bullets flying from unseen enemies. We also had difficulty lining up shots.

As a result, Cowboy Guns misses the mark. Chillingo had a foundation in place for an excellent spaghetti western for iPhone and iPad, but the designers failed to create a compelling experience.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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What's Hot: Enjoyable story, collecting gold stars.

What's Not: Wrestling with the controls, boring missions, not enough guns.

2/5