A first person shooter from 1984 ?? Yep! And one hell of an addictive
one at that. It's set in the Wild West and your job is to guard the 12
entrances of a bank. Your field of view is restricted to 3 entrances
at a time. You must scroll through the various entrances and decide
whether the person coming through the door should be left alone to
deposit their money or filled with bullets. To complete a level you
must have at least one customer deposit their cash from each entrance
in the given time limit.
The first few levels start off at a nice leisurely pace, with you
letting anyone in that's not covering his mouth with a scarf.
Customers, as well as giving you their cash, will sometimes have a
wanted poster stuck to their back with the number of an entrance on
it, this basically means the next person through that entrance ain't
gonna be a good guy. When you do come across a bad guy you have
the option of shooting him straight away or waiting a few
milli-seconds for some extra points, this is all very well on the
first few levels but after that things start to get a bit hectic and
hanging around is likely to end in you loosing a precious life. As you
progress through the game the pace hots up and the baddies start to
get clever and will try to dodge bullets, become quicker on the draw
and even use customers as human shields. Although the game does have
a 2 player option, it's only turn based and would not have worked any
other way due to the style of play.
Controls are simple enough: left and right arrow keys to scroll
through your view field and 3 fire buttons (I recommend keys Z X and
C) cover the 3 doors displayed.
Graphically the game is very pleasing. The cartooney graphics are
large and brightly coloured and make good use of the 32 colour on
screen limit. The characters are nicely animated and quite comical and
as a result make the game fun to play.
Sound is fairly crude and is restricted to mainly the sound of gun
fire. The music, that runs throughout the game, becomes very annoying
after the first 5 minutes of play, in fact as I write this review I
still have the infernal thing playing in my head. Volume is best kept
at a low!!
As I've said before, there's one word the describes this game and
that's Addictive. The level of difficulty is set spot on and your
always left with the feeling that you could of got just that little
bit further and beaten that highest score. I feel it may have
benefited from an extra bonus round and some graphical variation but
these are very small niggles. It's a must for your MAME ROM
collection. It's easy to get into and will have you hooked!!