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If developers insist on making even more Clash of Clans clones, they’d better gin up a better excuse than “we just want a lot of money.” Fortunately for Compass Point: West, the Wild West setting actually proves to be pretty thematically appropriate for the genre. But is that a good enough reason to continue the gold rush? Find out in this edition of It Came From Canada!
Like I said, Compass Point: West's biggest coup is that the Clash of Clans template of building a town from scratch, populating it, defending it from invaders, and exploring uncharted parts of the map is basically the western cowboy pioneer spirit in a nutshell. So while the gameplay remains virtually unchanged, unlike other clones, it rarely feels like a nonsensical chore. Plus, the lush 3D graphics really sell players on the organic world. The texture of the ground, the swaying of the trees, and the flashes of the guns give the game that crucial, if cartoonish, frontier feel. True grit.
But Compass Point: West does offer slightly more than just a cowboy cover of Clash of Clans, even if all of its new ideas don’t exactly work. When enemies invade, players place hero units like the sheriff on top of buildings, which mixes up the standard tower defense and alters the nature of town design. To find new missions, players manually send out the Pony Express to reveal new parts of the map via charming animations. Finally, instead of recruiting offensive troops, players earn all their units - from cowboys to bankers - through a randomized playing card system. After completing missions, or by paying, players draw several cards and reap the rewards. On one hand this adds a neat element of chance, and units eventually revive after death so the stakes aren’t punishingly high. But taking away player choice also makes them more likely to depend on freemium currency, which is always dubious. At least players can choose to fuse units into stronger allies, so their strategic options aren’t entirely beyond their control.
At this point Clash of Clans clones are as ubiquitous as cowboy movies were in the 1950s. So if the idea of the two of them finally coming together sounds good to you, check out Compass Point: West when it launches everywhere soon.
Pixelbite has released a new update for their sci-fi wild west tactical shooter, Space Marshals. The free update includes Chapter 2, which brings you 8 new missions, more weapons and gear, and new enemies.
Join specialist Burton as he hunts down fugitives through space armed with only his wits... and an arsenal of awesome weapons. The game also has a new language update that offers translation for Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
You can download Space Marshals for $4.99 on the App Store.
Yes, that's the real title of an actual game. A game about a sheriff named Django and his war with the undead hordes as he attempts to drive them out of the town of Dead End for good. With the aid of bullets, mostly.
Django West vs. the Barefoot Zombie Gang touts itself as a hilarious old west zombie shooter. It's got 21 levels, 12 "hilarious" weapons to mess around with, a "groovy" soundtrack and plenty of gore. I mean, it's a zombie game, after all. One in which players will no doubt be blasting away quite a few zombies (6 different kinds, to be exact).
If nothing else, it's apparent from the trailer below that Django West vs. the Barefoot Zombie Gang has a boxing glove gun. A boxing glove gun. I can bop zombies in the face with an extend-o-fist and make their noggins explode. How wacky-awesome is that?
Django and his kooky zombie-fighting gear can be found as a Universal app in the App Store right now for $0.99.