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It Came From Canada: Compass Point: West

Posted by Jordan Minor on March 18th, 2015

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.

Better Polish Your Badge - Space Marshals Chapter 2 Available Now for Free

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 9th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPACE COWBOYS :: Read Review »

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.

The Lawless

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on December 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: OVER TOO SOON
The Lawless is an intense, exciting and cinematic arcade shooter, but it might just be the shortest iOS game ever made.
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Gloomy Hollow Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE STIFF AND THE DEAD
Gloomy Hollow is a neat take on dungeon crawlers, but its controls are awfully clunky.
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Bloody Western Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIGH NOON HIJINKS
A gritty, bloody, surprisingly clever free-to-play cowboy romp awaits.
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Six Guns Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dan Lee on December 12th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SADDLE UP
Explore Arizona and Oregon in this third-person western!
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Legendary Outlaw Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on November 30th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CLUMSY COWBOY
Legendary Outlaw is an ambitious western-themed shooter, but it's going to need a lot more polish before it earns that "legendary" status.
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Django West vs. the Barefoot Zombie Gang is a Real Title

Posted by Rob Rich on October 12th, 2011

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.


iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By David McKenzie on June 24th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: Texan Wac-A-Mole
You're a sheriff in the wild west taking down bandits, "tapping" your resolve to take down the bad. Wyatt Earp meets Wac-a-mole!
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Billy Frontier

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jeff Scott on September 4th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ABOVE AVERAGE
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