Sawbuck Gamer


Eastwood Of Eden

Westerado parodies the world of spittoons and cowpokes.

By Drew Toal • January 24, 2013

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“Son, you don’t live to be sheriff this long by sticking your nose everywhere that reeks of murder,” explains the pragmatic lawman of Clintville, the main town in Westerado. Anyone who has ever seen a western knows the truth of his words, but that wisdom doesn’t really help you in your quest to find the murderous snake who massacred your family and torched their ranch. Since the law isn’t going to be much use, it’s up to you to take care of the townsfolk and get clues to the killer’s identity, so you can have your revenge. To this end, your uncle gives the most helpful advice: “Practice yer murderer-shootin’ skills on these bottles.”

It’s not a particularly sophisticated send-up of the genre, but the old school Sierra-style presentation and a soundtrack worthy of Sergio Leone are terrific. As you track down that no-good hombre, you can accumulate wealth playing five-card draw at the saloon or take on the Beefhand Bulls gang down at the mines. (Tip: When you find yourself outnumbered and under fire, run around as much as you can. Bad guys have a tendency to accidentally shoot one another like it’s Gun Appreciation Day, and gunfights require two hands on the keyboard, which can get thorny.) While Westerado isn’t quite the Hotline Miami of the Randolph Scott set, it’s still worth saddling up for. Don’t get your hat shot off.

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  • Mike Mariano

    I played a little of this on Tuesday.  It’s got a simple mechanic (I think; you can only shoot left or right, correct?), but a HUGE overworld and an insane number of things to do in town.  I quickly got overwhelmed and ran out of town to get shot to death.

    Am I mistaken or is this an epic browser game?  That’s not a bad thing, but it’s unnerving to click a link to find it’s a much greater investment of time than you thought it would be.

    • uselessyss

      Yeah, for some reason I feel strange investing more than a few minutes to a browser game.

      It’s almost like I haven’t prepared myself in the way I can when I install something or manually get a disc out.

  • Tj Wolfe

    Tuco’s Quest.

  • Effigy_Power

    Not sure I want to play it much, but it’s gorgeous and huge.
    Plus it has a guy on a buffalo like 3 minutes in.

    • Drew Toal

      A man and his trusty buffalo. It’s what Amurca is built on.

      • Spacemonkey Mafia

        Literally.  We are a very structurally unsound nation.

      • Effigy_Power
        • Drew Toal

          That’s incredible. Am I the only one in America who hadn’t seen that?

        • Drew Toal

          I’ve now watched the four-part series three times in the last hour. GUY ON A BUFFALLLOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

        • Fluka

          That was worth every one of the 10 minutes it took to load the youtube clip on my crap hotel internet.

  • Spacemonkey Mafia

    “Bad guys have a tendency to accidentally shoot one another like it’s Gun Appreciation Day”.

       Gracias, Señor Toal.  That made my day.

  • His_Space_Holiness

    Randolph Scott?

    *doffs hat*


    • Drew Toal

      I was heartbroken when I heard Alex Karras died. Who’s next? Gene Wilder?

      • Girard

        You shut your mouth. Gene Wilder will never die, you hear me?

        • Matt Gerardi

          Wait…Gene Wilder is still alive?

        • Drew Toal

          ::spits into little blue recycling bin and screws up face to look more craggy:: You and what army? 

      • double_hawk

         I don’t even want to imagine a world without wilder.  He may not act anymore but just knowing he’s around makes it a better world

        • Army_Of_Fun

          Just don’t steal any of his Fizzy Lifting drink. Things get … dark.