Gunman Clive was incredibly short, but fun and very, very cheap. No wonder the game sold well. It sold so well, in fact, that we got a sequel. Gunman Clive 2 is slightly longer, slightly more fun and slightly more expensive than the original – a true sequel.
Bertil Hörberg’s one man mission to bring back the Megaman style genre took another step up with Gunman Clive 2. It sees our plucky cowboy hero travelling around the world to defeat the bandits that caused him so much distress in the original game. The level design is more exciting than before, the colours more vibrant and the bosses are even bigger.
You will take on gravity shifting areas, ride on the back of a dinosaur, fly, ride a horse and even shoot a whale. Gunman Clive 2 is exciting, tricky and a whole lot of fun. It’s longer than the original, too. Now, it’s not much longer, but it will last up to a couple of hours – good enough considering it only costs £2.50. You can replay the game up to four times as well, as there are four playable characters to choose from, each offering up slightly different gameplay styles. Now that is quite a lot of bang for your buck.
Will you want to play through the game four times though? Chances are, yes. Its slick platforming, shooting action never gets tired, and when you throw in the occasional level on-rails behind the character stages (such as on the horse and flying), Gunman Clive 2 doesn’t get repetitive. Some of the platforming can be tricky, with almost perfect jumps required on a couple of occasions. Blasting your way through a variety of different enemy designs such as your typical bandits, ducks, rabbits, robots and velociraptors is great fun throughout.
Gunman Clive looks and sounds great, too. The colour palette has been expanded over the first game, and the soundtrack, too, has seen an upgrade. It’s impressive stuff, especially given that it was made almost singlehandedly by Bertil Hörberg. Do yourself a favour: buy Gunman Clive 2. It’s incredibly cheap and provides a healthy amount of fun.
Gunman Clive 2 improves upon its predecessor in almost every way. It’s bigger, bolder and more exciting.