|System: Xbox 360|
|Dev: Twisted Pixel|
|Release: September 13, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Cartoon Violence, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes|
Sound in the game is also very well done. Background music sounds like a rock-infused Spaghetti Western score, and fits the action perfectly. The narration is also done very well, as the story keeps pace with your movement through each individual level. The only area where the sound falters a bit is with the "reminder" voiceovers. When you don't jump out of cover automatically or pause before a big jump, the narration reminds you of the controls a little too much, which can get a little bit agitating.
The game isn't terribly long, which is a shame because it is so fun, but The Gunstringer does a great job incentivizing your return. Like other Twisted Pixel games, there is a metric ton of unlockable content. From new in-game themes to making-of shorts, The Gunstringer has plenty of post-game content for you to explore. If you're feeling extra ambitious, there's even an unlockable Hardcore mode.
We've all seen what happens when a Kinect game doesn't work well. However, The Gunstringer is what you get when everything goes right. The controls work almost flawlessly, and the crazy story, fun visuals, and wealth of unlockable content make this one game that Kinect owners definitely shouldn't miss. With all the lazily cobbled-together mini-game compilations and lackluster adventure games in the Kinect's library, it's nice to see a game that takes advantage of the peripheral without feeling too gimmicky. Plus, I'm pretty sure this is the only game in history where you play as an undead marionette.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer