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  • Summary: West of Loathing — a slapstick comedy stick-figure wild west adventure role-playing game.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 29, 2017
    90
    The unholy, snake-oiled, cow-punchin’, bean-slinging offspring of Dink Smallwood and Freddy Pharkas, West of Loathing is a hilarious, engaging odyssey through the mythical West. The brave player who overlooks the stick-man art direction is in for an extremely rare treat. Comedy of this caliber in video games is indeed rare to come by.
  2. Sep 6, 2017
    90
    From the charm that oozes out of the hand drawn simple animations to the writing that is absolutely on point from start to finish, West of Loathing really is something quite special.
  3. Sep 20, 2017
    90
    One of the funniest goddamn games I’ve played all year.
  4. Aug 10, 2017
    88
    The turn-based combat isn't the best, but it's a delightfully written RPG absolutely packed with humor.
  5. Aug 14, 2017
    85
    West of Loathing is the rare game that makes me want to explore every nook and cranny to find new quests, new texts to read and most importantly, new jokes to laugh at. It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed this much while playing a game, and I look forward to exploring West of Loathing again and again in the future.
  6. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    West of Loathing's visuals are monochromatic, but there's enjoyable comedy painted between every line, a pitch-perfect Spaghetti Western soundtrack, and a full spectrum of role-playing possibilities to choose from that make it a consistently enjoyable madcap cowboy jaunt.
  7. Aug 10, 2017
    75
    While I won’t be forgetting this Western romp anytime soon, I’ll be remembering the witty dialogue exchanges and unique graphics more than its gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Aug 31, 2017
    10
    One of the best games of the year so far. One of the best rpg games ever made considering the amount of fun it offers. The depth of the questsOne of the best games of the year so far. One of the best rpg games ever made considering the amount of fun it offers. The depth of the quests is amazing, you have tons of options to solve any situation. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2017
    10
    The art is charming and the animation is well done, but the writing in this game has been especially and consistently good--which is great,The art is charming and the animation is well done, but the writing in this game has been especially and consistently good--which is great, because this game is largely about its writing. It is frequently very funny, and everything has been genuinely delightful to explore.

    If you're not a Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) player (of which, this game is a spin-off), I absolutely still think this game is worth checking out. If anything, this game is MUCH more accessible than KoL, and, frankly, seems like it would be a better introduction to the Loathingverse than the original game.

    If you are a KoL player, then I recommend this game even more. The writing captures the same fun tone as the original game, the combat has been greatly streamlined, and the side-quest structure evokes the same feeling as playing KoL except that it doesn't seem nearly as repetitive, as many of the side-quests move quite quickly.

    Big thumbs up from me! 11!
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  3. Aug 16, 2017
    10
    Awesome game! Great dev team. Best $$ i've spent on a game in ages! If you're a fan of Kingdom of Loathing, then you'll love this game, andAwesome game! Great dev team. Best $$ i've spent on a game in ages! If you're a fan of Kingdom of Loathing, then you'll love this game, and will be happily familiar with many characters and enemies! Expand
  4. Aug 14, 2017
    10
    The writing is hilarious and clever, the art is charming and the mechanics are satisfying. Combat is pretty easy unless you choose to enableThe writing is hilarious and clever, the art is charming and the mechanics are satisfying. Combat is pretty easy unless you choose to enable hard mode so you can either play it as an adventure game or full on RPG. Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2017
    10
    There's not much I can say here that hasn't already been covered well by release day reviews in The Escapist, Polygon, PC Gamer, Venture Beat,There's not much I can say here that hasn't already been covered well by release day reviews in The Escapist, Polygon, PC Gamer, Venture Beat, Pixel Related or Recombu, all of them absolutely glowing. What I can tell you is that this made my face hurt. Why? I was laughing out loud so much my cheeks were sore the next day. What I can tell you is that my wife banned me from playing the game after she went to bed, because the roaring laughter at a new spittoon gag or crazy dialog about a cow would wake her. And what I can tell you is that I had hours and hours of fun (about 50 so far) solving all the puzzles and crazy, quirky side quests.

    I don't 100% a lot of games but you can bet the farm I'm going to get every cheevo on this one. Every piece of writing is the highly polished, subtle, droll humor you expect if you have played Kingdom of Loathing. Chock full of references not just to American pop culture and nerd-friendly media, but also deep cuts in literature and tons of gaming tropes. Everything from undergraduate D&D games to Skeleton fort is represented in hilarious fashion.

    Polygon says that it's "a genuinely deep and hilarious game" and I can't overstate my agreement. It's a huge game, bigger than you think before you buy it, bigger than you think when you start playing it, and bigger than you think when you finish your first playthrough. Don't be deceived by the low price point, this is hours and hours of face-hurting levels of belly laughs and incredible fun. The systems are fun, the puzzles have a great range of difficulty, and combat is satisfying and offers a diverse selection of available approaches.

    If you like Kingdom of Loathing, if you like things that are funny, if you like nerdy or pop culture references, or if you just like silly walks or horrifically disgusting descriptions of spittoons, you'll love the game. If you only like games that are in all purple colors and Japanese, you probably will not.
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  6. Aug 17, 2017
    9
    It would easy to say this is a homage to and a surreal pop at cowboy movies and roleplaying games.

    It is better than just a joke at these
    It would easy to say this is a homage to and a surreal pop at cowboy movies and roleplaying games.

    It is better than just a joke at these genres expense.

    It's a tale of the supernatural invading a Western setting and the darker side of this concept pokes through - making you jump suitably at shadows.

    Intentionally or not, it reminds me of the old Deadlands RPG. I must stop showing my age on these things.

    The game zips along in a fun manner - with regular rewards and punishments for tampering with the point and click environment.

    Combat is a fun but limited turn based affair with your pardner and conjured assistants. Your stats limit use of the crazy items and special attacks you unlock on the way.

    Put together with the regular blasts of humour, it is reminscent of Stick of Truth in it's feel.

    I loved it and with three character classes and random side quests the replay value is high.

    Please note - modern gamers may find the graphics and no gamepad an automatic turn off but if a funny, creepy, cow fearing, clown punching, spitoon wrangling roleplaying game appeals try it regardless.
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  7. Jul 4, 2018
    5
    I think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give thisI think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give this game a try. Expand

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