Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 60
  2. Negative: 2 out of 60
  1. Sep 13, 2011
    100
    With all the chaff you have to swipe through on the Kinect, you can forget just how good it feels when something just works. That's exactly what The Gunstringer does: It works, and in a smart, slick way that feels simultaneously natural and fresh.
  2. Oct 7, 2011
    91
    I pretty much love The Gunstringer, and it is easily my favorite thing Twisted Pixel has put out so far.
  3. Sep 13, 2011
    91
    It's a game that takes a handful of seemingly unrelated genres and forms a union between them that exudes impossible amounts of charm. It's also a game that provides irrefutable validation for adopters of Kinect.
  4. Dec 12, 2011
    90
    In spite of an abundance of cheap shots, the game's personality and originality elevate The Gunstringer into the upper echelon of Kinect titles. In fact, it's my favorite Xbox Kinect title to date.
  5. Oct 21, 2011
    90
    Had The Gunstringer been released as a full priced title with none of the added bonuses, then there would reason to complain, but released at a low price point and packed to the rafters with bonus content and a forgiving aiming system that doesn't want to punish the player. This is one Kinect game that should be in every Kinect owners collection.
  6. Sep 27, 2011
    90
    TwistedPixel's impassioned effort succeeds because they overlooked few details in production, properly balanced gameplay even though it means you won't see much of The Gunstringer at Major League Gaming events, and, most importantly, kept their ambitions for the game within the scope of Kinect's limitations.
  7. Sep 13, 2011
    90
    Gunstringer is a fantastic title and definitely one of my favorite titles for Kinect. I was impressed with how well it controlled and how the whole package came together. It has the standard Twisted Pixel humor throughout the game so if you have enjoyed their previous titles then you should enjoy this one as well.
  8. 90
    At four hours, Gunstringer's a short ride, but it's a thrilling one you shouldn't miss.
  9. Oct 6, 2011
    88
    Sadly, The Gunstringer is rather short, clocking in at around 5-8 hours depending on your skill and dedication. There are plenty of reasons to replay the game, chapter modifiers, optional commentary tracks, and a host of unlockable bonuses, so you won't stop playing even after you've won.
  10. Oct 2, 2011
    88
    The Gunstringer is a short game but it packs a lot of power. The gameplay is simply great, with the odd movement registration failure in between, and takes you on an adventure through a very weird and at time hilarious version of the Wild West. You'll be sure to play this game more than once, considering the tons of unlockables and extra features.
  11. Feb 15, 2012
    86
    So if you own a Kinect, and you aren't playing Zumba seven days a week, The Gunstringer is a game you shouldn't pass up. With its lowered retail price and accurate controls, the game delivers on the Kinect's promise of an innovative and fun game experience. With the only flaws being the length and 'sitting' mode, The Gunstringer is a game all Kinect owners should try.
  12. Dec 12, 2011
    86
    The games price tag is very gamer friendly, also I am sure because it is a short romp, but one that you will pull off the gaming shelf again and again to experience.
  13. Nov 21, 2011
    86
    Twisted Pixel lives up to their name and reputation by releasing a Kinect game that is not only humorous in a lowbrow slapstick kind of way, but probably one of the few Kinect games that actually has an intuitive and simple control scheme that works.
  14. Sep 26, 2011
    85
    This is one of the better values you can get for your buck right now, and proof positive that Twisted Pixel is gonna do just fine on the retail front.
  15. Sep 21, 2011
    85
    While I really love the game and think it's an outstanding showcase for the Kinect technology, it's also very short - it'll take you maybe six hours to beat it on normal mode, and while there is a lot of additional content in the form of the in-game store and even a free live-action FMV DLC game, I would recommend waiting for a small price drop to about $25-$30 unless you fall in love with the demo. If you love that, then you'll definitely get $40 worth of value out of the entire package.
  16. Sep 19, 2011
    85
    It's the kind of release that gives us hope that Kinect will finally find its legs and become a more regular part of our gaming lives.
  17. Sep 13, 2011
    85
    Thanks to expertly implemented controls and tons of goofy situations, The Gunstringer is a rollicking adventure in the Old West.
  18. Oct 12, 2011
    84
    It's a short ride but it's an entertaining one that a Kinect owner should experience.
  19. 83
    Another triumph for Twisted Pixel, The Gunstringer is not just a worthy addition to the stable of games for Kinect, it's quite possibly one of the best games you can buy for the device.
  20. Sep 18, 2011
    82
    The Gunstringer is a simple Kinect shooter affair, yet it is one of the more enjoyable Kinect games you will play. Its' unique gameplay is a hoot and much of that has to do with the seamless controls. The game is presented in a charming yet goofy manner that is engaging and entertaining.
  21. Sep 14, 2011
    82
    This shooter doesn't take itself too seriously and features platformer passages as well. Despite its cute appearance, don't underestimate The Gunstringer: It can be stressful at times.
  22. May 15, 2012
    80
    Satirical and self-referential, short and sweet, Twisted Pixel has provided a multitude of six-shooting fun, and their quirky creation tucks itself nicely into several age-groups. The Gunstringer is one of the most inventive and chaotic titles for the Kinect to-date.
  23. Nov 15, 2011
    80
    The first real Kinect classic. [Issue#78, p.85]
  24. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    When the sun sets on the Kinect some years from now, The Gunstringer will remain an inventive, cheeky Western in a dry spell of compelling content.
  25. Oct 7, 2011
    80
    Take Clint Eastwood and Rango and put them in a blender and you get close to the shooter The Gunstringer. The game is a funny take on the Western-genre, with not only the graphics enjoyable but also solid gameplay. A Kinect-game that actually feels like a worthy addition to your collection.
  26. Oct 4, 2011
    80
    Even if the decision of publishing it on retail format instead of digitally is a bit controversial, The Gunstringer is a fun game that works quite well with Kinect.
  27. Sep 29, 2011
    80
    The Gunstringer is one of the best Kinect titles for the core gamer.
  28. Sep 28, 2011
    80
    The Gunstringer not only shows off great potential for Kinect, it shows off the possibilities of a little bit of creativity added to the presentation.
  29. Sep 27, 2011
    80
    The Gunstringer is a very enjoyable game, fresh and fulfilling in every aspect. Definitely one of the best non party/fitness/dance games for Kinect, with great motion recognition and a smart co-op mode. Too bad for its shortness, which detracts from the overall value of the game, but it's however a suggested buy.
  30. Sep 25, 2011
    80
    In just a few minutes the last painstaking levels were worth the time it took to get there.
  31. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    The game is entertaining enough to replay, and there are enough extras to provide even more incentive to return to The Gunstringer.
  32. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    The Gunstringer is fairly short, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Half the enjoyment, after all, is in the freshness of the game's insanity. The problem is that there's little incentive to go back and play levels again.
  33. 80
    On its own, The Gunstringer might have been tough to recommend. As part of this bundle [with Fruit Ninja], it's a unique, funny, flawed and downright loveable Kinect experience. Buy it before your soul turns sour.
  34. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    The Gunstringer spins a familiar yarn – a double-crossed outlaw is back from the grave and out for revenge – but the conceit that it's all a play (complete with cuts to a live audience whooping and hollering a victory or booing the introduction of a corrupt banker) works brilliantly, and it's impossible to participate without a grin mysteriously emerging where a player's game-face scowl normally resides. Fun and funny, it shows that perhaps Kinect has a use beyond dance and exercise games after all.
  35. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    Hell, you've never played any video game like this. The Gunstringer combines humor, a deep love of westerns, easy to use controls, and brilliant pacing to deliver a game that shines, despite its short length and lack of variety.
  36. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    It sees Twisted Pixel in top form, capitalizing on its unhinged zeal for inanity that it seems to barely be able to keep in check while deftly handling the challenge of working with the Kinect.
  37. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    Amidst constant industry talk about brutal work conditions and failing studios, every bit of this package makes it seem like these folks are having an absolute blast creating one-of-a-kind games -- and it's an infectious type of jubilance that emboldens this memorable experience into more than the sum of its parts.
  38. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    A great example of what talented developers can do with Microsoft's Kinect technology when they think creatively...Twisted Pixel's original characters and oddball sense of humor -- married with enjoyable gameplay -- add up to a special gameplay experience worth of your time if you own Kinect.
  39. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    The Gunstringer proves that Kinect can appeal to hardcore gamers looking for fast-paced action and a great story. You won't find animal petting, unnecessary exercising, or a blurry approximation of yourself digitized in this game. This is a classic game design that just so happens to have motion control.
  40. Oct 13, 2011
    78
    Even if The Gunstringer is quite short and maybe too easy, it's actually a great example of how you can create a (sort of) hardcore game for Kinect, with intuitive and enjoyable controls and a great Spaghetti Western atmosphere.
  41. Oct 10, 2011
    78
    If you can get the Kinect, and your body, perfectly placed then The Gunstringer is a hoot of a game. While it is short, there is still plenty to gain from it (unlockables, trophies and a co-op mode) including a very fun and strange story. If you own a Kinect you might want to give this a go.
  42. Sep 27, 2011
    78
    It's extremely campy and fun and absolutely worth the GB+ of space it will take on your hard drive.
  43. Sep 23, 2011
    78
    The Gunstringer is easily one of the best games for Kinect. It is funny, fresh and charming, and its controls are very fun. One of the few "real" games for Kinect, that has in its short duration its only flaw.
  44. Suffers from age-old Kinect problems, but more than makes up for it with a totally unique approach and a brilliant brand of freakiness.
  45. Sep 27, 2011
    77
    Quotation forthcoming.
  46. Oct 11, 2011
    75
    A funny way to put your Kinect to use, even if it's too short for its price.
  47. Sep 16, 2011
    73
    The Gunstringer is short, has some control issues, and isn't especially deep in modes and options, but if you're looking for something substantial to play with your Kinect there aren't many better options.
  48. 70
    Lovely story-telling and some great characters, but the controls will sometimes let you down.
  49. Oct 26, 2011
    70
    The Gunstringer is a cool game with all the crazy madness typical of the Twisted Pixel's productions. It works quite good for a Kinect game and offers a decent amount of fun. Despite the great number of extra, anyway, the overall experience is quite short.
  50. Sep 16, 2011
    70
    It might not be the most robust or laugh-out-loud funny game in Twisted Pixel's catalogue but based on entertainment value, ingenuity and the way the game works around Kinect's foibles rather than pushing its luck and falling down, it'd be downright criminal to deny the talented studio those few dollars more.
  51. Sep 14, 2011
    70
    This sensibly-priced curio is one of the best and most original Kinect games to date, and enormously entertaining in the short bursts of play the device is designed for. Perhaps most refreshingly of all, it can be played while seated; couch potatoes discouraged by the activity demanded by most motion-based titles may have just found their ideal Kinect game.
  52. Sep 13, 2011
    70
    The Gunstringer has a few hang ups, but it's fun nonetheless.The presentation, narration, and humorous world coupled with the simple, intuitive controls make it a game to consider for your Kinect collection. However, the shortness and laggy controls could be a deal breaker for the hardcore audience.
  53. Sep 13, 2011
    70
    The Gunstringer is the best 'proper' game I've played on Kinect and stands as a decent title regardless of platform or peripheral used, but it's a little shallow and is asking for a lot retailing at £29.99.
  54. Sep 20, 2011
    60
    Another strong Kinect title let down by a lack of longevity and a few minor issues. Certainly, the short play time is offset by the inclusion of Fruit Ninja Kinect and the budget price, while occasional control issues are easily overlooked with a little patience. For the most part, Twisted Pixel has crafted another wonderfully outrageous video game, which plays well and offers a great deal of entertainment, however short-lived that may be.
  55. Sep 19, 2011
    60
    The Gunstringer only lacks a deeper formula to truly shine. Indeed, the almost non-existent difficulty will probably render the experience quite dull for any core gamer, but the fun of the shooting sequences and the originality of the whole formula, and especially its presentation, will charm more casual gamers.
  56. Sep 16, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  57. Oct 23, 2011
    57
    A magical menagerie of neat ideas, totally and utterly bamboozled by horrid execution. [Dec 2011, p.92]
  58. Sep 14, 2011
    50
    The Gunstringer's biggest problem, however, is that it's a score-based shooter with little incentive to return. With only one weapon type available at any given time, there's none of the tactical interplay between attacks that makes aiming for high scores in Child Of Eden so tempting.
  59. Sep 21, 2011
    45
    I really wanted to like this game. The fact that you get a free download of Fruit Ninja Kinect sweetens the deal, but not enough to save this game from mediocrity.
  60. Sep 16, 2011
    40
    It's short, shallow and repetitive, and where humour might elevate the experience, the pointless and clunky motion controls drag it down again.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Sep 14, 2011
    10
    by far the best game for kinect, its fun innovative and really seems like the way kinect should be going. and the fact that its only 40 dollars and includes a 10 dollar game its a great buy if u own a kinect. Full Review »
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    3
    Take a collection of Wii minigames - not the Wii Sports fun variety, but of the shovelware 'tradition' - give it a coat of paint of 'weird' humor, release it as an independent company and you have The Gunstringer: a game that's idiotic in all levels possible but critics and 'core' gamers will praise because they want to 'support the small guy' - not to mention justify the fact they did bought Kinect but are too lazy to use it to play what it's generally best for, dancing and sports/exercise games.

    Don't believe the hype: this game no different from what most 'core' gamers have come to expect from Wii/Kinect/Move shovelware minigame collections. It's totally on rails, it's gimmicky, it tries to rely on the idea of 'making gaming fun' by removing any kind of challenge or depth - just an example, wherever else you would get to play platform sections *on-rails*, just flicking your arm up to jump? Even 8-bit games had more depth than this. Worse yet, it doesn't do anything with Kinect that better games, such as Child of Eden or Rise of Nightmares, haven't done before. It just hides it in a uncensored humor sheen and the promise that you can play it sitting on the couch.

    Oh, and it's by an indie company, which makes people *way* more forgiving. The only real upsides to the game are the controls, which work very well, but even then it's hard to give it much credit since they're absurdly simple - that is, the game doesn't really go the distance to use Kinect such as Rise of Nightmares or even Kinect Sports did.

    What's even more annoying is that the game tries so hard to be funny that just ends up being silly. There's a difference between crazy, out-there humor such as in Shadows of the Damned ,and what Gunstringer tries to do when it shows a grown cowboy stickin' it into a giant alligator; it's not toilet/dick humor, it's 10-year-old-giggling-at-porno-magazines humor. Which says a lot about how the industry, even its indie side, views 'core' gamers: as complete idiots who will never grow up. And in part they're right, given how this trainwreck of a 'game' is being received by so-called 'trusted' sources such as Joystiq and Game Informer.It's sad to notice how platform wars and political ideologies have trumpled people's best judgements. But time will show how Gunstringer is forgettable, I hope.
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  3. Sep 24, 2011
    10
    game was tons of fun, insane & action packed, just the right length of time, and very well done. Couldn't stop playing once i started, and the humor is just as admirable. The controls work amazingly well, and the game could the inspiration for a new IP for Microsoft... they should really buy up this development group.

    Let's put it this way... if this isn't convincing enough for you: I was knee-deep in Gear of War 3 [and enjoying it], and a friend told me to goto pickup this game just on a whim... I wasn't expectiong much, and alone and behold, here I sit at midnight replaying through Gunstringer while GoW 3 sits on the shelf... it was that much fun!

    I want to see alot more of The Gunstringer in the future!!!

    definetely worth buying, with boatloads of extra content too! easily the coolest Kinect title, and great game for the xbox 360! oh, you also get fruit ninja for free :)

    PS: im not sure how anyone could have given this game any less than a 9/10... either they are just that ignorant, or they are kinect trolls who have some sort of odd grudge against a pretty slick piece of technology.
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