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  • Summary: West of Loathing is a single-player slapstick comedy adventure role-playing game set in the wild west of the Kingdom of Loathing universe. Traverse snake-infested gulches, punch skeletons wearing cowboy hats, grapple with demon cows, and investigate a wide variety of disgusting spittoons.West of Loathing is a single-player slapstick comedy adventure role-playing game set in the wild west of the Kingdom of Loathing universe. Traverse snake-infested gulches, punch skeletons wearing cowboy hats, grapple with demon cows, and investigate a wide variety of disgusting spittoons. Talk your way out of trouble as a silver-tongued Snake Oiler, plumb the refried mysteries of the cosmos as a wise and subtle Beanslinger, or let your fists do the talking as a fierce Cow Puncher. Explore a vast open world and encounter a colorful cast of characters, some of whom are good, many of whom are bad, and a few of whom are ugly. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 19, 2018
    100
    West of Loathing is fantastic on every level — the writing is consistently, genuinely funny, the intricacy and breadth of the world is truly impressive, and all of the mechanical systems are perfectly geared towards make sure the player is able to go through the world and experience as much as possible without needless frustration.
  2. Jun 4, 2018
    90
    The amount of humour, fun and character within West of Loathing is astounding. Repetition in the turn based battles is the only slight in an otherwise amazing game. DLC is on the way too, and I for one cannot wait for it.
  3. Jun 18, 2018
    90
    West of Loathing is one of the most fun and funniest Adventure/point and click game that I have played in some time. Combat rarely gets in the way of the adventure, and everything moves at a good pace to get you back to doing silly things that will keep you smiling through most of the games’ playing time. If you’re looking for a game with laughs that don’t lean too hard on using pop culture references or mean-spirited jokes at peoples’ expense, then West of Loathing is worth checking out.
  4. Jun 11, 2018
    85
    West of Loathing understands the stylistic charm that a unique aesthetic can provide and that stick figures are still, at the heart of everything, rad as heck. While the combat system is lacking, hilarious storytelling and a dynamic world make up a wonderful stroll through the western-styled landscapes.
  5. 80
    West of Loathing succeeds by making you giggly and happy while you play it. Treating this game like a super-serious RPG is the wrong way to go about it, as that’s where the holes start to emerge, whether it’s the middling combat or the mildly annoying quest and item management troubles. This is a comedy, pure and simple, and thankfully it’s one that’s clever and funny in a way that makes up for any lesser gameplay segments. It’s a great chaser between the ample supply of serious games out there, especially if you have Stupid Walking turned on.
  6. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    What a delightful and funny adventure West of Loathing is, a unique blend of a very simple turn-based role playing game and an old time point and click adventure. It's a perfect companion for lazy Sundays and hard day's nights.
  7. 80
    West of Loathing is a great value for its price and definitely entertaining for what it is. Unfortunately, the actual mechanics lack a lot of depth that keep it from being an experience for everyone. A deep RPG experience this is not. However, if you’re looking for a few hours to kill on a game with funny writing and creative environments, this one is for you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jun 4, 2018
    10
    This game turned out to be a lot more polished than I anticipated (only because of the stick figure aesthetic, which turned out to beThis game turned out to be a lot more polished than I anticipated (only because of the stick figure aesthetic, which turned out to be positively charming and well thought out one I started actually playing). There are a lot of clever situations that presented themselves with a few choices for how to go about them. If you have enough Mysticality, you can fix broken machines, if you have chosen to be honorable, you can reason with foes, if you have learned the golblin tongue, you can speak to them instead of fighting them. You still get the same amount of XP for these alternatives to combat, which is nice. Speaking of combat, this area shines as well. The grid allows for some strategy, and there are a lot of creative moves available (I played as the magic class, "beancaster"). I do wish the "pardner" you choose towards the beginning would get more abilities with XP, as opposed to just doing more damage as they level up, but I can't really complain (I chose the doctor, and she can automatically disassemble any skeleton in one turn which turns out to be super convenient and got me out of quite a few skeleton-related pickles). The overall point is this: The reviews are spot-on. This is a well-made, clever game with good pacing, lots of variety (the ghost town bureaucratic scavenger hunt, lol) and neat riddles and puzzles, and snappy smart writing. A very solid RPG, plays excellently on the Switch and I'm very pleased I took the plunge. Expand
  2. Jul 9, 2020
    9
    A very fun, very entertaining, very easy (in mechanics) game. I've spent 30 hours scrutinizing each location on this game and not once it feltA very fun, very entertaining, very easy (in mechanics) game. I've spent 30 hours scrutinizing each location on this game and not once it felt boring.
    Translations for the very abundant texts in the game would be necessary to make the game a perfect 10.
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  3. Aug 18, 2020
    9
    Great game, very diferent to any other rpg i've played, contains a lot of in game content and a lot more texts, the figthing sistem can easilyGreat game, very diferent to any other rpg i've played, contains a lot of in game content and a lot more texts, the figthing sistem can easily be cheese by a lot of ways Expand
  4. Apr 7, 2019
    8
    A simple, comedic game with plenty of charm. A great time to be had and all it takes is putting on a hat
  5. Jun 1, 2018
    8
    * DISCLAIMER: I did not have the chance to play this game on PC - so I cannot to speak to what is different from last years release ** DISCLAIMER: I did not have the chance to play this game on PC - so I cannot to speak to what is different from last years release *

    Gameplay - Somewhat one dimensional outside of combat with a focus on exploration and puzzle solving. Puzzles are very reminiscent of the classic adventure style minus the point-click interface. It's very much about collecting "item x" for "quest giver y". Inside combat the game plays very much like a traditional turn-based RPG, complete with character customization and party management as well as the natural level progression and skill building associated with those titles. All of these elements are done well, but not so well as to really standout in either genre.

    Sound: While limited I found the music and ambient noise in the game to be quite enjoyable and indicative of the setting (wild west). There were a few instances where the music got a little redundant, but overall it matched the charm that oozes from this title.

    Graphics: This is where I was surprised. The graphics I expected to be a low point, this IS a game featuring stick figures and using two colors after all. I was wrong however, as the simplistic design leads way to complex ideas and points of reference, and is overall one of the most endearing aspects of the game. It gave everything a sort of "Blues Clues" charm about it, one that I found myself drawn to more than expected.

    Overall: I can't quite place my finger on it - but this may be the most warming and hilarious titles in the RPG/Adventure genre for some time now. The writing is incredible, and the jokes just keep coming - but it doesn't let itself become one big massive punchline. In the end, this was a pleasant if short adventure worth revisiting a couple times after. At an $11 price point its a must play for fans of the genre - 8/10
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  6. Mar 10, 2020
    8
    West Of Loathing is a well written and fun game enjoyable for most people!!!
  7. Aug 31, 2018
    5
    This game has great graphics! ...With humor like this, this game was brought a long way and strongly carries the game from beginning to end,This game has great graphics! ...With humor like this, this game was brought a long way and strongly carries the game from beginning to end, even though I found myself skipping dialog at times. However, when it comes to battles and the like it's awfully simple and at times feels unbalanced, resulting in either you or the enemy being too overpowered. There are however interesting bosses and side questing to do in the game, and the campaign itself is decent enough to get by. Definitely worth a check for its price. Expand

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