Originally published at: http://statelyplay.com/2017/08/10/theres-a-new-sheriff-in-town-west-of-loathing-lands-on-steam/
PC/Mac/Linux, iOS (coming in 2017) •
As a kid I had no use for the Old West. Immersed in things like D&D, Tolkien, and Dragonlance, the Old West seemed like a boring, dusty place filled with images and stories that just didn't push my buttons. As an adult, I stumbled onto the Deadlands RPG
, and all the possibilities and adventure of the Old West suddenly made sense to me. These days, my favorite TV show of all time is Deadwood
and I didn't miss an episode of last year's Westworld
. Thus, when I heard about West of Loathing
, I was excited. An RPG set in the untamed West that would, eventually, be coming to iOS? Sign me up! Then I saw the screenshots, and had to wonder what the hell was going on.
If you take a look at the game, you'll understand what I'm talking about. West of Loathing is a "stick-figure" RPG, and the graphics look as if pulled directly from the margin doodles of my 3rd grade math book. It's a unique look, and sets the less-than-serious tone of West of Loathing perfectly. Think Blazing Saddles instead of The Unforgiven and you're on the right track.
Yes, West of Loathing is pitched as a "comedy RPG" and, after playing for a bit, I have to say I don't disagree. The game is actually pretty damn funny, with the closest comparisons I can think of being the LucasArt point-and-click adventures of the 90's.
Don't let the comedy fool you, though. This is a true RPG with a big, open world to explore and tons of NPCs to interact with. For the tactically minded among us, there is also turn-based combat if you're the type with an itchy trigger finger.
- A sprawling open world
- Quests, puzzles, and mysteries galore
- Dozens of NPCs and hundreds of enemies
- Nearly 100 unique locations to explore
- Thousands of jokes, gags, and goofs
- Liberal use of the Oxford comma
- Lush hand-drawn black and white graphics
- Crunchy turn-based combat (but only if you want it)
- Over 60 hats
- Disreputable saloons
- Several gulches
- A drunken horse
West of Loathing was released this morning for PC/Mac/Linux on Steam and it's on sale for the next week. If you jump on it right now, you can pick it up for just under $10. For those of you who are more mobile minded, it is coming to iOS later this year, but a release date hasn't been revealed.
I'm hoping to get a review of the Mac version up soon but, goddammit, it's summer and I just don't seem to have enough time to do anything these days. When does school start again?