Video Game: Gunman Clive

Created by Bertil Hörberg, Gunman Clive is a 20 stage 2D Platformer starring the titular character, whose goal is to rescue his beloved Ms. Johnson from evil bandits and rustlers. Originally an iPhone/Android title, the game was later ported to the Nintendo 3DS eShop, all versions sold at $2. The gameplay combines classic Super Mario Bros and Mega Man gameplay.

The Android and 3DS versions gives you the option of playing as Gunman Clive or Ms. Johnson in a Role reversal.

The sequel is available for 3DS and will be available on other platforms later in 2015.

This game provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: If players choose to be Ms. Johnson, she'll end up in the role of Gunman Clive.
  • All Deserts Have Cacti: Serving as only background objects.
  • Bad Ass: Gunman Clive
    • Chieftan Bob in the sequel, you have to be one to take on huge steampunk vehicles and a tyrannosaur with nothing but a spear.
  • Badass in Distress: If you chose to play as Ms. Johnson, it's Gunman Clive who is taken captive and she has to rescue him.
  • Big Bad: The Duck in the sequel.
  • Bottomless Pit: What's a good platformer without one?
  • Cowboys and damsels can breathe in Space: What's more, space suits haven't been invented yet.
  • Colossus Climb: The final boss of the sequel.
  • Competitive Balance:
    • Ms. Johnson lacks the ability to run n gun, unlike Gunman Clive. She's also a bit slower (that dress does get in the way, you know). However, she can slow her descent ala Peach.
    • The Duck doesn't use a gun, pretty much making Duck Mode an enforced Pacifist Run. He does have limited flight capabilities, however. He also doesn't take on any of the bosses. His size also makes dodging much easier
    • In the sequel, Chieftain Bob jumps higher, runs faster and makes more damage than the others, but his only weapon is a spear, forcing you to rethink your bosses' strategy and to spend the flight levels avoiding fire that you can't return.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A velociraptor, allosaurus, triceritops, T-rex, and pterodactyl to be precise in the sequel.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Not just goons, but wild horses, wolves, pelicans, ducks, rabbits...
  • Excuse Plot: Rescue the damsel/hero from the bad guy.
  • Flawless Victory: Getting through a stage without taking a hit will reward you with the "No Damage" bonus.
  • Gatling Good: The first boss has a minigun.
  • Gravity Screw: Later stages will have parts when the gravity is messed up, and so is your controls.
  • Humongous Mecha: The 2nd boss turns from a train into a giant robot. Wait a minute, what's a giant robot doing in the wild west?
    • Speaking of which, you battle another one at the final level of the game.
  • Joke Character: The Duck in the 3DS version as it can fly, but cannot attack. The real challenge is getting through the game as a duck.
  • Life Meter: You get more in Easy mode and less in Hard mode.
  • Made of Explodium: Seriously. Since when do eggs that comes out of a pelican's mouth explode on contact?
  • Minecart Madness: Stage 7 serves as this.
  • Mirror Boss: Shadow Clive
  • Mobile Phone Game: Originally for the iPhone and Android. It was ported to the Nintendo 3DS on January 3rd, 2013.
  • Save the Girlfriend: Ms. Johnson. If you choose to play as Gunman Clive
  • One Bullet at a Time: Seems that way, at least. The Spread Gun only lets you set off two salvos at a time, and the Magnum has an especially slow rate of fire.
  • Rule of Cool: All your guns will show an empty cartridge ejecting every time you fire. This includes the revolvers.
  • Schizo Tech: Where to start? The game takes place in the 19th century, yet Clive has pistols that can fire mortars, homing shots, lasers, and weird bouncy things, the last few levels have you riding a rocket and traveling through a space base after the game's damsel is whisked away in a UFO, robots are among the game's Mooks, and the bosses include a guy with a minigun (not designed until the later half of the 1900s) and black sunglasses (also not in existence until the 1900s), an android/cyborg with an extendable arm, and two Humongous Mechas, one of which transforms from a train engine to its battle form.
  • Secret Character: Exclusive to the 3DS version. Beat the game to unlock a duck as a playable character.
  • Self-Deprecation: The trailer takes a few jabs at itself and the author.
  • Shout-Out: Many of the platform elements are straight off Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man.
    • Ms. Johnson can float in the air like Princess Peach from Super Mario Bros. 2.
    • Some of the weapons you get are a throwback to Contra.
    • The Spikes are a One-Hit Kill like in Mega Man.
    • The third boss has a extendable robotic arm.
    • The penultimate boss is very similar to an iconic one in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. In fact, he takes the same pose that Link did in that game when injured.
    • The final boss is very similar to Giant Donkey Kong.
    • The sequel has two rail shooter levels very similar to something from Star Fox.
    • An early level in the sequel has the player climb a shaft while avoiding falling Tetris pieces. The entrance to said level also mirrors the classic Super Castlevania IV castle entry sequence.
    • The horse-riding level in the sequel plays out similar to the jeep levels from The Adventures of Bayou Billy.
  • Spread Shot: One of 4 weapons you can get.
  • The Western: What'd you expect, a game taking place in outer space?
    • Space Western: Ironically, the final stages of the game take place in outer space.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: Stage 16 serves as this.
  • Year X: The instruction manual indicates that the game takes place in the year 18XX.