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.
Sequel is coming for 3DS (and later — other platforms) in Fall of 2014.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.