Video Game / The Town With No Name

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The Town With No Name is a 1992 video game on the Commodore Amiga CDTV platform made by Delta 4 Interactive and published by On-Line Entertainment.

The game's main character is simply called The Man With No Name who arrives at the town called The Town With No Name.

A longplay of the game was MSTed by Retsupurae. You can (and should) watch it here. A showcase speedrun can also be seen here.

Tropes:

  • ...And 99: Wildcard McVee has a bounty of US $4,999.95.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The priest that is found in the church ends up floating up into the Heavens if you go and pray there.
  • Bar Slide: Happens when the player orders a beer from bartender.
  • Bonus Boss: The assailant on the saloon's second floor is optional. He's not affiliated with Evil Eb's gang whatsoever.
  • Boom, Headshot: Trying to shoot the Clint Eastwood expy has you getting your head shot off cleanly from the neck.
  • Camp Gay: Massive Jake, one of the villains, sounds like this.
  • Continuing Is Painful: The game has no save option, meaning every time you die, you have to start from the very beginning.
  • "Could Have Avoided This" Plot: The good ending, where the Man With No Name, who was supposed to meet up with his sister, learns he has been in the wrong town all this time. All the conflict in the game turns out to be a goofy misunderstanding.
  • Cutting the Knot: When Wildcard McVee challenges the player to a duel after losing at cards, you can shoot him immediately. While not very honorable, the game considers it a viable option.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Man With No Name offers Evil Eb a round of drinks after learning he is in the wrong town. He considers it payback for killing Eb's entire gang.
  • Deranged Animation: The cutscenes to say the least, which uses a blend of CGI backgrounds and traditional animation.
  • Dull Surprise: Whoever voiced Bad Bart seriously did not care about projecting any sort of emotion in his acting. Nor does the person voicing the Man With No Name, whom Retsupurae describes as sounding like "John Wayne with a stroke."
  • Dummied Out: Evil Eb has several unused cutscenes where he pops out of different scenery and shooting with his twin guns rather than his rifle.
  • Dying Town: The place isn't as populous as it used to be according to bartender.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: If you miss the first boss by shooting to the side, the bullet ends up hitting a vulture in the sky, which then crashes into the boss.
  • The Faceless: The sheriff's hat is the only part of him that can be seen.
  • Gainax Ending: One alternate ending ends with The Man With No Name shooting a kid for calling him Shane, and boarding a train and leaving. Then the train goes into space.
  • Gag Nose: The priest has a big nose and nostrils.
  • The Grim Reaper: Appears out of nowhere after you have killed a boss to show that he is dead. The animation for the Reaper is so bad, it is thankfully reserved for scenes after you kill Zippy Zeke and Crafty Clint.
  • Guns Akimbo: Evil Eb is seen holding two revolvers. However, he uses a rifle in the duel.
  • Jerkass: The Man With No Name is an asshole. At one point, should you choose to talk with the old man, he repeatedly rubs it in the old man's face that he has killed his (the old man's) pet. Thankfully, the guy is too senile to get it.
  • Kaizo Trap: Wildcard McVee gets angry from you winning the game and challenges you for a duel. McVee lies and kills you in the saloon unless you shoot at him during his tirade.
  • Kilroy Was Here: "Uncle Jesse was here!" is found written next to the wanted poster of Nasty Ned in the Jailhouse.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: One of the possible deaths is to get shot to shards like glass.
  • Love Theme: A badly hummed song is played when the Man With No Name is with the prostitute. Sometimes, the song is replaced by really awkward noises between the two.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Most victims take getting shot rather lightly.
  • Meanwhile Scene: With Back to the Future fonts for some reason.
  • Multiple Endings: Not counting the game overs, there's two endings. Either The Man With No Name kills a child and goes into a train that flies into space, or he defeats Evil Eb, but it turns out it was all a misunderstanding, and goes into the saloon for a whisky with Evil Eb.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The player is treated to a victorious orchestral sting after successfully catching a mug of beer.
    slowbeef: This is The Western equivalent of getting a piece of the Triforce!
    • Played for Laughs in the same manner when the player enters the Store and takes its "once-in-a-life-time never-to-be-repeated mega-special offer": one baked bean (out of 425).
    • The scene with the Clint Eastwood Expy
    • Choosing to go downstairs in the saloon leads to the Man With No Name jumping off the second floor.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Hole-In-The-Head Gang.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Some characters don't even try to have an American accent, like the bartender who has an Irish accent for no discernible reason.
  • No One Should Survive That: The priest pessimistically tells the Man With No Name that he's going to be viciously gunned down by Eb's gang. Coming back to the church after winning a few duels gives this reaction:
    Priest: You're alive? Coolie, this is a miracle.
  • Obvious Beta: Very, very obvious.
  • Oedipus Complex: Someone carved next to Massive Jake's wanted poster that he loved his mom, which is why he shot his dad.
  • Off-Model: Despite all the obvious rotoscoping, the characters still manage to look pretty awful at times.
  • One Last Smoke: Bad Bart does this after being shot.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Wildcard McVee's American accent is at least passable until he is shot and he laments the bullet hole in his "waistcoat," which is called a "vest" in American English.
  • Optional Sexual Encounter: Yes, you can sleep with a prostitute if you want. But make sure you take a bath first.
    [The prostitute faints]
    The Man With No Name: It seems my deodorant has just failed. (Alternatively) What a time to discover I have a hygiene problem.
  • Overly Long Gag: A few. Namely the "Wanted" posters and a point where the Clint Eastwood knockoff asks for the time from an old man, who looks into his watch over some creepy organ music for almost a full minute, before uttering a Little "No".
    • The sex scene apparently goes on for months.
  • Posthumous Character: Redneck Calhoun was the previous leader of the Hole-In-The-Head Gang. He accidentally hacked his throat when shaving.
  • Retirony: One of the Game Over scenes has a variation of this, where the player character laments that they were one page away from finishing a book before they died.
  • Rustproof Blood: The spider The Man With No Name steps on has red blood that always stays red. Even when he gets back in the train and steps on the squished spider again, no matter how long he has been in the town, the blood is still red.
  • Saloon Owner: A nameless one, who can play cards with you and serve you beer, but provides little useful information apart from explaining that The Town With No Name is dying.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the aftermath of the fight with Evil Eb, it turns out that The Man With No Name thought he was in Dodge Gulch, only for Evil Eb to tell him that is actually in the next town from the one they are in.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Showdown at High Noon: The Ten Paces and Turn version. And the sheriff explains it every time.
  • Skewed Priorities: Wildcard McVee gets shot in the heart, and his main concern as he bleeds out is that his waistcoat and shirt are ruined.
  • Stock Footage: Some characters tend to repeat animations. The "Clint Eastwood" Expy's only animation is rotating his head.
  • Town With No Name: It's even in the title.
  • The Ghost: Billy-Bob, the most meanest outlaw anywhere, is challenged to a duel by Evil Eb as written in one of the town's newspapers. Evil Eb assumes Billy-Bob shot the rest of the Hole-In-The-Head Gang, but it turns to be the Man With No Name.
  • The Unfought: Immortal Issac is the only criminal from the "wanted" posters that you never fight, or even see.
  • The Unintelligible: The priest's mumbling is incomprehensible for the most part. It doesn't help that the music plays over his dialogue for a second.
  • Undertaker: Mr. Diablo, A.K.A. the weird looking Abraham Lincoln. He has his own company named "Mr Diablo's Undertaking Service" that includes a newly introduced "Die now - Pay later" scheme.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: A whole series of them in the jail. The guys you kill get their posters crossed out or, in one case, vandalized with graffiti.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Evil Eb's Littlest Brother, the first villain you take on that causes the rest of the Hole-In-The-Head Gang to come after you. Even if you miss him, you still kill him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of the endings has the "hero" shooting a child because he got his name wrong.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: Evil Eb's Littlest Brother. He always fails to shoot at you. You win even if you fail to shoot at him.


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