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Video Game: Tin Star

A Rail Shooter by Software Creations for the SNES in 1994. You play Cowboy Robot Sheriff Tin Star as he sets out to bring justice to the Ol' West town of East Driftwood. Mere moments after arriving in town he runs afoul of the Bad Oil Gang and their leader Black Bart, and is tasked with bringing them down within the space of a week. Pretty much a typical western tale, but with robots.


This game contains examples of:

  • All Deserts Have Cacti: Then again, it is the Wild West. And then some of the cacti try to shoot you!
  • Bar Brawl: It wouldn't be the Ol' West without one.
  • Big Bad: Black Bart.
  • Born Lucky: Lucky Jonhson, who has a random chance of avoiding your Quick Draw.
  • Cattle Punk
  • Clear My Name: Tin Star gets wrongfully accused of shooting "The Kid" Johnson and is expelled from town. He then has to clear his name so that he can reclaim his title of sheriff.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Most characters in the game, but Tin Star mainly.
    Bugsy: Go for yer gun.
    Tin Star: No need...I brought it with me.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Bugsy Johnson. When fighting a Quick Draw match, you'll normally have to shoot at a target on the screen to load, then you shoot your opponent. Bugsy sometimes cheats and skips this step- in which case you just shoot him before he can do the same.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Undertaker.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Some levels have cacti take out a gun to shoot you!
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Says Mo when Tin Star accidentally flattens Tiny Johnson's prize pelargonium, "I reckon this was a setup. That geranium was a plant."
  • Infant Immortality: Played with, Tin Star cannot bear to shoot "The Kid" Johnson as he is not allowed to shoot women and kids.
  • Instant Lose Condition: In all "protect the building" levels. If you see a barrel or TNT-carrying guy in the distance, SHOOT IT, as he'll go on top of the building, blow it up, and cause you to lose a life!
  • Ironic Nickname: "Tiny" Johnson, who expemplifies Stout Strength.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Tin Star sports one, as pointed out by Maria Bean.
    Maria: Only a good guy could have a chin like Tin Star's.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Bad Oil gang has dressed up as women and are shooting up the town, and Tin Star tries to figure out a way to stop them without breaking the old law "Never shoot women and children".
    Mo: Now what do we do, Tin Star? Why are you looking at that Good Guy Code of the West?
    Tin Star: Looking for loopholes. Aha!
    Mo: What?
    Tin Star: It says here "never shoot women and children."
    Mo: Yeah, so?
    Tin Star: So these are just women on their own! Get my guns, Mo!
  • Multiple Endings: Based on score.
    • <$750,000: Tin Star asks Maria to marry him, but she dismisses him for being too poor.
    • $750,000 - $999,999: Tin Star asks Maria to marry him, but she dismisses him for Mo, who's inherited a million dollars.
    • >$999,999: Tin Star asks Maria to marry him, but she reveals she's actually BLACK BART in disguise, spying on Tin Star. He "says" he's reformed, but still dismisses Tin Star and Mo as You Meddling Kids, er, Robots, as the credits roll.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Cowboy Robots.
  • No Export for You: Nintendo released it exclusively in North America.
  • Quick Draw: How you take down most of the high-ranking members of the Bad Oil Gang.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Even when you're a sentient robot.
  • Shout-Out: The Mayor is named Judge Soy Bean. Doubles as a Punny Name.
  • Showdown at High Noon: You'll be challenged to a number of these over the course of the game.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Tin Star has a massive torso, bulging biceps and toothpick legs.
    • "Tiny" Johnson is an even more extreme example.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: The Blousey Bros.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Tin Star. Actually shown in the fight against The Kid, your crosshair goes all haywire and moves all over the place, showing Tin Star's reluctance to hurt him.
  • X Meets Y: The Wild West with Robots.

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