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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 has nothing to do with Clint Eastwood's famous character, although an expy of him does appear at several points in the game as a background character), who arrives at the town called The Town With No Name.



  • Alliterative Name: Most members of the Hole-in-the-Head gang have these. The exceptions are Massive Jake, Wildcard McVee and Evil Eb's littlest brother.
  • ...And 99¢: Wildcard McVee has a bounty of US $4,999.95.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Real spiders have light blue blood, not deep red.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The priest that is found in the church tends to float up into the Heavens if you go and pray there.
  • Bar Slide: If the player orders a drink from the bartender, it triggers a small "minigame" where the player has to catch it while it slides along the bartop.
  • Blah, Blah, Blah: The telegram the Man With No Name receives when Crafty Clint arrives in town reads, "CRAFTY CLINT SEEN HEADING FOR TOWN TO AVENGE ETC ETC BLAH BLAH STOP".
  • Blood from the Mouth: Profusely so, as Evil Eb's littlest brother dies from his gunshot wound.
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  • Bloodless Carnage: Oddly enough, the Man with No Name getting his head shot off by the Clint Eastwood expy is completely bloodless.
  • 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 wil get your head shot clean off from the neck.
  • Boss Game: Thanks to the lack of any meaningful side content in-between the fights with Evil Eb and his gang, the game effectively ends up as one of these. The gameplay boils down to fighting a gang member, entering a building, leaving it, then fighting another gang member, rinse and repeat.
  • But Thou Must!: You have no way out of killing Evil Eb's youngest brother and incurring the wrath of the other gang members. The brother's shots will never hit you no matter how long you stand there without moving, and you'll kill the brother even if you miss your own shot.
  • Camp Gay: Massive Jake, one of the villains, sounds like this.
  • Chick Magnet: Wildcard McVee seems to attract many women, judging by the "McV + Girl" hearts next to his wanted poster.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Unless you kill him before he can do it, McVee will shoot you from under the table Han Solo-style after you beat him at cards.
  • 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 the only viable option, as he kills you mid-sentence if you don't.
  • Death as Comedy: Nobody seems to take dying seriously in this game.
  • Death by Cameo: If you choose to get back on the train at the start of the game, Joey from Shane shows up begging you to come back. The Man With No Name shoots him and says his name isn't Shane.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Man With No Name offers Evil Eb a round of drinks after learning he's in the wrong town. He considers it payback for killing Eb's entire gang.
  • Deranged Animation: The cutscenes to say the least, which use a blend of CGI backgrounds and traditional animation.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Evil Eb himself siccing an entire gang on some random stranger who shot and killed his littlest brother in self-defense.
    • One ending has the Man With No Name shooting a kid for calling him "Shane".
    • Win at cards against McVee even once, and he'll demand a showdown to the death out in the streets. He cheats, however, and shoots you from underneath the table if you don't shoot him during his tirade first.
  • 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".
    • The moment the Man With No Name shoots McVee after the latter loses in cards and attempts to coax his opponent into a duel, McVee comments on his torn waistcoat, with a monotone voice, as he drops to his death.
      "Oh, no. This waistcoat is ruined."
  • Dying Town: A literal example. According to the bartender, The Town With No Name isn't as populous as it used to be, as most of the people living there have died.
  • Easily Forgiven: At the end of the game, Evil Eb suddenly backs down on wanting to kill the Man With No Name, indicating that he only ever wanted to kill him because he thought he was Billy Bob, rather than the little matter of the Man With No Name having gunned down Evil Eb's entire gang.
  • Evil Wears Black: Evil Eb wears a black duster and Stetson.
  • 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.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Upon finally meeting with Evil Eb himself, he seems to be more concerned about avenging his gang than his littlest brother. Apparently, whisky is stronger than familial bond.
  • Gainax Ending: One alternate ending ends with the Man With No Name getting back on a train, shooting a kid for calling him Shane, and then the train flies off into space.note 
  • Gag Nose: The priest has a big nose and nostrils.
  • The Ghost:
    • Billy-Bob, the 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 jailhouse includes wanted posters of all the enemies you fight. Only one person, Immortal Isaac, never actually appears in the game. His wanted poster has a question mark drawn on it and "Gone Fishing" carved into the wall next to it.
  • The Grim Reaper: Appears out of nowhere after you have killed an outlaw to confirm 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.
  • Guide Dang It!: While every other fight is triggered by entering and exiting any building, Wild Card McVee only appears when you go into the Saloon and start a card game with the bartender, and only after you kill Crafty Clint. You also need to shoot him under the table while he's challenging you to a duel, or else he'll do the same to you.
  • Guns Akimbo: Evil Eb is seen holding two revolvers. However, he uses a rifle in the duel. In some unused animations, he randomly pops up from behind buildings and fires at the player using the pistols anyway. Regardless, why he changes his weapon is never explained.
  • Have a Nice Death: Some of the ways the Man With No Name can die include being gunned down in a duel before he can finish his book, having his head shot literally clean off by the Clint Eastwood expy, or shattering like glass after Wildcard McVee shoots him under the table. The only death that isn't explicitly played for laughs is when you enter a room on the second floor of the saloon and the Man With No Name has a knife thrown at him by an unknown assailant and the screen turns blood-red if he is hit. Getting killed also leads to the camera careening towards your grave, followed by a shot of the Ghost With No Name.
  • Hat Damage: If you duel Evil Eb, you shoot his hat off.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Redneck Calhoun, the former leader of the Hole-in-the-Head gang, accidentally hacked himself to death while shaving.
  • Hypocrite: Wildcard McVee accuses the Man With No Name of cheating during their game of cards and demands a showdown out in the streets. Yet he shoots you from under the table before he even finishes his sentence.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Evil Eb's littlest brother is a terrible shot. How terrible? Even if you stay completely still and don't react to his shots, he will still never hit you.
  • 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 the old man's pet. Thankfully, the guy is too senile to get it.
    • Defeating Evil Eb has him treating the former to a whisky, cheerfully admitting that he's just earned a small fortune out of killing Eb's entire gang.
  • Kaizo Trap: Wildcard McVee gets angry from you winning at cards 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 game's possible deaths is to get shot to shards like glass.
  • Last Words: Anybody who isn't Zippy Zeke, Crafty Clint, Evil Eb, or hostile has some to say:
    Man With No Name: "Darn! Just one more page, and I would have finished this book..."
    Evil Eb's Littlest Brother: "Dang, that's torn it!" or "Ya missed me! (Gets hit by a vulture)"
    Nasty Ned: "Caramba! That really hurt! Oh, I've got to fall over now so byeeeee!"
    Wildcard McVee: "Oh no, this waistcoat is ruined... and it's gone right through the shirt, as well!"
    Massive Jake: "Oh dear, that wasn't supposed to happen!"
    Bad Bart: "I'm not too proud about this at all..."
  • 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.
    Man With No Name: "Darn. Just one more page and I would have finished this book..."
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The late Hole-in-the-Head Gang leader Redneck Calhoun unwittingly hacked himself to death while shaving. No doubt, he would have had a literally red neck from all the bleeding.
    • One of the conversations with the old man reveals that his pet spider's name is... "Squishy". The spider was, of course, squished by the Man With No Name at the beginning.
  • Meanwhile Scene: With the Back to the Future font for some reason.
  • Multiple Endings: Not counting the game overs, there are two endings. Either The Man With No Name boards a train, kills a child, and then the train flies into space, or he defeats Evil Eb, but it turns out it was all a misunderstanding and the two go into the saloon for a whisky.
  • 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-lifetime 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: One Recurring Extra is obviously based on Clint Eastwood and another character is based on Lee Van Cleef.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Some characters don't even try to have an American accent, like the bartender who has a very exaggerated Irish accent for no discernible reason. The shopkeeper has an accent that sounds like British mixed with Australian!
  • 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: On a purely technical level, the graphics are obviously unfinished in several places, and the voice samples often cut off prematurely on the CDTV version (though they generally play fine on the PC version). A look through the game's files also indicates that it was originally meant to be more of a full-on adventure game, rather than the Boss Game that it effectively ended up as.
  • Oedipus Complex: Someone has 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.
  • Off with His Head!: If the Man with No Name tries to attack the Clint Eastwood expy, he'll retaliate by shooting the former's head clean off.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ:
    • Dramatic pipe organ music plays when you choose to visit the church. Ironically, neither the church nor the priest inside are really "evil," though they are just as weird as the rest of the game.
    • The infamous "You have the right time?" cutscene. One side character asks another if he has the time. The second man looks at his watch as a tinkly music box tune plays. The tune quickly switches to a dramatic, cacophonous, and very loud reprise on organ before returning to the music box for a split second at the end. The second man simply says "No."
  • 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.
    The Man With No Name: What a time to discover I have a hygiene problem.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    The Clint Eastwood expy: Man's got ammunition...
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Evil Eb's entire gang is guilty of this, though special points go to his littlest brother.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The entire plot happens because Evil Eb's Littlest Brother presumably mistakes The Man With No Name for Billy-Bob and immediately starts shooting (or just starts shooting at him for no good reason). Throughout the rest of the game, the other outlaws are so caught up in avenging the previous outlaw that nobody thinks to actually make sure they have the right target.
  • Posthumous Character: Redneck Calhoun was the previous leader of the Hole-In-The-Head Gang. He accidentally hacked himself to death while shaving.
  • Press Start to Game Over: The very first option screen of the game allows the player to just get straight back on the train they arrived in. Considering the main ending reveals you got off at the wrong stop, this is actually the correct choice.
  • 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 on 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 literally dying.
  • Sensory Abuse: The music in this game is often not pleasant to listen to.
    The Angry Video Game Nerd: Another ear-splitting hit from The Jester.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: When the Man with No Name enters the prostitute's room, the scene cuts to the curtains closing from the outside, the bartender waggling his eyebrows, and clock hands spinning then calendar pages tearing off.
  • "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 Dodge Gulch is actually in the next town down the line from the one they are in.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The "Meanwhile" screen is a shout-out to Back to the Future.
    • The "Back In Town" screen is said to be a shout-out to multiple things, from Beverly Hills Cop to Win, Lose or Draw to New Kids on the Block to Mystic Pizza.
    • The "Pause For One Moment" screen found in the "Mystery Option" is a shout-out to The Godfather. Coincidentally, the rabbit gun scene found in that option could be a shout-out to The Terminator.
    • The alternate ending's "The End" screen could be a shout-out to Star Wars: one of the game's unused audio files is the standard Star Wars end credits theme, which was likely dropped to avoid copyright infringement.
    • Zippy Zeke's "Meanwhile" scene is a shout-out to Road Runner.
    • Carved next to one of the wanted posters in the jail is "Uncle Jesse was here."
    • There are many Shout-Outs to films starring Clint Eastwood, including an expy of the man himself.
    • The infamous ending of the hero shooting the kid is a parody of the ending from Shane.
    • One of the posters has "FIRE WALK WITH ME" scribbled on it.
    • Evil Eb's name sounds a lot like "Evil Ed"
    • Mr. Diablo's Undertaking Service includes a scheme called "Die Now, Pay Later".
    • The "Do you have the right time, old man?" scene between the Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef expies is a reference to For a Few Dollars More, which they both starred in.
  • Showdown at High Noon: The Ten Paces and Turn version, which the sheriff explains every time.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Failing in any of the duels has the Man With No Name more concerned about being one page shy of finishing his book than the fact that he's dying.
    • Wildcard McVee gets shot in the heart, and his main concern as he bleeds out is that his waistcoat is ruined.note 
  • Sliding Scale of Animation Elaborateness: The animation quality is rather inconsistent, varying between motion tweens and full animation.
  • Sore Loser: Win against McVee once and he completely loses his marbles and starts accusing the Man With No Name of cheating. He then insists that you duel him to settle things, but shoots you before you get up from the table unless you shoot him first. Should he beat you, he'll rub it in your face like it's going out of style. Multiple times.
    "Nobody beats me, and nobody cheats me. And you've been trying to do both. Let's settle this now, out in the street."
  • Spinning Clock Hands: Seen during the sex scene.
  • Surreal Humor: A huge part of the game's appeal is its absurd, borderline demented sense of humor.
  • Stock Footage: Some characters tend to repeat animations. The only animation of the Man With The Cigarette (the "Clint Eastwood" knockoff) is rotating his head.
  • Stuka Scream: The vulture that strikes down Evil Eb's littlest brother makes this sound after being (accidentally) shot by the Man with No Name.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: When Evil Eb finally shows up:
    Evil Eb: You shot my entire gang. And to be perfectly honest with you, I'm a bit annoyed about the situation.
  • The Trope Without a Title: The Town With No Name is referred to as such on its welcome sign.
  • The Unfought: Immortal Isaac is the only criminal from the "wanted" posters that you never fight, or even see. Incidentally, this also makes him the only criminal aside from Evil Eb himself not to be killed by the protagonist. Then again, he could be the unseen knife-thrower who appears in the middle upstairs room of the saloon, who is never named or referenced by any other character.
  • Undertaker: Mr. Diablo, A.K.A. the weird looking Abraham Lincoln expy. He has his own company named "Mr Diablo's Undertaking Service" that includes a newly introduced "Die now - Pay later" scheme.
  • 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.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Wildcard McVee wears one, and even calls it a "waistcoat" even though he's supposed to be American.
  • "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, who causes the rest of the Hole-In-The-Head Gang to come after you. Even if you miss your shot, you'll still kill him by hitting a buzzard that falls on 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 you, and you'll win even if you fail to shoot at him.


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The Town with No Name (Alternate Ending)

This is apparently a parody of the film Shane's ending. Not that it helps.

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