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Wells is a Steampunk-themed 2½D Platform Game, developed by Tower Up Studios and released on January 30th, 2017 for Xbox One and for PC through Steam.

George M. Wells is a notorious smuggler living in Percepolis, the so-called "city of the new century". Life was good up until he got betrayed by his latest client, a MegaCorp boss named Hyde. Hyde has hundreds of men and the most cutting-edge automatons at his disposal, but he's about to learn this is nothing to match Wells' sheer grit (and regenerating ammo).

Wells contains examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: With the right attachments, Wells' gun can fire things like bouncing bombs.
  • Attack Drone: Little round drones are a frequent presence on the levels. The variety with a helicopter blade will simply ferry in more mooks, or be carrying explosive barrels (in which case, detonating them at the right time is crucial for beating some boss fights.) The drones with insect-like wings will be shooting on their own, however.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The human enemies do not bleed at all after getting shot to death will Wells' revolver, and will simply collapse limply.
  • Bottomless Magazines: There is an ammo counter for each weapon at the bottom of the screen...but it'll recharge in just a few seconds if it ever gets depleted.
  • Cool Bike: Wells has a motorcycle, and some levels are centered around its use.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The cutscenes are all sepia-toned.
  • Denial of Diagonal Attack: Averted - both Wells and his enemies can, and regularly will, shoot diagonally at each other.
  • Excuse Plot: There are only a few cutscenes to give any context to the proceedings, and gameplay is very clearly the point.
  • Exploding Barrels: Reddish-brown barrels will explode when shot, destroying the more fragile scenery as well.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: George M. Wells wears a shoulder pad, but only on his right side.
  • Locomotive Level: The game has one.
  • Pinball Projectile: Bullets that hit metallic objects will end up ricocheting.
  • Protagonist Title: His full name is George M. Wells.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Wells starts the game wielding a revolver, and its six-bullet chamber gives him a sizeable advantage over the handguns of his initial opponents, simply because the player can shoot it much faster. Later on, however, he'll get a much stronger submachine gun.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Wells is introduced through a title card where his outstretched arm practically jams the revolver's smoking barrel directly into the screen.
  • Signature Headgear: Wells wears a top hat with a bell and laces on it.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Even the first level directly involves Wells killing some several dozen human opponents, whose uniforms give the impression they are policemen, or some other form of law enforcement. He never cares about that.