Cowboy Guns HD

Common Sense Media says

Spaghetti western has cartoon violence, buggy controls.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game's controls are far from precise, which makes battles difficult and often frustrating. 


As the Kid, a mysterious stranger in the old west, you'll constantly be dispatching bad guys with rifles, shotguns, pistols, and even dynamite. 

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Like most westerns, there's a saloon where liquor is served. 

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Crystal, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos; create a profile; add friends set location; post scores on leaderboards, Facebook, and Twitter; and post status messages. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have connections to other social media within the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cowboy Guns HD (and its non-HD sister app) is a spaghetti western-themed game where you spend the majority of the time shooting bad guys with an assortment of weaponry. There's no blood, and the characters seem almost like something from the Lego Star Wars games in appearance, but the goal is still pretty simple: Kill bad guys and watch them fall to the ground. Users can share high scores via the social networks, but participation is optional.

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The Wild West hasn't been tamed on iDevices yet and, unfortunately, COWBOY GUNS HD isn't quite up to the task. The story is generic western, with a nameless gunslinger (called "The Kid") dispatched to help take down The Crimson Jackets, a band of ruffians terrorizing an area. The game has plenty of guns, outfits, and armor, but to get them, you'll need to collect stars on various missions. Problem is: Those missions are pretty much the same. Walk in, kill all the bandits, hunt for stars, then repeat. It gets monotonous, and buggy controls don't help matters. The game's top-down view is also limiting. In the end, it's a game whose aim is just a little too far off the mark. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:September 15, 2011
Category:Adventure Games
Size:61.50 MB
Publisher:Chillingo Ltd.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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