A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Collect the most coins, win the round, but outside of that, no truly positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Players try to thwart each other while collecting most coins, shooting at each other. There are no options to be a "good guy" or a "bad guy."
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Players can inflict damage on each other using guns, bows and arrows, bombs. This is cartoon-like violence against two-dimensional characters that don't look like people.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One level is set in a saloon, but there's no use of alcohol, tobacco.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sombrero Spaghetti Western Mayhem is a downloadable action game. Players face off against each other on arcade levels, where they use guns, bows and arrows, and bombs to defeat each other. While there's some violence, it's cartoonish and there's no blood shown. Otherwise, there's no objectionable content to be found.
Is It Any Good?
The spaghetti western angle is well realized but, overall, nothing new is offered in this fast-paced arcade game. Sombrero Spaghetti Western Mayhem has music and navigation screens worthy of a Sergio Leone film, but at its core, the game is fairly bland. The two gameplay options (couch play offline or online) are nice, but the problem with the online element is that there aren't any others frequently in the game's lobby to play with, leaving the only viable option someone sitting next to you. Blame this on the online network having only one server (located on the East Coast) with no one on it. While Sombrero has some nice ideas, the major problem is that this is a "been there, done that" game with not a lot of innovation. The look is pleasant, and the music fits the theme, but there doesn't seem to be enough novelty to set the game apart or bring players back time and time again.
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