Parents' Guide to

The Gunstringer

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gun-slinging puppet on Kinect is more creative than violent.

Game Xbox 360 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Usually OK with Teen ratings, but hmmmm on this one!

The game itself is cool. But,there are more references to sexuality than those discussed already. I didn't have any specific issues (reference to gynecologist office) until the scene with the character in a union between a crocodile and a lumber jack which produces the gatorjack spawn. This scene has made me reconsider the appeal of this particular game...

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (2):

In their short history, motion controlled games have earned a reputation among many traditional gamers as being without personality and designed for an unspecified lowest common denominator. The Gunstringer flies in the face of this perception, delivering a colorful, original, innovative experience filled with laughs, surprises, and a willingness to take chances. For evidence of this we need look no further than its decidedly unusual live-action-audience-attending-a-cowboy-themed-puppet-show-controlled-by-the-player premise. Beyond that, the game's designers have done an excellent job keeping the Kinect-controlled action fresh, seamlessly switching between on-rails shooting sequences, platforming high jinks, and clever boss battles. The countless extras unlocked with the virtual cash you earn at the completion of each level merely sweeten the pot.

You may occasionally experience frustration when the Kinect sensor fails to properly interpret your actions (or perhaps it was you who, caught up in what was going on on-screen, failed to perform quite the right actions), but the learning curve is low, and the default level of difficulty forgiving. Teen and adult gamers starving for a more satisfying Kinect experience should be well served by this unique game.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Release date: September 13, 2011
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Cartoon Violence, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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