By: Matthew Striplen
Remember those 3DS games from Hörberg Productions that came out not too long ago? Gunman Clive HD Collection takes both installments of the hit indie series, polishes them up and packages them together for the Wii U in this latest iteration. Both games are very similar to their original formats, but with a few extra goodies hidden along the way.
Gunman Clive HD supports just about every type controller compatible with the Wii U, though the Wiimote generally works best as the d-pad isn’t quite as touchy as on the Gamepad. However, the Gamepad still works just fine. Everything else feels just as good, if not better, on the Wii U as in the original.
Gunman Clive‘s presentation has always been one of its strongest assets. The unique, hand-drawn look, which was gorgeous on 3DS, looks even better in HD on the big screen. Details that were previously lost on the 3DS can now shine, and each character is beautifully animated. Every color and texture appears absolutely brilliant. It’s a superb looking game.
All your favorite tunes from the originals games reappear, but without significant changes. Although the music composition still sounds absolutely terrific, the audio quality isn’t significantly better than what was offered on 3DS. So, while the synth quality was high before, I was still hoping for a little something more from the Wii U.
Arguably the best feature of Gunman Clive HD is the ability to seamlessly switch between the original Gunman Clive and its sequel. Unlike the originals, both games have three different characters unlocked from the start: Clive, Ms. Johnson and Chieftain Bob.
Each game has four save files, which come in handy for handing several playthroughs at the same time. Plus, there’s still one unlockable character in each game, which makes the experience much, much more difficult.
On the subject of difficulty, these games are wickedly tough, but each death feels fair. Whenever Clive met his end, I knew it was always the result of an error on my part. Just as before, both games offer three difficulty levels, so even inexperienced gamers can take part.
Playing both games side by side also gives the players a great sense of how the game design progressed. It’s fascinating to watch how the series develops form the more traditional first installment, all the way to the wacky, out of this world Gunman Clive 2.
Gunman Clive HD Collection is the definitive edition of the Gunman Clive series. The consistent high quality level design, music and general gameplay creates an immersive and addicting experience. Regardless whether you’ve played a Gunman Clive title before, this game is an absolutely must have.