Texas Stranger: The Real Texas

By Adam Smith on September 2nd, 2011 at 1:53 pm.

He's not in Kansas anymore
There may well be only one epic action RPG you need in the nebulous ‘Coming Soon’ bracket and it speaks for itself.

The Real Texas is an action adventure game that plays like a mashup of Zelda: Link to the Past and Ultima VI. Sam, an ordinary Texas rancher, is on holiday in England when he falls into a blue portal and lands in The Strange Texas.”

A trailer follows. It includes clothes shopping, chickens and a floating eye-cube called Yolanda.

I have to admit, after being sold on the premise, the opening minute or so of the video wasn’t doing much for me. Then I realised it was essentially the plot synopsis being played out. It’s when Sam arrives in The Strange Texas that the fun begins. Imaginative, humorous and odd, this has my full attention now. Despite appearing a bit wobbly and imprecise, combat seems to be mechanically sound and it is, quite simply, a world that I’m keen to explore.

For more journeys into the weird worlds of Kitty Lambda, take a look through the games at the site. There’s a wonderful pile of toys with descriptions such as “A Driving Introspection Game” and “A Maddening Clickfest Game”. I’d particularly recommend Night Cruising, which is simple but effective, and I’ve been enjoying Major Tom Rocket Driver because the further I get the more drunk my Rocket Driver seems to be. I think it’s because of the atmosphere of the planets I’m trying to launch from, but in my mind, it’s definitely due to too much Space Gin.

The Real Texas is set to be Kitty Lambda’s biggest and most ambitious project yet. It’s good to see that hasn’t made it any more normal.

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  1. Tuco says:

    “The Real Texas is an action adventure game that plays like a mashup of Zelda: Link to the Past and Ultima VI”.

    SOLD. I don’t even need to watch the video.

  2. BobbleHat says:

    Well that does sound awesome, but Vimeo seems to think I’m looking at this on a mobile so it won’t let me watch the video.

    • Pie21 says:

      I AM looking at this one mobile. Fortunately it’s an Android mobile so I can just pretend to be a desktop. Eat it, Vimeo.

  3. Jetsetlemming says:

    Also sold. Where can I get it and when?

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    Anthile says:

    But is it Wizardry-proof?

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      Lars Westergren says:

      You mean “That Which Must Not Be Named!”-proof?

    • Heliocentric says:

      I saw him click on something moving so it doesn’t pass muster, sorry them is the rules.

    • pipman3000 says:

      Japanese Vidcon RPGs are as a rule superior to the western schlock enjoyed by those too dumb to figure out how to use a controller such as the Neanderthals at sites like RPG-Codex

      Okay when he comes get the thorazine ready and bag him.

    • StenL says:

      pipman3000 just made me realize that Wizardy is the real life, WRPG version of the Charles Barkley Shut Up and Jam petrol pump.

    • JFS says:

      Good Lord :D :D :D

      This site wouldn’t be half as fun without Wizardry.

  5. thegooseking says:

    That sounds terrible.

    I mean ‘sounds’ in the literal sense, of course. In the figurative sense, it sounds great. I may have to turn off my speakers, though.

  6. Psychopomp says:

    As a Texan, it is heartwarming for a developer to finally put so much effort into showing the world what Texas is really like.

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      I agree. The cowboy hat, UT logo wife-beater and the camo pants all add to the authenticity. I’m just surprised he didn’t raise hell when there wasn’t a gun-rack in his rental car.

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      MontyTexas says:

      As a Real Life Texan, I approve of this educational product.

  7. almostDead says:

    It looks like he’s using his schlong to fight those red things after giving up on the gun.

  8. doubledope says:

    The game sure looks like fun, but I don’t think I can watch such a terrible walk animation for more than a minute. Sure, it can be a stylistic choice, but as I happen to know how difficult these can be, I find it rather lazy…

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      Buzko says:

      I actually love it; looks like a mix between Weebl & Bob and Terrance & Phillip.

      Also, did those creampuffs explode?

  9. Urthman says:

    Watchin’ The Preview

    Lovin’ The Music

    Smilin’ at the Menu Titles

  10. Lachlan says:

    I’m getting something of a BBC Micro vibe from this game. The pixellated graphics, archaic sound effects, and casual adventuring through cozy portals to strange death-filled worlds are all giving me flashbacks.

  11. deadly.by.design says:

    So, drugs then. Gotcha.

  12. Teddy Leach says:

    Har har har the doors fart.

  13. Vinraith says:

    Ultima comparisons always pique my interest, Zelda comparisons always give me pause, so I’m not sure how to feel about this one. It’s certainly worth keeping an eye on, anyway.

    • MichaelPalin says:

      I assume he compares it to A Link to the Past only because of the Norma/Strange World game mechanics (or because of the chickens), which was a great idea. I encourage you to keep your interest piqued.

  14. kuran says:

    Bookmarked when I read Ultima, trailer looks great. Talented guys.

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  16. Koozer says:

    Aah sounds like Lost Vikings. Literally that is. It looks like Zelda but with annoying mouse controls instead of just pointing in vaguely the right direction and pressing A.

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  18. ArcaneSaint says:

    Wait a moment, if he entered a blue portal, shouldn’t he be coming out of an orange one?

    • MadTinkerer says:

      Only if we were comparing this to Portal and not a franchise that predates Portal by two decades. Ultima portals are the same color on both ends.

      (What I have a problem with is that the portal should be red or possibly black. Blue portals are for in-world travel, red are for interplanetary travel, and black is for alternate universes. Though the rules were a little different in the earlier Ultimas.)

      Nice try though.

  19. Big Daddy Dugger says:

    So it’s a simulation of living in Dallas?

  20. Buttless Boy says:

    This is just like the game I wanted to make when I was 8. I am so excited.

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    BathroomCitizen says:

    That music is seven kinds of awesome.

    Had a fit of nostalgia.

  22. MichaelPalin says:

    [wrong place to post, sorry]

  23. mollemannen says:

    fan va fult de va, är du kass eller?

  24. Shooop says:

    I am simultaneously confused, frightened, and intrigued.

    I think it’s the music.

  25. darkbhudda says:

    “Your creampuffs are jiggling.”

    I’m sold.

  26. increpare says:

    The Real Texas is set to be Kitty Lambda’s biggest and most ambitious project yet. It’s good to see that hasn’t made it any more normal.

    I think that Venture The Void was a more formally ambitious game (it’s quite also quite good/interesting).

    Nonetheless, TRT is, from an early version I played, a really great and beautiful thing. There’s a gigantic amount of love in it. I’m also in love with the soundtrack. He hasn’t let me play it in a while – I’m looking forward to trying out a newer version of it.

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