Sly: Tango Fiesta Is ‘Rambo – The Alternative Videogame’

Broforce is also an acceptable alternative to Rambo but Tango Fiesta is a Jam success story every bit as invigorating as the (granny) rags-to-riches tale of Mrs Tuppence’s Old-Time Elderberry Preserves. Created during last year’s Rezzed livejam in eight hours, the original prototype involved burly men of the eighties shooting enemies and grass. Enemies moved more slowly when creeping through grass but were obscured from view, and the grass had apparently taken as many steroids as the soldiers, causing it to grow at a ridiculous rate. For a one-screen top-down Arnie-inspired shooter, it was a surprisingly tactical experience, and the full version is to be a “Rogue-like or maybe a Rogue-lite”, according to the developers.

I think the prototype had multiplayer and the full version certainly will, supporting up to four co-op buddies. If you play on your own, you’ll control the entire squad, which isn’t as complex as it sounds – they only know how to run, shoot and level up, I’m betting.

Mastertronic have taken on publishing duties and having originated at last year’s jam, Tango Fiesta will be playable on the showfloor at this year’s Rezzed. Below, you can see the first video diary which doesn’t contain any footage of the game but does feature Spilt Milk Studios head Andrew Smith having an emotion in front of a camera.


  1. SpiltMilkStudios says:

    We’ll be checking here regularly if anyone has puns, comments or wants to slag us off without having played it yet :D

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      Skabooga says:

      If you wanted a pun thread, you should have lead with one. I’m sure we would have all Rambowed down to your stellar wit.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Well frankly I hope this is optimised for Windows 7. Anyone who still Hasta La Vista should really update.

        • Kefren says:

          That’s a pretty Sly comment.

        • SpiltMilkStudios says:

          We’re planning on making it available on Mac too. As well as PonchoOS and U-Blain-tu. Not to mention neural net processors; learning computers.

      • Kefren says:

        I think you drew first blood with that.

      • SpiltMilkStudios says:

        My wit is far from stellar. But the game is based around a lot of Orion’s belters!

        • CookPassBabtridge says:

          Impressive, and the very first Astronomy pun ever. Well played(es)

          • SpiltMilkStudios says:

            I’ve got Pleion(t)e more where that came from. But perhaps we should nymph this particular train of thought in the bud?