Punch-O-Spin-A-Gunshoot: Warstache

Click click, bang bang.

Russian roulette is a passive-aggressive gunfight, isn’t it? I’ll just leave this revolver here on the table with one bullet in the cylinder, shall I, and it’d be terrible if some idiot were to fire it into their head. Almost as terrible as missing breakfast this morning because I was out of soya milk which is strange because I walked all the way to the Sainsbury’s to buy a new carton only yesterday. Just awful.

Warstache makes Russian roulette actively aggressive. Pummel foes to grab an empty gun, find and load a bullet, spin the chamber, then click-click-click before they can swipe the gun and turn it on you.

Here, see how it all works in this here trailer heralding its arrival on Steam Greenlight:

In short: punch men, and sometimes shoot men. The idea’s solid, though I often find side-scrolling brawlers with a 3D space awkward, especially when they have 2D character art. Developers Figment Games do also plan to add refined ladies to murder the gentlemen and each other. I’m a little wary given the touch of “Ho ho breasts!” humour tainting this otherwise perfectly reasonable and polite video game about national caricatures murdering each other.

Figment plan to release Warstache on Windows, Mac, and Linux in “early 2015.”


  1. Arathorn says:

    Well he did say there would be booze, not boobs. Though the guy was rather hard to understand, being mixed at lower volume than the music and obviously just the least nerdy voice of the development team instead of a professional.

  2. guygodbois00 says:

    It has boobs, vodka, hidden health bar. Oh, and a gun, too. Day one purchase, of course.

  3. lowprices says:

    Were those ladies twerking at the end? Curious.

    Also, was it just me, or was the frame-rate all over the place during that video? Trying to decide if it was something to do with the way the video was encoded, something to do with my eyes, or if whoever made the trailer saw the footage with the choppy frame-rate and just thought “Eh, close enough.”

    • Baines says:

      The action goes into slow motion at times, either from the video maker going for dramatic effect or from the game itself either intentionally or unintentionally slowing down. On top of that, the character animation itself doesn’t quite flow right, with some movements looking sluggish compared to others.

      • mattestache says:

        We recorded the gameplay in 60fps, rendered in such fps is not youtube friendly apparently. It only plays 60fps in HD, playing at a lower resolution messes with the quality of the video. We’ll definitely record in 30fps for the next trailer, 60fps has been troublesome!

  4. Spacewalk says:

    The sooner that nerds work out that sporting a mustache, wearing a monocle and acting like a caricature is not the path of a gentleman the better.

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      I was pretty sure it was?
      We need to get a real gentleman in here to settle this. Smingleigh, where the devil are you man?

      • Geebs says:

        A gentleman is somebody who knows how to play the piano accordion, but doesn’t.

      • tormos says:

        Begin the summoning ritual

  5. Melody says:

    Surprised no one has commented WARSTACHE, or STACHEFACE yet.
    Come on, Internet, it’s still early in the morning, don’t make me do these things for you.

    • Nafu says:

      These things happen naturally. Now that you’ve asked for it, it won’t be done.

      • Caiman says:

        It’s like that “MOLEY!” scene out of Austin Powers. You can try to resist, but you just can’t bottle it up for long. It will happen. All it takes is one. Just one.

    • Tom Walker says:

      They must have called it that to get us shouting it in RPS comment threads. It doesn’t even require any clever punning. It fits too well.

  6. gwathdring says:

    Hmm. The premise sounds amazing, but based on the video it doesn’t look very fun at all. :(

    • mattestache says:

      Oh believe me, playing this game with your friends while drinking tea gets ridiculously fun! (or if you prefer milk tea)

  7. Gog Magog says:

    Or, you know, just play Shank 2: Here to Shank and Smile. Not a very complex game but by golly is it fun to shove a chainsaw into someone’s face.

    Remember kids:
    This is your new existence.
    This is the new you.
    Welcome to the wasteland.
    It will be your undoing.

  8. foop says:

    The absence of your soya milk is probably just the universe’s way of protecting you from soya milk. It’s not milk, why does it have ‘milk’ in the name?

    • Tssha says:

      I don’t see this objection for Coconut Milk, and yet it satisfies the exact same criteria…curious…

      • Kaeoschassis says:

        No, coconut milk too.
        And vegetarian sausages.
        And soya cheese which I maintain is actually made from potatoes and recycled cardboard.

  9. Turkey says:

    Games like these make me wonder why nerds hate hipsters so much.

  10. Hex says:

    I dunno. There’s something distasteful here. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

  11. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    The animation in this game is terrible. They are really going to need to improve that if they want anyone taking this game seriously.

    • mattestache says:

      Oh definitely! This is a pre-alpha footage after all, we’re improving every detail of animation for each gentlemen. We wanted more sprites for more fluid animation, but it takes time since we’re a small team. We’re working on it