Fistful Of Gun Out Now With A Bullet

A Fistful of Dollars, the classic 1967 Clint Eastwood western, is the film that essentially initiated the ‘spaghetti’ western. The Man With No Name rides into a quaint Mexican border town and seeks to play two families locked in civil dispute against one another. A lot of faffing about ensues before Eastwood gets rich, shoots a few varmints, then rides off into the sunset. A Fistful of Dollars. Now, if he’d opted for A Fistful of Gun [official site], with it’s hedonistic shooting and self-indulgent chaos, he might’ve gotten there quicker. If you’ve got access to Steam, GOG, or the Humble Store, then you sure can because A Fistful of Gun is out now.

It’s been a while since we spoke about A Fistful of Gun and quite a lot has changed in the intervening period. What began life as a three-person local multiplayer – still available to play on developer The Farmer Gnome’s site – has now morphed into a top-down, class-based free-for-all where you and eight mates can tear up the town ’til the cows come home. Or until your guts lay splayed out on the dirt, festering in the high noon sun. Whichever comes first. Probably the latter.

One nifty feature which has survived the game’s original guise is its control system. Each character has a different shooting style which is governed by its method of input – i.e. a heavy artilleryman that can move in eight directions via the keyboard, or a mercenary on horseback who has 360 degree movement via the mouse – which forces elements of strategy and planning on what are increasingly frantic set pieces.

Shoot from the hip at the launch trailer here:

A Fistful Of Gun is out now on Steam (£8.49), GOG (£7.59), and the Humble Store (£9.99).

11 Comments

  1. Megarlin says:

    Thats not the launch trailer, thats the showcase of the player characters. Usually this wouldnt matter but the actual launch trailer is this really weird sorta videoclip link to youtube.com

    • KaptainKartWheel says:

      I don’t know why, but i really like that video…maybe because it’s so unconventional

    • Viper50BMG says:

      What they said^
      The actual “Launch” trailer is an insane, live-action musical (yes, really!) affair that furthers the Leone theatrical hat-tipping beautifully.
      (Disclosure: I wrote the score for it, and did extra orchestration for the central song, so I’m probably biased.) :)

  2. CrystalBall says:

    Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Dollars. He’s Italian hence the name ‘spaghetti’ western. The way the opening is phased sounds like you’re attributing the genre to Eastwood.

    Is this game a dual joystick shooter? The mini blurb on controls makes me think maybe it isn’t. However the video screams dual stick shooter.

    • Bugamn says:

      Fistful of Dollars was just an adaptation of Yojimbo :P

      It says in the article that each class has a different control scheme, so I imagine that at least one of them will use dual stick.
      This image I’ve found at the site confirms that.

    • AlexHeartnet says:

      It is indeed a dual-stick shooter.

      Just sometimes without the “Dual” part because each and every character has a different control setup.

    • Flit says:

      You can play the game with keyboard & mouse, keyboard only, mouse only, or gamepad. There are 9 characters and each offers 2 unique control variations. It’s neat!

  3. Arthur ASCII says:

    I’m thinking Jackson Pollock would’ve REALLY liked this game. I’m guessing Sergio Leone or Akira Kurosawa wouldn’t, though. Although David Lynch might!

  4. Flit says:

    This game is fun as a local 7player shouting match AND as a quieter 2player co-op over the internet. That’s kind of special!