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: