Cowboys and clowns ride out with West of Loathing

Delightfully daft MMO Kingdom of Loathing has escaped the confines of Internet browsers and gone west in new singleplayer RPG West of Loathing [official site]. You might have heard life is peaceful there in the open air, but it seems anything but in this standalone spin-off. Bandits, demon cows, goblins, skeletons, and clowns are among the horrors waiting for us as we quest, solve puzzles, and fight. Also, it has jokes — laffs, rib-ticklers, funnies, jibes, the lot — not to mention hats.

Have a gander at the launch trailer:

Developers Asymmetric say:

“Talk your way out of trouble as a silver-tongued Snake Oiler, plumb the refried mysteries of the cosmos as a wise and subtle Beanslinger, or let your fists do the talking as a fierce Cow Puncher. Explore a vast open world and encounter a colorful cast of characters, some of whom are good, many of whom are bad, and a few of whom are ugly.”

West of Loathing is out for Windows, Mac, and Linux on Steam. Right now it costs £7.19/9,89€/$9.89, which includes a 10% launch discount offered for the first week.

Our Alec, who played a lot of Kingdom back in the day, is strapping on his spurs to tell us all Wot He Thinks of West. For now, he sends evidence of the most important part of any video game: the options menu.

Smashing.

4 Comments

  1. poliovaccine says:

    Is there any relationship between the name of the town (or Kingdom or whatever), Loathing, and the monochrome inky art style (albeit not quite as detail-oriented and speed-psychotic as Ralph Steadman) and Hunter Thompson’s American Western adventure book? I’d totally think so from the various details I can pick up on paper, but then the trailer hardly does anything to suggest that, sooo…. serious question, is there any relationship, whether spine-deep or butterfly-lite, between anything in this game and anything in Hunter S Thompson’s magnum opus Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Anything? Is the name “Loathing,” and the vaguely-reminiscent-but-far-too-simplistic-bloodless-and-cute art style, all just a total coincidence..??

    • Improper says:

      It’s been quite some time since I played Kingdom of Loathing, but it is a game that makes references and jokes about absolutely everything. Song lyrics, bands, haiku, movies, jRPGS, roguelikes, MST3K, you name it. I do think the book and the movie of Fear and Loathing had *some* influence in the feel or style of KoL, it’s a pretty peculiar experience but lighter in tone.

    • shoptroll says:

      Legend (I’m pretty sure this story is documented somewhere, I just don’t have a link handy) has it that Jick (the creator) randomly picked the word “Loathing” as the directory name for the project when he first started making the game. While there’s references to Hunter S Thompson’s work in the game, it’s likely coincidence as they reference nearly everything under the sun.

      Also, as someone who’s been playing KoL off and on for many years, it’s really exciting to finally see this team get another game out.

  2. steves says:

    The browser game Kingdom of Loathing (which is brilliant btw, go play it) references just about everything – F&L is in there:

    link to kol.coldfront.net