Wild West Wendy
Written by Shigamoto   
Saturday, 06 August 2005

Games about the Wild West are experiencing a downturn right now. Can this title about running a saloon change it?


You are Wendy a girl who has been forced to flee her family home, after sometime you decide to start up a saloon. It’s a pretty nice but standard Wild West story. Much of the story is told in the beginning using nice images and text. It’s a simple but powerful way of displaying a story.

Wild West Wendy seems like a strategy/management game but it actually more like an arcade game. The whole concept is that customers walks into your bar and you serve them drinks. When there are many customers you have to serve a lot of drinks, so you need to build up some technique. Sometimes your customers will start to fight with each other, so you have to stop them.

Every development in the game is features in a newspaper that is showed when a new week begins. In the paper you find out how your saloon is doing and other events taking place around the town. Also you will meet characters during the game, for example gunmen, gamblers and so on, all of them coming into your saloon. So if a wanted man comes into your saloon you have to shoot him to collect the reward and so on.

Wild West Wendy features three game modes. One is the story mode where characters show up during the game and you get to follow the story with the images and text. The best part of the game is definitely the campaign mode though.

In the campaign you play against a computer opponent, your goal is to conquer the West with your saloons. There are a lot of computer opponents to choose from, each of them with different intelligence and difficulty level.

To decide on your strategy you have a campaign map. From the map you handle all the planning of the campaign that is you decide which cities you want to start a saloon in and you also see the places your competition has started out in.

The third mode of the game is the Time Attack mode. Here you just serve customers in a saloon and have to serve them all within a time limit. It’s great to kill off some time but it’s not very interesting in the long run.

The graphics are generally nice and are drawn by hand; they are similar to a cartoon. I know that some people hate cartoonish graphics but in this particular game they are suitable.

I believe that Wild West Wendy has a lot of interesting elements not often seen in other games. The graphics are nice and so is the game play. However the serving customers part of the game can get a bit boring after while, and the game might have a problem lasting. One shouldn’t forget the humor and that this game isn’t that violent, just fun.


Developer: Mystery Studio
Website for Game: http://www.mysterystudio.com/wildwestwendy.php
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Win 95/98/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS X
Cost of Full Game: $19.99
Year of Release: 2005

Requirements:
N/A
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card




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