The Game: Get out there and draw! Your cowboy faces off against another player, or the computer, in a fight to see who can draw their gun the fastest – and who can run away the fastest! (Magnavox, 1979)
Memories: This strange, slow-moving slice of the wild west seems eerily similar, in a few respects, to War Of Nerves. Take away the robot armies, add a couple of six-shooters, and you’ve got Showdown in 2100 A.D. (a title derived from Magnavox’s attempt to make the gunfighting game family-friendly by explaining that the combatants are, in fact, robots – welcome to Westworld!). It’s also the Odyssey2 edition of the classic arcade shootout game, Gun Fight.
Two really amusing elements never fail to make me chuckle when thinking about Showdown.
- Bullets move really slow. Or maybe the “robots” move really fast. Whichever it is, it’s not impossible to avoid getting splattered by your opponent.
- Bullets don’t kill robots. Robots kill robots. Well, not really – if your gunfighter is hit, he seems to spin around instead of falling down or doing anything else that one might associate with being a recipient of gunfire.
I’m not even going to mention the teeny tiny trees you’re supposed to hide behind…