[PlayStation 4] Luckslinger Review
Luckslinger from 2Awesome Studios and Duckbridge is a Wild West-themed action platformer on PS4. Check out our Luckslinger review below!
In Luckslinger, you’ll be stealing luck for your own benefit- be sure to spend them wisely! Partly inspired by the unrealistically fast gunslingers, the dark gritty humour, and the greed driven anti-heroes of the spaghetti western classics. Wholly inspired by vinyl digging, graffiti spraying, rhyming, and the slow jazzy drum samples of hip hop culture and sound. Are you feeling unlucky? In Luckslinger, ride the west of bandits, steal their luck, and use it for your own good. The more luck you have, the more chance you have for bullet evasion, better loot at your feet, and staying alive. However, when you’re “down on your luck” in your trusty bracelet, bridges collapse, rocks tumble, and outlaws might know where you’re sleeping that night.
In Luckslinger, you are in the Wild West, and your mission will be to do the job the drunken sheriff isn’t doing: capture bandits. As you start to play, you inherit a special bracelet that brings luck to its wearer and then move on to the neighboring city, which is the main hub for your adventure.
The gameplay is a standard action-platformer in which you’re moving forward and will shoot enemies with your pistol. Your pistol has limited ammo, and you’ll have to reload it periodically while attacking since you only have six bullets. You will try to evade the attacks from the enemies you’ll fight, all while making the most of the six bullets you get, running and jumping all over the place. Just remember you can’t reload while you avoid attacks!
As for the enemies themselves, they’re a mix of wild animals and bandits. They all have very predictable movement and attack patterns, so they’re usually easy to get rid of unless you end up overwhelmed by too many of them coming for you at the same time. Shooting at them is also easy since your bullets have way greater speed and accuracy than those of your enemies. The bosses aren’t particularly creative, but I liked how they each had their own attack pattern. When they’re down, you have the choice to either bring them back alive and put them into jail or bury them.
Luck given by your bracelet will have a major impact on how well you’ll do through a level. When it is full, your accuracy is better, and the bullets from your enemies will sometimes curve away from you. When you’re out of luck, then your aim will be your worst enemy, and part of the scenery will fall upon you, dealing some damage in the process.
I liked the game’s art style, which doesn’t take itself seriously. The backgrounds are also rich with details, which added a nice touch to each level you take on. There are also nice light and shadow effects, and I was genuinely impressed by the quality of the animations. The soundtrack went along with the Wild West theme, but with a dash of hip hop.
The trophy list is quite short, split over 11 Gold, 2 Silver, and then you get your Platinum trophy! They unlock for progressing through the campaign up to the first boss, which doesn’t take long at all. You’ll also need to defeat 22 enemies – which you’ll have done by the time you reach the first boss – and completing some other easy objectives. Oh, and there are two trophies that cancel each other out since one is for burying a boss, and the other one is for throwing a boss into jail. Overall, you can expect to earn a new Platinum in about half an hour or so. The last one I obtained was for dying ten times!
All in all, Luckslinger is a fun Wild West-themed platformer that pays homage to the genre. I liked the unique art style and the animations, as well as the gameplay mechanics. If you’re looking for a fun game featuring a quick Platinum trophy, then this one is easy to recommend.
If you’re curious, here’s a trophy guide to help you achieve the Platinum even more quickly:
This Luckslinger review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by 2Awesome Studios.