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[PlayStation 4] Virtuous Western Review

[PlayStation 4] Virtuous Western Review
  • On September 9, 2021

Virtuous Western from Ratalaika Games and Nibb Games is a 2D puzzle platformer on PlayStation. Learn more about it in our Virtuous Western review!


Virtuous Western from Ratalaika Games and Nibb Games is a 2D puzzle platformer on PlayStation. This is a cross-buy title, which means that if you buy the game, you’ll get both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions. You will take on the thirty levels that the game has to offer as you defeat the bad guys who have stolen your horse. To do this, you’ll need to pay attention to how many bullets each of your opponents has left so that you can time things right and attack when they’re reloading as to lower your odds of eating lead.

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You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button and shooting with the Square button… that is, if you have any bullets! This is a puzzle platformer, and that means you’ll first have to collect up to three bullets so that you then fire at your enemies or use your bullets to take advantage of the area. A heavy metal box is hanging on top of an enemy? Just shoot at the rope, and the metal box will drop and crush him! Are some enemies standing too close to an explosive barrel or two? Shoot at them and see everyone go boom!


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You can also take advantage of the many boxes you’ll find in each stage so that you can take cover from enemy fire. Each time an enemy shoots, their bullet will destroy one of each of said boxes as its hit, so you’ll need to pay attention so that you can jump out of the way in case they still have a bullet left or shoot as fast as possible once the last box is gone so that you can defeat them. Later on, you’ll be able to collect some dynamite, which you can then throw with the Circle button as needed. Some stages will have doors, which you can enter by pressing the Triangle button. There’s usually more than one way to finish a level, so if you’re stuck, try to think of a different approach, or be extra bold and jump over bullets as you walk through an enemy to grab the bullet behind them.

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Since you can replay every one of the thirty levels in Virtuous Western, that means there are no missable trophies for the game! The trophies will pop as you go into the first level, defeat your first opponent, shoot at an enemy while he’s reloading, make two enemies shoot each other, smash an enemy with a box, make an enemy go boom, blow up several TNT barrels in a row, collect three bullets in the same stage, blow up more than one enemy with a single dynamite stick, beat the game, and beat the final – and only – boss of the game.

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Virtuous Western from Ratalaika Games and Nibb Games is a fun 2D single-screen puzzle platformer on PlayStation. It’s a cross-buy release, so you’ll be getting both the PS4 and PS5 versions with your purchase. And once you beat the game, you’ll get a chance to take on the Speedrun Mode so that you can see how fast you can complete the game, now that you know what you’ll be going up against. Virtuous Western is out with a $4.99 asking price.

This Virtuous Western review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.

Review Overview

Single-screen puzzle platformer with a Western twist