Sunset Ridersa game by Konami
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Howdy, pardners, welcome to the hard-ridin', straight-shootin' posse known as the Sunset Riders. Get ready for some fun and challenging shootouts that put the "Wild" in Wild West.
Best in the West?
The classic arcade original made a smooth transition to the Genesis late last year, and now the Riders have successfully ambled over to the SNES. Like on the Genesis, you play a gun- totin' bounty hunter, walkin' an' ridin' the range in search of bad guys like Poco Loco, Simon Greedwell, and Sir Richard Rose. The chase takes you through Old West towns, to fast-moving trains, and out to the rugged mountains. Unlike the Genesis version the SNES game gives you a choice of four bounty hunters (Steve and Bob have now joined Billy and Cormano).
There is still a two player option and some Bonus Stages, but regrettably the quick-draw Versus Mode has been dropped along the trail.
ProTip: Watch tor the chickens naming from an approaching stampede.
The challenge is tough! Nasty varmints are hiding behind every tree and in every haystack, packin' pistols or heavin' dynamite. Smooth controls enable you to fire rapidly, but your man's not very fast on his feet, so he eats a lotta lead. You get limited continues, which unfortunately means you'll be startin' from scratch purty regular. A password feature would've made the Old West more hospitable for young players.
Sights and Sounds on the Lonesome Prairie
Clear, crisp graphics and rousing Western music make this an easy ride to enjoy. The large, cartoony sprites have nice detail, and the backgrounds have strong colors. There's also a lot to see in the action sequences.
The music propels the action with Old West rhythms that have been pumped up for the'90s. The sound effects can be helpful, too, as when you hear the thundering steers long before they hit the screen.
Sights and Sounds on the Lonesome Prairie
Clear, crisp graphics and rousing Western music make this an easy ride to enjoy. The large, cartoony' sprites have nice detail, and the backgrounds have strong colors. There's also a lot to see in the action sequences.
The music propels the action with Old West rhythms that have been pumped up for the '90s. The sound effects can be helpful, too, as when you hear the thundering steers long before they hit the screen.
- As Level 2's train passes you, stay to the right of the screen to see who's about to shoot at you from behind.
- Keep moving when you square off against the main outlaws.
Fans of the arcade game will enjoy taking Sunset Riders home on the range. Gamers who have both 1 б-bit systems won't need this game if they've already got the Sega version. However, anyone else with a hankerin' for a spirited shoot-em-up can ride happily into the sunset with these Riders.
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Hearken back to the days of yesteryear when men were men and justice blazed forth from the barrel of a gun. It's time to saddle up that Genesis, pardners, and take a ride with Sunset Riders by Konami.
How the West Is Won
Konami's rounded up the classic cowboy, shoot-em-up coin-op and herded it into this game. Sunset Riders dishes out thumb-blisterin', six-shootin', fun-and- gun action. You play a Bounty Hunter, either six-gun totin' Billy Cool or Cormano Wild, who's out to clean up this one-horse game with his scattergun (that's a shotgun, Tenderfoot). ou're out to make a bundle of loot. The side-view, horizontally-scrolling shootout covers four lengthy levels in town, across a train, and in the mountains.
One gunfighter can fight solo or two gunslingers can form a posse. Two hombres can also have a showdown in Versus mode.
Clear, Cool Graphics and Sound
The graphics are crystal clear and Konami clean. The character sprites feature cool, cartoony, bright colors. Take a good gander at the nicely-detailed, multi-scrolling backgrounds, too. The game even manages to rustle up some above average sounds.
Slap Happy Trails
This Old West is wild, wooly, and weird. You're after four hard cases -- Simon Greed Well, Paco Loco, Chief Scalpen, and Sir Richard Rose. These varmints have pulled a passel of dastardly deeds, such as hoarding the town's underwear, stealing a year's supply of toilet paper, and clear cutting a forest to make cheap tourist souvenirs.
ProTip: Railroad overheads wipe out bad guys as well as you. However, you can slide under them.
Yes, the game's humor is straight from the Silly Saloon, and the game's definitely RC.; that's "Pro-cowboy" not "politically correct". The gals are all dance hall babes or damsels in distress, and the Indians look like they ought to be Tomahawk Choppin' for the Atlanta Braves.
Git along on those little doggies. Hop across the backs of the stampeding Longhorns.
Gunfight at the Okay Corral
Don't worry, though, you don't mess around in this gunfight. The controls respond like your life depends on 'em -- and it does. You've got to admire Konami's notion of fair odds. The levels are overrun with bad guys, who attack you from all angles, and it only takes one hit to send you to Boot Hill. The game's as tough as saddle leather. The mangy polecats bushwhack you from windows and doorways, stab you, dynamite you, fry you, and, of course, blow your brains out.
Dynamite blasts can reach you through barriers, and you can shoot dynamite sticks out of the air.
At least, you get help. You can set up the game for three, four, or five lives with five continues, and there are power- ups aplenty for life-saving aides such as rapid fire and a second gun. A slick bonus stage also enables you to ride your faithful horse after bonus lives.
When you're galloping after the Bonus Wagon, catch bonus items by riding over their shadows on the ground.
Thank You, Masked Boy
Sunset Riders is a straight shooter all the way. If you've got a hankerin' for an intense, barrel-melting shootout, put out the call for Sunset Riders, and smile when you say that.
Saddle up for the best western-theme shooter that's mosied down the pike in a very long time! The western territories are being terrorized by some of the nastiest varmints you've ever laid eyes on, and good, decent folks' only hope rests in the holsters of the four sharpest bounty hunters this side of the Grand Canyon: Steve, Billy, Bob, and Cormano!
Sunset Riders is a four-player interactive action game in the same format as Konami's smash hit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The bounty hunters must work through horizontally scrolling levels, jam-packed with villains and obstacles, until they reach the Boss for an all-out fire fight. They ride galloping horses cross town by jumping onto roofs, climbing across clothes lines, and even hitching s on steaming locomotives. Each player is totally interactive with his surroundings. He can shoot ropes that suspend wooden kegs over villains and grab sticks of dynamite. Bonus Stages provide a first-person perspective, timed shooting exercise.
Excellent graphics highlight this fast moving game. A fine soundtrack and digitized voices round out this instant arcade hit. Gunslingers and cowpokes alike are in for a knee-smackin', feet-stompin', grits- spittin' heck of a good time!
- Bosses only shoot 2-3 bullets at intervals.
- Bosses are immobilized when they shoot; you are not.
- Accuracy is more important than speed in the Bonus Rounds.