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Playing Colt Canyon feels like being at the centre of a classic western movie, but with one of the best roguelike loops in recent memory. This game is by no means perfect - but its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses, leading to an enjoyable and entertaining combination of hectic gunplay and resource management.
Colt Canyon is really just what the doctor ordered to kick off 2021. A breezy and consistently satisfying twin-stick shooter roguelike with a surprising amount of depth and where gunfights, stealth murder and dynamite powered destruction go hand in hand, Colt Canyon is a smart, wild west shooter that's well worth saddling up for.
Colt Canyon is an excellent roguelike with razor-sharp gameplay that's incredibly addictive. The rhythmic action is comparable to titles like Hotline Miami, and there's a constant temptation to have 'just one more go'. Some may not be too keen on the heavily-pixelated graphics, but it's the gameplay that truly shines through here, and once you've conquered the steep difficulty curve you'll find this to be a fine addition to the Switch's growing selection of roguelikes.
In the end, Colt Canyon is a solid roguelike shooter. The tight mechanics and various characters give most players enough to keep their interest, while the high difficulty and adherence to restarting from scratch on each run makes it appealing to those who are more experienced in the genre. The presentation might be hit-and-miss depending on what you're into, but there's no doubt that it contains a magic that'll keep you coming back after you fail another run for the umpteenth time. Colt Canyon is well worth checking out.
Colt Canyon offers a relentlessly challenging twin-stick shooting experience that’s both frantic and fun in design, regardless of some early frustrations as you learn how to get… well… GOOD at the game. Admittedly, the challenge can be a little overbearing at times and it doesn’t offer anything that you wouldn’t have seen in the genre before, but the Wild West setting and the satisfyingly quick-paced brutal action do make up for it – especially if you play the game in co-op with a buddy.
Pixel art Wild West is dangerous and enticing. But its not easy to survive.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
Colt Canyon is a fine half-twin-stick shooter/half-rogue-lite experience, varied enough to make us constantly switch between characters, weapons and approaches, trying to rescue a kidnapped partner in a pixel-based West Coast. While being wuite short and sometimes more difficult to read, it still will please fans of both genres
Review in French | Read full review
Colt Canyon does many, many things right. The core gameplay is addictive. The visuals and presentation are wonderful, in spite of brown being the dominant color much of the time. I wasn’t bored for a second. However, I also feel no need to go back to it again, even with the slew of unlockables. Fans of rogue-likes and semi-top-down shooters will likely have no regrets shelling (heh) out $14.99 for this. Perhaps I’m jaded from playing the unpatched version at first, but after riding off into the sunset once, I’m content to drop the six-shooter, rifle, shotgun, bow, knife, and whatever other weapons I found in this game and move on.
An excellently crafted game, Colt Canyon is nonetheless stuck with a fair bit of the baggage of the actual historical West.
You can toss a rock into the eShop nowadays and are likely to hit a roguelike in the head, so having one that feels as good and worthwhile to play as Colt Canyon is something to behold.