Colt Canyon

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Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Released: June 2020. Added to this library 7 weeks ago.

Overview

Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and weapons can be found along the way to help survive.

The novelty is the focus on fast and accurate shooting. If you die, you have to start again but you can unlock a range of characters and weapons. Each round creates a random level with persistent elements that enable both stealth and shooting strategies.

The longer you survive the more enhancements you can unlock (by saving civilians). These range from simple improvements to health or firepower, but also can add companion partners who can follow you around and take on enemies.

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Commitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. The time for each round increases as you improve at the game and you cannot save half way through a round.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Playing with someone else adds an extra layer of co-ordination to creep up on enemies and to revive each other when you die.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Ratings

PEGI 16 with strong violence. ESRB TEEN with Blood, Violence.

In addition to the official ratings, it’s worth noting that although the graphics are pixilated, they are still graphic depictions of shooting people, dismemberment and stabbing. Bodies disappear after they are killed. You also encounter innocent people tied up or nailed into coffins. Horses, dogs and wolves attack the player and need to be shot to survive.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

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