When the lead designer of Rock Band 3 Dan Teasdale left Harmonix to go to Austin-based Twisted Pixel Games, he teased that the new project he was going to work on was "ridiculously cool." Today, Teasdale took the wraps off that project, an Xbox 360 Kinect game featuring an undead marionette cowboy called The Gunstringer.
In a post on the official Gunstringer site, Teasdale explained the game follows the titular character on a quest for revenge, with levels and in-game objects all designed as though they were an elaborate puppet show. For example, the Gunstringer's steed is a pencil shoved through an empty spool, with a felt-and-string horse head bouncing at the end of a coiled spring stuck in the pencil's eraser.
As for gameplay, Teasdale suggested it would feature a mix of styles, including on-rails shooter sections and side-scrolling platformer bits. He also emphasized that The Gunstringer would control differently from the standard Kinect game.
"There are no minigames, forced gestures, or end of level photos of you in your underwear here," Teasdale said. "You can play it sitting down, which is great if you just want to play and relax rather than burn crazy calories. Most importantly, you can aim and move with precision not seen in any of the Kinect launch titles and with a speed and feel that’s just not possible with a traditional controller."
For more on Twisted Pixel's most recent effort, check out GameSpot's review of Comic Jumper.