Twisted Pixel unholsters Gunstringer for Kinect

Splosion Man developer reveals Xbox 360-exclusive game about an undead marionette cowboy.

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.

String 'em up.

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.

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Tremendous45th
Tremendous45th

once you get a girl and put her in some yoga pants.and go buy your shape fitness evolved and sit on the couch and watch! you will LOVE Kinect

Echelon730
Echelon730

There are a lot of Kinect haters, but what I am surprised at is the amount of Twisted Pixel haters. Twisted Pixel is one of those companies that makes amazing games. When many develoepers are trying to make big budget games and earning bank every 2-3 years, Twisted Pixel comes out with a low budget jem that earns millions on downloads. If it is Twisted Pixel I am buying it

inferno394
inferno394

The graphics look terrible. Not to mention unplayable. Its already a chore to use kinect for menus, now this game's control looks dreadful. Still can't control my character.........FAIL I'm glad i didn't waste my $$$ on kinect. Still no games out worth the price of admission.

karmasbeeoch
karmasbeeoch

About as exciting as watching water evaporate out a pot.

inferno394
inferno394

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noturfangirl
noturfangirl

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AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

Just what I wanted, a game where you make finger guns and pew pew noises.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

Very interesting lookin, looks fun to me.

sqeric
sqeric

Kinect haters: Give it time. Its only been out 3 months. You don't have to buy it. Unless you got one and have buyers remorse why post anything? No one is abandoning the hard core gamers at Microsoft over this.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

I may just have to get a Kinect, Splosion Man rocks and this looks equally cool.

TrueIori
TrueIori

Please real funny taking a crack at the Pc and all you can do with the Kicrap is on the rails crap shooters, please ..-_-.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Kinect game equals instant fail as it is, but looking at the trailer was quite cringe worthy. The graphics are crap, you can even see framerate dipping in there, the merest application of common sense should tell you that the game is going to control like garbage with Kinect, especially in the platforming sequences. What makes it worse is them having a pop at PS3 and Wii controllers in the trailer when Move and Wii both can and have done similar ideas to this one in a manner that was actually playable, something this clearly does not appear to be... and they didn't cost full retail price like this will either. Kinect continues to make a mockery of the consumer's ignorance and Twisted Pixel continue to come off as exceedingly arrogant.

Hunterjuggz
Hunterjuggz

Choice! The Kinect begins its evolution, see Move and WII in the dust lads. ;)

oneligas
oneligas

Wow a Kinect game that has gun play... YES! shooting with finger guns is going to be cool all over again like it was when we were little kids.

IceJester45
IceJester45

The game looks great in the trailer--very Comic Jumper-esque. Speaking of the trailer, I normally don't like it when companies bash other companies outright, but Microsoft have been taking flak from Sony for a while now. I think it's only fair that MS and Twisted Pixel get a few shots in.

wagonfactor
wagonfactor

watch the trailer on ign. this game looks horrible. not only that, the trailer is about as "cheesy" as it gets. the idea behind kinect seemed interesting but its been a huge flop so far. theres not a single game worth buying for it

cutebrute
cutebrute

The gameplay looks a lot like Comic Jumper. If the controls are functional and it's not as frustrating as Comic Jumper, then Gunstringer will be awesome!

mattg90520
mattg90520

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vadicta
vadicta

Well, that is pretty awesome!

shaube
shaube

sweet! this should be fun!