There have been few party games that have caught the imagination quite like Messhof’s Nidhogg did, pitting two players into a tense, taut battle to the death, so it’s certainly a tough act to follow as one would therefore imagine. Yet, from seemingly out of nowhere, a small Australian outfit known as Bandit-1 have created one of the wittiest, most inventive releases in recent years, with it’s pixel art visual style, incessant film referencing and yes, simple, but thoroughly effective gameplay, Western Press might just be the very game that you’ve been looking for.
Now, let me just get this out of the way as quickly as I can, there really isn’t an awful lot to the game, there are some characters to unlock (twelve in total), and two different ways to play the game, but that’s it really, but that’s not point though, is it? Confrontations in Western Press last only around fifteen seconds or so, and whilst there is a tutorial to work through – this effectively passes for its story mode – the game has been designed primarily for a multiplayer experience, and this part thankfully, can be enjoyed both online and offline. In both instances, players can take part in tournaments that play out much like the Sam Raimi film, The Quick and the Dead, with up to sixteen competitors being drawn against one another, round after round until the number of challengers has been whittled down to just two who then compete in a final duel in the desert as the sun hangs low in sky. Perfect, right?