Howdy peeps and welcome to Day #18 of Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2! This is a blog series where I review video games from my childhood. Today’s game is one I remembered from my childhood but couldn’t remember the name up until last year. It was a western is Sunset Riders!
Sunset Riders was a side-scrolling run-and-gun style shoot-’em-up released in arcades 1991 and then for the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1993. The game, which is set in a fanciful version of the American Old West, revolves around four bounty hunters who are out to claim rewards given for eliminating the most wanted outlaws in the West. At the beginning of each stage the player is shown a wanted poster, showing the criminal, the reward for stopping them, and the line “Wanted dead or alive”.
When it comes to gameplay you can play as one of four bounty hunters, with their own firearm type. In the 2-player version, each player can choose the character they want to control before starting the game, while in the 4-player version each set of controls is assigned to one specific character. The game’s controls consist of an eight-way joystick for moving the character and two buttons for shooting and jumping. The player’s gun has unlimited ammunition. The player has the ability to jump, slide and shoot ahead and upwards. In the case of being on upper levels, the player can can shoot downwards (diagonally or vertically) while crouching.
There are three types of hidden items. All of the gun power-ups are lost when you’re killed. And lastly there’s a total of eight levels. If the boss is defeated by two or more players, the reward is awarded to the player who deals most damage on the enemy. In addition, there are two bonus rounds, one after Stage 2 and the other after Stage 5.
I can remember the days playing Sunset Riders, those were some interesting gaming sessions. Most times I played this game was at my mate’s house in the morning before school. Was a random time for gaming but it was the only occasion when we played it. But I remember this game pretty well from my childhood, the cowboy setting, all the running and gunning whether it was on foot or on horse it was a blast. I remember the gameplay being pretty crazy and chaotic but always great with a second player. That was the only way to have a really good time with this game because going solo while entertaining only got me killed a lot faster.
So in conclusion Sunset Riders was a good game on the SNES, in recent years I’ve found out that it was a pretty popular game on the system. And that’s totally understandable due to the cool as hell gameplay, western setting and multiplayer fun. I’d say give it a try if you want some shoot-em-up fun!
Well there’s another game review done only 12 more to go! If you have experiences with this game or any of the following ones do comment below! I’ll see ya tomorrow with another nostalgic video game review yo! 😀