Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
for Amiga (OCS/ECS)

Mr Creosote:
Alternate Titles: Buffalo Bill's Rodeo Games
Company: Tynesoft
Year: 1989
Genre: Sport, Action
Theme: Fighting / Individual Sports / Multiplayer / Western
Language: English
Licence: Commercial
Views: 17890
Review by Mr Creosote (2009-03-01)

Summer Games, California Games - you all know these games which consist of somehow sports-related mini games. Then there was was Circus Games - we're already getting a little more obscure here - and later, the same company released Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. And once again, the title says it all, so let's quickly go through the events of this game.

Knife Throwing has a girl strapped to a rotating board and you throwing knifes at her. Er... actually, you're supposed to hit the board, not her, and the closer you manage to get to her body without actually cutting her, the better. Trick Shooting is split into two subsections. First, you shoot cardboard dummies emerging from the ground. Careful not to hit children, women or the sheriff. After that, a guy starts throwing clay pidgeons, so now you're shooting moving things.

In Bronco Riding, you quickly have to move the joystick into the directions displayed on the screen in order to stay on the horse's back. Stage Coach Rescue once again has two parts: First, you have to catch up to a stage coach from which an Indian is throwing things at you, then you have to beat the same Indian in a fist fight.

Then there's Calf Roping. You have to lasso said calf and make it stop running. Last event is Steer Wrestling in which you jump a steer from your horse and then actually wrestle it.

As usual with such games, none of these events are actually that original. The better ones are the knife throwing and the shooting, both of which have small 'easter egg' hotspots to aim at in order to get bonus points. Bronco riding is virtually unplayable and the one with the stage coach relies on joystick waggling (argh!). Finally, the last two events are somehow alright, but nothing really overly motivating.

In the end, the game delivers the expected. Everybody will have their picks at their favourite events, and the three difficulty levels offer just enough variety. Fun fact: Back in 1990 (or 1991), I had just half of this game - the first disk of two. It was still playable, as long as I disabled the final three events in the main menu. When I played the full game years later, it didn't feel like I had really missed much.

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