Select one of eleven unique playable gunslingers and seek revenge solo or with your friends in Online or Local Co-Op! Master the specialized controls of each character, collect gold from fallen foes to purchase upgrades, get totally drunk and unleash a tornado of lead across the dusty plains.
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2015

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When the evil railroad baron Clayton Boon decided to build a track to Hell, he didn’t reckon on a crazed shaman raising a posse of embittered psychopaths from the dead to stop him. Now they’ll pursue him across the whole Wild West, fighting their way through hordes of bandits, bears, braves and boogeymen just to find Boon and repay their debt with… A FISTFUL OF GUN!

Select one of eleven unique playable gunslingers and seek revenge as a lone wolf or with your friends in local and online co-op. Master the specialized controls of each character, collect gold from fallen foes to purchase upgrades, and imbibe a bit of liquid courage and unleash a tornado of lead across the dusty plains.


Misfits and Outlaws: Choose between eleven different gunslingers each with their own unique control scheme and methods of attack to master. Some characters require the finesse of a gamepad while others are strictly bound to mouse controls to mount their offensive.

Multiplayer and Co-Op Modes: Gather a posse of gunslingers for chaotic local multiplayer or connect online cooperative modes or square off with other gunslingers at the corral in the white-knuckled versus mode.

Story and Arcade Modes: Take up arms against those that stand opposed and blast your way through the colorful landscapes of the west against dozens of unique enemies. Grab a horse, forge a river, ride a train – there’s never a dull moment in the lawless lands of the Wild West!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad, mouse, and keyboard needed to use all characters.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
A decent premise for a roguelite twin-stick shooter that blows it by having a dozen different bad control schemes instead of one good one. The lack of any sort of persistent unlock system or progression makes the core gameplay being so dull and frustrating that much worse.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10

Has some hints of a nice art style but I do not like the gameplay. It's without any character, can't find anything to like there.
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57 of 69 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
A Fistful of Fun

This is a shooter quite like no other. The Wild West themed bullet circus is utterly insane and enjoyable. All the mechanics of the game feel finely tuned and precise: dodging bullets and sending them back feels so intuitive you should never have to stand there and bleed. The levels and areas are all varied and peppered with details and events such as carrying a giant explosive piñata, robbing banks, dodging rolling crates and so on. The structure of the game has these different level types shuffled around and enemy placement is randomized, but this only one small part of what keeps the action fun and exciting throughout.

The playable characters are a definite highlight of the game. While most games might settle for differentiating characters by stats or looks alone, the colorful cast of a Fistul also has different styles based around the actual input and control of the character: you have a shotgun toting teacher whose two barrels need to be reloaded individually, the wanted outlaw Billy who wields twin revolvers that only fire when the highlighted chamber is pressed, Bomberman fans will feel right at home playing as Pablo the demo daredevil and this is barely scratching the surface. Each character feels vastly different from the next and they all come with some alternative weapons that can be picked up in the game. Mastering each gunslinger bit by bit feels immensely satisfying and the only problem is deciding which one is your huckleberry.

However, strong characters would be wasted if they didn't have some clever enemies to go up against and Fistful delivers on this front as well. Machine gun wagons, rabid bears, magic arrows, among others, are all a great match up against the heroes of Fistful. However, even the more standard gunslinging enemies keep things interesting as they will move about the map, flank you, set of explosives, and shoot behind cover. To help out against the overwhelming amount of bullets, the game also has powerups in the form of different whiskey that can give you a chance to ignore a bullet or make one of your own explode. Even with powerups though, you will need to hone your skills to keep your continues from running dry.

This shooter has a sure sense of style. The narrowing wide screen, red tones throughout, panning shots, acid wild west colors, arcade font and voice over, and old west monologues all come together nicely to bring out a sense of the legendary west. The soundtrack also does a fantastic piece of Morricone inspired tunes. The chants, whistling and marching drums go along nicely with the rest of the aesthetics.

The local and online co-op are both fun experiences and each mode available is pure hectic fun. However, the 9 player local co-op is really more for laughs than ever actually accomplishing anything in the game. That being said playing in a group as The Magnificent Seven or going at it on your lonesome like The Man with No Name, there is a good time to be had. The story and arcade modes, aside from cutscenes and a definite ending, differ between some shuffled around mechanics and events (such as how upgrades work and taking peyote). Aside from unlocking characters in story mode, there are also safes that have a chance to drop new locations that get shuffled into the gameplay mix. The versus mode is a great way to let your friends know that this living room ain't big enough for the 2-9 of you. The different modes, unlocks, and urge to be better all go a long way in replay value.

As far as pure arcade madness goes, A Fistful of Gun has no equal. The top down shooting action, whether alone or in co-op, is frantic, adrenaline fueled, and challenging.

*Note: as an owner of Under the Ocean that did not refund my game, I was able to receive a free key from the developer ( See here for more info ). However, this does not affect my review of the game at all.
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141 of 208 people (68%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 27, 2014
Fun game, interesting gameplay mechanic of every control method having a seperate character with each one designed to use that method's strength, should be interesting seeing how it grows overtime
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Review Date: Thursday, 18th February 2016
Hours played prior to reviewing: 12.6
Achievement progress: 15/36 | 43%


Welcome to the Wild West! A Fistful Of Gun is a fast-paced top-down shooter with rogue-like elements separated into 2 main modes: Arcade and Story. There's 11 different characters to choose from, each of them comes with unique controls and their own fighting system. The game has full controller support but for some characters you have to switch to keyboard & mouse, otherwise the game won't let you play them. When you start up the western action for the first time, you most likely begin with Arcade Mode that lets you pick all of those characters. Which is nice for practice purposes but can be terrible if your first choice is one of the guys with very odd controls. I have to admit I rage-quitted the game after two short runs of Arcade because I thought there's something wrong with the Steam Controller bindings (I'm using a template from the community). The character 'Noah' was the reason for it though. He's on the very left of the character select screen and why would you not start from the left?
Well, obviously I gave the game another shot after checking the discussions and finding that other cowboys play very differently. I didn't regret starting it again because I found myself getting addicted to this little gem. Let me know tell you more about the main modes:

Arcade: You can select any character and start on a warm-up map. The goal is to clear the screen to get to the next one and reach the highest score. The maps and enemies are randomized but get significantly more difficult over the time. After you cleared a screen, the game gives you the option to choose among 5 random upgrades to make yourself stronger. One shot or hit of an enemy kills you and takes a life (in form of a card). You start with five hearts but a horse - that you can either steal from an enemy or get through an upgrade - or an armor upgrade take 1 bullet instead of you which basically means an extra life. Arcade can be played in single-player, local and online multiplayer.

Story: Unlike Arcade mode, you can only pick one of the three already unlocked wranglers to start your journey with. The goal is to reach the 3rd chapter and kill the railroad baron Clayton Boon, the reason for all our troubles along the way. Each chapter ends with a unique boss fight and is 14 miles (= 14 screens) away from the start. Just as in the other mode, the enemies, type of maps and events are randomized, although you decide which direction you want to continue on. But keep in mind: There is no going back. Coins that you collect can be spent on several things such as new weapons, upgrades, playing cards (very important to increase the amount of your lives). Unfortunately the story can only be played alone or in local co-op and there is no support for playing it online.

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  • Pixelart / Graphics: I adore them. The gunslingers have been designed with love and look super cute despite them being badass killers with moustaches and all. The maps itself lacks a bit of details on first glance - but honestly, it would make the bullethell just more confusing.
  • Gameplay: The gameplay is incredibly fun if you learn how to play with the characters and pick one that you like. You will get addicted to Story mode after experiencing new things you haven't seen before and secrets that still need to be revealed.
  • Easter Eggs: It would be too spoiling to reveal too much, just let me tell you there's a lot of stuff randomly going on that you wouldn't predict and that will make you laugh for sure.
  • Soundtrack: The soundtrack fits the setting well and is neither annoying nor too minimal, they really did a good job balancing it.
  • Events: The developer organizes special community events occasionally. Unfortunately I couldn't participate in any yet but I hope another one is happening soon! (These events are required to obtain some of the achievements)
  • Steam features: Achievements - check, Trading Cards - check. Perfect! Cloud saving might useful to some players, I personally didn't need it. Workshop support would be pointless for this game.


  • Difficulty: A Fistful Of Gun is not easy. Not at all. In almost 13 hours of playtime I still haven't beaten the campaign yet. I lost 30 lives in some screens and died because they really were impossible with the setup / loot I had. You need luck to get gold, to find a merchant and card players and you need luck with the screens you land on. Challenging games can be good and make you become ambitious but sometimes it felt like a pain in the ♥♥♥.. The achievements are (too) hard and rare as well.


  • Mac / Linux Support: Not available. Every game should have support for all platforms on Steam or at least offer support for one additional OS.
  • Online Story Co-Op: You can only play Arcade and Versus online with friends. But the focus should be on the story and that mode can only be played alone or in local co op.

Hardware Information

Hardware Windows Mac
CPU 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo 2.6GHz Intel i7
GPU GeForce 9100M GeForce GT 650M
RAM 4GB (only 3 in use) 16GB
Storage 1TB HDD 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
OS Windows 10, 32 Bit OS X El Capitan
Resolution 1920x1080 3840x2400 (Retina)
Controller Steam Controller Steam Controller

This game was played on my Windows computer.


Vegan™ - No animals got killed for this review.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
This review is rather neutral than good (I still hope that Steam will add "in-the-middle" option someday). In all honesty I expected to play "A Fistful of Gun" longer since it looked very interesting (very much like "Hotline Miami"), but sadly it did not keep me interested long enough.

Let's be clear here: this game is not my cup of tea. It's a classic "run around, avoid and shoot" game and I feel like it was design primarily for the multiplayer, which I haven't tested. Still, I've seen few reviews that compare it to "Hotline Miami" - I must admit, I don't see the similarity. "A Fistful of Gun" isn't much about strategy or planning, it's mostly mix of pure chaos, luck and skill.

+ Game setting. I just enjoy Wild West and I think "A Fistful of Gun" does a great job in terms of creating right atmosphere.
+ Great music.
+ Very nice graphic. Come on, who doesn't love pixels?
+ Few characters to choose from. Characters that are different not only in the way the look, not only in terms of their skills, but also have different controls, which I find very interesting.
+ Funny. There are few clever, humorous encounters.
+ Self-aware. Game isn't set in serious tone, it's absurd and that's exactly the way it should be.
+ Multiplayer. This game is just design for two (or waaay more) players. I can imagine it gets even more chaotic and waaay more hilarious when you play it with the group of friends.

- Story Mode. Yeaaah... nope. Not much for a story really. Just an intro, few encounters and fights. I didn't feel like I was playing with any purpose or goal, it was all rather foggy.
- Only for shoot-em-up fans. If you're not particularly fond of this genre (like me) and you're looking for something else to keep you interested in the game (like story, lore or even unique gameplay), you will not find it. With this game you pretty much get what you see.

If you're a fan of shoot-em-up and/or plan to play it with friends - I recommend it.
If not... Well, you can safely pass on this one.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Product received for free
When starting up A Fistful of Gun for the first time I was greeted with retro style pixel graphics combined with the dusty zest of an old Western movie. I grabbed my controller and jumped right in, since there was no tutorial, and promptly died. The game is a top down shooter that is very much like a bullet hell game. Shots are flying every which way as you run around killing bad guys and picking up the gold left behind. Despite being horrible at this sort of game I still found it fun and enjoyable, albeit frustrating. It’s a good game to pick up every now and again, especially to play with friends.

There is a story to the game but I won’t lie, I didn’t pay too much attention to it. From what I gathered there is a rich railroad baron named Cayton Boon and he’s making life miserable so a group of sharp shooters are after him. I am unsure if all of the characters know each or not, due to me not being very good at the game I didn’t progress very far in the story. There are currently three acts to the story and a fourth act coming shortly.

Where the game truly shines is arcade mode which I enjoyed a lot more than the story mode. You progress through short levels and at the end of each you can upgrade your character, making their shots hit harder or giving them protection from fire. You can also play with a friend go for versus mode, or even hop online to play with others. The game offers a fun experience alone but is even better with others. Whatever mode you play, you have the choice between eleven unique characters. You can use a controller or your mouse and keyboard though I preferred the controller. Each character offers a different play style, some use guns, others use bombs and one is actually a whole regiment of soldiers that loses a soldier with every hit. I loved the variety, however the game has no tutorial or training mode so the only way to learn is through trial and error.

The game has a decent user interface, but sometimes the text can be a bit tiny, such as when you’re selecting an upgrade in arcade mode. The graphics are great, it’s like a pixelated spaghetti Western in all of its cheesy glory. However, sometimes with all the action going on at the screen at once it can become a chaotic mess and disorienting, however that’s what most bullet hell games seem like to me. The music is very fitting of the game, has a great Western vibe to it and brings the package together well. You can buy the soundtrack separately if you like.

While a good game the price seems a bit high for what it currently offers. However, if you find this on sale or in a bundle then go for it. If you enjoy bullet hell style games or top down shooters this should be a fun experience for you. A Fistful of Guns is a campy throwback to old Western films using the modern medium of video games. It’s a great game to play with friends with a lot of variety, it also has Steam achievements and trading cards for you collectors out there.

I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I feel like this game is misunderstood by the people who gave them a negative review. Let me tell you why:

I´ve seen old Spaghetti Western films because of my dad, always had contact with those movies cause he loved Clint Eastwood as the badass bounty hunter, but his favorite Sergio Leone´s film is "Once Upon a Time in the West" starring Charles Bronson. Anyone that never watched Sergio Leone´s films will not understand the game title or even the concept idea that the developer want to give you here (I might be wrong tho). You don´t need to know about these films, but It will make you appreciate the game even more.

Just look at the first game trailer on Steam. People need to see The Good, the Bad & the Ugly movie to understand the intention: a Tribute to good old Western flicks.

And It´s not about an idea only, the game in my personal opinion is amazing, It´s a fast paced 16 Bit graphics title. Full chaos at multiplayer, you need some skills at higher levels. I´ve always liked the "Simple but Fun" combination on other games, and this one has It.

I´ve had smaller problems with the multiplayer, but guess what, the Developer is there for you. How many times you people had complaints about game developers leaving the title abandoned? this is not the case, Its been 7 months since the release on Steam and he´s been there, listening to the people that bought It (don´t believe me? go to the discussions). Why he behaves like that I asked myself, It was the first time for me that a developer actually read what I wrote. Well probably It´s because he loves what he does and he appreciates people who support him and enjoy his fast paced title. This deal makes me like the game even more, thinking that maybe he will add some DLC or new characters on a near future. If not, we still have such a solid game here. Trust me, It has a big replay value, simple but fun is the way to go sometimes.

The musical score is amazing, It will tranfer you to that crazy time. The gameplay and difficulty are good. You can´t go wrong here, what else do I need to tell you?. Support this guy, he deserves better ratings.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
Short Version: A short, but highly replayable and entertaining multi-directional shoot-em-up in the tradition of Smash TV. Great fun for a few bouts with friends now and then, but only buy solo if you're really into this type of game.

In a Fistful of Gun you can get together with a few trigger-happy friends to play with guns, get drunk, break stuff, and blow up angry chickens with dynamite all without the real-life consequences! You choose from one of 11 different characters to run through random levels of retro gunslinging action, grabbing as many gold nuggets, power-ups and alcoholic boosts along the way as you can.

One of the biggest draws of the game is the multiplayer aspect, with high-score progress designed to track a full posse of players. This is emphasized even further by the unforgiving gameplay, which can cause the 'continue' screen to pop up rather often in solo mode. Even though bullets are too scarce in many stages to push this into bullet-hell territory, between the heat-seeking farm animals of doom, stray crates of dynamite, and of course a horde of guntoting baddies, you WILL die. Simply completing the relatively short single-player story mode (which is truthfully about as story-less as a story mode can be) might take some practice.

Of course, once a playthrough ends, the secondary hook of Fistful of Gun may very well entice you into another round; Each of the eleven different characters to choose from features a different gun, which is actually an entirely new control scheme and shooting style. One gunslinger fires large shotgun blasts, but only in the direction you're currently running and limited to a single shot in each barrel, while another wields a 6-shooter that can be quickly fired in any direction, but requires joystick flicking and a lengthy reload period after you empty the chamber. Each of the guns requires you to learn a new set of skills, so perfecting them all could provide a very lengthy challenge.

All in all, Fistful of Gun is a fun, difficult game reminiscent of old school shooters, but with modern features added to boost entertainment and replayability. If you're buying it purely for solo play, you might want to wait for a decent sale or be certain you enjoy this type of game - a short Story Mode, and a highly replayable but somewhat repetitive Arcade Mode designed around high scores might leave you feeling that the experience was a bit lacking. However, if you love retro shoot-em-ups or have a few friends to play with, A Fistful of Gun could be a blast.

Received a free copy for testing/reviewing purposes.
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12.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
If you like old arcade games, spaghetti westerns, or bullet hells you should really try this game.
The game relies on a one hit kill system which can make the game quite difficult for you (one hit kills don't apply to enemies on horses, if you are on a horse, or if you have the armor buff.)
The game is very difficult but very good.
I heavily suggest that you wait until the game goes on sale as the price is a little high for the quality off the game although if the game seems really appealing to you I would still reccomend it if it's not on sale.
The game supports single player,online coop, and local coop.
The major downfall of the game is that nearly no one is ever online.
In the game you have the option to play as one(ormore) of a group of characters these include
Zeke: The school teacher with a shotgun
Two feather: The mystical bird told me to shoot you also my tophat is fancy.
Billy: Aren't you a little young to own a derringer?
Pablo: The guy who blew up trump's wall.
Zeke: Hey wait... This isn't sniper elite.
Dutch: Like the old west version of a killer circus performer.

I highly reccomend you buy this.
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6.0 hrs
Posted: October 12
couldn't get into it
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 10
How incredibly annoying. Spend 10 minutes figuring out how to play, and once you do it's one hit kill. Boring.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: September 1
+ nice arcade close up shooter
+ different characters with different gameplay
+ seems to be more fun with friends, have to try it with local mates at next party

- couldn't find anyone online on public game to join
- maybe the price is a little too high
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5.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
Meh. Boring and maybe a bit too hard for co-op. Characters are unbalanced and they sometimes randomly get hit even if avoiding the bullets. Even though you learn to fight pretty quickly, there is not much more to do than spraying a few shots on enemies while dodging theirs... and it's not satisfying.

However, there are cards to get.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: August 18
A decent arcade game with enough variety to keep me going for a few hours. A bit too hard, but nothing an average gamer can't handle.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: August 16
It's worth 3 bucks if you can play it with your mates - pretty shallow but frantic and lots of players at once.
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