In the year of 18XX, the west is overrun by thugs and outlaws. A group of bandits have kidnapped Mayor Johnsons daughter and are spreading havok across the land. Only Gunman Clive can bring order to the west and save the girl!Jump and shoot your way across 16 diverse and challenging levels and fight massive bosses.
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Release Date: Jan 3, 2014

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“From start to finish, Gunman Clive is a fantastic platformer”
8.7 – IGN (3DS)

“the game is still a steal at $2. Fans of 2D action platformers need to check it out”
8 – Destructoid (3DS)

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In the year of 18XX, the west is overrun by thugs and outlaws. A group of bandits have kidnapped Mayor Johnsons daughter and are spreading havok across the land. Only Gunman Clive can bring order to the west and save the girl!

Jump and shoot your way across 16 diverse and challenging levels and fight massive bosses. Gunman Clive is an old-school sidescrolling platform game set in the old west with full 3D graphics and a unique artstyle.


  • Old school sidescrolling action
  • Full 3D graphics
  • Unique sketch shaded artstyle
  • 3 different playable characters
  • Dozens of different enemies
  • Epic boss battles
  • Supports Xbox 360 controllers

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This game is fine.

There's nothing wrong with it, but there's nothing particularly good about it either.
It's just alright. Get it if you want something simple and cheap to play for an hour.
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177 of 203 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
Here's a review after finishing the game with both the main characters and trying the third, hidden one.

TL:DR? Challenging 20 levels of platforming with wild west style. Like Megaman, if you're familiar with those.

Gunman Clive is a short but challenging platformer of minimalistic but nevertheless adequate graphics. There are three playable characters, one of which you have to unlock, each with their special skills. There are about 20 levels, every 5th of which is a boss battle. They take you through the wild west and the story hilariously hyperboles towards the end.

Levels are sidescrolling action that last only a minute or so per stage. However, they're also quite challenging, requiring multiple tries to get through. Bosses have anywhere from 2 to 4 different attack types. Challenge rises from the low health of the player who can take only two hits before dying (on Hard difficulty) and also from death falls and insta-kill spikes of certain levels. Obviously, once you get familiar with the game it becomes a lot easier to avoid enemies and go through the previously difficult spots. Warning though if you're easily irritated, you might get momentarily frustrated with some spots.

After a while the game begins to resemble very much the Megaman games of NES. While you have infinite ammo, your rate of fire is limited by your weapon. Many features of the levels from enemies to obstacles also resemble Megaman, from moving platforms to appearing and disappearing blocks to alternating gravity and wind machines. Admittedly, these features are part of virtually any decent platformer, which this one certainly is. There are also a couple of special levels with slightly different moving capabilities akin to Gradius (continuosly moving, sidescrolling shooter) and just about any sidescroller with rideable minecarts.

I hope I'm not spoiling too much if I reveal that the third character is unlocked after finishing the game first and is a duck that can't attack, only fly short distances. This game mode is also a bit more difficult because of these limitations. Because of this there are also no bosses in this mode for obvious reasons and it is basically a different game altogether. This mode is very challenging to complete perfectly, adding several hours of play time to the game.

For such a small price this is a good platformer, maybe even too cheap for its content, for now it's like on a permanent discount. I hear it has been first released on 3DS, now rereleased on Steam with achievements. These are of the speed-run, no-damage run types with different characters. They can be quite difficult, though you can do the no-damage and speed-runs separately. The most difficult one is the one requiring completion of the game without dying. There are two versions of this achievement, one for the initial characters and another, probably more difficult one for the duck. I have yet to get all the achievements.

Some people seem to have become upset because of some "misogynistic content". Myself, I found this concern hilarious. You can play either as the guy or the girl and save the other one. This is the incentive for the story. It isn't very original but the story isn't exactly the reason to play this game: it works splendidly for what it is.
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93 of 115 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
Originally available on the 3DS as well as the iOS and Android, Gunman Clive is now (finally) available through Steam. Gunman Clive was a nice short little platformer with (what I thought) were some pretty smooth/minimalistic visuals and a not-to-shabby soundtrack (I'll be honest, it wasn't really my taste - but that doesn't mean I didn't like it by any means). The gameplay itself was pretty fun - the game's comprised of a total of 20 levels (4 of which are boss levels), 3 unlockable characters followed by a moderately high replay value; the game itself is also slightly challenging if you're trying to go for speed-runs or higher difficulty settings. For a full price of $2, this game was a pretty fun time-filler (took me about 20-30 minutes to complete it the first time around, but I'm not stopping there). Methinks you'd like this game if you are at least somewhat a fan of platformers or if you ever liked the first Megaman games (as it shows many similarities between the 2).

My rating - 9.3/10. Definitely consider getting it. Heck, think about it even if you don't like platformers, especially since it's so fracking cheap.

Also, if you're on Windows you may want to try to get a free demo off of Desura. They also have a Mac-friendly version there as well.
I've tried looking for demos compatible with both Mac and Linux, but I can't seem to find anything.... (I believe Linux is generally unsupported in in this case, but don't quote me on that.)

[Edit]: It seems the review is getting some negative feedback for one reason or another... What do you think I can do/mention to help make this a more helpful review for others?
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50 of 61 people (82%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
You could buy Gunman Clive or a large soda and trust me this game is much better than a large soda.
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51 of 68 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
Charming coloring book visuals with all the simplicity of an early NES game. Specifically, it plays like Megaman, with some enemies' functions and patterns lifted right out of it, despite the wild west setting. All you do is run, shoot sideways, jump, and climb ladders. Bosses are pretty strait forward with highlighted weak spots and life meters. 90% of the audio is the subtle soundtrack, while the effects are extremely soft. A good standard $2 price tag on this one.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This game is pretty nice. It will remind you of a lot of old classic shooters such as Megaman as well as Contra. Think Megaman in western setting. The game itself is pretty short takes around one and a half hour to beat in normal mode. There's boss fights every 5 rounds and total of 4 bosses. 20 stages and they're not that long. Everytime you die you start at the beginning of the stage.

Graphics - This sort of has a design which looks like hand drawn (not sure if it actually is). The game looks beautiful in my opinion and the art style suits it as well. The few number of colors used really make the artstye unique and looks very cool imo.

Music/Sound - This game has VERY nice music, when i say nice i mean i have literally taken the .ogg files from the games directory and put in on my phone to listen to. I was addicted to the soundtrack.

Gameplay - Fun gameplay which can be challenging. All you do is go through the stage and kill the cowboys, ducks(lol?), aliens with your handy pistol. There's some frustrating platforming as well. You can also get upgrades to your gun (think contra), there's a 3 way spread, a bigger buller which is slower but does more damage, there's even laser gun as well as a heat seeking gun. You have a life bar which lets you take around 4-5 hits before you die. Every 5 levels you get a boss fight which are pretty interesting and require you to learn their patterns to kill them.

Overall i'd recomend this game, $2, seriously you can't even get soda for that now a days.
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35 of 47 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
There's not much more one can say about Gunman Clive other than that it's a fairly simple, two-button arcade-length action platformer with a fun little western presentation. There's a pretty good variety in terms of enemy designs, stage gimmicks and layouts, and boss enemies, and a decent selection of randomly dropped gun power-ups from enemies to mix things up here and there. Replay value lies solely in the Steam Achievements and personal satisfaction if that's your thing, and are aimed more toward hardcore goals such as finishing stages under par-times, without dying, and under certain circumstances which can only be unlocked by completing the game once.

What Gunman Clive presents is utterly simple, but it's executed well enough to bet that you'll have a pretty good time with it if you're into older-school games like Contra and Mega Man. You could really do a lot worse for the couple bucks this one's going for.
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30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
Gunman Clive is a throwback to the old NES Mega Man games. In fact I often joke that Clive might have been Dr. Light's great great great grandfather.

The game is indeed short, but the price for such a short game is fitting.

Some may not like the coloring of the game, but I think it was a style choice given the old west theme. It didn't seem to bother me, but I'm sure some would disagree.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
This game deserves to be purchased for so many reasons. For one it's only $2. Which is insane.
Two, it has a great replayability. There are three characters with different play styles that really change the way the game is played so beat it then rebeat it again.
Three, the gameplay is perfect. No trouble with the controls, the power ups are great, and the bosses are fun and challenging.
Four, the art style is beautiful. It's a western and the coloring and penciled look applies so well.
Really if you like action platformers buy this. Full price. Don't even wait for a sale.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
The scene is set: bandits have overrun the town, absconded with your love, and left a trail of destruction and peril in their wake (not to mention a rampant duck infestation). As the only hope left in the rampant west, you must don your sharpshooter and set out to take back the hostage (and maybe score a kiss in the process)!

Clearly I could be talking of no other game than Gunman Clive, a western side-scrolling shooter with a stylish look and a budget price tag, originally released on the 3DS and now making its way to PC. It’s a simplistic game that could have easily felt at home on the NES, featuring many of the basic design philosophies common in that generation. You have a very limited range of moves, capable of jumping and shooting and little else, and are sent through short platforming levels with only spouts of variation therein, ending with a climactic boss fight that seems designed more to test who has the fastest trigger finger than anything else.

There are a few ways to look at a game of this nature. On one side, side-scrolling shooters have seen a great deal of innovation in recent years taking advantage of modern technologies to create games the likes of which could never have existed on the limited tech that started the genre, and making something like this seem a tad outdated in comparison.

On the other there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a simple, dare I say retro, simplicity which Gunman Clive so fully embraces. In some ways I enjoyed having such an uncluttered and uncomplicated direction that doesn’t require a great deal of thought to play, and is almost refreshing compared to more advanced titles of recent memory. All that said, what developer Bertil Horberg never managed or even attempted, was to outdo my expectations.

Every set piece, enemy encounter, and platform design felt like something I’d seen and played a hundred times over already, and eventually began to grate on me as scenes unfolded with so little originality. I can forgive a game to paying homage to others, but there’s something so...generic, about the way Gunman Clive plays, that I found it hard to be impressed after the initial awe of the fantastic visual style. The cheap deaths and lack of any checkpoints within levels also proved frustrating, for however short they may be.

Were it to cost anymore I might have a hard time recommending Gunman Clive in any great respect, but for $2 it’s a perfectly solid (if often unremarkable) experience, that most should have no trouble finding an hour or two of enjoyment in. I would have liked for the developer to have spent more time designing and fine tuning the levels and controls, as most of the budget and focus seems to have been spent on the visuals (which while great, can’t make up for average to mediocre gameplay), but all the same there are far worse things to spend $2 and an hour of your time, provided you know what you're getting.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
It's like Mega Man, but you're a Cowboy.

-Classic 2D Style Platforming
-Challenging but fun Boss Fights
-Good Graphics
-Good Soundtrack
-Replay Value
-It's less than $2

-Nothing Ground Breaking
-Difficulty Spikes


Gunman Clive is a very good game in its own right, but it does nothing to break the mold. It does things that other games have already done, but that's not really a bad thing. You move from left to right, shoot baddies, & take out bosses. The only bad thing about it I can say is the difficulty tends to spike in some areas pretty quick. Other than that, it's a usual 2D action Platform game, but it's still a good one that you'll probably enjoy & for the price of only $1.99 it's hard to say no isn't it?
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 22
Meh. Ok graphics and music; extremely limited gameplay with no replayability. Was probably a free game on Newgrounds; wouldn't recommend it even for the $0.14 I purchased it for, it's just not worth your time.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: September 21
For two dollars, probably less if you catch it on sale, you can't do much better than Gunman Clive. It's fun, simple, a little silly, and can fill in a slot in your evening.
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13.7 hrs
Posted: September 11
2¢ Review

Game Name: Gunman Clive
Original Release: 02 April 2012
My Overall Grade (#/10): 6
Demo: No (at least for PC)
Workshop: No
Level Editor: No
Captions: No
Controller Support: Yes
Multiplayer: No
VR Support: No
Steam Cards / Achieves: No / Yes
Genre: Side Scroller, Western,
Manual: No, but some adequate guides on steam
Walkthrough: Yes on steam and the net
Savegame Editor / Cheats: No / No
Active Community / Mods: Limited / No
Metacritic Score: N/A
Full Audio Multi Language: English
Win 10 / Crapple / Linux: Yes / No / No
Recommended To: Side scroller fans
Other: Well I should state I dislike side scrollers. Not on a whole but due mostly to the fact that like RPGMaker games there are thousands of crappy ones for every good one.

This is one I like. The western motif is a nice twist on the side scroller. 3 modes (duck unlocks after 1st full run) which make little difference unless your achievement hunting.

There are plenty of guides and this games is available on multiple OSes so you can play it on the go.

At $2.19 CDN I’s not expensive but you may want to wait till #1 & #2 are in a bundle or on sale as a package.

1¢ Review
Western take on side scrollers
Duck mode
Nominal specs needed



Overall: 5/10 +1 duck mode = 6/10 Get it on sale unless you love side scrollers. Then grab it because it is fun.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
Absolutely fantastic!
This game will give you hours of fun playing through the game with its cartoonish, hand drawn scenery and characters, and fun and addictive gameplay.
Not a lot of people have reviewed this game and let alone own it but those people are the people who went the right path in chosing this game
Definately worth the $1.99 which is almost a steal for this amazing game!
Grab and play it now, you won't regret it
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Bolton B. Jones
2.7 hrs
Posted: July 13
A couple of good ideas here and there. The game feels VERY cheap. Furthermore the gameplay goes something like this: You die until you figure out the way you're supposed to not die. Then you win like it wasn't even a challenge in the first place. Total garbage.
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Violent Pacifist
1.0 hrs
Posted: June 29
Fun game. Cool artstyle, good levels.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: June 24
There were several points in this game where I though to myself, "this reminds me of Mega Man." The controls are easy (even if Clive has a slippery feel to his movements), the levels are short yet challenging and it's a good diversion for when you want to kill some time, but not too much time.

Only downside is the lack of controller support, or a two player option. But after seeing some of the later designed levels you'll understand why this is a single player game.

WAAAAAAAYY better than Mighty No. 9. And for only $2.00.

You should buy it.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: June 18
Reliving Sunset Riders one duck at a time
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