12 is Better Than 6 is a dynamic top-down shooter with stealth elements, presented in a Wild West theme. The story puts you in the shoes of escaped slave fleeing to the United States in 1873.
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Very Positive (61 reviews) - 98% of the 61 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (761 reviews) - 86% of the 761 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 20, 2015

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June 14

The Big update!




- The new Purgatorium mode with 13 various levels.
The spirit of the main character appeared to be in the Purgatory and The Satan himself ordered him to kill of sinners.
Wade through levels and take the first place in the list of global leaders!

- Chenged arena mode+5 new levels and changed balance
Each few waves you will be given a break now - less gringos, for you could learn new location.

- OS X support

- Hola amigos! - Spanish is added!

- Optimization and correction of bugs + flexible settings. Run 12 is Better Than 6 on your toaster.

- Updated translate for French and German languages

- Menu redesign, and you can turn on 60 FPS now

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May 2

Gamepad in release!

Gamepad is ready for Windows!



About gamepad support on Linux we will announce some later.

We remind, this update will replace your save directory, and we can fix it.

If you use Windows, follow next way: C:\Users\User name\AppData\Roaming
Folder Roaming is hidden sometimes, so don't forget to unhide all hidden files and folders.

If you have already played the game after update - find the folder 12ibt6 and rename it to _12ibt6. If while doing it, you are asked to replace folder - press "yes".

If you use Linux - go to Home/.config/ and find folder 12ibt6 and rename it into _12ibt6, if there is already the folder with such name, delete it beforehand and then rename 12ibt6 into _12ibt6.

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Reviews

“It looks good and it definitely feels good to play”
Kotaku

“...it really does look beautiful. Black, white and red all over.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“...excellent soundtrack, and the tactical stealth/action gameplay is well implemented.”
Alpha Beta Gamer

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About This Game

It is 1873. An escaped slave is slowly walking through the desert, making his way from Mexico to Texas. He keeps a revolver close and is wearing the sombrero stolen from a dead man.

Key Features:


  • Deadly gunfights
    You’ll need to cock the revolver with one trigger before being able to shoot by pressing another trigger. One false move and you’ll be overrun in an instant.
  • Authentic weapons
    Winchesters, double-barreled guns, revolvers and Gatling guns will gladly help you to destroy all of the gringos. By the way, we have a RAT with dynamite
  • An enthralling story
    Live through the journey of an escaped Mexican prisoner fighting for survival and freedom in the 1870's in the United States
  • Choose your style
    You can choose to take a more stealthy approach to surprise your enemies, or even just sneak straight past them
  • A splendid art style
    The game is drawn by hand with pen and paper to create an interesting visual experience
  • Setting
    Real places and towns, the spirit of the desert and the most desperate bandidos of the district will help you to plunge into the breathing and cruel world of the Wild West
  • Upgrades
    You'll find breastplates that will have a 50% chance to deflect some bullets, a fast recharging skill that will allow the hero to insert 2 bullets at once, extreme accuracy (less spread for your shots), being able to kill an enemy in stealth without attracting the unwanted attention of his friends, and more!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 2.9 Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 Mb DirectX 9 compatible video card with shader model 3.0 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6+
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 2.9 Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 Mb DirectX 9 compatible video card with shader model 3.0 support
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 2.9 Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 Mb
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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[slckr]robilar5500
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Alright, this one is done and dusted. It's hard to know for sure because of IM, but I'd say my total play time was around 6 or 7 hours. Initially I died a lot, but as you go on, get upgrades, and especially as you get dual wield pistols (the 12 in the title), you pretty much become an unstoppable force.

So, this game is similar to Hotline Miami in a lot of ways, but far more forgiving. You can hide from aggro'd enemies with more certainty of success, and as long as you keep moving, enemies will miss with their weapons more often. It's still twin stick shooter goodness though.

The art style was awesome. Nice black and white workd with red highlights (basically, any blood spilled). It was very cool looking, espeically for a top down game.

The story was pretty silly overall, and yet you stilll want to see it through to the end. Basically, you are a Mexican ex gang leader seeking revenge and trying to find your lost memories. You have no love for the white man, Indians, or even other mexicans lol. Basically, you are just angry. However, you do have a sense of humor still (and that comes out nicely in the dialogue), and despite basically having no good intent, you still do some good as you wander around Texas.

The gameplay itself was seamless. I encountered zero issues with anything. No clipping, no weird physics, no stuttering or freezes or crashes. In every way, this game performed immaculately.

The music was awesome. So much so that I bought the OST today. Really perfect for the game, and generally awesome anyway. You could jam this with no regrets while driving or whatever.

I think overall, I would give this game 9 bullets whizzing by your head as you drink tequila and plot your revenge out of 10 possible.

btw...there is an endless mode after you finish the game (you can probably play this before, but I didnt) called Purgatory, where you have been condemned to a hellish undead existence and must kill all the other sinners, lol.

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madsny
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
7/10
fun game, well done, great music and sounds, uplifting graphics, so why not 10/10, despite enjoying the game, it did become repetitive at times, graphics is a bit too unified resulting in assets blending together with background, making it hard to distinguish which elements are static and which you may interact with. Dialogues are too long, you got to remember, this is a fast paced action game, doing this mode, the last thing you want to spend time on, is long text based dialogues, especially when it is irrelevant chit chat, yes it may enrich the story and characters, but i just wasn't in the mood for it, too often i quickly skipped the dialogues to get to the next action-packed level, missing out on important information about the mission, luckily the game is great at pointing you in the right direction, i never felt stuck, i may not have entirely understood why i had to do what i had to do, but it was still fun and rewarding.

the core game-play is great, it's in the genre of Hotline Miami, there's absolutely no mercy, one shot and your dead, while this does have it's charm, i would have liked there to be a healthbar and the ability to be hit a few times, this would make it possible to try out a few thing while moving forward, instead of constantly starting over again and again, without a doubt this would help on the repetitive side of things.
guns are pretty nice, i like the reloading and aiming, yes it's frustrating at times but i do welcome the added level of realism and complexity it brings to the table, that said, the game is lacking a proper tutorial on how to use the guns properly, the user is pretty much left alone with trial and errors.

i doubt i'll finish the game, to be honest it's a bit frustrating not knowing your progress or how long the game is, despite all this, i did enjoy "12 is better than 6" there are room for improvements, but creating an indie game like this, is not an easy task, with that in mind im crawling up to an 7 out of 10.
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shapes345
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
seems very simple at first, but quickly becomes very fun once you get used to the incredibly fast gunplay. also ive always been a fan of the "no color except for blood" art style
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Glimp's PUB
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Played only Act1 and a few rounds Arena so far and i can tell i will love this game.
It has the same nice and fluent gameplay as Hotline Miami while it can be quiet challenging, too.
Love the fact that you have to c-ock the guns in order to shoot, so you cant spray and pray that much like in Miami.

Way better than this crappy bloothbath kayak or however it is called again which was just horrendous.
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SleepiestRanger
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Fun game, I love the hand drawn, paper style art
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Black Crimson Dragon
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
brutal and fun
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ruskikomandoss
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
A late wild-west themed, with great soundtrack, dialogs and shooting mechanics. If you look for Hotline Miami-ish game, you won't find anything better.
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SpaceCouncil
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
12 is better than 6 is a interesting take on the well established “twin stick shooter” genre.

Take Hotline Miami, stick it in a western and give it some stylized art direction. What makes 12 is better than 6 unique aside from its visuals is the mechanics of each weapon. There are 5 in total and each handle rather differently. The revolver requires you to fan the hammer. The rife requires re-cocking after each shot. You must also reload each bullet for all weapons types including the shotgun and the bow as well as the weapons mentioned before. There is also dynamite for when things get too hectic.

The visuals create a stark contrast between the environment drawn with purple lines on a paper aesthetic from the vibrant red blood strewn down from your bloodlust.

The campaign is roughly 4-ish hours long and has a decent story and seems mostly satirical. There is also an arena mode that is quite enjoyable. The campaign features some buyable upgrades should you acquire enough money to buy them such as attaching dynamite to rats and having them seek out enemies. There are also some side missions that personally I found quite challenging to earn some extra bucks.

Another thing that makes the game mechanically more interesting is the light stealth mechanics. You can knife people silently or use the bow. Obviously having someone see you or have the dead body be found sets of the an alert, not an actual alert but a search is started near your last seen location or near the body.

The game is very fast paced, death and comes in one hit or a couple of grazes, respawns are fast, sometimes so fast I ended up firing and alerting everyone to my location. But the respawns are so fast it was no matter at all.

THE GIST
Really good twin stick shooter with a unique twist. Visually and mechanically.
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MiniMenace
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
12 is better than 6....A unique title for a unique game. Let me start by saying this is not for everyone. If you enjoy top-down shooters it is obviously worth a buy, but if not, this should help.

STORY:
Meh. It is not the best, It is not the worst. But it is there. I would not say it is a drawback, but it is not where the game shines.

GAMEPLAY:
This is where the game shines. IT IS HARD. Even the easiest difficulty will be a nightmare for some gamers. But if difficulty is something you spit on and willingly take up the challenge, then you could have a great time. Ok stealth gameplay. Thinking and planning defintetly required. Trial and error, with skill and precision involved.

I am not a fan of top-down shooters, not a person who loves a hard game, and yet i still found this quite enjoyable. For full price it may require some thought and opinions. On sale, decide if you like what you see and act based on those feelings.
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Corruption
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Product received for free
I just love knifing people.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
12 is better than 6 is a interesting take on the well established “twin stick shooter” genre.

Take Hotline Miami, stick it in a western and give it some stylized art direction. What makes 12 is better than 6 unique aside from its visuals is the mechanics of each weapon. There are 5 in total and each handle rather differently. The revolver requires you to fan the hammer. The rife requires re-cocking after each shot. You must also reload each bullet for all weapons types including the shotgun and the bow as well as the weapons mentioned before. There is also dynamite for when things get too hectic.

The visuals create a stark contrast between the environment drawn with purple lines on a paper aesthetic from the vibrant red blood strewn down from your bloodlust.

The campaign is roughly 4-ish hours long and has a decent story and seems mostly satirical. There is also an arena mode that is quite enjoyable. The campaign features some buyable upgrades should you acquire enough money to buy them such as attaching dynamite to rats and having them seek out enemies. There are also some side missions that personally I found quite challenging to earn some extra bucks.

Another thing that makes the game mechanically more interesting is the light stealth mechanics. You can knife people silently or use the bow. Obviously having someone see you or have the dead body be found sets of the an alert, not an actual alert but a search is started near your last seen location or near the body.

The game is very fast paced, death and comes in one hit or a couple of grazes, respawns are fast, sometimes so fast I ended up firing and alerting everyone to my location. But the respawns are so fast it was no matter at all.

THE GIST
Really good twin stick shooter with a unique twist. Visually and mechanically.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
had a problem after an update - quick response from developer - good service!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Alright, this one is done and dusted. It's hard to know for sure because of IM, but I'd say my total play time was around 6 or 7 hours. Initially I died a lot, but as you go on, get upgrades, and especially as you get dual wield pistols (the 12 in the title), you pretty much become an unstoppable force.

So, this game is similar to Hotline Miami in a lot of ways, but far more forgiving. You can hide from aggro'd enemies with more certainty of success, and as long as you keep moving, enemies will miss with their weapons more often. It's still twin stick shooter goodness though.

The art style was awesome. Nice black and white workd with red highlights (basically, any blood spilled). It was very cool looking, espeically for a top down game.

The story was pretty silly overall, and yet you stilll want to see it through to the end. Basically, you are a Mexican ex gang leader seeking revenge and trying to find your lost memories. You have no love for the white man, Indians, or even other mexicans lol. Basically, you are just angry. However, you do have a sense of humor still (and that comes out nicely in the dialogue), and despite basically having no good intent, you still do some good as you wander around Texas.

The gameplay itself was seamless. I encountered zero issues with anything. No clipping, no weird physics, no stuttering or freezes or crashes. In every way, this game performed immaculately.

The music was awesome. So much so that I bought the OST today. Really perfect for the game, and generally awesome anyway. You could jam this with no regrets while driving or whatever.

I think overall, I would give this game 9 bullets whizzing by your head as you drink tequila and plot your revenge out of 10 possible.

btw...there is an endless mode after you finish the game (you can probably play this before, but I didnt) called Purgatory, where you have been condemned to a hellish undead existence and must kill all the other sinners, lol.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The things I like about this game are blood&gore deriving from intense shooting with nice music coming from the background. You come to the mood gringo, and shoot everyone's hats off while having fun! One of the better birdseye view shooting games on steam. It can be seen, it's inspired from Hotline Miami, but with taking its better aspects and blending it on this game. So much better than other hotline ripoffs. So get it right away gringo even with the deserving full price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
12 is better than 6....A unique title for a unique game. Let me start by saying this is not for everyone. If you enjoy top-down shooters it is obviously worth a buy, but if not, this should help.

STORY:
Meh. It is not the best, It is not the worst. But it is there. I would not say it is a drawback, but it is not where the game shines.

GAMEPLAY:
This is where the game shines. IT IS HARD. Even the easiest difficulty will be a nightmare for some gamers. But if difficulty is something you spit on and willingly take up the challenge, then you could have a great time. Ok stealth gameplay. Thinking and planning defintetly required. Trial and error, with skill and precision involved.

I am not a fan of top-down shooters, not a person who loves a hard game, and yet i still found this quite enjoyable. For full price it may require some thought and opinions. On sale, decide if you like what you see and act based on those feelings.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
A great, nervous and hardcore shooter. The fact that you have to manually reload your weapons and cok it each time you want to give a shot, makes a much more nerve-wracking an frustrating game than an other Miami hotline shooter like.
The hand-draw graphic style gave me an erection, and realy immersed me in this cliche western feeling...

All in all, this is one of the games that makes you understand why Steam Greenlight as been created.


Congrats to the Devs, great game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
This game feels extremely clunky at times,but I really like it. The story is rich with narrative. But if you're looking for story depth,as in Hotline miami,you won't find it here. However,it is similar to Hotline Miami in other aspects,except there's less blood (Not that I have a problem with that).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Product received for free
12 is Better Than 6 is a hand-drawn Western Hotline Miami with tricky but satisfying firing mechanics. Strong language warning in some spots, but kind of relevant to the setting. A bit short, but fast-paced and fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
A late wild-west themed, with great soundtrack, dialogs and shooting mechanics. If you look for Hotline Miami-ish game, you won't find anything better.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Played only Act1 and a few rounds Arena so far and i can tell i will love this game.
It has the same nice and fluent gameplay as Hotline Miami while it can be quiet challenging, too.
Love the fact that you have to c-ock the guns in order to shoot, so you cant spray and pray that much like in Miami.

Way better than this crappy bloothbath kayak or however it is called again which was just horrendous.
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