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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Release Date: Nov 20, 2015

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

“...it really does look beautiful. Black, white and red all over.”
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“...excellent soundtrack, and the tactical stealth/action gameplay is well implemented.”
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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

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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
The developers finally (in June) fixed the framerate, it is not locked anymore at 38fps, you can choose between lock at 30 and lock at 60.

The game is a fun little game and quite challenging. It is very fast paced, enemies have 99% accuracy ;-) and you really have to aim fast or you are dead. It is very similar to Hotline Miami in a way, but I find it easier. You can complete it in a few hours, it is made of 4 Acts with 15 / 20 chapters each, plus you get some kind of endless mode.

There is a story told through written dialogues (no voice acting), it made me smile more than one time. I think the style is really nice (pen drawing on blank paper?) and it was not at all boring in any way. Up to you if you choose to pay full price or wait for a sale.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Great game. Is a little slow at first but once you're done with the beginning it's all action.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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402 of 531 people (76%) found this review helpful
491 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
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137 of 163 people (84%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
FUN GAME. I was a little worn out from my CS:GO regime and decided to switch things up. This game literally came out today so I thought hey why not.

PROS: deceptively challenging. It looks easy, however I definitely got frustrated at a few spots. Cool soundtrack, it is a bit repetitive after awhile but still enjoyable. Story line is.. weird? But in a good way. Multiple guns as well as reload mechanics make for some tricky engagements. Fun game. Also found a bug and they patched it within a couple hours.

CONS: Short :/ I read mid-high skill levels would be 4-6 hours and I beat it in 2. Perhaps I'm a badass? Granted I didn't kick over every single stone.. But I shot every guy that I saw and read the subtitles.

Summary: Was it worth $9? Yeah. Will I play it again? Probably not. I was hoping to have a HARD difficulty unlocked once I beat it on medium but that was not the case. I like to think some indie guys made this game and this supports them in making more awesome games, and for all the money I waste on big titles it was a nice change of pace. They're right.. 12 is better than 6.
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205 of 265 people (77%) found this review helpful
479 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
Hotline Miami 3: Wrong country
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65 of 79 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
12 is Better Than 6 is a western-themed top-down shooter that is commonly compared to Hotline Miami.
If this review is too long for you, I suggest you to only read the first paragraph about the game's content and the final verdict at the end.

What is happening in the game:
Long version: you are a Mexican who fights for freedom. He achieves that by shooting the bad guys and helping out the good guys. While doing that, he also earns some dollars (you can spend those on different powerups etc.)
Short version: you are a Mexican who kills the bad guys.

  • Appearance of the Game | This game looks absolutely amazing. You will be seeing a top-down black & white environment that is fully hand-drawn. Because of the simplistic colour scheme you might feel a bit confused at first and enemy movements might surprise you a bit more than they should, but you will get adjusted to it very quickly and the enjoyment will come sooner or later.
  • Weapons & Shooting | There are quite a few weapons in this game, including revolvers, shotguns, bows and arrows and others. You also have the ability to throw dynamite sticks (if you have previously collected them). I was struggling at first because I couldn't figure out how to load a weapon, but that's a thing of the past now.
  • The Soundtrack | The excellent gameplay is accompanied by an awesome western-sounding soundtrack. You know what I mean. In case you want to buy it, there is a DLC available on this address.
  • Encouragement of Different playstyles | As the Store page for this game says, you can go onto the battlefield "all guns blazing" or just choose a stealthier approach if you prefer. You will also find certain stages easier with an aggressive playstyle while some levels require a certain degree of planning and fail-and-improve approach (similar to Hotline Miami).
  • Upgrade System | Across the story, you will find opportunities to acquire upgrades that will allow you to hold more bullets, avoid a certain percentage of them and so on. The unique part is that you can't get them by simply leveling up or clicking the store button at any time but instead you will have to collect enough money and wait for the opportunity to obtain the upgrade.
  • The Story | You can find out what the story is about at the beginning of this review, but here I'm gonna focus more on its quality and things that are special. So, there is no voice acting, but you do get well-written dialogues on the screen accompanied by the speaker's sketch. The story is pretty good for a game that is orientated on shooting and I find it really enjoyable. Just in case you wanted to know, it's divided into four acts. Also, there are a few enjoyable jokey embedded into the dialogues.
  • Endless Arena | This is one of the latest additions to the game and it's great for those who have completed the story already and want to have more fun with shooting the bad guys. This way, they won't have to replay the story but just choose this mode from the main menu. This update also came with Steam Leaderboard, which is a really nice addition as well.
  • Steam and OS integration | You can kill bad people on both Windows and SteamOS. For being successful, you will also earn Achievements and get Trading Cards for shooting long enough.

  • Lack of Multiplayer Mode | I don't include this often, but this game would be super fun to play against a friend (or soon-to-be enemy). I'm really hoping to see this in the next updates.
  • Manual Aiming | When you shoot with a weapon, you have to manually aim first (right click) and shoot while holding the aim button. Once you fire, you have to release the aim button and hold it again
  • Achievement Colours | This is a very minor disadvantage: Obtained and unobtained achievements have the same colour so the page where you can compare yourself to global achievement stats is pretty much useless.

The final verdict:
If you liked Hotline Miami but you are now looking for a less colourful version of it, this is the game for you. I find it much more enjoyable than Hotline Miami as it has really good hand-drawn graphics, awesome western music and a nice story. Endless Arena is a very nice functionality for those who like the gameplay and want to have more of it.
I would highly recommend this game, especially since its price is very low for a game like this. It's also a nice change from all of the colourful games we see today.


Note that my copy of this game was obtained for free for reviewing purposes. However, this did not affect the quality and objectivity of this review.

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81 of 106 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015

12 is Better Than 6 is a top-down western shooter from Ink Stain Games. Taking place in 1873, 12 is Better Than 6 is a story about a Mexican gunslinger who has no recollection of what’s happened to him. As you travel across the Wild West you’ll find people who can help you, people who want to kill you and people who are just begging to be killed.


12iBT6’s appearance is a rather unique one, to my knowledge at least, and it looks great. Predominantly blackish-blue and white with a splash of red for blood, 12iBT6’s hand drawn art style is bright and pretty good to look at. When things get a tad frantic on screen it can be a little bit difficult to look at but it fits the game as a whole very well. All of the models in the game look great, they all manage to look high quality while retaining the hand drawn appearance. The UI is very simple and stays out of your way for the most part, no complaints here.


12iBT6’s gameplay is effectively your standard top-down shooter’s gameplay with one major difference, your weapons have to be cocked before you can fire off a shot. While this can be difficult to get used to, once you’ve gotten the hang of this mechanic it’s not only a lot of fun but it also gives the game’s combat a sense of realism in a game that leans towards the arcade end of the spectrum for the most part.

The missions you find yourself doing in order to get your memories back will take you to several different locations in the Wild West including Houston and Albuquerque. These missions generally involve you moving through different areas killing a load of enemies from one of the game’s factions. While these missions are quite fun early on, they can become repetitive later on though there are a few variations on the formula which I found helped me to push on through to the end. The combat itself is quite challenging, mainly due to the shooting mechanics but also because, as stated on the store page, the AI don’t think twice and they rarely miss. One shot kills in 12iBT6, making combat even more challenging.

As you fight your way past these enemies you’ll find yourself making use of several different weapons including revolvers, rifles and sticks of dynamite. While there are only a handful of different weapons in the game they’re different enough to each other to keep things interesting while you’re using them, though the revolver is the most common weapon. In some of the cities you’ll come across people who will sell you upgrades if you wish to purchase them with the money you find throughout the game. These upgrades are incredibly helpful, for example one of them doubles the amount of ammo you can carry for any given weapon, incredibly helpful in later missions.

As well as the game’s main missions there are some side missions in the game with more on the way according to the developers in the Steam forums. Currently, the side missions take two forms. Firstly, you get little side missions while you’re travelling from one location to another where you’ll stumble across a group of bandits and you’ll have to kill them all to carry on with your journey. The other kind of side missions can be found in cities where people will ask you to kill a group of bandits somewhere around the city in return for some money.

  • The game’s soundtrack is great and gives the game a real western feel.
  • I noticed quite a few spelling mistakes in some of the in-game text.
  • The game’s pretty short. It took me 3.7 hours to beat the game but I had to replay some sections several times before I could get past them so it can probably be beaten in around 2 hours.
  • As of writing this review the game does not have controller support nor does it have re-bindable keys or AZERTY keyboard support. I did try using Controller Companion for this game but due to the way aiming is done with the mouse, using a controller is far more difficult than using a keyboard and mouse.
  • While the story is nothing amazing it’s interesting enough to make you want to see it to the end.
  • In some missions the checkpoints are few and far between, this can be rather frustrating if there are a lot of enemies and you get killed a few times.
  • The game world is well designed and definitely has the Wild West feel.


Worth Purchasing

12 is Better Than 6 is a challenging, top-down Western shooter with some interesting shooting mechanics and a well-designed world. If you’re a fan of other top-down shooters such as Hotline Miami you’re going to enjoy this one, even if it is over a little too quickly.

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67 of 89 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
When I first saw the Kickstarter for this game, I was really excited. A Hotilne Miami-like game set in wild west, and with a unique visual style. Amazing, right? In the right hands it would have been.

Their KS page stated a March 2016 release date. And They made £15,013($22483) on Kickstarter, which ended on October 10th. And all the demos up to that point were branded as pre-alpha. Then suddenly the game got released on November 20th, supposedly finished. And while they sent us the steam codes for the game itself, they never sent out any codes for the soundtrack, despite many of us paying an extra to have it. All the attempts to contanct them via kickstarter have failed.

The game itself has many promising aspects, but definitely needed a much longer development period, and some serious polishing. The clumsy writing leaves much to be desired, and the gameplay itself gets stale and repetitive real fast.

I believe this is a prime example of taking a huge opportunity and turning it into a wet fart. They ruined their own reputation, screwed the people who supported them, and released an inferior game which pretty soon is going to be in the $1 tier of some obscure no-name bundles out there.

Update: The dev finally sent the soundtrack keys to the Kickstarter backers(on March 21st). For the soundtrack that's been up on steam since forever... Way to go, making your KS backers wait a few more month for something that the other people could get whenever they wanted if they were to buy the game on steam. Oh, and for some reason the steam music player can't see it, so I had to browse the game's directory to be able to listen to it. (Nice soundtrack tho!)
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
Product received for free
Good game. It's like Hotline Miami, but less trippy. The difficulty is a little too much and in the beginning in does not read your controller properly, but it worked. Recommended
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Skratt McGratt
7.6 hrs
Posted: October 1
this game is fast, fun and sometimes fluid.
but, most of the time, the gamepad controls don't work, and
the keyboard and mouse controls are wonky at best.
you get stuck behind boxes taking cover and can't switch targets
when you're locked.

this game has so much pontential. but coupled with the bugs and
poor controls, the poor dialogue and story just compound on the
bittersweet experience.

i couldn't possibly recommend purchasing this game for any amout of money, no matter how
fun it may seem at its base level. at least until they actually make it playable.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 20
So I've had this game stored in my game library for a while, finally decide to fire it up and give it a go. It crashed right off the bat, in the tutorial as soon as I move the game dies. I tried the other two modes and the same thing. I've tried in both the high and low settings. It still crashes. I fired up other higher perfomance games to makes sure it wasn't issues on my end and they were fine.

However, based off other reviews I suppose it does work for some people, so if someone can suggest a possible fix I will be willing to give it another shot otherwise I don't recommend. To get me to write a review is kinda a big thing since I never bother but I am quite dissapointed as I had high hopes.
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6.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
A very fun Western Top-Down shooter witha funny story line.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 13
Does not work. Freezes in tutorial or on first action in the other modes, after that no matter how many buttons you press, all you get is .. nothing. At that point you have to kill the game via the task-manager.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 13
Deinstaled it after about 1.5 hours of playing because of edgy but sometimes overintensive controling.
Recently I played both puplications of Hotline Miami and had no handling-problems, could play fluently. With 12 is better than 6 this was impossible.
Defenetly not worth 7 bucks!
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