I love Mega Man, I really do. The original series is still one of my favourite gaming series of all time. When Capcom brought the old style back for Mega Man 9 and 10 I was overjoyed. It was everything I could ever have wanted.
Sadly, Capcom no longer seems to love the little blue bomber, and the chances of us ever getting Mega Man 11 or even a Mega Man X 9 are slim to none. Luckily for us though Bertil Hörberg still loves Mega Man as well, so much so that he went ahead and created a game inspired by the classic franchise.
Gunman Clive was originally a smartphone game, but the game really suffered from a lack of a proper control input. The Nintendo 3DS release not only rectifies the control issue but makes the unique art style come alive in 3D.
Mega Man is not the only influence on Gunman Clive, but it also borrows from Super Mario Bros 2 – the western, good version – this comes in the form of Ms. Johnson, a second playable character who can float whilst jumping like Princess Peach. Adding this character changes the way the game plays a little making a second playthrough essential fun.
What Bertil Hörberg has achieved here is one of the best run and gun platformers in the last twenty years, and all for the princely sum of £1.99!
If the Nintendo eShop is going to live a long and healthy life, it needs to continue to have this sort of quality at that sort of price on a consistent basis.