'The Gunstringer' Offers Kinect Gunplay

Twisted Pixel, the game developer behind ‘Splosion Man and Comic Jumper, has announced a new title for Kinect that’s unlike any game for Kinect thus far. Since Kinect was first announced, the elephant in the room has been how the platform would handle traditional games like shooters. Twisted Pixel has come up with a unique solution to this problem, creating a gun-toting, undead cowboy hero who’s really a marionette.

The Gunstringer might just be the first Kinect game you can play while sitting down. Controlled entirely via hand gestures, you manipulate the title character like a puppet through both 2D and 3D environments. Walking and running — another problem for Kinect — are solved by those same hand gestures, which control the marionette’s strings.

Twisted Pixel promises no minigames in The Gunstringer, pointing out that it’s a single-player platformer that’s depicted as if you’re actually watching a real play, complete with an audience that will react appropriately to your actions. The Gunstringer himself is on a quest for revenge against those who killed him, having been raised from the dead (and clearly he owes a bit of his look to classic adventure game Grim Fandango).

The developer also says that the game features movement and aiming with a precision never before achieved in a Kinect title, “with a speed and feel that’s just not possible with a traditional controller.” Watch the trailer below to get an idea of what kind of experience The Gunstringer will offer Xbox 360 Kinect players. It’s not currently known if the game is planned as an Xbox Live Arcade title, or a retail game.

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