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Tin Star (Nintendo SNES, 1994)

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Tin Star is a rail shooter-type, video game software developed by Software Creations and published by Nintendo for the Super NES. It was released on November, 1994, only in North America.

Tin Star was designed to be compatible not only with a standard Super NES controller, but also with the Super Scope and the SNES Mouse. The gameplay contains levels titled as "days". Each day is filled with four types of screens called "scenes"; Training, Action, Showdown & Bonus Screens.

Each day begins with a training session. Players can practice their gun-slinging and try to rack up as much money as possible. Players can also test their aim by shooting the jugs on the screen. A jug will twirl up into the air when shot. As the jug comes down, players must shoot it again to "juggle" it and rack up loads of cash. A jug will break if it hits the bottom of the screen. The color of the jug also changes and will break when it becomes red for a while.

The game is set in a place called the Ol' West, populated by robots. The main protagonist is the titular character, a mechanical sheriff named Tin Star, who has a sidekick named Mo Crash. In the beginning, Tin Star and Mo ride on a stagecoach to a town called East Driftwood to stop the Bad Oil Gang and their leader, Black Bart, from committing crimes. While riding on a stagecoach, a member of the Bad Oil Gang wearing spring shoes, by name of Joe Twiddley, sees them inside of the stagecoach and tries to attack them along with his gang, but Tin Star defeats them, and the stagecoach makes it to East Driftwood more or less intact. Upon their arrival, the story begins when Tin Star tries to help the old lady carry her bags, she objects, shoves him and he accidentally steps on Tiny Johnson's award-winning geranium, setting in motion a vicious circle of vengeance and escalating confrontations with the local outlaws.

GamePro's review stated "Lighthearted in design, Tin Star's colorful, sharp graphics make watching this wacky western enjoyable." However, they further commented that the jokes and gameplay both become repetitive after a short while, and concluded that the game would be better suited to novice gamers.
Product Information
Publisher Nintendo
Game Tin Star
UPC 913179913179
Platform Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre Light Gun Shooter
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick, Super Scope, SNES Mouse
Number of Players 1
Release Year 1994
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