Timber West is an arcade shooter title from Digital Melody Games. The visuals are in a pixel art style, similar to Timberman.
The control system is pretty unique. The enemies appear on the screen in different locations. You have to tap and hold to start moving the corsair from the bottom of the screen, then release right when it is above the enemy. At times, the enemies are moving, which makes it more difficult. Each enemy has a very short timer, and if you do not kill them within that time, you die instantly.
As and when you clear maps, you go on to the next environment. There are a ton of environments, and they are all glorious to look at, set in the wild west. The areas include a typical small town, an Indian village, a forest with bandits, a fort, a train, a snow camp, a saloon and mines. There are special levels where you have to shoot cans or balloons. However, you barely have time to take it in, as you have to keep your eyes on the baddies. There are also boss levels, where you have to shoot projectiles, say dynamite thrown at you in a mine. You even get to rescue a princess, which seems a bit out of place in the wild west setting.
Killing the enemies and moving between areas earns you gold, with which you can buy characters. There is a large stable of characters, and they all have their own weapons, corsairs and shooting animations. Characters include an Indian chief, a bartender, a zombie, a princess, a bear and even Timberman. The weapons include axes, shotguns, rifles, dual pistols, and a bow and arrow.
The difficulty increases as and when you progress through the levels. There are also wanted bounties that give you extra cash for killing a particular baddie. Pigs and birds randomly move across the screen, and also give you extra gold. If you die, you start from level 1, but unlocking the characters allows you to start from the more advanced levels. You can also pay some gold or watch and ad to continue from the level you just got killed in.
This is a free game, but there are a ton of ads in it, which might come in the way of enjoying the title. You can pay to make the ads go away. It is also possible to purchase all the characters at once. The gameplay has many aspects of what makes mobile gaming good. It is addictive, casual, pick up and play, has short rounds, one-touch controls and is easy to play but hard to master.
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