The summer film Cowboys & Aliens may not have been a blockbuster hit, but you have to admit it had a pretty fun and awesome concept to it: aliens and cowboys going up head-to-head against each other. Alien invading is pretty much one of the oldest tropes in the SF genre, but putting it in the old west is a pretty unique twist. So if you enjoyed the movie, you may be willing to try out Gameloft’s Android app adaptation to it.
The Cowboys & Aliens app centers around the title character of Zeke kicking alien butt. It’s done in a rather unique style for Gameloft – instead of the usual 3D adventure, you get a traditional 2D side-scroller. The graphics harken back to those old beat-em-ups from the 90s and the game has a pleasant retro quality to it. Players are fitted out with a revolver, rope, and “space rifle” as options on how to take down aliens as they move across the screen.
You only need at least Android 1.5 to play so this isn’t exactly going to be heavy game for your phone. However, Gameloft was a bit remiss in including details about which phones/devices are compatible with the game. With the company’s rather hit and miss reputation in mind, buyers should be wary about buying the game outright. Waiting a few days for an update on compatibility would be a good idea.
Still, for those who don’t want to wait, they can grab Cowboys & Aliens from the Android Market for just $2.99 – pretty cheap but standard price for a commercial game of this quality.