9.06 - Gun.Smoke sequel

Idea for July 12, 2010


We took the game Gunsmoke for the Nintendo Entertainment system and developed a sequel for it.

Theme: Spiritual successor to Gunsmoke (NES)

includes topics that expand on the theme

The original game had:

  • a western theme
  • limited angle shooting and you can't shoot straight
  • a store for the player to buy weapon upgrades
  • defeating special enemies and then you can get rewards from their wanted posters
  • continuous scrolling
  • wraps around until you accumulate enough money to defeat bosses


game genre with possible significant changes or important points


individual gameplay mechanics and mechanics categorized by system

  • 10 carefully designed levels which introduce new game mechanics gradually
    • level 1: really similar to the first game to introduce the basic mechanics
      • beginning: cutscene showing bandits robbing a bank and you start to chase after them
      • ending: bandits mount horses and ride to the next level
    • level 2: horse riding riding stage
      • dodging mechanics
      • beginning: starts out on horse
      • ending:
    • level 3: a bandit camp
      • bandits pop out of tents
      • shooting down tents could have traps
      • ending: you defeat the boss and capture him
    • level 4: civilian town
      • introduces civilians that you want to avoid shooting
      • beginning: on the way back to the down jail
    • level 5: introduce new mechanic
      • introduces whip that can pull objects to you such as civilians
        • this lets players know it can affect enemies
    • level 6: next town with damsel in distress (sheriff's daughter that helps you with information)
      • beginning: the sheriff says that his daughter is up ahead fighting the bandits
      • ending: bandits say "she heard too much, put her on the train tracks" and take her away
    • level 7: getting a horse and catching up to the train
      • in the background the player can see how far they are relative to the train
    • level 8: train
      • inside the train enemies take cover using the seats
    • level 9: canyon
    • level 10: duel on top of a cliff
      • combine various mechanics together

Horse riding levels

  • changes perspective to horizontal side scrolling
  • dodging by moving up and down
  • aiming is done by shooting in front of you
  • horses have a fatigue meter and you need to switch to horses after defeating the bandits on them


narrative elements concerning plot, characters, world

You play as a Sheriff who starts out by chasing after the bandits and through your journey you take many detours to capture other bandits.


includes GDC members who contributed to this idea and were present during the discussion

  • Mediator: Eric Raue
  • Alex Ryan
  • Michael Nicanor
  • Jordan Fox
  • Shawn Yu
  • Scott Inglis

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