On paper, it seemed like a winning formula: take a bunch of cowboys, pit them against invading aliens, and see who comes out of it alive. Hot on the heels of a major theatrical release, GameLoft is releasing a Cowboys & Aliens game to the Market.


However, instead of the star-studded film (which, if you figure the $89 million earnings and $160 budget, was a huge flop), this game chooses to focus on the comic they used as source material.

Gameloft seems to have taken the title of "tie-in" developer, as they have experience releasing apps featuring properties like Shrek, Assassin's Creed, Fast 5, Avatar, and Spider-Man. Let's hope this game isn't a quick cash-in on a film's success.

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From the look of the screenshots, the game uses an on-screen keyboard to control your character, who has a number of weapons and tools (both man-made and alien) at his disposal. The game reminds me a lot of the classic arcade game Sunset Riders, or even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time; it has a lot of the same aesthetic to it, and hopefully provides a great arcade experience.


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While neither Gameloft nor Cowboys & Aliens (the film) are in my good graces, I'll give the game a chance based on the fact that it provokes some weird sense of nostalgia for me. You can expect a full review soon.

The game retails at $2.99 and can be purchased from the link below.

Matt Demers
Matt Demers is a Toronto writer that deals primarily in the area of Android, comics and other nerdy pursuits. You can find his work on Twitter and sites across the Internet.

  • hldc1

    You guys actually had to go to the movie to determine that it wasn't a good movie? Just the trailer by itself, not to mention the ridiculousness of the premise, should have been enough to stop people from watching Cowboys & Aliens.

    Then again, Olivia Wilde's in the flick, so I guess that's something to consider.

    • Carwyn Stephen

      I went to see it because my parents bought me tickets and stupidly expensive popcorn and coke, so at least that was worth it, but the movie was just awful :( don't go and watch it if you're reading this, seriously.

  • Immolate

    My wife, stepdaughter and her boyfriend went to see it and we all thought it was well worth watching. The fact is, some things are a matter of taste. There are a lot of us in the world that enjoy tongue-in-cheek movies and find the intersection of science fiction and the old western a fascinating place. Serenity anyone? Book of Eli?

  • http://robert.aitchison.org Robert Aitchison

    Yeah I'm going to disagree with your opinion of the movie, I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it, it had a great cast and a good script, along with the right amount of special effects.

    I only get to see 1, maybe 2 moves per year in the theater and this one was well worth it.