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Wild West stories are alright, but you can only rob so many stagecoaches before things become boring. Developer Kerosene Games is refreshing this classic trope by adding a little horror and steampunk to the mix in Bladeslinger. This game is finally available on Android, but most devices aren't supported yet.

Bladeslinger is the masterfully-told story of general-purpose badass William Glaston. After returning to his home town of Hammer's Peak, he finds the place overrun with demons and monsters. Not one to back down, Glaston decides to show the ancient evil who's boss. You control the slashing and shooting action with touch gestures across multiple expansive 3D environments. Ancient evil? Psh. More like ancient history. The combat at least looks very compelling.

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Kerosene Games lists Bladeslinger as Tegra-enhanced and compatible with Android devices equipped with 512MB or more of RAM. However, the only devices we're seeing as compatible at this time are Tegra-based. It is possible that more phones and tablets will be added later. In any case, Tegra devices will have special lighting and reflection effects. It's big, too – 411MB to be exact. If you're interested in a stylish action-adventure game, Bladeslinger is $2.99 in the Play Store.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Sean Lumly

    Finally! I have been waiting on this game for some time. I am most interested in seeing how some of the "next-gen" effects like bloom and depth-of-field work out in practice on mobile. I understand that some of the fire effects are also quite taxing. If the story is as good as suggested, and the binary isn't tegra-only nonsense, I may pick this one up!

    • Sean Lumly

      From what I have seen in YouTube videos, depth-of-field is limited to I devices. This is a bummer, but not particularly surprising given the state of android GPUs when this game was in development. This is why in game graphic settings are so vital.

    • Sean Lumly

      It seems that nexus 4 has the depth-of-field effects! This is very encouraging for high powered devices! My fingers are crossed for the Nexus 10, but at those resolutions, I wouldn't be surprised to see simpler rendering.

  • philnolan3d

    It's like the Will Smith movie Wild Wild West.

  • StriderWhite

    It's compatible with all my devices, Xperia Play, Tegra3 tablet and Galaxy Note 10.1

  • Mauricio

    it's compatible with my galaxy i9100
    (i'm from brazil)

  • Carlos Martín

    Compatible with Nexus 4 too

  • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

    You may want to update the title - Kerosene have rushed an update through already which adds a lot more devices. Just needs 512MB+ of RAM, they say. Works smoothly enough on my Nexus 10 although there are minor texture and shadow errors all over the place.

    First impressions are... eh. The visual design is ambitious for a mobile game but still fairly typical steampunk IMO. The camera with the default touch controls is appallingly bad and the game is clearly heavily, heavily weighted towards either grinding gold for upgrades or buying IAPs. At the same time it's an interesting attempt to mix up a whole bunch of styles - Infinity Blade-style gesture fighting, third-person shooting, brawling... feels kind of fun to play when it does work the way you want it to. Finished two chapters and I still want to see more, at the moment, despite how flawed it is.

    • vitriolix

      I really do get scared of by iap, especially in a pay game. It's a rare case where huge designers don't limit your progress unless you buy stuff

    • Sean Lumly

      Does the nexus 10 have depth-of-field (distance blurring) in the game?

  • Funem

    Installed on my Nexus 7 but not had the chance to play much yet. initially looks like it works fine. Nice graphics, hope the game matches the quality of the visuals.

  • Dipish

    Looks like a new version of Six Guns...

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    looks pretty cool. When are we going to get a Supernatural game (ie. the tv show)?!

  • Apoorv Bishnoi

    Now Its Available for All Devices !

  • Funem

    Have played the game for a while and for a game that costs a lot more than the average game on the play store its terrible how you are pushed - really pushed - towards needing IAP's to even enjoy the game. Greed plain and simple, it should be a free game with IAP's of this type or one I can enjoy if I buy it... LIKE I DID.

  • jamie

    Still waiting for a game that has the same graphics of dead trigger combined with gameplay that isn't pathetically repetitive. Why do developers insist on either bad graphics and good gameplay or good graphics and awful gameplay?