Of course, there have been cowboy games for almost as long as there have been games. Possibly the earliest example was the arcade game Boot Hill, where you faced off against an opponent in a one-to-one shootout. I loved playing against my dad on that game... we would later replicate it at home with Atari's Outlaw.
|Anyone fancy a stir fry tonight?|
It was easy to be impressed by Kane, though. For a start, the main sprite was basically Agent 4125 from Impossible Mission, in a cowboy hat. And as the good agent was one of the best characters in computer games at the time, that was no bad thing. The first level saw you shooting ducks with a bow and arrow, and they let out a rather pained sampled squawk when hit. For a budget game, this first level alone made you sit up and take notice.
Other levels had just as much to impress. The second and fourth levels feaured a very nicely animated horse... hey, it didn't take much to catch your eye in those days! That said, those horse-jumping levels were a bit repetitive, and if you fell off in the wrong place you'd be stuck and your game would be over.
|Peek-a-boo, I see you! BLAM!|
Kane certainly had more than enough about it to keep us teens entertained for a good while. Although it wouldn't have been great value at full price, it was a great little budget game, and it kept us occupied for many an evening whilst waiting for something else to roll into town.