How the West was Fun: The Greatest Cowboy Video Games
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, cowboy games were all the rage. From educational video games to digital pornography, there was a western-themed game for just about every game genre. Here are the most well-known Wild West-themed video games from yesteryear.
5. Custer's Revenge (Atari 2600, 1982)
Despite the high price tag of $50 in 1982 and stickers clearing stating that the game is intended for adults, developer Mystique realized that the game would inevitably fall into the hands of children. To remedy this, the game's instructions state: "If the kids catch you and should ask, tell them Custer and the maiden are just dancing." Were kids really that naïve back then?
4. Lethal Enforcers II: Gunfighters (Arcade/Sega Genesis/Sega CD, 1994)
3. Wild Arms (Playstation,1996)
2. The Oregon Trail (Your Elementary School Computer, 1971)
Developed by three student teachers in 1971, the title was inspired by the real-life Oregon Trail, and was designed to teach children about the realities of the 19th century life of the pioneer. And with the possibility of the child's character to die from measles, snakebites, dysentery, typhoid, cholera, exhaustion, diarrhea, or drowning, perhaps the game also taught children how lucky they are to be alive in modern times.
1. Sunset Riders (Arcade/SNES/Genesis, 1991)
Just imagine all of the stereotypical things that cowboys do in those old Sunday matinee western films. They're dodging stampeding cattle, fighting in dusty taverns, riding their horses beside a runaway train and somehow managing to stay balanced while standing on top of a shaky steam train. Somehow, developer Konami was able to cram in all of these unforgettable moments into a single game. With so many memorable set pieces, great music, and four-player action, the game still has the ability to suck in piles of quarters at your local pizza parlor.