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Gun Fight at the O.K. Lounge
Wild West Gunslinger
Member Name: rocknro11
Wild West Gunslinger
Advantages: Great entertainment value
Disadvantages: Not supplied with all batteries
Every year we buy a few family games that we open and play during Christmas Eve, to help build the excitement and anticipation of the big day ahead. When my wife walked in to the living room carrying a couple of board games and a large box containing a gun, a replica log and some fake cans and bottles of beer, our three boys faces lit up and the grin displayed on Dads face was a sure sign of my boyish competitive nature.
The four of us, sorry I mean Clint, Wild Bill, Butch and Sundance went straight for the gun, the board games would have to wait.
Now before you start the shoot em up you will need 6 batteries, 2 x AA that are included and fit in to the gun handle and 4 x D batteries that fit into the log which are not included. This seemed a bit ridiculous to me as for the game to work you will need all batteries fitted. The battery compartments are secured in place by a small Phillips screw and care needs to be taken not to bur the Phillips head when undoing and doing up.
The concept of the game is quite simple, simply aim the gun at the cans and bottles, pull the trigger and if your aim is good, knock the cans and bottles off of the log. No bullet or object will leave the gun when fired so you do not need to worry about anything hitting your child. It’s all made possible by infrared, just like you change channels on your TV with the TV remote.
The Gun has an infrared transmitter and speaker built in and when the trigger is pulled a gun firing sound is heard and a beam of infrared light is omitted in the direction you are aiming the gun. The replica log has four inbuilt infrared receivers and if the beam omitted from the gun hits the receiver on the log it releases a sprung peg, firing anything that was sitting on top of it. In this case a bottle or a can.
If your aim is good and the beam hits the sensor on the log, the peg fires and a ‘peoooooow’ sound is heard just like in those Spaghetti Westerns. So you do get the sense of realism when firing the gun, the kids loved it and I was most impressed.
The Log itself is made of plastic and is about 24 inches in length and 4 inches high; with the batteries in place it is quite heavy. The gun itself although life like in scale is light, making it easy for younger children to hold and operate. You get 2 plastic cans and two bottles. The bottles actually come apart into two pieces so when they fly off the log, they break in half adding to the visual effect.
It’s a boy’s toy for all ages, in fact it does say on the box age from ‘Junior’ and our four year old had no trouble operating the gun. The limited instructions say that you can shoot from up to 30ft, in reality we found it accurate up to about 20ft. We purchased ours from Woolworths and it was priced at 19.99 and still is when I checked today on their website.
This game is fantastic, producing hours of fun and has been used many times in the 9 months we’ve had it. You can even place other objects on the log rather than the supplied cans but be careful not to use Mums best China!
Who can draw the fastest, who can shoot the cans and bottles off the quickest, how far away from the log can you shoot and remain accurate? It can become quite competitive and to my mind that’s all the better, the kids might wipe the floor with Dad on the playstation but give me a gun and I can hold my own!
The one surprise I got was the wife, I think she must have practiced prior to Christmas Eve because Calamity Jane didn’t take prisoners that night. In fact when we got the kids to finally go to bed, She suggested one more go and threw in the incentive that I would receive a personal early present if I were to beat her, so confident was she of the outcome.
My weapon was half cocked and ready for action before her sentenced was finished!
This is a great toy giving hours of fun, it’s simple to use and does not actually fire bullets or objects but still manages to keep its realism with exploding bottles and realistic sound effects. For £19.99 you really can’t go wrong.
Thanks for reading
Summary: Simple idea and loads of fun
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