The Real Texas Review

The Real Texas is a surreal indie action/adventure/rpg made by Calvin French of Kitty Lambda Software, an independent game studio based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The music is by Yesso of Lumental Inc. The game was in development for 5 years and was just released approximately two weeks ago.

To give you the premise of the game, let’s look to the official press release and see what it has to say:

While holidaying in England, an ordinary rancher from Texas is trapped in an abandoned castle. There he finds a portal to a town called Strange, whose residents are somehow all stuck in a purgatory dimension of Texas.

The Real Texas is an epic action RPG with gun combat, lots of secret items and areas, NPC day/night cycles, bosses, puzzles, dungeons, zombies and cross-dressing.

And that does little to prepare you for the strange trip you’ll embark on with The Real Texas. On the surface it’s an odd game with a bizarre premise and quirky visuals (a staple of Calvin’s games), but beneath the surface lies a delightfully charming adventure with tons of content and heart which will draw you in and not want to let you go.

The game controls are fairly simple, using the WASD keys for movement, and the mouse for interacting with the environment. Beyond that it’s basically just a matter of exploring, finding items, completing quests, shooting enemies, solving puzzles and so forth. I know that sounds kind of pedestrian in writing, but be assured Texas is anything BUT pedestrian.

Aside from the story, the game’s visuals are also a tad on the strange side. From the interesting hand-drawn textures, to the rectangular shapes of the occupants of Strange, Texas definitely has a unique art style. While screenshots of the game do show an accurate representation of how the game looks, I have to say they don’t do the game any justice. There’s something about seeing the visuals in-game that make you appreciate them all the more. The soundtrack also deserves a bit of a mention here, because it has a pleasant, uplifting quality to it that doesn’t get repetitive and suits the gameplay well, so props to Yesso for that.

All in all, The Real Texas is a solid title with a lot of gameplay – and it’s obvious that Calvin has put a lot of time and effort into the game. He continues to release patches to fix the odd bug that creeps up (current version as of this writing is 1.2). And if you act quickly, the game is still currently on sale for an awesome price of $7.95 (40% off the regular price) so now’s an excellent time to grab this game and experience the surreal world of Strange, Texas for yourself.

Overall Verdict: 8.5/10

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