Rangy Lil's Wild West Adventure - By No Means A Bad HOG
Rangy Lil's Wild West Adventure is a hidden object
game from Gameshastra that puts you in Lil's boots as she tracks her sleazo ex across
The game does its best to remain authentic to the time
period, which unfortunately winds up working against it.
Rangy Lil is a tough-as-nails cowgirl who's not afraid of anything -
not even her ex-husband Bob, who conks her on the head one night and
disappears into the hills with their two children.
You don't have to be a mother to know what comes next. She'll need help
from a few friends along the way, but nothing's going to stop Lil from
getting her kids back.
Each scene has ten items for you to find; they're usually pretty
obvious, as are the two horseshoes you need to collect to earn a hint.
Requiring you to find more than one item in order to earn a new hint is
a great idea, it's just a shame that the game is so easy you'll rarely
need any help.
You can also earn hints by completing puzzles between
hidden object levels, such as correctly arranging colored tiles to
reveal portions of a map, or spotting the differences between two
images. Other mini-games are thrown in just for fun; Lil's girls keep
themselves entertained by playing Hangman and arranging barbed wire to
pop a pattern of balloons.
The Old West setting is a fantastic choice, the perfect backdrop for a
strong-willed woman like Lil. But between the yee-haw music that
repeats far too much and dialogue awash in words like "lily-livered"
and "varmint," it all feels horribly corny - like someone on the
development team saw one too many Westerns growing up. The comic
book-style panels that tell Lil's story in between levels are drawn
very well, but the writing doesn't always quite seem to match up with
it, making the plot feel oddly disjoined in places.
ultimately doesn't matter all that much - Lil's mission to find her
kids is crystal clear from the get-go, and you don't need to know why
you're at a campsite to find the items hidden therein - but players who
want to take the journey with Lil will be left somewhat confused.
Rangy Lil is by no means a bad HOG; in
fact, it's more polished and has far higher production values than a
lot of its brethren.
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