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Mar 10, 2011 | 2:26 PM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place March 11, 2011

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When a routine treasure hunt goes awry, McCoy is transformed into a walking cactus by the ancient Curse of Thorns. McCoy's mission is to return the Thorned Emerald to its true home. If he fails, the curse will continue until he is a lifeless, stone cactus.

This latest free game by Flipline Studios throws you into a Wild West world filled with ruthless outlaws, mysterious curses, and more treasures than you can swing a stick at.
Run, jump, and punch your way through an army of Enemigos sent by the monstrous Hex Hatfield. Throughout the many dangerous areas, you will find and master a barrage of weapons from razor-sharp machetes to giant bazookas. As you travel, you will uncover missing map pieces that will guide you to the source of the curse. Along the way, you can hunt for treasure, compete in time trials, take on unique challenges, or unlock over 80 badges.

Master the art of "Enemigo Juggling" to steal weapons and money from the villainous outlaws. You can then use those spoils to upgrade your many different fighting stats.

Can you become the toughest Cactus in town, and break the ancient Curse of Thorns?

Game Features:
-12 Expansive Worlds to Explore
-60 Hidden Treasures to find
-59 Unique Weapons to Master
-60 Area Challenges
-80 Badges to Earn
-Upgrade your stats with the money you earn
-Over 10 hours of action-packed gameplay!

Reviews


JIZZL2thaEJIZZL2thaE

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Yee-Haw!

You need to fix these things, but I'm definitely going to keep playing.

I don't know if anybody else had this problem but I didn't see anybody else bring this to attention, but I can not shoot diagonally down left or right. When I tried to get the torch challenge done on the 2nd level, I couldn't do it for that reason. One of the torches is diagonally down, and Cactus McCoy is a fatty and can't fit through the hole.

Also you should extend the time challenges, I the challenges are supposed to be difficult, but did you test each level yourself before setting a time to beat? If you didn't you probably should, it never seems like I'll complete those because Cactus McCoy is again, a fatty and runs really slow, and take into account the enemigo battles at the end of the levels cut significant amounts of time off your final one, because we have to wait for THEM to drop down into the screen.

But other than that I really love this game, and I've been coming back day after day just to play it a little bit, it's those difficult yet fun challenges that keep me coming back for more. I hope to see future Cactus McCoy games, even if he's not a cactus he's won a special place in my heart. Not very many flash games have done that ;)


FliplineStudios responds:

Glad you're enjoying the game! We've heard of that problem with shooting diagonally, some keyboards have trouble with two arrow keys + "S", so maybe try switching the controls to Z and X instead to see if that helps. Diagonally down is pretty tough regardless though, it works best if you're jumping or walking forward.

We did test all of the time trials (the times are generally 10 seconds longer than our best times), though it seems that's still pretty difficult for most people, so that probably wasn't the best gauge to use for setting those... we'll keep that in mind for any sequels we might make so they're a bit more reasonable :) Thanks for playing!


pikorarpikorar

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nice game!

I don't see why this couldn't have gotten daily 1st place! It's amazing. The multiple weapons are great, the storyline is boss, and the finished product is epic. I love it, this deserves much praise.



sfeketesfekete

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Phenomenal Game!

Seriously man great job, to the both of you! The game has an overwhelming amount of polish and great level of depth in game-play. One of the best 2D games I have ever played.

From all the little graphical touches in the interface, menus, and level design to the variety of weapons, fun game-play, replay value, and tight controls. The game has it all. It has a clever story, nice graphics, good music/sound, responsive controls, lots of puzzles, lots of action, high replay value, .... etc. I can go on and on.

I really like how free and open the game is. You can choose how you want to play. Explore or run-and-gun. Solve puzzles or complete specific missions. And I especially love how the game keeps track of your accomplishments and all the various things you have found/collected. For example, the gamer isn't forced to collect all the treasures in one go; you can collect and do whatever you want however you want. This really makes the game that much more enjoyable!

I'm a professional web developer and a hobbyist game designer. I have a lot of envy for the work you guys have done here. Really a rock solid job. I have also checked out your other works, and I am glad you have found your groove and are sticking with the system you have developed. A Flash game with this kind of quality should not be free. You have spent a great deal of time, and your efforts should be rewarded.

Kudos on an amazing Flash game!

- Sandor Fekete


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Hooch2011Hooch2011

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very Good

Extra points for replayability.


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NovaRamoneNovaRamone

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Old-School Madness

Very fun and chellenging game, i like the old style side scroller feel on it