Buffalo Bill presents a collection of six Wild West themed mini-games, which hang together around humour-lead presentation and backdrops. You can play as many or as few of these as you like, and can always have another go at them if you fail.
First task is to throw knives at a spinning board upon which a surely-terrified and fortunately-skinny lady is locked - make sure to adjust for the rotation that will occur in the time your shot takes to hit. You get points for missing as many times as possible before hitting. Event 2 is based on shooting ability and is in two stages. First you must shoot the targets of criminals (but not innocents) as they emerge from the ground, next you must shoot the bottles they throw at you from over the horizon.
Event 3 is Calf Roping, in which you must position yourself so as to be able to throw your rope around the poor cow's neck. This is followed by Bronco Riding, in which you must adjust your balance to compensate for the Bronco trying to throw you off, by pushing the joystick out to balance two bars. Level 5 starts off like the Cow Roping, as you jump onto a Steer, before a joystick-waggling section starts. Last of all is a side-scrolling game in which you jump onto a stagecoach which has been invaded by Indians, and beat up the hijacker.
Rodeo Games is an original collection of mini arcade games based on Western mythos. The mini-games are fun, but unrelated to each other, and the only purpose in the game is to break your own high scores from previous session. Despite this limitation, however, the mini-games offer enough gameplay variety and challenges for any arcade gamer looking for something different. There are 6 mini-games in all: Trick Shooting, as the name suggests, is a 3D shoot-the-target games with a nice nod to realism (e.g. the crossfire "jumps" after each shot to simulate the firing impact); Knife Throwing is a typical shoot-the-spinning-target game; Calf Roping, Steed Wrestling, and Bronco Riding are fun cowboy sports popular in Midwestern USA-- here's your chance to rope a runaway calf, wrestle a steed, and ride tough horses without falling off; Finally, Stagecoach Rescue depicts a popular scene from most Western flicks: catch up with a hijacked stagecoach on horseback, and fight Indian warriors to rescue the people inside.
Overall, the games are fun, but uneven, and plague with a control scheme that isn't very intuitive: Trick Shooting and Calf Roping are cakewalk compared to Knife Throwing (where it's game over after one miss), and maintaining your posture on horseback in Bronco Riding is nearly impossible for all but the most dexterous of gamers. Rodeo Games is fun, but for anyone who's not an expert arcade gamer it may prove to be an exercise in frustration.
The name pretty much says it all: In Buffalo Bill's Rodeo Games, you are a young man who is part of Buffalo Bill's travelling rodeo act, which consists of various Wild West tricks and feats. You have to put together an act of your own, consisting of any or all of six different stunts: sharpshooting, knife throwing, calf roping, calf wrestling, bronco riding and stagecoach rescues.
Each game is set up in a classic arcade format, and you have to get the highest score possible using the arrow keys and spacebar. There is no real object, just to get the highest score.
The game is very fun, and I especially like the knife throwing game (you'll see what I mean). The soundtrack has a wide variety of light and bouncy tunes to entertain you with. Like all old DOS games, the graphics are nothing special but do the trick well enough, and the very colorful and vibrant pictures are an added plus.
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