Ready Steady Play is a casual game for mobile devices that recreates myths of the old West, with cowboys and outlaws, lots of six-shooter revolvers, and fun mini-games that feel like they belong at the state fair. Each of the mini-games is locked behind a certain level of achievement that you must obtain in the previous challenge. In order to play the fifth mini-game, each of the other four challenges must be passed. So far, the first game is my favorite, due to the way shooting works in the game. Because you have a revolver, you must swipe to reload after every six shots or you will be shot by your never-ending opponents. As you can see in the screenshot above, the outlaws show up in a grid on the screen, sometimes intermixed with women and children. Tapping on a person causes you to shoot them, much like an adapted version of whack-a-mole. Using exactly 6 shots before reloading increases your score multiplier, creating incentive for using every bullet efficiently and wisely. If too much time is taken, the outlaw’s hand slowly reaches for his own gun until he draws and shoots you. By spawning several outlaws at once and decreasing the time it takes for them to shoot at you, the player can be overwhelmed, leading to a higher chance that they will miss one of the outlaws or accidentally hit a civilian. This mechanic creates the opportunity for the player to get into “the zone,” or that elusive state of extreme focus. This feeling is often fleeting, but the adrenaline flow is a highlight of playing this kind of game. When I play RSP again, I want to test out the other mini-games and see if they provide the same sensation.
(Ready Steady Play is available on the Apple and Google Play app stores.)