• Billy Frontier


  • Arcade


  • Pangea Software


  • Pangea Software

Release Date:

  • 2003

On Wikipedia:

  • No


  • Mac


Another Jorio port has been released. I'm torn—they're the types of straight ports I've always wanted, but most of the Pangea titles aren't good. Power Pete and Bugdom were nice treats, but I didn't like Otto Matic, and Bugdom 2 wasn't much better. Though it doesn't have a dedicated page as of this writing, Cro-Mag Rally didn't get accolades from me either.

In this game, it's "kill or be killed", like this buffalo humanoid here.

Naturally, I was a bit suspicious of an action game with the premise of "cowboys in space" that somehow eluded my radar twenty years ago. "This is either going to be perfectly fine or it's going to suck," I decided. But you saw the review, you know how this is going to end. Basically, there are four scenarios you can pick from, "Town Shootout", "Town Stampede", "Swamp Shootout", and "Swamp Stampede". The opening of any of these is the "Duel" sequence where you type in a bunch of arrow commands as something that sounds a bit like a piece from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly plays. If you don't complete it in time (you have to do SIXTEEN of these), too bad. You lose a life. The Town Shootout sequence started out well enough. Shoot the bad guys surrounding you, and then I realized something...I could turn, shoot, and duck, but I couldn't move! All moving is done automatically. If you run out of ammo or health, you die.

Town Stampede involved a bunch of cows going down a path while your character struggles to stay ahead but mostly he flails around with arms and legs out like Woody from Toy Story. It's like the lousy controls of Bugdom 2 and Otto Matic were taken to its logical conclusion. I love the Jorio ports and I'd like to see other games (Ambrosia Software in particular but also Freeverse games) get the same treatment. I'm not sure what went wrong with Billy Frontier, it almost looks like they had a decent concept fleshed out with characters, story, and a bigger game, but something happened and what we got was this, and the amazing port job can't save a bad game. Billy Frontier stinks.