The Real Texas absolutely requires a keyboard and a mouse. I love gamepads, but they just don't work with the control scheme. A trackpad might be possible if you are really good with
it, but might be too challenging in places. 1-button mice will work just great, though! =)
System requirements are moderate
The Real Texas requires at bare minimum a Pentium 4 with OpenGL 1.2 graphics. This means almost any reasonably modern computer will run it, including those with only onboard graphics (whether they are Intel, NVidia, or ATi/AMD.)
On some computers, you may need to turn off shadows to get the game to run smoothly. You don't need a gaming laptop, but it probably will not play acceptably on a netbook.
Intel Core 2 Duo or better CPU
NVIDIA or AMD RADEON graphics
200MB hard disk space
For Linux, please make sure your graphics drivers support OpenGL 1.2 (GeForce, Radeon, and Intel HD should all work.)
Note for Linux Users: Right now, only a i386 (32bit) package is available. A 64 bit package is planned as well as a .tar.gz package for non-debian-based distros. If you run 64 bit Linux, you may want to hold off purchasing although it is possible to get the game to run.
What is the game like? Is it more exploration or more shooting?
It's a pretty even balance between exploration/problem solving, and shooting/dungeons. There are no standard fetch quests or the like but the NPCs in the game all play a part in the
unfolding of the story. You can open drawers or other furniture in peoples' houses, search things, store your items wherever you like or drop them on the ground-- a full inventory
You can interact with most objects, whether they do something or not, and NPCs have conversation trees as well as a day-and-night cycle. The game itself takes place in a fairly
"local" area, so exploration is more focused on gradually unlocking new places or connecting them together rather than travelling to whole other towns. There's only one town
in the game but it's really detailed.
There is also a keyword system, which is used for trying out secret actions you might have thought of, or mentioning certain key phrases to NPCs. It's definitely not a text
adventure game where you have to type very often, but it's super fun to figure out a secret topic to mention to somebody, and hear what they have to say. Typing in keywords is a
comparatively minor part of the game, though.
How do the shooty parts play?
It's something of a new mechanic; at least I'm not aware of any games that work exaclty the same way. Check out some of the other gameplay videos to get a sense for this (more coming
Gameplay Quickie #1
The core idea is that you aim with the mouse, and walk with WASD (or JIKL if you are left-handed.)
You can't move and aim at the same time, and there isn't rapid fire per se. Instead, you press SPACEBAR (or the right mouse button) to draw your gun, and then the left mouse button
Rather than base gameplay around stats (e.g., hit points) you have to manouevre strategically to avoid being shot or have other damaging effects placed on you. Most effects
are short-lived but fairly severe, so it can be frantic to try and recover. Most enemies do not have simple attacks, but combine different effects to make your life difficult.
Now, there's nothing wrong with stats such as hit points, damage modifiers, etc.; it's just that The Real Texas is more focused on novel mechanics than on stats.
There are a handful of weapons which all work very differently. Likewise there are lots of helpful items with very different effects. Because some of the effects you encounter
are so severe, these items can make a huge difference depending on the situation. But I'm not going to spoil anything here.
The mechanics are genuinely pretty novel and I hope you will enjoy it!
Are there bosses/dungeons?
Yes and yes. The game is an action RPG and can be pretty challenging in places.
Remember there are no hit points in the game. Think about what the implications are here for boss battles. Every boss is highly unique; I'm not saying one hit kills every boss,
but they all work quite differently to one another. I worked really hard to make the boss-encounters unique.
Where can I buy it?
I use FastSpring as my secure payment processor.
FastSpring has a reputation for excellent customer service which is why I use them. In case you ever have any questions about billing, they may be able to help you more quickly
than I am able to. You can always contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org too!
Is there a Greenlight page?
Yes! Thank you =) Please do drop me a vote on Greenlight, in case you want to help me out. Every little bit helps, I think.
Please head on over to the forums! =)
* There is actually no catch :) The OST is free, basically even open source, because yesso is awesome!
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