Read the full review here.
“Stabbing repeatedly will be a constant theme throughout Cowboy Kid, as soon-to-be Sheriff Sam (he becomes Sheriff at the end of the opening level) will end up viciously stabbing hundreds of people to death before his duties are over.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.
I actually probably like this game a little more than the full review would seem to indicate. I appreciate Cowboy Kid’s unique hybrid-genre attempt, quirky Western theme, and subtle hilarity throughout. I just wish Romstar could have made fighting a little more than just flailing around hoping you hit the bad guys. The only conclusion as to why the fight mechanics are so simplistic is either the coders were on a strict deadline and budget and had to cut corners so they just wrote the simplest hit-detection protocol they could, or that they were simply not capable of envisioning and incorporating a better system. Either scenario paints the picture pretty clearly as to why nobody says Romstar was their favorite NES developer, yet their games were not terrible. Cowboy Kid is worth a shot, even a playthrough or two, but not worth the grander accolades.
Oh, and I forgot to mention in the full review (yet I squeezed in the drunk Mexicans, go figure), but not having a password or save feature hurts this game slightly, but at least it does have one continue per level.