Luckslinger Plays the Game of Life With Loaded Dice

Some people always seem to have more luck than others.

In Luckslinger, a platformer from Dutch developer Duckbridge we first covered back in February, players with more luck will succeed more. This is actually a literal gameplay mechanic, because ‘luck’ is an attainable, collectible substance found in the game.

Luckslinger, as the name suggests, takes its inspiration from classic spaghetti western films. The hero of the adventure is a bounty hunter employed by the town of Clovercreek, which has been burgled of its valuable luck charms by six infamous criminals. As the bounty hunter, the player must kill bandits and steal their luck to power the hero’s lucky bracelet. The more luck the bracelet holds, the better the hero’s chances of survival and also of finding excellent loot along the way.


Assisting the hero throughout the adventure is Duckbridge. No, not the developer, but an actual duck who accompanies the bounty hunter at all times. Duckbridge is a helpful little fellow, though only when it occurs to him to be. He can perform tasks such as recovering the bounty hunter’s throwing knife, collecting extra health, and distracting enemies to create a better shot. Plus, he’s a duck, so he’s got all that cute factor.


In addition to the bounty hunting, gunslinging action, Luckslinger has a few other fun activities for the restless gamer. Gambling, quick-draw duels, and special items pepper the adventure. The hero can converse with the friendly folks of Clovercreek, have a drinking contest with the local lush, and even challenge a mysterious character known as “the sleeping cowboy of Clovercreek.” Collecting gold unlocks the assorted multiple endings, all while the player enjoys a soundtrack suited to the “hip hoppy western atmosphere.”


Luckslinger premieres today on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Regularly $12.99 USD, players can save 15% now through July 23 with a special introductory sale. Look for additional Duckbridge luck on their Facebook and Twitter.

Laura, to borrow a phrase from Metal Gear Solid 3, has one good eye and can still fire a gun. She refers to herself as a "video dame," and has been an avid gamer on various platforms since she first picked up a Pong controller over 30 years ago. She takes great delight in explaining different games to her husband.

  • Just wanted to say we added another difficulty setting for Luckslinger, and did some extra balancing. Now you can flip a switch to put the game on “new school” mode. In new school mode you can always restart at the latest checkpoint. We felt really sorry for the players that really wanted to see more of Luckslinger but couldn’t because of the difficulty… So there you go! <3