What were you doing when you were 9 years old? I remember playing with my toy cars like they were real life vehicles, zooming around my bedroom as if the world depended on their talents. Might not sound like much, but my imagination was finding its feet, and we all find our talents at different times through different means. In the case of Donovan Brathwaite-Romero, son of the talented duo John and Brenda Romero (yes, that John Romero), he decided to come up with an idea for his own video game at that age. Three years later, it’s now on Steam and looks mighty tasty.
Gunman Taco Truck tells the story of a family man desperate to make the cross-country trip through a post-apocalyptic landscape to the safe haven of Winnipeg, Canada. There, his hopes and dreams of being a taco business owner may thrive through the bleak landscapes around him, but first he must survive the trek through any means possible and sell his wares to fellow survivors.
Your survival depends on how well you can keep your taco truck operational and armed to the teeth. Getting there takes a steady hand and plenty of ammo, and once you reach your destination you can sell whatever taco’s you have to earn enough money to repair and improve your truck for the next run. It’s all about improving your survival skills whilst blowing up whatever you come across, whilst ensuring you have enough to sell taco’s to the communities you come across.
It’s a colourful escapade, one that doesn’t take itself seriously, mixing the concepts of an all out shooter with a lifestyle simulator/food game. For a nine year old, Donovan had plenty of great ideas, and it’s equally great to see it come to fruition here. More importantly, it’s a good story to learn from for those kids out there with similar aspirations of coding and creating their own games. It doesn’t matter what age you start from either, whether it be young or old, there’s plenty of training courses (online and offline) and programs out there to get you where you want to go. No idea is too silly.
Gunman Taco Truck is available now on Steam. Nice one, Donovan!