“Gunman Taco Truck” Video Game Is The Brainchild Of This Child
“You are the last surviving Mexican and must save the family business.”
So begins “Gunman Taco Truck,” a game set in the U.S. after several nuclear weapons have nearly wiped out the entire population. Thankfully, one Mexican survived the apocalypse, and now he’s on a mission to fight off hordes of creatures while feeding the other remaining survivors “one taco at a time.”
Oh yeah, the twisted world of “Gunman Taco Truck” came straight from the mind Donovan Brathwaite-Romero, who was only 9 years old when he pitched it to his mom.
— Gunman Taco Truck (@gunmantacotruck) November 22, 2014
This should really come as no surprise. If you’ve ever spent time with a child, you know just how twisted and amazing their imaginations are.
So you’re probably wondering how it looks in action.
Uh, yes please.
The game’s graphics are a great nod to arcade games of the past.
Like many independent game developers, the art in “Gunman Taco Truck” is all about the nostalgia. This game wouldn’t look out of place on the Sega Genesis, the SNES, or even an arcade circa 1994.
Thankfully, Donovan’s parents, John and Brenda Romero, have experience developing games, so they decided to turn his idea into a full-fledged game.
Brenda once worked on the popular RPG series, “Wizardry.”
Once upon a time, John Romero worked on a little game known as “DOOM.”
A photo posted by DOOM (@doom_game) on
YEAH, THAT “DOOM.”
With his parents’ experience, Donovan was given the direction he needed to flesh out his ideas, like these variations of the taco truck.
This early artwork shows the amazing transformation from Donovan’s sketches to the polished, finished product.
And here are a few ideas Donovan had for various tacos that will appear in the game.
No matter how hungry I get, I would think twice about accepting a taco from the Romero family.
John and Brenda have also helped Donovan work out the finer points of programming.
According to the game’s website, Donovan’s credited with programming, as well as game designing and writing. Not a bad resume.
We are going to have our first game jam this weekend for my Gunman Taco Truck game! pic.twitter.com/aamAW3KN0N
— Gunman Taco Truck (@gunmantacotruck) November 21, 2014
When I was Don’s age, my resume involved picking up dog sh*t.
No official release date has been set for the game, but a tweet from Oct 2nd reveals that we might see it soon.
We're getting really close to finishing Gunman! It's playing really well — it's fun! pic.twitter.com/JHcx4HXvzY
— Gunman Taco Truck (@gunmantacotruck) October 2, 2016
As of now, “Gunman Taco Truck” will be available on iOS, OSX and Windows. Be sure to keep up with the game’s progress at Gunman Taco Truck’s official website.
Oh, and to stimulate your appetite, here’s a taste of the game’s soundtrack.
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