As an emulated game, Lucky & Wild is decent fun (the control scheme leaves a bit to be desired), but the ultimate experience here is truly in the arcade cabinet, which uses not only a steering wheel and gas pedal for driving, but two light guns for shooting. The expected way to play is that the first player drives and operates one gun while the second player takes aim with the remaining gun, but frankly, that’s a bunch of crap. The real thrill comes with the second player using both guns, akimbo-style, and truly living up to the “Wild” name while the first player tries to keep them both from ramming into that last fatal barrel. Want to get even crazier? Lucky & Wild actually lets three people play on just two credits if players two and three each take a gun. Sure, it’ll be a little crowded in the cabinet, but do not underestimate the hilarity involved.
Lucky & Wild is a brilliant drive/shoot-em-up on which Ultrace has a lot more to say than the excerpt above, but particularly that it was one of those games you just had to play in the arcade. In fact, I got irrationally excited while watching Why Don’t You Play in Hell? when I thought I spotted a Lucky & Wild machine in the back of the “Fuck Bombers” hangout.
I only got to play it a few times, and never even thought to have one player take both guns. Sounds brilliant (and considering how hard it was to drive and shoot at the same time, clever.)