Pole's Big Adventure plays like a bare bones NES game. You control a cowboy and shoot poachers that only attack by attempting to run into Pole. Sega's WiiWare game takes a dose of inspiration from Super Mario Brothers especially because Koopa Troopers make an appearance in the beach level. Unlike a certain famous plumber Pole doesn't bounce on the heads of his enemies. He shoots them with a rifle since Pole is, you know, a cowboy. At first the rifle only reaches a quarter of the screen. After picking up a few power up icons Pole's gun turns into a three way spread shot that extends to the end of the screen. This also happens to be Pole's most powerful weapon.