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The Mexican gunslinger El Tejon once joined the dreaded Nine gang, hoping to become rich and famous. However, as he became disillusioned with the gang's murderous ways and distanced himself from it, he turned into a liability to the criminals. The gang's leader shot him and left him for dead; barely surviving, El Tejon was imprisoned by the authorities. In the prison, he meets a member of a revolutionary movement, and becomes determined to regain his freedom and exact revenge upon those who betrayed him.

Dead Man's Hand is a first-person 3D shooter set in the Wild West. The protagonist is armed with a fairly standard arsenal, which includes pistols, rifles, shotguns, TNT, bombs, etc. The game rewards the player for precise shooting and creative ways of killing enemies (e.g. by shooting a rock that drops on them): as the player practices these activities, the protagonist's "trick meter" is being gradually refilled. A full trick meter allows secondary shooting mode, unique for each weapon. Between levels the player can compete in poker to increase the protagonist's health and ammunition.


Dead Man's Hand Windows Mission briefing and difficulty selection.
Dead Man's Hand Windows It's a western, there has to be a train top battle.
Dead Man's Hand Windows You get extra points on pretty much everything you shoot at.
Dead Man's Hand Windows Riding on a horse and taking out the badguys.

Alternate Titles

  • "荒野大镖客" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Дикий Запад: Игра со смертью" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

I Really Tried To Like This Game. Windows null-geodesic (234)
Brief entertainment for the restless. Windows Joakim Kihlman (269)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Xbox May 06, 2004 4 out of 5 80
Gamesmania.de Xbox Jun 27, 2004 74 out of 100 74
Extreme Gamer Xbox May 10, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameZone Xbox Apr 19, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
Shooterplanet Windows Jul 31, 2004 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot Windows Mar 26, 2004 6.6 out of 10 66
Deaf Gamers Windows 2005 3 out of 5 60
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Apr 02, 2004 11 out of 20 55
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Apr 24, 2006 10 out of 20 50
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Jul 06, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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Dead Man's Hand was one of the games not compatible with the Windows XP service pack 2 update. It took a while until a patch was released.

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