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Dead Man's Hand

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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 One strategy that works is to count shots then charge an enemy while he is reloading.
Dead Man's Hand Windows Ready to test a winchester.
Dead Man's Hand Windows These women don't seem too happy that I'm shooting up their brothel.
Dead Man's Hand Windows Cinematics are rendered with the game engine but in the style of an old movie.

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

PC Action Windows Apr 30, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Thunderbolt Games Windows Jun 14, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Gameplanet Windows May 06, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May, 2004 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Windows Mar 26, 2004 6.6 out of 10 66
Deaf Gamers Windows 2005 3 out of 5 60
Withingames Windows Apr 09, 2004 3 out of 5 60
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Apr 02, 2004 11 out of 20 55
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Aug, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
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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