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In this top-down/isometric western strategy/adventure game you acquire a role of John Cooper, a lone rider. Skilful with your gun and knife, shaved not, you'll wander towns of an old west, passing the Mexican gringos, fight the army, and rescue your future to be partners. All in the cause of justice. Hired as a bounty hunter to end these railroad raids and train robberies, but whoever walks the path of justice on the wild wild west, has to be framed for something, even if it's a murder. Now that you barely managed to escape, your name must be cleared.

As you go along the game, you'll meet certain characters that will join your team, Sam Williams, your team expert for dynamites, charming and seductive red haired Kate O'Hara, Mexican outlaws Sanchez, and a few more. You'll travel together as a team throughout 25 levels of 3D pre-rendered wicked wild west.


Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows Some gringos that are sleeping around, you can kick just in case they don't wake up. You can actually literally kick them to death.
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows Sneak around the stable, run quickly then jump on the horse, take four on the left and six on the right... yup, that should do.
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows Using mini map, you can see hidden foes.
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows A Man being hanged

Promo Images

Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Screenshot
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Other Wireframe
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Other Wireframe
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "赏金奇兵" -- Chinese title (Simplified)
  • "Desperados: Взять живым или мертвым" -- Russian spelling
  • "Desperados: The Shadow of El Diablo" -- Working title
  • "Desperados: Poszukiwany Żywy lub Martwy" -- Polish title
  • "Death Valley" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Still somewhat better than Commandos II Windows gecimen (48)
One step ahead of its successors Windows Zolansilverspear (559)

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Windows Sep 23, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93
PC Games (Germany) Windows Apr, 2001 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr, 2001 86 out of 100 86
PC Action Windows Apr 18, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Armchair Empire, The Windows 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows May 07, 2001 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy Windows Oct 03, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Gamezilla Windows Aug 14, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Deaf Gamers Windows 2005 4 out of 5 80
Game Informer Magazine Windows Sep, 2001 7.25 out of 10 72


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promo art for the game? 2 Somebody bring me Sisko! (8)
Jul 16, 2011


Cancelled add-on

Spellbound worked on an add-on, but it was never released.


The demo version is an exclusive level which is not included in the full game. More information can be found in its game entry.

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