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Gun.Smoke (NES)

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Description

Gun.Smoke is a top-down scrolling shooter that casts the gamer as a lone gunman, out to save the gold rush town of Hicksville from a fearsome group of bandits known as the Wingates. Each level has a particular target enemy, although his or her henchmen must also be taken out.

Although it largely takes place on foot, the gameplay resembles Commando, with its top-down action. The screen scrolls at a constant rate, and enemies come at you from the edges, to be shot or avoided. You can grab various power-ups along the way. Finding a horse will allow you to get hit twice before you die rather than just once. There are scenes in which you raft up a river and use the tracks of a railway line.

On the NES you can tap the A button to fire up and right, the B button to fire up and left, or A and B simultaneously to fire straight ahead. One-button control systems mimic all this.

Screenshots

Gun.Smoke NES Getting shot by the bad guys...
Gun.Smoke NES ...and bolting back into action.
Gun.Smoke NES The first level boss
Gun.Smoke NES Dead town

Alternate Titles

  • "Gunsmoke" -- UK MSX title
  • "Desperado" -- Spanish computer title

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The Press Says

Defunct Games Aug 09, 2009 80 out of 100 80
NES Times Dec 28, 2007 8 out of 10 80
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1989 73 out of 100 73

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Trivia

German index

On May 31, 1988, Gun.Smoke was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Since August 31, 2005, the game is no longer on the index.

Spanish version

Desperado started out as an unauthorised Gun.Smoke clone in Spain, but upon its release in the UK, publisher U.S. Gold, who didn't want to spoil its good relations with Capcom, obtained a proper licence, hence licencing the game retroactively.

Title

The dot in the middle of Gun.Smoke was inserted by Capcom in order to avoid certain legal issues; namely, there was a popular American TV series that went by the same name, albeit without the dot. With the dot being rendered as a sheriff's star, most people hardly notice this difference.

Information also contributed by Игги Друге

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Eurythmic (2610) added Gun.Smoke (NES) on Aug 21, 2004
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