Desert Law (Windows)

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Desert Law is a real-time strategy game set in the southern states of post-apocalyptic America. Unlike other RTS titles, there is no base building. Instead, the focus is entirely on combat between small groups of armored vehicles.

The main character is Brad, part of a small and generally peaceful community. When the settlement is attacked and his girlfriend is kidnapped, he sets out with a band of friends to wreak vengeance and save his love. The light-hearted story is told through comic book cutscenes as well as in-mission dialog.

The game is spread over 29 missions, with multiple objectives ranging from defense, to rescue, to all-out assault. The control scheme (and even the hot-keys) are strongly reminiscent of Command & Conquer, while the highly-detailed isometric visuals are similar in style to the first two Fallout games. The graphics are a mix of 2D backgrounds with 3D-modelled vehicles and destructible elements.

'Hero' characters must be kept alive. Each of these people has individual stats which increase with experience. Their stats give benefits to the vehicle they're riding in (e.g. better firepower or better handling). There are also specialized characters like the mechanic, who can repair damaged vehicles.

The engine is a modified version of the one used in Nival's Blitzkrieg series.


Desert Law Windows hero's love-making
Desert Law Windows Missions are often broken up with short exchanges between characters.
Desert Law Windows Now with two 'hero' characters on my team, I attack some bandits.
Desert Law Windows Recruiting Michos, the mechanic

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Alternate Titles

  • "Койоты. Закон пустыни" -- Russian spelling
  • "Desert Law: Wojownicy Pustyni " -- Polish Title

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IGROMANIA Jun, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Absolute Games ( Sep 27, 2005 68 out of 100 68
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2006 64 out of 100 64
PC Games (Germany) Feb 02, 2007 53 out of 100 53 Mar 21, 2007 7 out of 20 35


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xroox (3970) added Desert Law (Windows) on Jun 13, 2009