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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 An ambush!
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows This village looks like a fort
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows When everything goes as planned, you'll usually ride outta town and get back on your way.
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows When you arrive in town, it's good to see if you can find a friend or two, and not only enemies.

Promo Images

Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Concept Art Scribble
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Other Wireframe
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Screenshot
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 gecimen (45) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
One step ahead of its successors Zolansilverspear (524) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Sep 23, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93
Power Unlimited Jun, 2001 89 out of 100 89
ActionTrip May 09, 2001 89 out of 100 89
PC Gamer Brasil Dec, 2001 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Apr, 2001 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 07, 2001 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy Oct 03, 2001 83 out of 100 83
GameZone Sep 21, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Svenska PC Gamer May, 2001 79 out of 100 79
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 2001 7.25 out of 10 72


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promo art for the game? 2 Somebody bring me Sisko! (8)
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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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MAT (140908) added Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (Windows) on Aug 07, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (385200)