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aka: Desperado, Gunsmoke
Moby ID: 14515
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Gun.Smoke is a vertical 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 henchmen must also be taken out.

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

On the NES the controls work differently with 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.

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Credits (ZX Spectrum version)

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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.


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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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Eurythmic.

Arcade added by 666gonzo666. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 added by Sciere. Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum added by Martin Smith. Commodore 64, MSX added by Игги Друге.

Additional contributors: Apogee IV, Xoleras, Martin Smith, formercontrib, Patrick Bregger.

Game added August 21, 2004. Last modified May 10, 2024.