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Description

The Mexican gunslinger El Tejon once joined the dreaded Nine gang, hoping to become rich and famous. However, as he became disillusioned with the gang's murderous ways and distanced himself from it, he turned into a liability to the criminals. The gang's leader shot him and left him for dead; barely surviving, El Tejon was imprisoned by the authorities. In the prison, he meets a member of a revolutionary movement, and becomes determined to regain his freedom and exact revenge upon those who betrayed him.

Dead Man's Hand is a first-person 3D shooter set in the Wild West. The protagonist is armed with a fairly standard arsenal, which includes pistols, rifles, shotguns, TNT, bombs, etc. The game rewards the player for precise shooting and creative ways of killing enemies (e.g. by shooting a rock that drops on them): as the player practices these activities, the protagonist's "trick meter" is being gradually refilled. A full trick meter allows secondary shooting mode, unique for each weapon. Between levels the player can compete in poker to increase the protagonist's health and ammunition.

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Dead Man's Hand Windows Mission briefing and difficulty selection.
Dead Man's Hand Windows At the start of each level you select one pistol, one rifle and one shotgun.  That's all you can carry.
Dead Man's Hand Windows Cinematics are rendered with the game engine but in the style of an old movie.
Dead Man's Hand Windows Riding on a horse and taking out the badguys.

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Alternate Titles

  • "荒野大镖客" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Дикий Запад: Игра со смертью" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

I Really Tried To Like This Game. Windows null-geodesic (243)
Brief entertainment for the restless. Windows Joakim Kihlman (275)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Xbox May 06, 2004 4 out of 5 80
Game Shark Windows Apr 01, 2004 B 75
Thunderbolt Games Windows Jun 14, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Gameplanet Windows May 06, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows May, 2004 67 out of 100 67
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Apr 21, 2004 67 out of 100 67
GameSpot Xbox Mar 08, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Withingames Windows Apr 09, 2004 3 out of 5 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Jul 06, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Aug, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Compatibility

Dead Man's Hand was one of the games not compatible with the Windows XP service pack 2 update. It took a while until a patch was released.

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