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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.


Dead Man's Hand Windows Missions are selected on a large map of the west.
Dead Man's Hand Windows One strategy that works is to count shots then charge an enemy while he is reloading.
Dead Man's Hand Windows It's a western, there has to be a train top battle.
Dead Man's Hand Windows Cinematics are rendered with the game engine but in the style of an old movie.

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Alternate Titles

  • "荒野大镖客" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "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

Diehard GameFan Xbox Mar 18, 2004 7.4 out of 10 74
Thunderbolt Games Windows Jun 14, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GameZone Xbox Apr 19, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
Withingames Windows Apr 09, 2004 3 out of 5 60
Deaf Gamers Windows 2005 3 out of 5 60
GameSpot Xbox Mar 08, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Deeko Xbox 2004 5.5 out of 10 55 Windows Apr 02, 2004 11 out of 20 55
Jolt (UK) Xbox May 11, 2004 4.3 out of 10 43 (UK) Xbox Jul 06, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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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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