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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 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 One strategy that works is to count shots then charge an enemy while he is reloading.
Dead Man's Hand Windows Mission briefing and difficulty selection.
Dead Man's Hand Windows Ready to test a winchester.

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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
Extreme Gamer Xbox May 10, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May 01, 2004 69 out of 100 69
PC Games (Germany) Windows May 18, 2004 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Apr 21, 2004 67 out of 100 67
GameStar (Germany) Windows May, 2004 67 out of 100 67
GameSpot Windows Mar 26, 2004 6.6 out of 10 66
IGN Windows Apr 06, 2004 6.2 out of 10 62
Jolt (UK) Xbox May 11, 2004 4.3 out of 10 43
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Aug, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 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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