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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 Breaking into marshall's office.
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows Kate
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows Mexican bandits just happen to populate the canyon I'm passing through.
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Windows You can try being stealthy, or just plin simple try blood and guts routine.

Promo Images

Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Other Wireframe
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Concept Art Scribble
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Screenshot
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "赏金奇兵:西部通缉令" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "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 Windows gecimen (48)
One step ahead of its successors Windows Zolansilverspear (559)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Apr, 2001 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr, 2001 86 out of 100 86 Windows May 04, 2001 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows May 07, 2001 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy Windows Oct 03, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Gamezilla Windows Aug 14, 2001 80 out of 100 80 Windows Apr 27, 2001 16 out of 20 80
Deaf Gamers Windows 2005 4 out of 5 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Svenska PC Gamer Windows May, 2001 79 out of 100 79


Topic # Posts Last Post
promo art for the game? 2 Somebody bring me Sisko! (8)
Jul 16, 2011


Cancelled add-on

Spellbound worked on add-on levels (mostly leftover levels from development) which were supposed to be released periodically as so-called "Webisodes". However, those were never release because of Infrogrames' new guideline "PC is dead".


The demo version is an exclusive level which is not included in the full game. More information can be found in its game entry.


The game was originally signed to the small German publisher Blackstar Interactive GmbH and had a completely different scenario inspired by the movie Wild Wild West (1999) with various supernatural elements like zombies.

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