Billy the Kid (DOS)

Billy the Kid DOS Title screen


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Billy the Kid is set in the Wild West and features William H. Bonney, the famous outlaw also known as Billy the Kid, and his adversary Sheriff Pat Garrett. Both are hired by the rancher John Tunstall to protect Lincoln County from outlaws. Unfortunately Tunstall is murdered and the two disagree how to proceed: while Garrett wants to strengthen law and order, Billy the Kid sets out to avenge Tunstall the hard way.

The player chooses between the role of Billy the Kid or Garrett which changes their goals, e.g. as Billy the Kid the player needs to build up an outlaw army. During the game, the next destination is chosen through an overhead map, e.g. the city of Santa Fe or a camp of Native Americans. In cities, the player can move, enter different buildings and talk to people in order to receive hints what to do next (sometimes hints are also received when entering one of the other locations on the map). Some people need to be bribed with money which can be earned with certain actions like robbing a bank. Often the character has to engage in action sequences, e.g. a shootout in which crosshairs are moved over the screen to shoot enemies as soon as they leave their cover. When the basic goal is reached, the game culminates in a shootout between Billy the Kid and Garrett.


Billy the Kid DOS Title screen
Billy the Kid DOS Billy the Kid visits some Native Americans
Billy the Kid DOS Murder!
Billy the Kid DOS Choosing the next location on the overhead map

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Legend of Billy the Kid" -- In-game title

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1990 9.2 out of 12 77


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Amiga release

UK magazine Amiga Power (October 1992 issue) featured Billy the Kid in a special about unreleased games. It contained a quote by Ocean's Software director, Gary Bracey, regarding the game's status: "It was not completed to our satisfaction and it wasn't fully debugged. It reached a point where we decided it wouldn't be released". However, retail box releases are known to exist, and at least one German magazine reviewed the Amiga version in 1991.

Cancelled Atari ST version

According to the internet database Atari Mania, an Atari ST version was advertised but never released.
Patrick Bregger (210512) added Billy the Kid (DOS) on Feb 14, 2015
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