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Marshall James Anderson had been a great gunfighter. He had worn the badge of the law and put men to death or to jail. But a Marshall can only travel alone so long. And so James Anderson retired; he got himself a wife, got himself some land, got himself a daughter and dedicated himself to the peaceful life of a home on the range.

The Gentleman, Bob Graham, has other plans for James Anderson's plot of land however. It sits right along some prime real estate for where the railroad is going to go, and whoever could own that land might be able to get rich setting up a town. So Bob hires himself up some of the roughest and toughest ruffians west of the Mississippi to try and "persuade" Anderson and the other land-owners to sell or abandon their lands.

James Anderson returns home from town one day to find his homestead aflame, his wife killed and his daughter abducted by Bob's henchmen. Not willing to trust in the fates, Anderson dusts off his six-shooter, digs up his buried shotgun and dons his old tin star. He's about to follow the trail of these men across deserts and valleys, until he finds his daughter.

Outlaws is a first-person shooter set in the American Old West, featuring hand-drawn graphics and a stylized soundtrack. Locations include outdoor as well as indoor areas, most with a characteristic Western flavor: a small town with one main street and a saloon, a canyon, a speeding train, and others. The Marshall uses firearms such as a revolver, single- and double-barrel shotgun, a rifle (with or without a sniper scope), and others. In dark areas James can light a lamp, for which he will have to find canisters of oil.

The game contains no supernatural elements: enemies encountered in it are exclusively human. The gameplay focuses on combat, though exploring the levels is necessary in order to locate various keys needed to unlock the next part, or discover secret areas. Manual reloading of the guns is required during combat.

A secondary game mode, called "Historical Missions", allows the player to relive Anderson's rise to the rank of U.S. Marshal. Each of the missions involves the protagonist capturing a killing a criminal, preferably recovering gold stolen by them. Ranks (Deputy, Sheriff, and Marshal) are awarded to the player upon a mission's completion.


Outlaws Windows You gotta love destructible things in games like this!
Outlaws Windows This is not a shotgun, but it shoots pretty much wider and incorrect, though. For short range recommended
Outlaws Windows Inside the running train
Outlaws Windows Aarrrgh! Right through the heart

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Alternate Titles

  • "Outlaws: Une histoire de feu et de sang" -- French title
  • "Outlaws: Die Gesetzlosen" -- German title
  • "Outlaws: Cidade Sem Lei" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

A tense and fun game experience if you play it right... Jeff Thomas (19) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Refreshingly different western shooter, highly recommended. Shadowcat (126) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
A very fun game with a great theme and unique approach Alan Chan (3618) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
The Law's Come Back to Town MAT (229784) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
An excellent western-themed FPS from the king of adventure games Katakis | カタキス (42781) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Spaghetti Western Shoot-em Up Terrence Bosky (5459) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Lazy Lucasarts okos ember (17) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
It had all the right stuff... but just couldn't put it together. Andrew Romig (10) unrated
One of the best, most atmospheric and important contributions to the FPS genre. John Romero (1474) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
To call this an Italo Western is like calling Bon Jovi a rock band. micnictic (391) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine May 16, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Privat Computer PC 1997 86 out of 100 86
Gamezilla Dec 13, 2000 86 out of 100 86 Jan 05, 2010 17 out of 20 85
PC Action (Germany) Apr, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Just Games Retro Mar 31, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game-Over! Jun 01, 1998 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 May, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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No music. 26 The Fabulous King (1337)
Jul 19, 2007



The update to version 2.0 adds four new additional levels ("Civil War", "Ice Caves", "Villa" and "Wharf Town") with completely new terrain never before seen in Outlaws such as ice and vast snow terrains, huge rivers or sunken cities. It also adds music to the levels on the second CD. A Direct3D patch lets the game use slightly higher resolution and improved textures.


  • "1138" sighting: Engine number of the train in the intro. (1138 is a reference to George Lucas' first feature film: THX-1138)
  • Bob Graham's Big Rock Ranch is a tribute to George Lucas' Big Rock Ranch in Marin County, CA.
  • The character 'Bloodeye' Tim was named as an homage to Tim Schafer who Shaw worked with on Full Throttle.
  • Max, the wicked bunny from Sam & Max Hit the Road makes an appearance in western style in Outlaws.


Outlaws' musical score was included on the game CDs on Red Book Audio tracks so one can listen to the music with an ordinary CD player. As of 2000, a separate stand-alone soundtrack album is available at LucasArts Company Store as a bonus for the buyers of Outlaws.

Story Spoiler

"Dr. Death" Jackson is killed when Marshal Anderson drops him down a mine shaft. However, a crash landing can be heard behind the music as Anderson turns away, and Dr. Death distinctly shouts "Dammit!". It's not known if the villain was meant to survive his fall to appear in a possible sequel or if this was just a humorous secret included by the game developers.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 1998 (Issue #164) – Musical Achievement of the Year
Information also contributed by Chris Mikesell, JayBee, Kasey Chang, MAT, mwnoname and Sciere

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MAT (229784) added Outlaws (Windows) on Feb 29, 2000