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Tex is an Italian comic book series created in 1948 by Gian Luigi Bonelli and Aurelio Galeppini. In this video game adaptation, the player controls Tex Willer, a ranger in the Old West and the main character in the series. Tex is alerted of trouble brewing in the nearby city of Cortez, which is quickly transforming into a ghost town. He then travels to Cortez to find out that a gang of thugs have been driving the townspeople away, and must uncover and thwart the sinister plot behind these raids.

Tex: Piombo Caldo (Burning Lead) is an action adventure game combining exploration and multiple-choice interfaces, a gameplay style that would soon thereafter become a mainstay of Simulmondo's episodic game production. During the exploration sections, Tex wanders through maze-like locations and must defeat enemies, including hostile Apaches and bandits, using his bare hands or his pistol. Other sections are shown through static screens with either clickable items or a menu of possible actions. Both sections feature multiple-choice dialogue with NPCs.

The story is divided into two chapters that can be played separately.


Tex: Piombo Caldo DOS Multiple options present themselves while being ambushed by the Apaches.
Tex: Piombo Caldo DOS Drawing the gun on another Apache.
Tex: Piombo Caldo Amiga Melee fight with an Apache.
Tex: Piombo Caldo Amiga Title screen and main menu

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  • "Tex: Burning Lead" -- Official English title

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