Devlin was an outlaw of the Mexican gang Los Gauchos, who grew tired of them and set up an elaborate plan to walk off with their gold. After some gunfights and losing his eye, Devlin set himself up for an easy life north of the border and traded his guns for a priest's collar. Ten years later, in the year 1862, Devlin is suddenly attacked by a new gang of outlaws who promptly burn down his church and steal his gold. There's only one way to protect his parish and that's to return to his gunslinging days.
Wanted Dead or Alive is a Western shooter played from a bird's eye view in some levels, and becoming a 1st-person rail shooter in others. In the first mode, players move Devlin with the keyboard, while changing his orientation and firing his guns are done with the mouse. In the second mode, aiming and shooting is also done with the mouse. The game offers a variety of objectives and a progressing story. Six shooters, shotguns, rifles and dynamite will all be at Devlin's disposal as weapons to clear the Texas lands. In a few levels, the game goes for a stealth approach, and players must sneak up on foes with only a knife. Crates can be found scattered around which contain weapon ammunition and health restoration items.