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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive - PC

by Atari
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews) 78 / 100

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Platform: PC

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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005ASG9
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches ; 0.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 25, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,343 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive is a PC game offering highly challenging yet fun and easy-to-learn gameplay. You are in control of a gang of six desperados (John Cooper and his five allies), who you lead through 25 challenging levels. In each level you'll face a large number of obstacles and enemies. Your task is to make your way through each level without getting caught or killed.

The basic game concept is based on the simple and unique idea of mixing infiltration, action, and tactics. Desperados takes inspiration from the most famous infiltration games and adds more relevant team management and tactical aspects, largely thanks to a 2-D view. The story is communicated through the 25 levels with beautifully rendered graphics. Six tutorial missions are integrated into the scenarios, allowing players to learn, test, and familiarize themselves with each newly introduced character's actions. The game features many different atmospheres: day, night, sunset, storm, half-light, outside, inside, large towns, villages, shadow towns, fortresses, gold mines, cotton fields, swamps, camps, saloons, jails, a steamboat, floods, waterfalls, caverns, fires, traps, rifle fires, escapes, and other swindles. Use classic confrontational methods such as knife throwing, brawling, sound diversions, dynamite and powder barrels, rattlesnakes, chemicals, lures, seduction, blinding, and even a surprisingly mischievous monkey.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Action/Strategy/Role Playing game August 10, 2001
Platform for Display:PC
Desperados is one of the best games I've played in a long time! The first thing that intrigued me about the game was the western setting. Unlike so many other gaming genres, the wild west has been left alone for the most part with only occasional titles such as Lucas Arts "Outlaws".
The game itself plays very similar to Commandos (a game I'm only vaguely familiar with). You control as many as six different characters with 5 different attributes/skills each. The key is to determine which character matched with which skill is the right combination for a given task or mission. While some of the actions seemingly overlap or look to be the same function (ie same result different routes to get there), you quickly realize as you progress through the game that the functions vary greatly in their effectiveness based on the enemy character they are used on.
The most interesting thing about Desperados is it forces the gamer to rely on skill, cunning and the ability to think out a plan before executing. Poorly executed or incomplete plans will quickly get you killed in this game. Efficiency is also important, if you fail to properly budget your resources, it will become extremely difficult or impossible to finish a level without restarting.
To play this game you relly need a fairly good dose of patience in the early levels as you adjust to the interface and the way the game plays. As you build your gang through the game every time you add a new chracter, you are given an in-game tutorial level with just that character to practice and demonstrate that character's skills. These 6 levels are included in the 25 listed on the box, so in essence, you really have only 19 full levels.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb !! June 11, 2001
Platform for Display:PC
I have recently bought this game and it is beyond my expectations. I don't know how they managed to put so much fun into one CD. It is similar to the 'Commandos' game but a lot better. AI is far more better which makes this game harder. It consists of 25 levels and each level is played on a different map. Each map has its own goal. Sometimes it is a rescue operation or sometimes it is complete destruction. Most importantly, the story is great. Levels are connected to each other in a sensible fashion.
You start the game with Cooper, who owns a gun, knife and clock. The first level is a tutorial, and you can learn how to use these objects. Also you will notice that, Cooper is the only member of your team who can use his fist to knock out enemies and climb certain rocks. As the game progresses, your team starts to build up.
I will not tell you more as I want you to see the game with your own eyes. Buy it, you won't regret it.
By the way, at the start menu, you can see the time you have spent in the game so far. (It took 2378 minutes for me to finish all the levels :))
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid game September 25, 2001
By Ajaxab
Platform for Display:PC
I generally play sports games, but was intrigued by the story behind Desperados and decided to pick it up. I was not disappointed. The game's plot unfolded in a way that kept me interested to the very end. I also appreciated the tension created by waiting for just the right moment to make an attack or execute a plan. Very well done.
I was only disappointed by the fact that it was a bit too easy to use the same strategy on nearly every level. I found myself using John and his trusty knife all too often at the expense of the other characters I could have used. Maybe I could have experimented a bit more, but I wish I had been forced to experiment a bit more.
I look forward to a sequel though. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone interested in a Wild West tactical game.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great puzzle game with flaws August 20, 2001
Platform for Display:PC
This is truly a game that requires tons of patience and well thought out plans. However like all real time strategy games you are hindered by speed with a keyboard and mouse and the developer's interface to the game.
In this game you take control of a gang of western bounty hunters trying to solve a crime and bring justice to the Southwestern United States. You find out early that nobody likes you and mostly will shoot you on sight. Each level brings you more and more into the story and allows you to develop new skills and induct more people into your party. The levels are time consuming and keep you involved in finding a solution. Some are close to downright impossible, but one can do it over a GREAT deal of time and patience. The graphics are excellent and the videos telling the story are wonderful.
The flaws come in mostly with reality of a situation and hinderance of how fast you are with a mouse. A few examples:
1) In some scenerios if one of your characters becomes hated by a group in a scenerio (ie. the Kate Rescue scenerio), then your entire party automatically becomes hated, even if they were never seen by anyone. Not realistic and it would help if you could bring another party member into town for staging.
2) You can enter buildings. If an enemy enters a building and sees you he shoots you to death. You cannot do anything to defend yourself while in a building, as you basically become a helpless handicap who can only walk. If you have any plans about turning out the lights and hiding behind a table, forget it.
3) Certain physical traits apply to only certain characters. One party member is the only one who can climb cliffs, punch, and carry people. This becomes annoying later on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fun game that will keep you entertained for quite some time.
Published 15 days ago by German in Ohio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amasing considering how old it is its is still fun as hell!
Published 4 months ago by chef yorch
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game. Very hard.
The graphics are very beautiful, yet simple. The gameplay is very intuitive and you can finish your mission anyway you want. The only problem is the difficulty in some levels. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lucas Coelho
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Not as good as some of the reviews said. Not very good graphics and hard to control. Would not recommend.
Published 18 months ago by Chad
4.0 out of 5 stars Desperados-game
I bought this game because I really enjoyed the "Robin Hood" game by the same developers. This one is much, much tougher, but is a good exercise for the brain! Read more
Published on December 9, 2011 by Capnmike
4.0 out of 5 stars Does it work on xp?
Hi, I am wondering if this game runs on xp..does anyone know? please reply. Thanks.
Published on July 12, 2008 by NK
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah It was fun when i had it
I got this game as a FreeBie in 2001 out of a box of Frosties cereal and played it,yeah sure it was great however i never completed level one. Read more
Published on June 26, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for 3D player!!!
First of all, the overall reviewer rating should be higher if it wasn't for individuals posting 1-star reviews because they can't get the game to work on their computer. Read more
Published on February 10, 2005 by ashbury
4.0 out of 5 stars good but flawed
In the computer game DESPERADOES: WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE you control a team of people in the Old West who have each skills you can use in order to complete a level. Read more
Published on December 26, 2004 by realfuzzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the 98%.
If you are in the top 2% of gamers then you will like this game if you also have the patiance of a mountain. Read more
Published on January 15, 2004 by Andrew C. Leiner
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