|Dead Man's Hand is a first-person shooter set in the Wild West. You
assume the role of El Tejon, a master gunslinger on a mission of vengeance.
As the story unfolds, you will pursue members of "The Nine," a gang
of ruthless outlaws who betrayed you and left you for dead. Experience
the best elements of the Western genre brought straight from the silver
screen. Gunslinging, bar brawls, horseback action sequences, train chases
and epic showdowns are just part of the Old West feel in this bona fide
"period piece" adventure. Each level begins with you playing a poker game
where you bet it all on a hand of cards. Should you win, you’ll get more
bullets for all of your weapons, plus special power for your special shots
(you can shoot faster with some guns, more accurately, more bullets in one
shot). If you lose, you have to start the level with just the basic stuff.
All fighting in the game requires that you're
always jumping, crouching, running, or walking. If you aren't always moving,
you'll die, plain and simple. In its emulation of traditional western gun
fighting, demands that you shoot fast and first or face certain death.
While most of the level design is typical, including many cliché western
towns, some are unique like a level that has Tejon traversing a redwood
forest that is booby trapped. Another has him cutting down enemies in a l
umber mill operated by two members of "The Nine," capped off with a
shootout in the lumber yard.