Dashin' Desperadoes

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Dashin' Desperadoes
Box art featuring the two playable characters.
Box art
Developer(s) Data East
Publisher(s) Data East
Designer(s) Eisuke Tsuzawa
Composer(s) Masaaki Iwasaki
Hiroyasu Fujimaru
Manabu Yokoi
Platform(s) Sega Genesis
Release date(s)
  • NA July 1993
Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player, Two-player

Dashin' Desperadoes is a platform game by Data East for the Sega Genesis released in 1993. In the game players control one of two cowboys, Will or Rick, who run and negotiate various obstacles to reach the maiden Jenny.

Playing the game on Japanese hardware yields an alternate title, Rumble Kids, despite being never released in Japan. In 1993, Data East also released a Neo-Geo exclusive game titled Spinmaster featuring main characters similar to the ones in Dashin' Desperadoes.

A sequel, Dashin' Desperadoes 2 (ランブルキッズ II) was released for PlayStation 2 using the Data East Player hardware.

A Zorori CD version was planned but due to the add-on's failure this version was cancelled.

Gameplay[edit]

In the 1-player game, the cowboy hat wearing hero, Will, races to reach the Jenny, the blond maiden who waits at the end of each level. The hero is racing against his blond-haired nemesis, Rick, who also is trying to reach the girl. Through obstacles, hazards, and various creatures, Will and Rick race each other through six different worlds (three levels each) of beaches, jungles, and ancient ruins to reach Jenny. In the finale of each world, Jenny is kidnapped by Rick, who attempts to take her away. The player, as the hero Will, must use all of the weapons in his arsenal to damage Rick's vehicle as it attempts to escape.

In the 2-player game, the second player takes over Rick, and they both race after Jenny in split screen mode. Whoever arrives first receives a kiss from the fair maiden. Using bombs, barbells, electricity, and ice, each player must do whatever it takes to reach Jenny first.

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Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 6.5/10
GamePro 4.5/5 stars