Outlaws (1985 video game)

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Developer(s) Ultimate Play the Game
Publisher(s) Ultimate Play the Game
Platform(s) Commodore 64
Release Christmas 1985[1]
Genre(s) Shooter game
Mode(s) Single player

Outlaws is a video game for the Commodore 64 developed and released by Ultimate Play the Game in 1985. In a break from earlier arcade adventure titles such as The Staff of Karnath and Entombed, Outlaws is a straightforward shooter game and does not feature the aristocrat adventurer, Sir Arthur Pendragon. Outlaws was released on the Commodore 64 at the same time as another wild west-themed title, Gunfright, for the ZX Spectrum. The game was created by brothers Dave and Robert (Bob) Thomas.[2]



Typically for an Ultimate release, players are given a tantalising and cryptic introduction:

Many years ago, rode a band of men. They came from the East of the desert and with them they brought terror and destruction. Nobody was safe from the perils of a merciless death, no family was complete, no man was free.
They were the OUTLAWS.
Driven only by murderous ambition and selfish greed they scoured the land, leaving behind them a trail of death and pillage. Town after town they plundered, with no man left who could stop them and no man left alive who dare try. The townsfolk lived at their mercy and prayed that the evil band of men's dark shadow of doom would not pass over their valley. Frightened though they were, they still found hope, and they prayed that one day someone would come and deliver them from the OUTLAWS' evil tyranny.
The Lone Rider
Many months of hell passed and then one night out of a clear moonlit sky, arose a fiery storm and through this storm rode a man, a stranger with vengeance in his eyes. He had no name and no past, he had been sent to avenge them, for he was the LONE RIDER.


Review scores
Publication Score
CVG 29/40[3]
Zzap!64 35%[4]

The game was poorly reviewed. Zzap!64 rated the game with 35%, stating that "Ultimate [had] surely seen better days" and that "there is nothing much to say about Outlaws, except how mediocre it is", however the graphics were generally praised as being "crisp" and having "excellent equestrian animation." Commodore User were similarly unimpressed, describing the game as a "massive disappointment". Although they thought the graphics were of a high standard and sound fairly effective, the music was considered to be "awful" and "well below standard". Overall it was said to "lack depth" and could have been better if there was more for the player to do.[5]


  1. ^ Outlaws / Dragon Skulle pre-release promotional brochure, published by Ultimate Play the Game in late 1985. Available to view at World of Spectrum: [1]
  2. ^ "The Ultimate Years", Retro Gamer, Imagine Publishing, no. 109, pp. 22–31, November 2012 
  3. ^ "Outlaws", C+VG, Future Publishing (52): 18, February 1986 
  4. ^ "Outlaws", Zzap!64, Newsfield Publications (10): 24, February 1986 
  5. ^ https://archive.org/stream/commodore-user-magazine-29/Commodore_User_Issue_29_1986_Feb#page/n12/mode/1up

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