Sunset Riders

a game by Konami

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisSNESSNES

Genres: Action, Arcade Classics, Shooting Games

Sunset Riders

Howdy, pardners, welcome to the hard-ridin', straight-shootin' posse known as the Sunset Riders. Get ready for some fun and challenging shootouts that put the "Wild" in Wild West.

Best in the West?

The classic arcade original made a smooth transition to the Genesis late last year, and now the Riders have successfully ambled over to the SNES. Like on the Genesis, you play a gun- totin' bounty hunter, walkin' an' ridin' the range in search of bad guys like Poco Loco, Simon Greedwell, and Sir Richard Rose. The chase takes you through Old West towns, to fast-moving trains, and out to the rugged mountains. Unlike the Genesis version the SNES game gives you a choice of four bounty hunters (Steve and Bob have now joined Billy and Cormano).

There is still a two player option and some Bonus Stages, but regrettably the quick-draw Versus Mode has been dropped along the trail.

ProTip: Watch tor the chickens naming from an approaching stampede.

The challenge is tough! Nasty varmints are hiding behind every tree and in every haystack, packin' pistols or heavin' dynamite. Smooth controls enable you to fire rapidly, but your man's not very fast on his feet, so he eats a lotta lead. You get limited continues, which unfortunately means you'll be startin' from scratch purty regular. A password feature would've made the Old West more hospitable for young players.

Sights and Sounds on the Lonesome Prairie

Clear, crisp graphics and rousing Western music make this an easy ride to enjoy. The large, cartoony sprites have nice detail, and the backgrounds have strong colors. There's also a lot to see in the action sequences.

The music propels the action with Old West rhythms that have been pumped up for the'90s. The sound effects can be helpful, too, as when you hear the thundering steers long before they hit the screen.

Sights and Sounds on the Lonesome Prairie

Clear, crisp graphics and rousing Western music make this an easy ride to enjoy. The large, cartoony' sprites have nice detail, and the backgrounds have strong colors. There's also a lot to see in the action sequences.

The music propels the action with Old West rhythms that have been pumped up for the '90s. The sound effects can be helpful, too, as when you hear the thundering steers long before they hit the screen.

  • As Level 2's train passes you, stay to the right of the screen to see who's about to shoot at you from behind.
  • Keep moving when you square off against the main outlaws.

Rootin'-Tootin' Riders

Fans of the arcade game will enjoy taking Sunset Riders home on the range. Gamers who have both 1 б-bit systems won't need this game if they've already got the Sega version. However, anyone else with a hankerin' for a spirited shoot-em-up can ride happily into the sunset with these Riders.

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Hearken back to the days of yesteryear when men were men and justice blazed forth from the barrel of a gun. It's time to saddle up that Genesis, pardners, and take a ride with Sunset Riders by Konami.

How the West Is Won

Konami's rounded up the classic cowboy, shoot-em-up coin-op and herded it into this game. Sunset Riders dishes out thumb-blisterin', six-shootin', fun-and- gun action. You play a Bounty Hunter, either six-gun totin' Billy Cool or Cormano Wild, who's out to clean up this one-horse game with his scattergun (that's a shotgun, Tenderfoot). ou're out to make a bundle of loot. The side-view, horizontally-scrolling shootout covers four lengthy levels in town, across a train, and in the mountains.

One gunfighter can fight solo or two gunslingers can form a posse. Two hombres can also have a showdown in Versus mode.

Clear, Cool Graphics and Sound

The graphics are crystal clear and Konami clean. The character sprites feature cool, cartoony, bright colors. Take a good gander at the nicely-detailed, multi-scrolling backgrounds, too. The game even manages to rustle up some above average sounds.

Slap Happy Trails

This Old West is wild, wooly, and weird. You're after four hard cases -- Simon Greed Well, Paco Loco, Chief Scalpen, and Sir Richard Rose. These varmints have pulled a passel of dastardly deeds, such as hoarding the town's underwear, stealing a year's supply of toilet paper, and clear cutting a forest to make cheap tourist souvenirs.

ProTip: Railroad overheads wipe out bad guys as well as you. However, you can slide under them.

Yes, the game's humor is straight from the Silly Saloon, and the game's definitely RC.; that's "Pro-cowboy" not "politically correct". The gals are all dance hall babes or damsels in distress, and the Indians look like they ought to be Tomahawk Choppin' for the Atlanta Braves.

Git along on those little doggies. Hop across the backs of the stampeding Longhorns.

Gunfight at the Okay Corral

Don't worry, though, you don't mess around in this gunfight. The controls respond like your life depends on 'em -- and it does. You've got to admire Konami's notion of fair odds. The levels are overrun with bad guys, who attack you from all angles, and it only takes one hit to send you to Boot Hill. The game's as tough as saddle leather. The mangy polecats bushwhack you from windows and doorways, stab you, dynamite you, fry you, and, of course, blow your brains out.

Dynamite blasts can reach you through barriers, and you can shoot dynamite sticks out of the air.

At least, you get help. You can set up the game for three, four, or five lives with five continues, and there are power- ups aplenty for life-saving aides such as rapid fire and a second gun. A slick bonus stage also enables you to ride your faithful horse after bonus lives.

When you're galloping after the Bonus Wagon, catch bonus items by riding over their shadows on the ground.

Thank You, Masked Boy

Sunset Riders is a straight shooter all the way. If you've got a hankerin' for an intense, barrel-melting shootout, put out the call for Sunset Riders, and smile when you say that.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Konami
  • # of players: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: November 1993
  • Number of Levels: 7
  • Theme: Action

Those Sunset Riders have finally made it around the Genesis bend to the Super NES! This time there are more levels, more gunslingers to choose from, and for some pretty tough stuff - two-player simultaneous shootin'! Look out, though, 'cause there'll be some pretty mean varmints on the trail ahead and being a one-hit wonder definitely is a downer! Keep your head and you may avoid the coach to Boot Hill!


With two players, things get even better! When you fight the Bosses, the person with the most shots hitting him wins! If you tie, you both share the reward money! You each have your own continues.


Here you must shoot the bad guys as they pop up on the screen! Move your crosshairs around the screen and get them in your sights. There are 50 bad guys to be blasted. If you are in the two-player mode, you will compete for kills!

LEVEL 1: Simon Greedwell

This is a simple side-scrolling level. Push up in front of the open doors to get some icons! There are also two cattle drives which begin at point 1 on the map that you must avoid. Simon Greedwell is the first Boss. Shoot the barrels in front of him first, then blast him to bits!

LEVEL 2: Hawkeye Hank Hatfield

Here you must ride a horse and shoot bad guys! Look out for the covered wagon - logs will fall from it. The Boss hides behind crates and gets help from his goons. Take the goons out first - they shoot faster than the Boss. Then go for him, guns blazing!

LEVEL 3: Dark Horse & The Smith Bros.

There are two Bosses here: The first rides a horse - jump onto the 2nd floor and blast him! The second two throw bombs. Don't stay in one place too long - they will get you!


There are four more Bosses to go for really big cash rewards! These are the hardest levels in the game, and look out for Rose - he has a truly nasty rick that he is ready to play on you when you think you have defeated him. These last four levels will also test your jumping, climbing, and sliding skills. So get ready partner. Ya-hoo little buckaroo!

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: SNES;
  • Manufacturer: Konami;

Hee-yah! Gitty-up, pardners! The rootin', tootin' folks at Konami are bringin' ya Sunset Riders, the arcade hit and recent Genesis release. Hoo-wee, it looks dam good! Then graphics are lookin' a-might prettier then they did on that thar Sega machine, and them sound effects ain't bad, either.

Your posse is made up of four of the most-feared bounty hunters in the West. The very sound of their names - Steve, Billy, Bob, and Cormano - strikes fear into evil hearts. Can you help the gunslingers get rid of Poco Loco and them other varmints?

reggie posted a review

This version is almost identical to the arcade version, so longtime fans should definitely check this one out! Being a one-hit wonder does get a bit frustrating, but the Two-Player Simultaneous Mode is a blast. A Konami winner!

reggie posted a review

The Wild West comes alive on the Super NES. Konami's cool arcade game, Sunset Riders, is an exact replica of the coin-op. Unlike the Genesis version, this game has all of the levels and characters. This game is a real treat, especially in the two-player simultaneous mode.

The action will get pretty hairy, with bullets whizzing around you at every turn. Avoid stampedes and apprehend the criminals. Bring them to justice and win the game. Sunset Riders is a great translation. It is one of the better two-player games around.

For gunslinging action, Konami's Sunset Riders sure packs a wallop. Konami put a lot of time into this one, and it shows. Are you up to the challenge to be the toughest in the West?

reggie posted a review

Saddle up for the best western-theme shooter that's mosied down the pike in a very long time! The western territories are being terrorized by some of the nastiest varmints you've ever laid eyes on, and good, decent folks' only hope rests in the holsters of the four sharpest bounty hunters this side of the Grand Canyon: Steve, Billy, Bob, and Cormano!

Sunset Riders is a four-player interactive action game in the same format as Konami's smash hit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The bounty hunters must work through horizontally scrolling levels, jam-packed with villains and obstacles, until they reach the Boss for an all-out fire fight. They ride galloping horses cross town by jumping onto roofs, climbing across clothes lines, and even hitching s on steaming locomotives. Each player is totally interactive with his surroundings. He can shoot ropes that suspend wooden kegs over villains and grab sticks of dynamite. Bonus Stages provide a first-person perspective, timed shooting exercise.

Excellent graphics highlight this fast moving game. A fine soundtrack and digitized voices round out this instant arcade hit. Gunslingers and cowpokes alike are in for a knee-smackin', feet-stompin', grits- spittin' heck of a good time!


  • Bosses only shoot 2-3 bullets at intervals.
  • Bosses are immobilized when they shoot; you are not.
  • Accuracy is more important than speed in the Bonus Rounds.
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