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Sunset Riders is a run and gun arcade game created by Konami in 1991.
It revolves around four bounty hunters who are out to claim rewards given for eliminating the most wanted outlaws in the West. At the beginning of each level the player is shown a wanted poster, showing the criminal and the offered reward. The game includes a total of four playable characters to choose from: Steve, Billy, Bob, and Cormano. The characters are slightly different: Steve and Billy use revolvers while Bob and Cormano are armed with shotguns. The shotguns shoot somewhat slower than their revolver counterparts, but have a wider spread, making them ideal for taking out enemies without too much precise aiming. On the full-size arcade cabinet up to four players can play simultaneously, each as a different character, as in the original Gauntlet.
The player can fire in 8 directions, slide to avoid, and perform surprisingly acrobatic jumps to and from rooftops, offering additional vantage points from which to fight. This particular rendition of the wild west also features plenty of opportunely placed boulders, barrels, and explosives that happen to reside above the heads of enemies and can be used to the player's advantage. Colliding with enemies does not kill the player; only bullets, pits and other obstacles are fatal.