A stylish and original Spaghetti Western mulitplayer combat game. Secret Ponchos ambitiously delivers a new style of combat – isometric quick-twitch fighting. It’s fast-paced, tactical and addictively competitive. Watch the bounty on your head increase as you gun down others in both solo and gang fights. What's your Head Worth?
User reviews: Mostly Positive (194 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Since previewing Secret Ponchos on the show floor at PAX East, we've received an overwhelming amount of requests to bring Secret Ponchos to the PC in addition to the PS4. We promised we would do our best and find a way to take on the additional platform and to make a long story short - here it is! Early Access makes it all possible, and has 2 major benefits:

1) It helps us fund development of a PC version so we can bring it to PC gamers

2) Early Access gives us access to a strong Beta community of actual gamers – ideal for finding that extra bit of quality in a multi-player combat game. It will help us observe how player strategy can evolve beyond our internal testing, allowing us to refine and polish. It's truly great that the resulting quality will benefit all platforms, making a stronger experience for everyone, PC and PS4 gamers alike.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Secret Ponchos will be in Early Access until the full PC version is ready. As Early Access progresses the content will resemble it's final version more and more. We are aiming to release on PC within the range of FALL 2014, or Q1 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We aim to test and polish as many of our characters, levels and modes as possible during Early Access - no holding back! Some content will be released at different stages of the Early Access program (i.e. the Matador character, Ranch Map, and a few game modes) but the plan is that during the course of Early Access, most content will be available.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Secret Ponchos is currently in a solid Alpha state. We've completed a content pass on the majority of the outlaws abilities, animations, and maps to a point where people can play the game against each other the way its intended.

One area we want to be upfront with our community that may be challenging during Early Access, is Matchmaking. The population will start out small, and ramp up. During this time the developers will support the community, and host suggested play sessions at 12pm and 8pm PST everyday. Players can play Secret Ponchos whenever they like, but if they ever have trouble with matchmaking, they can rely on those times for more community saturation.

We are very interested in using Early Access to see how players form strategies to compete and cooperate online, and then continuing to balance based on what we learn.

A few things to take note of :
  • The game is still in development, there will be bugs, and content like animations/FX will be changing as they are being polished as we push to finalization

  • Please be aware that Match History and created outlaws will be wiped at certain points during early access, as we make changes to the underlying sysetms

  • Matchmaking the first little while may be a bit bumpy until the population starts growing and building momentum. Along with the Devs, Our Early access Community are going to be the first players on Secret Ponchos! Just a heads-up and that we might have to ask for your patience as we go through the initial growing pains!

So taking those notes into consideration that the game is still in development, we hope its going to be a great experience to get your hands on it early, and it will help us identify the quirks of the game!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“If you get on Secret Ponchos soon on Early Access, you'll end up getting it at a lower price then those who wait for the full version. Even if you miss one of our Early Access discounts, for a limited time we are offering our Early Stage Early access supporters a free gift key for a friend, as a thank you from our team! Early Access offers savings on Secret Ponchos, because we appreciate that you will be putting up with our growing pains as we test and learn. This will not only give you a chance to get your hands on the game a little early but also give you a gift for a friend.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We believe Early Access should be about direct interaction with the Dev Team, so we've created an environment with no barriers between you and the Devs.

-Everyday any player on Secret Ponchos can enter our "Secret Ponchos Group Chat" and have access to chat with members of the Dev team there, to discuss the game, or just chill. We always enter during the 8 pm PST Playsession, but also pop in randomly throughout the day to checkin with the community.

- Every day our devs play Secret Ponchos with the community at the designated play times, our player names have _SBM at the end!

This has been so much fun for us, and we've learned a ton interacting with the community. Please join us! If you're not sure about the game, try joining the Secret Ponchos chat Group at 8 pm PST any day and see for your self!”
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February 11

A Special Twitch Stream Saturday!

Get ready for a very special Twitch stream!

We'd like to invite everyone from our PC Community to our Twitch stream this Saturday for the live action debut of The Wolf. We'll also be showing off the second of our two new maps: Mexitown and taking any and all questions about what we have planned for PC now that our focus is realigned!

And as if that wasn't enough we'll be doing some special prize giveaways - including a signed art print by Jose Lopez himself and a chance to win one of our awesome T's! What better way to show our love for you all on Valentines Day than with some awesome giveaways?

Saturday, February 14
10:30 am PST

Spread the word and see you there!

- The Switchblade Monkeys Team

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February 6

Very Special Saturday Twitch Stream Tomorrow!

We'll be showing off Gordo and one of the two maps that are part of the newly announced DLC for PS4 and which will also be included in the PC version of Secret Ponchos!

Saturday, February 7
10:30 am PST

Come see what's in store! We'll be doing Q&A and giving out some prizes as well!

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About This Game

Early Access + Full Release on Launch + 1 Free Copy as a Thank-You

As a special Early Access offer, purchase the Early Access edition of Secret Ponchos and receive a bonus copy as a thank-you to our early adopters.

- Early Access code for Secret Ponchos
- 1 free copy for a friend
- Secret Ponchos PC version on launch

SUGGESTED PLAYTIMES : 3pm & 8pm PST: Secret Ponchos is a newly released Early Access multi-player title, with a small population that is currently ramping up. To provide everyone opportunities for solid play sessions, we have created suggested play-times to saturate the community population. You are welcome to play Secret Ponchos whenever you like, but these times are there for you if you encounter any troubles as we ramp up our population. The Dev team will also join in at these hours, and we've been having a great time playing with the community :)


Secret Ponchos creates a new compelling format of combat. It's quick-twitch action gaming, that is fast paced, fun and competitively addictive. Presenting combat from an overhead isometric view dramatically changes the feel of the Fighting Game and Team Shooter genres. You have a 360 degree view of the action unfolding around you, and gameplay is driven by both what you choose to do, and how well you can control timing and spacing for quick-twitch battles. Compete to survive in 1 vs 1 duels, free-for-all mode, or get your friends together for gang combat against rivals (up to 8 players).

Create your outlaw from a dynamic set of western characters, each with its own weapon types and different combat styles. As you gun down other players you will define your legacy as you increase your notoriety with each kill. But watch out – as the price on your head increases, it becomes a more valuable target, and others will be gunning for you in this Wild West setting.

In a nutshell Secret Ponchos is an isometric action-based PvP fighting game, taking place in a stylish Spaghetti Western universe.

Key Features

5 Unique Outlaws: Each outlaw with its own sense of depth and combat strengths. They play as different as they look from one another.

Line of Sight: Take cover behind the environment to break line-of-sight between you and enemies. When breaking line-of-sight you will disappear from your enemies view, allowing you to ambush, flank, or take a moment to reload and regroup.

Combat Modes : Team based, and individual combat modes. 2-8 Players supported. Play 1v1 intense duels, or team shootouts supporting 2v2 , 4v4 and even 8 Player FFA matches. Modes available in early access can be seen in the Early Access Schedule (above).

Local PvP Coop/SplitScreen : Have a friend over, and use split screen to either play against each other or cooperatively against other teams online.
*Splitscreen PC is disabled in the current version of Early Access, but it will be supported as an upcoming feature

Persistent Characters & Upgrades: As you gun down opponents the game tracks your characters match history and bounties you have collected. Unlock perks, skins, and reputation classes as you earn notoriety and the bounty on your own head rises.

Controller & Keyboard/Mouse Now Supported

Secret Ponchos is fundamentally a fighting game at its’ heart, so we recommend a controller for the best experience (PS4 DS4, Xbox 360 windows / XbONE windows controller or equivalent). However, due to popular requests from the Early Access community we have added Keyboard/Mouse support!

Early Access the Way it Should be - Devs Fully Accessible for the Community

To us the real magic and benefit behind purchasing a game on Early Access, is being able to communicate with the development team while things have an opportunity to be shaped. The Secret Ponchos dev team is proud to have eliminated the barriers between the community and themselves - anyone in the Steam community can reach out to the Devs directly. This communication is unique, and it is a big reason to get the game on Early Access instead of the final release.
- The Switchblade Monkeys team plays the game every day at 8 pm PST with the community
- You can chat with the Devs everyday on the steam group chat during daily play sessions, to communicate feedback/experiences, or just hang out
- Dev team responds to discussion and community posts daily, there is no Public Relations barrier

Features Available in Current Version of Early Access Secret Ponchos

(Throughout Early Access we will be rotating testing on game modes)
  • 5 Unique Outlaws : Killer, Kid Red, The Deserter, Phantom Poncho, and the newly added Matador
  • 8 Player Free-For-All Shootout Mode
  • Team Domination Mode : 2 vs 2 / 4 vs 4
  • Friend Invites / team play support
  • persistent Character, Reputation system, bounty Points, Level ups, and perk assignment
  • Match history & stat tracking
  • 4 Maps : Saloon, TrainWreck, Graveyard, and the newly added Ranch

Moving forward in Early Access, Features & Content to come

  • Custom Game Mode – create a custom game with friends, or use unique configurations of players such as 3 vs 1
  • In-game voice chat
  • Leaderboards
  • Steam Achievements
  • Localization for other languages
  • There are other game modes we are experimenting with that we hope to give the Early Access community a glimpse of so as to help us by providing feedback

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 460GTX or AMD Radeon HD 6800 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 11 sound device
    • Additional Notes: Controller / Gamepad Recomended : Sony PS4 Dual shock, Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows®. Keyboard/Mouse is supported. Please note: these specifications are deliberately high as we are in the early stages of optimization. They will be gradually reduced.
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
375.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Early Access Review
I have spent more than 200 hours playing this game.

The art and music are all excellent. There are 5 characters who are pretty well balanced for early access. The gameplay itself is simple to learn and has a lot of depth. I can easily spend hours playing this game without getting bored. Whether you win or lose is entirely dependant upon how you play (or if there's a glitch or bug; this is Early Access after all).

This game has a multiplayer aspect that rivals putting quarters in Street Fighter 2. This is a game where you and your friends will murder each other repeatedly and they will have a good time doing it. Unfortunately, there is no single player, and very few people are willing to spend time setting up a game. The low population count is actually partially my fault. I spent almost an entire week playing constantly and fighting whoever the automatic queue system would put me against. The low population is no fault of the game itself, though, which is absolutely incredible.

If you enjoy competitive games, this is an absolutely amazing game that you must own. If you have the patience to wait in the chat or set up a game with other people, I would recommend this game to you. If you don't have friends, you probably should wait until the full release. If you don't have any patience, you should pick a different game entirely because this one will mercilessly crush you.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Early Access Review
I'll start off with my grievance of this game:

There aren't enough players in it at the moment. Every night I have to find players I know that play the game and gather them at 8pm pst to see if we can round up 4 to play. I just wish there was enough to just hop on and join at any time of day, but unfortunately these are the problems of an alpha or beta or whatever.

BUT, that is the only major downside to it. There are so many positives to this game, I would still give it 5/5 if I could. The characters, the artwork, the sound, the animations, the controls....all have such depth and you can feel a backstory to them that the developers have bled into the game.

As for my grievance, the developers hold a twitch stream where you can play them and also partake in dialog with them about questions you have or suggestions you bring to the table. From these meetings, I have gained an in depth understanding of their direction of where they want to take the game, the reasoning behind their decisions, and the motivation behind their work. Some games on steam that are still in develop like Secret Ponchos just take your money and pooping a game on your hard drive, but unlike those games, Secret Ponchos has such a solid foundation and it's easy to see the developers have the passion to make this one of the best games of 2015.

Feel free to add me if you wish to get the game and want to join up with the regular players of the game during devlopment.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Early Access Review
Secret Ponchos is an amazingly fresh take on the twitch fighting genre. The developers have put together a very tight package where the artwork, style, learning curve, controls, score, environments, etc. are all extremely well thought out, put together and complimentary.

When you start out, the characters feel relatively easy to play, but much like a street-fighter style game, you immediately notice that there is much more depth to the control of the character. After many hours of playing I feel I haven't even come close to perfecting the gameplay of my favorite character, but I'm still able to control him in a very competitive way, and believe me: this makes this game addictive and a constant ongoing thrill to play.

I would strongly recommend trying this title out (and trying to play at the early release set times of day so you can find the most people to play against) as it's a wonderfully styled and scored adrenalin rush to play!
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
314.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Early Access Review
Really Great Arena Fighter Love it :) The Combat is Fluent and its really Polished for a Early Acess Game would Recommend 10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Early Access Review
Get this game. Get it for your friends. Get it for your parents. Get it for everyone you know and have a blast in this twin-stick romp.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Early Access Review
Interesting mechanics that focuses on the parts of western movies I always thought was cool. Not the duel at the end, but the drag-out shootouts that often occurred.


A bigger player base


Possibly more progression and unlocks mixed with more characters
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Early Access Review
My first impression of this game is very good. It looks real nice, and has gameplay to match. This would be a blast to play with some friends! I think this one is going to evolve into something real nice.

Finally, it's looking like this is going to be a Western-themed game, that's designed for some multiplayer mayhem.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Early Access Review
This game.. Its fricken Amazing. If you want to be the badass, you play this game. Wild Western Themed with Intense gameplay. Your enemies arn't Flies, They're people, you can't just squash them, They go down with a fight. You may think this game is 2ez4u, but trust me, try it, and you will think differently. This game is the one that you come to when there is nothing to play, the MEGA DOWNFALL is that, its community is dead, there is only about 12 people on. I sat on that game, for 20 minutes on computer, and there was not a single player. On PS4 its alive with a community. We just need more players and you will realise that this game is fun, and not some stoopid game that no one plays. We need just 1 thing to push it up to the surface, and reach 100players at the least, so we can show people this game is awesome!
So lets notify our friends, to tell their friends to tell their friends, to get this game..
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
114.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Early Access Review
Secret ponchos is a very unique game and I love it. It's one of the very few early access games that I have actually played longer then getting the just of it and waiting for release. It's fast paced action and never a dull moment. The dev team is small and actually listens and talks to the players. Things come along slowly but this will be a must have game upon release. If you are scared or tired of early access games the deal right now is to good to pass up. There will be bugs and glitches but it's to be expected just report them on the games forums and the devs will reply very quickly. The only major downfall right now is that there is only a small community and it will grow and grow with such great and caring people making it. I see a great future for secret ponchos and will support it on any console it comes out on. I Fully recommend buying this game and is pretty much the only EAG's that I would in their early access state. Their twitch saturdays are a blast too.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
Early Access Review
Awesome game!

Needs more people playing though. Hard to find a random group.
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59 of 72 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
Early Access Review
Secret Ponchos is a top-down shooter that looks great, plays great, and has a nice multiplayer. The game has 4 characters in total in the current version of the game with only a few maps to play in, a practice mode, and 2 multiplayer modes. and I'm pretty sure they will add more as time goes on, but this early version (first public version) of the game and it feels great and my purchase is in good hands. From what i can see there will be single-player, split screen gameplay, and maybe coop. But at the moment, if you won't be satisfied with only multiplayer, i'd advise to wait a month or two, but if you don't mind it then go right ahead and get it, it doesn't seem that buggy and fun to play honestly. Plus the art style and the music are really awesome in this game that gives you a feeling of the old west in a cartoon-ish way. Also, these guys are 'good guys devs' , they have PS4 Dual Shock 4 Support for the game on PC. Massive plus.


Will update when the coop mode / split-screen mode is out, and when the KB/M controls are out.

UPDATE: From what the developers are saying, the 'Coop' is team vs. team multiplayer, there is no coop where you and your friend play against AI in a horde mode or single-player. That's really bad and false advertising if that is actually the case.

The developers see 'coop' as a competitive team vs. team multiplayer as the main definition of the term 'coop' , and such, they do not have the coop that we know as player vs. AI, but they also said that they are not rulling that out, at the moment they are focusing on the multiplayer side of things until launch and may add a singleplayer to the game with a probability of adding team vs. AI.

Devs took the advice and feedback, and will hopefully remove the coop tag from the store page, and will update when it's actually removed (It's removed :) ). So when they do actually add coop, first of all that would be great, secondly then they would add the coop tag in the game's store page. Hurray for polite and constructive criticism.

More info here: KSalue
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
Early Access Review
Found this game by sheer chance, bought it based off the awesome trailers, and have been playing for hours. This game is too good even with it being in its early phase. I highly recommend it.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
Early Access Review
Note: This isn't a proper review, as it's very early in development, I can't properly give it a fair review, instead this is my first impressions, thank you.

Style... this game has got some to spare, but that's not what's important of course, the gameplay is. It seems like a typical twin stick shooter and in many ways, it is, it's meaty though, very meaty, the guns feel good, sound good, feels tight. You'll be dodging, shootan and using your special weapon to try and get kills. Reloading usually takes time, so you must be aware of how many shots you've got left otherwise you could be left stuck in a crowd with no bullets. Taking cover allows you to reload faster, but not many people take cover surprisingly.

When it comes down to it, it's a highly skilled twin-stick multiplayer deathmatch, there's lots of tactics involved and you can turn any bad situation around. It just... feels good to play, it has a lot of potential as an early access game.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
Early Access Review
Top down fast paced action. Got Alpha Access and have loved it since. Not a whole lot of people on as of right now but thats to be expected. Pretty polished for "beta". Have not found a glitch yet. Must have a controller as of right now.
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35 of 51 people (69%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
Early Access Review
This game is oddly addicting, but atm you need to have a controller to play.
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
Early Access Review
I don't recommend anyone buy this game just yet, unless you just want to back the developers. I saw this game at PAX East in 2013 and I am glad they brought it to PC, but man does it need work.

I could not find any settings to change resolution and being forced to use a controller is not always a good thing. I think the game is fun, but no one seems to play it just yet, so matchmaking takes ages and you tend to get put up against the same people over and over at this point.

I recommend holding off and waiting for some patches and for the port to be more PC friendly. Once that is done, they I highly recommend it. Game is fun, but just not ready for commercial use!

Review will be re-written when the game has more polish!
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
Early Access Review
A twin stick shooter that takes elements from fighting games. A very different game that we are all used to...
A very fun and addicting game for some strange reason. I highly recommend buying this game. Great fun
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
71.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
Early Access Review
So you're on the fence about Secret Ponchos, why else would you be looking at reviews?

Stop being on the fence, hide behind a grave stone, and come out guns blazing.

With spot on controls and amazing flow, this is the western game you've always wanted. Characters each have a distinct style and there's no doubt they'll be more refined as time goes on.

There are 3 maps (as of writing this in early access) and each one offers different challanges and pacing.

Graphics are stylized and immersive. Each character has a high level of bad ♥♥♥ art wise.

Do yourself a favor and pick up the game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
109.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
Early Access Review
For game in it's early stages, this one delivers.
Fast paced combat and a killer soundtrack.
Fans of westerns and PVP...Your game has arrived.

Just wish more people played it!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Early Access Review
Early Impressions of Alpha: Gameplay is solid and enjoyable, others reviewers have said addicting and I can agree with that. Developers are very friendly and communicate with the community, which is growing every day. I definitely recomend if your looking for a fun, fast paced PvP game.
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