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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?
Release Date: Jun 2014
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Note: This Early Access game may or may not change significantly over the course of development. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you may want to wait until the game progresses further in development. Learn more

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.”

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, Plaza 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?

“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. The price of the core game will be similar – however Early Access supporters will also receive our first downloadable character for free as a gift (once it becomes available for purchase). This will not only give you a chance to get your hands on the game a little early but also give you a gift valued at $4.99 as a thank you.”

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

“While the gameplay and features are in solid shape, we realize that the community is going to play this way outside the box from what we can expect. How players interact with that gameplay is something we want to watch closely. There are several pieces of the puzzle that the we are hoping to learn from the community during Early Access:

1. What type of range in player skill levels to expect, and what happens when they are mixed together, as team mates or as opposition?

2. What is the best setup for matchmaking based on player skill levels?

3. What types of problems might occur in our matchmaking system (either bugs or design wise)?

4. What types of player strategies are going to emerge that we have not considered or discovered ourselves?

5. Character/Ability balancing based on community play styles.

6. Which of our modes are the most engaging to play and which ones need additional support?

7. We on the development team play Secret Ponchos all the time with each other. In this upcoming stage we are looking forward to playing with and learning from the community for a broader range of experiences!”
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Includes our first DLC character for free (when it becomes available for purchase to other players) and the Early Access Achievement.

$14.99

Buy Secret Ponchos - Posse Pack

Get 4 copies for the price of 3 and give them to your friends. All copies include our first DLC character for free (when it becomes available for purchase to other players) and the Early Access Achievement

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Free gift Key for our Early Access Community as a thank you!

July 23rd, 2014

Since launching on Early Access several weeks ago, we've had a such a great experience playing the game with the Community, discussing the quirks of the game, and just working together in general. The Early Access community has been so supportive, and we wanted to give something back.

As a thank you for supporting us at our Phase 1 (infancy) stage of Early Access, members of our community will receive a Free Gift Key, that they can gift to a friend. You should see it in your steam gift box, you do not need to sign up for anything, or register or anything - it will just be there.

Stay tuned as we are gearing up for our first major update based on what we've learned! We are implimenting new content, features, and fixes from the first phase of Ealy Access, and are excited about ramping things up in Phase 2.

Thanks again, for everything and we look forward to seeing everyone on the battle field and discussion boards after this next Major Update Milestone!

Sincerely,
Switchblade Monkeys Team

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Ep.2 Twitch Stream! Devs VS Challengers! Saturday 10:30 am PT / 1:30 pm ET

July 18th, 2014

Chris_SBM our Music Composer and myself Yous_SBM will be teaming up to take on any challengers! Check it out on twitch.tv/secretponchos tomorrow morning, or just jump on steam and enter a match with us!

There will be good chances of you walking away with prizes, because if challengers beat us there will be prizes, and raffling early access keys to Spectators.

So if you wanna take your frustrations out on some Devs on Twitch TV, or watch others we'll see you on tomorrow!

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About the Game





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. The number of players will fluxuate at certain times of the day. 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 :)

About


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


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 : 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 first 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.

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



PRICE: $14.99
As a special Early Access launch offer, get the Early Access edition of Secret Ponchos now, and your first DLC expansion character will be on us! (would have cost an additional $4.99 )

Includes:
- Early Access Code for Secret Ponchos
- 1 Free DLC character : As a special offer, Early Access supporters will receive our first DLC character for free (when it becomes available for purchase to other players)
- Secret Ponchos PC version on launch

Posse Pack : 4 Copies of Secret Ponchos - Buy 3 Get 1 Free




PRICE: $44.99
Buy 3 Get 1 Free: give them to your friends!

Includes:
- 4 Copies of Early Access Secret Ponchos
- 1 Free DLC Character per copy
- 4 copies of Secret Ponchos PC version on launch

Features Available in Current Version of Early Access Secret Ponchos


  • *Controller Support (as Secret Ponchos plays like a fighting game, a controller is the intended interface device. Keyboard/Mouse functionality has been added as a beta feature, but beware we're still working on Menu Interface support to show Keyboard commands in menus)
    (Throughout Early Access we will be rotating testing on game modes)
  • 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 Outlaws : Killer, Kid Red, The Deserter, Phantom Poncho
  • 3 Maps : Saloon, TrainWreck, Graveyard

Moving forward in Early Access, Features & Content to come


  • Deathmatch Mode – a high intensity non-respawning mode that supports 1 vs 1 duels as well as 2 vs 2 and 4 vs 4 gang fights.
  • Custom Game Mode – create a custom game with friends, or use unique configurations of players such as 3 vs 1
  • In-game voice chat
  • New Playable Character "The Matador" (will be added in July and is included in Early Access pricing)
  • 1 additional map currently in production
  • Leaderboards
  • Keyboard/Mouse gameplay support (though we recommend a controller as the intended experience – its a fighting game and was designed for a controller experience)
  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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 Required : Sony PS4 Dual shock, Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® Keyboard/Mouse supported NOT supported in this Version. Please note: these specifications are deliberately high as we are in the early stages of optimization. They will be gradually reduced.
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36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
386 products in account
52 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
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.

http://youtu.be/dhri5MxDs6I

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
Posted: June 13th, 2014
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
6.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 14th, 2014
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
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1 review
21.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is oddly addicting, but atm you need to have a controller to play.
Posted: June 14th, 2014
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
24 products in account
1 review
57.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 18th, 2014
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
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1 review
1.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 16th, 2014
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