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 (158 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 2014
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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, 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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October 25

Twitch Stream Saturday! 2v2 Domintation @ 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET

30 mins until Secret Ponchos Twitch Stream! Win Early Access keys & have fun with the community. Devs vs All takers. We're feeling strong this week - had lots of testing and practice.


twitch.tv/secretponchos

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October 17

Twitch Stream Saturday! Devs vs Everyone @ 1:30pm ET

Remember that time the Devs kicked everyone's ass at the game they created and spent years making, playing and testing? Us neither. But tomorrow's a whole new day full of promise.

We'll be raffling off keys, playing the community, and talking Ponchos!
Hope to see you there!

http://twitch.tv/secretponchos

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About This Game

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



REGULAR PRICE: $14.99
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.

Includes:
- 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 :)

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


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

    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 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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
227.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Early Access Review
i have spent more than 200 hours playing this game

it 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

this is a good game
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Early Access Review
Awesome game!

Needs more people playing though. Hard to find a random group.
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4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
It need more balancing, honestly, it remembers me of the game "Lead and Gold" but even LaG was better balanced.

As sample, it gives a class in this game which can hold you all,time,down (like a stun). And than switches the weapons and kills you. Another one can kill you from a longer distance and if you get closer, he throws you away and gives you a final shot to kill you - and he heals himself after that...

I could count up many things now but right now this game just need better balancing...
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38.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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55 of 68 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
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
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
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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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
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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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
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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33 of 49 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Early Access Review
This game is oddly addicting, but atm you need to have a controller to play.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
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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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Early Access Review
Absolutley Amazing. I played this two years ago at pax east 2013 and loved every minute of it. I was dissapointed when I heard it was a PS4 exclusive but I just found out today it was in early access and insta-bought it. The controls are tight. The atmosphere is fantastic. And its surprisingly bug free for me for an early access title. 8.5/10 Reccomend Highly.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
70.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Early Access Review
This game is both really fun but also frustrating because you level up and level down too but thats also what makes it fun and addicting. Secret Ponchos is different than most shooters because you have a stamina bar and certain moves or combos you can do with both weapons. Just overall its a fun, addictive, top-down shooter with unusual game controls but is still good but i just wish there were a story with each character to give them a little more life to each of them or a small singleplayer. I recomend checking this game if you want a different kind of shooter game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Early Access Review
Even in early Access Secret Ponchos is an incredibly satisfying and addictive game. It looks like a traditional MOBA at first glance, but relies heavily on reflex and twitch actions. The game has a lot of character; music, design, and art direction are all executed well, adding a certain level of polish one does not expect. Gameplay rewards a player who can read situations well and coordinate actions with teammates. The classes are all fairly balanced as well, maybe not the case in a 1v1 scenario, but most definitely in a 2v2 scenario.

Currently the game modes are narrow, and finding a game can sometimes take awhile due to the low population. These issues have not cut into my own enjoyment of the game. The game does have a number of glitches that can become annoying and affect one's performance. I will note that after one day of owning the game patches have corrected several glitches I had been experiencing. The game is not optimized to run on the PC, also. These are all problems that are currently being adressed by the creators of the game.

Buying an early access game is always somewhat terrifying when perusing through Steam's catalog. However, Switchblade Monkeys have delivered a quality product.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Early Access Review
more people need to play
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Early Access Review
This game will probably be great, but at the moment I would not recommend buying it.

First, the options are useless, you cant even change the resolution. Also as far as i could see the only way to see the controls in before you begin a match. It only has controller controls so u cant play with mouse and keyboard. Finally the matchmaking is very slow and u cant play without other people. I would not buy this game until the full version is out
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Early Access Review
So far this game has proved to be a very fun game even though I'm still fairly new to it. While the mouse + keyboard controls are a little wonky (they haven't yet added the ability to set your own keybindings) and the balance has some work to do, I believe this game has a great future ahead of it. Very cool setting, very fun gameplay, looking forward to seeing what else they do!
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