Secret Ponchos is a highly competitive PvP fighting game set in a stylish Spaghetti Western universe. The unique, fast-paced gameplay in 3v3 battles creates an environment where PvP skills will be put to the test every match.
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Release Date: Oct 13, 2015

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December 18, 2015

Patch 1.007

- Premade Friend splitting when searching fixed

(when friends hit search together, often they were breaking up with the message "unable to join game full". We've fixed this, there are still a few other scenarios that happen much less frequently where teams breakup, we're focusing on those next)

- Implimented a system to ban players, along with several bans. You guys are a great community, there have only been a few bad apples this free week

(if you need to report a player for harassment or cheating, please email, please include screenshots, videos etc so we can take a look at the details)

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December 12, 2015



The week of December 14-20 only, anyone can play Secret Ponchos for free on Steam - spread the word to help us prevent a #secretfreeweek!

We’re trying something new! It’s like Kickstarter stretch goals, but instead of paying money, we’ll distribute rewards based on how many players get online at the same time! We’ll be distributing new Music, Skins, and a new playable Outlaw if we hit our goals!

Learn more about the Challenge HERE

A huge sale that we’re running during the Free Week for players who really enjoyed our game.

To always hear the latest, join us on Facebook and Twitter! Oh and tune in to our weekly Twitch streams!

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“eSports veterans will immediately realize how high the skill ceiling of Secret Ponchos is”

“My palms were sweaty after 10 minutes”
PC Gamer

“Secret Ponchos - It'll blow you away”
The Escapist

About This Game

Do You Have the Grit to Survive a New Style of PvP Combat - Where Every Shot is a Skill Shot?

Secret Ponchos is a beautiful but deadly competitive PvP fighting game set in a stylish Spaghetti Western universe. The isometric gameplay is team based and unlike any fighting game or MOBA you've played before. Combat is fast-paced, precise and merciless, resulting in a competitive environment where skills matter. There is no auto-attacking or hand-holding – every shot is a skill-shot!

Surviving in the Wild West will not be easy. You’ll be squaring off against the deadliest outlaws in 3v3 shootouts and 1v1 duels. It’s your ability to out maneuver your opponent (range control, timing, accuracy), your cunning team play, and your strategic use of the environment that will determine whether you collect the bounty on your enemies heads or they collect yours.

The “Most Wanted Edition” brings a heavily expanded version of Secret Ponchos to Steam. Switchblade Monkeys, the indie developers behind Secret Ponchos (that’s us!), are a small group of friends that have been building Secret Ponchos from their homes for the last 6 years. They worked closely over this last year with the Early Access community to refine features, and add more than double the game’s content (including an enhanced character roster, new maps, and all-new game modes) and are now proud to present the official release. "The Most Wanted Edition" of Secret Ponchos was showcased at EVO 2015 this year, and received an incredibly strong reception from the competitive community.

From the fighting game community...
"Played this game at EVO and had to come back for more. Fast-paced, strategic, and fresh game-play, it's a blast to play and even more fun to win."
- Skisonic, EVO Commentator

"Secret Ponchos is that sleeper OP game that I think everyone needs in their Steam library ASAP"
- TKbreezy, Smash Commentator

  • EVERY SHOT IS A SKILL SHOT!! Think you're good at PVP? Skill shots mean you actually have to land the shot using yourself, by using accuracy, good spacing, and timing. There is no auto attack or aim locking to hold your hand. Secret Ponchos is a game where you can only rely on your gameplay skills, reflexes, timing, and precision. Secret Ponchos was not built as a MOBA, but as a fighting game that supports fast paced team combat.

  • Team play is an amazing fit with a fighting game. Form a Spaghetti Western gang of different outlaw classes, and enter the street to gun down your rivals in an intense shootout.

  • Depth of combat: everything has a cost. While new players may simply run and gun at first, the deeper layers of combat create room for a skilled outlaw to control the fight. There are a large variety of attacks, but every choice and every action has a cost. Evading may get you into position quickly but costs stamina which you might have needed to escape. Every bullet matters since you have to manually reload. A heavy attack leaves you open for counter fire if you miss. To survive you need to be able to think under pressure.

Key Features

  • 10 Unique Outlaws: Each outlaw brings a unique gameplay style, weapons, and advantages for your team. They all carry a lot of depth, and play as different as they look.

  • Line of Sight: Take cover behind the environment to break line-of-sight between you and your enemies. When taking cover you will disappear from an enemies’ view, allowing you to ambush, flank, or take a moment to regroup. Line of site and cover mechanics bring the environment into the shootout.

  • Combat Modes: A fighting game that supports gang vs gang combat, setting it apart from the fighting game genre. It also includes traditional 1v1 standoffs for more intimate battles.

  • AI bots & Arcade Mode: Arcade mode is a simple tournament against a roster of AI opponents (1v1). A great way to get comfortable with your Outlaw of choice. Add bots to your online matches (Unranked mode only) to refine your skills.

  • Gain notoriety and level up your outlaw. Unlock perks, skins, and reputation classes as the bounty on your own head rises. Seasonal Leaderboards to see who is the most wanted.

Gamepad Controller & Keyboard/Mouse Supported

Secret Ponchos is a fighting game at its heart, we support controllers (PS4 DS4, Xbox 360 windows / XBONE windows controller or equivalent) & also Keyboard/Mouse.

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 equilavent or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 10 sound device
    • Additional Notes: Controller / Gamepad Supported : Sony PS4 Dual shock, Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows®. Keyboard/Mouse is supported.
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
Absolutely recommend this game. This game's visual style is magnificent but i have to say the music is just top notch. For an indie title like this the soundtracks have an incredible vibe to them and they surely live up to the western theme. Cannot repeat it enough, the music is pure high quality candy for the ears and brain. I would even go so far and say that the soundtracks used in this game are better than most triple A titles nowadays.
The core gameplay mechanic is just fantastic, its fast paced pvp action where u challenge yourself all the time and try to perfect your moves with a character. You definitely will need good reflexes or otherwise you might get rekt really hard. Other than that, i dont see any noteworthy negative aspects except that its playerbase needs to grow. A few bugs here and there but thats ok, they get fixed fast, since the devs seem to work with their heart on this game and thats what makes it even better. You get the best stuff possible from the devs. Its rare to see this type of relationship between a game and its developers, so definitely worth supporting these guys. Keep up the good work and see you ingame!

tl;dr: id r8 this 8/8 m8
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
+Nice art style
+Awesome music
+Good gameplay
+Good graphics/level design
+Fun with friends
+Great skins
+No P2W
+Behind cover,opponents can't see you

-No scoreboard in game,you need to finish a game to see your scoreboard,sad :(
-Multiplayer needs more people
-You can't canceled "searching for a game/match" I try everything, but last solution was ALT+DELETE
-You can't quit a match so yea,you need to play the game
-If someone say something in chat lobby and you go to outlaw statistics and you come back the lobby chat is empty

Free Weekend guys,it's time to destroy some ♥♥♥♥♥♥
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Hey, one of my favorite games is having a free week starting today, so give it a try! It's a crazy fun top-down, western themed, pvp class-based shooter. I have tons on fun with it, and I can see many others sharing the same feeling. However, its small playerbase has kept it from becoming something amazing. Now would be the best time to play, as the more people play, the more the devs will add to the game. Great game to play with friends. Hell, hit me up if you need someone to play with.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Reminds me of The Showdown Effect (while it had a playerbase). Highly competitive. Skill is the only thing that matters.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
First off, I would like to start by saying I NEVER write reviews on my own will but this game has just gave me the warmest feeling in my heart for a multitude of reasons.

This game is a top-down arena type shooter that has aiming, cover, and dodging with a Old Western theme to it and I have to say this game has wowed me. I do NOT like top-downs but somehow this game has bypassed my loathing for the camera angle and become one of the most fun and smoothest games I have played. There is many Outlaws to choose from that you can make your own with a name, a skin, and even their stats are upgradable to fit the playstyle you mainly identify with, as well as you can make as many characters as you want to switch back and forth from.

This game currently has 2 main modes, Competitive and Arcade, Competitive you can either play 3v3 for a fun fast-paced teamfight or a more personal 1v1 brawl, and somehow this game manages to make you grin and have fun even when you are losing terribly.

Now, the game isn't all rainbows in it's current state as it does take a little bit to find matches for some people, and also the party system can be iffy at times but this is NO issue as if you go to the community steam chat (which is linked inside of the game for fast access), the devs are sitting in the chatroom listening to every issue you may have, giving suggestions on how to fix your issues, answering your questions, and even fixing problems WHILE they have a nice chat with everyone! I have not seen a SINGLE game be this involved with the community but it definitely gives them huge bonus points with me!

The game is amazing and frankly quite cheap, I say take a try at it as this is generally a loved game, and if you're scared about the matchmaking issues, have no worry as they will be fixed very soon! 11/10 game for sure from me!
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