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 (273 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Yep, we know it’s unconventional to develop on Early Access after a console launch, but we have a good reason: we want the PC version to be amazing. Rather than doing a straight port from console to PC, we’re refining (some may say re-defining!) the Secret Ponchos experience to make sure this new gameplay style we've created really shines so we have the strongest PC launch we can. And what good is being indie if you can't take some risks to make your game great?

The last 10 weeks we've been under the hood on the PC build, working with a small community from Early Access, to make sure this competitive and innovative combat game is firing on all cylinders when it launched fully on PC. We’ve completely rebuilt our matchmaking, our progression systems, and our first time user experience. But we’ve kept intact that competitive fast-paced core gameplay which has been the exciting heart of the game.

On June 02 we'll expand our Early Access program to bring in more players and start testing some high powered new content never seen before. This will kick off our "12 Weeks 'Til Showdown" program, when we’ll invite the community to participate within a very active development window. Each Saturday we will blast out a new build with new enhancements, content, and features. We hope you’re excited as we are about this!

We’re a small studio challenging ourselves to make this game reach its potential. Now we’re asking the Steam Community to join us to see if a small but passionate dev group, working closely with their audience, can make something that shakes up the competitive fighting game scene!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The full PC launch of the enhanced game is August 2015.

June 02 we launch our "12 Weeks 'Til Showdown" in which we focus on building our player base and on rapid iteration based on audience feedback of our newly enhanced PC features.

Each week is a critical opportunity to shape the new features coming in, and what the form the enhanced Secret Ponchos will take on PC.”

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

“The final PC version is going to pack some punch. The full PC launch this summer, is going to surprise audiences with a dramatic increase in features and content from what they've seen so far, because we want this game to be bigger and better. Our focus for these next 12 weeks is refining this experimental content.

- Adding a lot of new Content (characters/Game modes, and maps will be introduced)
- Finalizing our brand new Matchmaking System
- Creating an Alternative Player progression system
- Seasonal Leader-boards/competitive play
- Community UI (make it easy to add/interact with other players)”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Today on Early Access, the build is an enhanced version beyond the shipped console version. We are now in new territory, working with the community to add new key features and improvements. Gameplay, characters, maps, are still ready to go in a shippable state, but our goal is to push ourselves and take things further.

Most of the content will be at a very polished, clean state because we took them through that process while we were finalizing the console version. That being said we're not afraid to mess things up to make things better. New enhancements that expand on the previous feature set are going in, and they're going to go in super rough so you can see them early and provide feedback, then we put them through rapid iteration. Our community will see some experimental new modes, matchmaking techniques, game play variations, and a stronger player progression system to replace the old.
Please be aware

  • Match History and created outlaws WILL be wiped during Early Access, as we make changes to the underlying systems.

  • We want to be upfront with our community that our population during Early Access is small. We are a small indie dev team making an ambitious and original game... but it does not yet have that mainstream attention that a large commercial game might. By purchasing this game you are discovering us while we're small, and hopefully supporting us because you believe we have a cool game with the potential to grow into something special. It creates a unique experience to work so closely with a development team, which is the type of experience that makes Early Access great, but during the beta please keep in mind there may not be the around the clock matchmaking that the full game will have.

    * Graphic card compatibility support and optimizations for edge cases are still in process

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

“Our view on Early Access, is that you are showing support for the game before its fully fleshed out, or discovered, and we want to give you a better value in return. At launch, the final full game will be $19.99, with a larger scale of features characters, modes and maps. Along with a discount for Early Access purchasers, we will include a free gift key as a thank you for supporting the game at its' earlier stages, when the player population was lower, and the number of features just growing.

The game won't be on Early Access too much longer, so grab it now for some savings while it’s”

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

“We've created an environment with as few barriers between our community and our Dev team as possible, no red tape!

Secret Ponchos is a new style of competitive game, and because this is a new beast, we need your help to make sure the game is firing on all cylinders. We are taking a look at the on-boarding, progression system, Outlaw Balancing, and getting your take on the the new Outlaws, Modes and Maps we're adding. Join in the action, give us feedback and we will love you forever!

  • We work hard! We drop new/updated content EVERY Saturday

  • Dev team presents changes to the community, explaining updates and answering questions via our Secret Ponchos Saturdays Twitch Stream. (10:30 am PST twitch.tv/secretponchos)

  • The dev team will answer you directly on our Secret Ponchos, and Steam Forums
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June 20

June 20 Update (Week 3/12) More AI Implementation + Numerous Gameplay Fixes

The week 3 of the "12 Weeks 'Til Showdown" update has arrived. Here is what's new:

[IntelGraphics3000] HD rendering black now fixed.
NOTE: card is currently below minimum requirements, so not recommended!

- Bots now supported in Rookie Domination/Deathmatch Modes
- FFA mode now a votable mode in Rookie

- Reduced heavy impact to be consistent with other outlaws

- Kid Red's lagamite have been fixed - player should no longer throw invisible dynamites with weapon switches

- Pounce now requires 1 stamina
- Fixed: blinding enemies and it not registering on the opponent
- Fixed: full speed matador execute (Player could run with a TDM charged)

- Fix for multiple knives into one opponent causing killer to lose knife

- Added FFA to Rookie Modes
- FFA mode time reduced
- Chat added to match results screen, and bounty screen for post match discussion
- Lighting updates in Saloon lobby
- Graveyard: graves covered up

As always - let us know what you think of the changes. We're particularly curious as to what you think about us covering the graves (we had some complaints about getting stuck in the holes).

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June 16

AI BOTS Added to Practice & Rookie Mode!


We have been working hard over the last few weeks with AI to provide new ways to populate lobbies, especially for those new to the game. This weeks update we've improved AI behaviour and, we're pleased to announce, introduced AI to Rookie Mode! Meaning you can now activate AI in both Practice and Rookie Modes.

To activate in Rookie Mode, you will see an "Activate AI" option in the main menu of the pre-game lobby. It will be up to the host (the name in yellow) to activate AI to fill the available slots. The option will be greyed out for other members in the lobby.

As this is a new feature, you may need to politely prompt the host that the feature exists and let them know it is up to them to populate empty slots with AI to start the match. That being said, we would prefer if a little bit of time is given to allow for the population of other players instead of relying on bots. Secret Ponchos is still best expereinced as PvP in our opinion.

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About This Game

The summer launch of Secret Ponchos' "Fully Loaded" PC version is quickly approaching, and this is going to be a high powered upgrade! Thanks to the Early Access community we've been adding new content and features and have reworked the user experience to surprise audiences with a fully featured and enhanced final version.


On June 02, 2015, we start a supercharged Early Access development cycle for our final and critical stretch of the beta. We call this "The 12 Weeks 'Til Showdown," and it’s going to be an intense and fun program worth participating in. In each of the 12 weeks we’ll drop high impact updates to the community while getting your feedback and doing rapid iterations to get this perfect. This will only last (you guessed it!) 12 weeks, and then the final PC version "Secret Ponchos - Fully Loaded" will be launched! We are ready to put in the heavy lifting required to bring these features and new content to light, but we'll need your help to make sure Secret Ponchos Full PC version is awesome!

Join us starting June 02 to see if a small, creative and passionate dev team, supported by an Early Access community, can make a mark in the fighting game scene.


We were so excited about heading to this new frontier of merciless, competitive PVP gameplay, that we left the beginners behind! One major focus in the "12 Weeks 'Till Showdown" will be creating proper on-boarding, and supportive features such as AI that will help new players get in the saddle, building a bigger community.

More Content...Lets Do It! We're a small dev that stayed committed to a focus on depth and quality over quantity... It's the only way we could make a game like this. Now that we have the foundation solidified, its time to build on it and expand that content & variety. The game is going to be a lot bigger, with over 200% characters, and 200% maps, new modes, progression systems and seasonal rankings.

What is Secret Ponchos?

An original new take on how fighting games work. It is a fast-paced, strategic, and addictive PVP experience staged in a stylized Spaghetti Western universe of outlaws and bounty hunters.

  • Isometric style fighting game, Create an outlaw and battle online in PVP gang fights, or as a lone bandit.

  • EVERY MOVE IS A SKILL SHOT!! Fighting mechanics that use quick twitch reflexes, careful timing, and precision. Picture a split second dive roll behind cover, then rushing a pair of enemies guns blazing as you stun one and gun down the other. Secret Ponchos was not built as a MOBA, but as a fighting game that supports fast paced group 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. You may simply run and gun at first, but the layers of combat run deep, creating room for a skilled outlaw to control the fight in the way a true PVP experience needs. There are a large variety of attacks, but everything has a cost. Evasion costs stamina. Every bullet matters since you have to manually reload. A heavy attack leaves you open for counter fire if you miss. Fights rely just as much on your ability to think under pressure as they do on quick reactions and true aim.

Key Features

  • 6 Unique Outlaws, and more to come Each outlaw brings a unique form of depth and gameplay style. Take Phantom Poncho, a deadly bounty hunter who glides quickly and with a crack of his bullwhip wounds enemies only to finish them at short range with a sawed off shotgun. Or consider Kid Red, a fast flashy gunslinger wielding dual pistols and explosive dynamite sticks. Each outlaw plays as different as they look, forming strong team combinations and limitless strategic possibilities.

  • 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 and your team to ambush, flank, or take a moment to reload and regroup. Our line of site and cover mechanics bring the environment into the shootout.

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

  • As you gun down opponents the game tracks your character’s match history and the bounties you have collected. Unlock perks, skins, and reputation classes as you gain notoriety and the bounty on your own head rises. Measure yourself in the competitive community via the leaderboards and ranking systems to see who is the most wanted in this competitive environment [/list]

    Starting Small

    We're a small indie team making an ambitious and totally unique multiplayer game, so during Early Access our population won’t compare to the huge multiplayer titles some people are used to. If you buy Secret Ponchos on Early Access, it should be about discovering something cool and wanting to support it to get discovered and grow. You'll be part of a small community that works with the dev team to refine the game together. This is the advantage of having a dev team that's excited to work with a small community to improve their game. We're committed to being available to everyone for weekly play-sessions and feedback. If you want to have full lobbies around the clock like a blockbuster game, consider this fair warning that we are tiny and not there just yet!

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

    Controller & Keyboard/Mouse Now Supported

    Secret Ponchos is 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!

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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 10 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
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Early Access Review
I primarily want to write this review because a lot of older negative reviews are just outdated.
Over the last months the developers improved the game a lot for example with over 500 fixes (including many matchmaking fixes) and keyboard and mouse support :).
In my opinion the outlaws are perfectly balanced now and every outlaw feels really different to play with.
Secret Ponchos is also way beginner friendlier now because there is a new AI practice mode where you can basically play with bots ( of course theyre still a little dumb but really helpful to learn combos and stuff :D). Also the importance of perk points (points you get while levelling up to improve your outlaws stats) has been reduced massively so even a player with the lowest rank has a chance against players with the highest rank. Additionally a tutorial has been added and an in game lobby chat where new players can e.g. ask more experienced players for tips.
Another really good thing about this game is that it is really easy to communicate with the devs. They update Secret Ponchos weekly atm and afterwards talk with the community about the changes and future plans on a twitch live stream.
The gameplay is really competitive. The art style and the music are just awesome. So just give the game a shot (whether it will be with Deserters bayonet or The Killers revolver ;) ).
See you out there in Lonetree :D
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Early Access Review
♥ NOT Pay To Win
Extremely important and part of the first set of questions I asked their team. They confirmed new characters and skins will be added in the future as DLC, but no player will have an advantage by spending more money in the game. There's even a chance we'll have every character unlocked on practice mode, so we can try before we buy and who doesn't love that?

♥ Controller + Mouse and Keyboard Support
Just pick what you prefer and rebind if needed!

♥ Constant Updates
Currently, they'll release major content updates every week until full release, can't wait!

♥ Support
For an indie studio, they are freaking amazing. You can see 3 employees constantly active in the group chat answering questions and setting up matches to play with everyone.

♥ Community
Right now it's honestly very small, but solid. We meet up every night to play, discuss and welcome new players. I've personally invited at least 10 players to the group in just a few days after the June 02 update to spread the word even more.

☹ Balance
The game still needs some balancing tweaks so any character can win against the rest with enough practice. After trying the game for the first time 10 months ago, this has been greatly improved. Developers are open to feedback and constantly tweaking the characters, so I think having a balanced game on release is possible.

☹ Animations
Still needs improvement. Being a competitive multiplayer game, this needs to be especially polished. I can feel the animations are sloppy sometimes and the gameplay doesn't have the flow it should have. The game isn't finished yet, so I can understand this and hope it's one of their priorities.

TL;DR Highly recommened, see you at the gun fight! (conclusion in the comments area)
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Early Access Review
Secret Ponchos Is A sweet Blend of Co-op Shoot em up Isometric view VS. Fighter ^!^ Not your MOBA but something More muns Refreshing and Heart pounding moments ^I^
Fast Pace 1v1 2v2 or 3v3 with various options for your skill level WIth Practice and Rookies Modes. Take your Hombres to the Next Level with Secret Ponchos Ranked Mode so u can see your name in the top ranks ^J^

Each Charater Our "Outlaw" Have A Variation of skill sets with just a press of button u can choose Atacks from stuning a opponite Gunin em down Slice n DIce N if your feeling explosive use some Dynamite ^I^

After playin the game for some hours I highly recommend it Muns ^I^ After each Match which you can vote either Deathmatch best 2 out of 3 or Domation first to Five Kills Wins which ever u prefer for game style Secret Ponchos keeps your Adenaline Going that it makes you want More Ponchos ^J^

Plus the Soundtrack is Some of the best Western tunes i have heard since Red Dead Redemtion ^I^

With a Awesome Community and support come and join the group chat for great times and good People ^J^

I Give Secret Ponchos 8.5/10

Style 10.0

Gameplay 8.5

Graphics 9.0

Playabilty 10.0

Control 8.5

sound 10.0

Music 10.0
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Early Access Review
This game is a blast! The combat is action packed but also tactical at the same time. All of the different characters bring different playstyles which keeps the game fresh. When playing deathmatch it can lead to some really tense clutch moments similar to the feeling you get when playing counter strike.

The community around the game is one of the best I have ever seen. Everyone is really nice and fun to play with. On top of all that the theme and art style is awesome. That might not be a selling point for everyone but I can really get into the old western style and not many games do that. I would definitely recommend picking up this game. You will not regret it!

P.S. Add me on steam if you want someone to play with
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Early Access Review
A pretty neat twinstick multiplayer shooter with a nice art style and great soundrack.
The KB&M actually feels much better compared to using a pad, so no worries there.

And here is the most important bit (for me at least) - the game has bots. So unlike most multiplayer indie games, this one is still playable even when there are no other people online, I wish more devs did this.

I'll probably update this review to make it more detailed once I play a bit more, but at this point I think that this is one of the better Early Access titles available on Steam and you should give it a go.
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