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.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (13 reviews) - 61% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (1,269 reviews) - 75% of the 1,269 user reviews for this game are positive.
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 info@switchblademonkeys.com, please include screenshots, videos etc so we can take a look at the details)

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December 12, 2015

SECRET PONCHOS FREE WEEK ON STEAM STARTS DEC. 14!


THREE EXCITING THINGS COMING TO SECRET PONCHOS THIS WEEK!

FREE WEEK!
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!

CONCURRENT USER CHALLENGE!
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

GET SECRET PONCHOS FOR 50% OFF!
A huge sale that we’re running during the Free Week for players who really enjoyed our game.


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Reviews

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

“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

    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 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.
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Recent:
Mixed (13 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (1,269 reviews)
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GimliHadAnAxe
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Started listening to Johnny Cash again because of this game

10/10 would be playing if there were players
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Hаркотики
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Gameplay is a solid 10/10, but no players online. This game has a high skill cap and wide variety of mechanics. How can a game be so good but have no players ..?
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GuaranaJones
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Game is dead. Is still being advertised. Can´t get a refund because the buy date is too far in the past. Very unfortunate.
Looks solid but no players online. DON´T BUY!
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Velocity X
( 86.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
A fast paced PVP highly skill based game without dedicated servers, a shame really, could have been a great game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Airaneon
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Although it looks great, This game is dead, folks. No players to play. Move on!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Hillbilly Hero
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
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Yele
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Worked fine before, liked the game, but now this game completely kills my internet connection, can't play the game at all because it "loses connection" after 5 seconds after starting the game. Can't even have a call with friends on skype or discord at the same time. And the problem is not with my internet. It's on their end.

GG boys, guess I won't be playing this game anytime soon and I'd advice to not buy this game because there's a chance it might happen to you too. I guess the devs just really want their game to die now.
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Eleganto
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Stylish Fun game critically needs more player base,otherwise great game hopefully devs will keep updating it
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Nameless Vaati [TCC] [Cake]
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Its a really good game, each character is ballanced and unique while the game makes everything about the skill of the player. suffers from a small playerbase, help fix that.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Master_Splinter
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
they have to remove multiplayer coz no1 play this game waste of money
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Klesk
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
This game simply looks gorgeous, its art style and even characters remind me of some of Gorillaz's videos. At first it was hard to find any matches in Europe but it's starting to get some traction now. It's super fun to play, although pretty hard ad first. Highly recommended!
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Lavanderman
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Soundtrack is immersive to say the least. Really, I tend to focus and collect different game soundtrack and this one knocks me on my ♥♥♥♥ every time.
Regarding the game, combat is fluid and fast. Skill is name of the game. Some classes seem unbalanced but that can be patched. Buy this game, support it. Playerbase is low but that can be fixed if you reccomend it to couple of friends and they reccomend it to their friends and the chanin continues :)
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Titan of Immdreihimm
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
liked it but already dead already, check it out during a sale, a spike in activity anyway than I suppose
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Bleach Salesman
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 1
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Sarra
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
Really want to like this game.
But you can't have lag in a game like this.

It's still on my list, I'll keep an eye on it
Helpful? Yes No Funny
GOD
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
I found this game few days ago. Its visuals dragged me in. It is really beautifull and well made. Gameplay is really challenging and SO MUCH FUN. It is true sometimes you must wait a while till you find online match, but I think this can change (just play and spread a word, tell your friends, tell your mom, tell your grandmother.)

What I'm trying to say is - Dont whine about low player base. Buy the game and play it, problem will solve itself.

-This game is REALLY good-
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.Hax/
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Amazing Graphics XD the gameplay is so much fun!
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SAYKO_SKULL
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
this game needs to be f2p, and sell skins. also a good ladder system. other than that it's already dead. wish it was not.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
"ITS ME"Mr.Pro
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
A secret cash grab
That the devs dont fix or help people with promblems.
An have no intenion on attracting more players.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Although it looks great, This game is dead, folks. No players to play. Move on!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
86.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
A fast paced PVP highly skill based game without dedicated servers, a shame really, could have been a great game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Game is dead. Is still being advertised. Can´t get a refund because the buy date is too far in the past. Very unfortunate.
Looks solid but no players online. DON´T BUY!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Nobody to play against..initially when the game was advertisied we were offered free items (pending amount of players) Nothing has materialised apart from DEVS excuses on how much of a pain and fruastration this game is.
It has potential, but at the minute and from since i bought it before xmas, just promises.
Now theres mention of charging more to entice other players, as you cannot get a game online...there is noone to play!
Save your money!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
231.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
This is my second review (first one was in my motherlanguage - german) and a long time ago. The game is still one of my best games on steam. In my opinion it has cool graphics, good musics and well optimized intense gameplay. Many people now own this game - come on guys give the game a chance jump in and try it for the second time. Will be good if we can make the playerbase bigger. In the last days there are some negative reviews about the game, now its really hard to find people to play against (i totally can understand it). Maybe my words lets players think about it. Hope to see you ingame fighting against.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Really want to like this game.
But you can't have lag in a game like this.

It's still on my list, I'll keep an eye on it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
I found this game few days ago. Its visuals dragged me in. It is really beautifull and well made. Gameplay is really challenging and SO MUCH FUN. It is true sometimes you must wait a while till you find online match, but I think this can change (just play and spread a word, tell your friends, tell your mom, tell your grandmother.)

What I'm trying to say is - Dont whine about low player base. Buy the game and play it, problem will solve itself.

-This game is REALLY good-
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
+Competitive
+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
Recommended
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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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
This game is dead. Nobody plays it & characters aren't balanced. Also, the devs have chat moderators who will ban you if you say anything negative about this game! Don't buy this game!
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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31 of 48 people (65%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
Secret Ponchos is a shooter / fighting games, very successful!
There are 10 characters, each with different characteristics, and based on this, you have to choose the strategy to win!
The game is fun in single and multiplayer and offers hours of fun!
Technically it's nice to see is the gameplay really works great!
Ultimately, Secret Ponchos is a game to buy without thinking twice, especially if you play online with friends!

(Below is the Italian full review)

Secret Ponchos è un picchiaduro PVP ambientato in un universo Spaghetti Western. Solo colpi di abilità: precisione, portata, tempismo e decisioni rapide ti faranno sopravvivere agli scontri 3v3 e 1v1.


Features:

- 10 Personaggi unici, con caratteristiche diverse
- Modalità Arcade contro Bot
- Tanti vari Stage
- Multigiocatore online
- Supporto completo al gamepad
- Supporto alle Carte Steam


Parere personale:

Secret Ponchos è uno sparattutto/picchiaudro, molto riuscito!
Ci sono ben 10 personaggi, ognuno con caratteristiche diverse, ed in base a questo devi scegliere la strategia per poter vincere!
Il gioco diverte sia in singolo, che in multiplayer ed offre tante ore di divertimento!

Tecnicamente è bello da vedere è il gameplay funziona veramente alla grande!
In definitiva, Secret Ponchos è un gioco da comprare senza pensarci due volte, soprattutto se giocate online con gli amici!

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
This is going to be a simple pros and cons list:

Pros:
- Game's aesthetic design is lovely and the wild west theme is applied pretty decently.
- Characters are fitting and unique enough but they haven't created personalities and taunts for them which could make the player feel more attached to characters.
- The thing I hated the most about MOBAs, limiting the game for only one map is not apparent here and most of the maps feel authentic enough.
- All characters have three unique powers which are all fitting to the characters but some of them are useless imo, like The Deserter's impale attack as it takes too long to charge and easy to miss.
- Game feels unique at every aspect.

Cons:
- The game's playerbase is really small. I guess the Steam free weekend is to combat that problem, but at the first day of the free weekend, I still have troubles finding a game.
- Balance is non existant. But this might not be the game's fault but the low playercount's, as the Steamspy statistics show.
- This is only my own opinion but if the game had higher damage and scattered healing stations (it could be wells or travelling doctors to fit the aesthetic)
- There are some weird angles that you can't see where you are or where you're aiming at.
- A simple color change to aiming line, making it bright red instead of faded black would drastically improve playability.
- More objective based modes instead of deathmatch or domination would improve the tactical side of things.
- Steam workshop for characters and maps could do wonders to increase the community forming and involvement alongside with cosmetic drops and marketplace instead of buying skins directly from the developer.
- There is no form for team chat.

This game is not good enough right now, but there are some simple changes that could make it my go to multiplayer game, I hope the developers continue developing and not be downhearted by low player count.

I am recommending you all this game as it is now free and if you want to continue playing, it's cheap enough. I wish they also put 4-pack to the sale so it would see a greater increase in population.

Edit after couple more hours: The game certainly has enough depth and gets better when you start playing with the guys that use their outlaws creatively. Three The Kid dynamite ♥♥♥♥ fest? YOU GOT IT! Deserter tank, phantom kill? For sure mate! It's 6 A.M here now and I don't want to sleep to continue playing the game, I haven't felt this about a game since Skyrim.
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48 of 82 people (59%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
The game has a good and solid concept, but poor matchmaking and ranking system, lacks depth.

It lacks more-casual game modes an has severe problems with connectivity when playing with friends: you simply cannot join a lobby together, because the team gets left out. Literally. When the lobby leader serches for a game he joins a game lobby - no problem, but his teammates get the message: Unable to join, because server is full. Seriously? What year is this? Is this game in beta? No, it's not. If only it was still in early access...
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
"On that October night back in 1876, he sold his soul to a devil trapped in a bottle of cheap whiskey. He did it right there. See the Raven's crossroad? Yes, right there. And even now, years later, you can hear him shriek in cold, windy nights. His body is long gone. That scarred emotionless face turned to dust. Those milky eyes dried up like the rivers down south. Yet his soul screams for blood. You know why, son? Because the devil comes for his own. He never forgets, he never forgives. He reaps."

Yup, that's the story of Dragoja. He was a local blacksmith until his woman and daughter got ♥♥♥♥♥ by Heartless Willy. Crucified on a cross made of insanity and love, Dragoja swore he will revenge his family.

Now, this is not the story of Secret Ponchos, an ultra skill based PVP game that's free to try for the next 3 days. This is a story I've made up, inspired by details, emotions and art of Secret Ponchos.

In the vein of all great spaghetti westerns, Secret Ponchos is not for everyone. It is made for tough as nail gamers. It doesn't forgive nor hold your hand. Isometric camera will remind you of MOBAs, but there's nothing 'mobish' about it. There are no towers to shot at. You will control your character with WASD. You will aim and shoot with your mouse, slowly reload with R, change weapon with Q, dash with Shift and hide behind the covers with CTRL. That's it. No upgrades, no magic potions. Your weapons have range, you need to reload them manually and where you point your cursor, that's where your bullets will tear the flesh or buzz through the air.

Shooting and winning in this game is extremely satisfying. Seeing your enemy fall down in slow motion after you win the match is the ultimate reward and testament to your skills. When your opponents says "GG" in this one, it's not a polite way to end a match - it's a token of respect. Real gunslingers respect each other, either in victory or defeat.

You start your reign (or shame) in Secret Ponchos by creating your character. You can pick between 10 characters (and more on their way, as devs say on their website). Each of these can be additionally customized in the fields of fire rate, stamina, damage and health. Once you create your character, get accustomed to his/her weapons in tutorial and arcade offline modes before you take on the online crooks. I firmly suggest you do this and recheck your moves list. It is of utmost importance.

When you finally decide to step over the line, you will be able to enjoy 1VS1 and 3VS3 showdowns. I simply can't tell which one I like more - 1VS1 feels intimate, it's tense, it makes me crazy excited about every bullet, every miss and especially every hit. 3VS3 is a game of tactics, chaos control and multitasking - there's no time for any kind of breather. Online matches in Secret Ponchos are bringing me all kinds of joy and anger, but never frustration. Addictive gameplay keep you coming back and getting better.

Although it seems trivial once you start, as you play more and more, you will start creating advanced tactics in your head. Are you a creeping backstabber or forward lunge lunatic? Soon enough, you will learn to properly dash and plan your shooting up front. Button mashing and not aiming will be the end of you.

Playing online puts a price on your head and seeing those number roll (think leveling) will really boast your already inflated ego.

Secret Ponchos doesn't stop at having weirdly complex and fun gameplay. The art style presents all the characters as larger-than-life Clint Eastwoods of Secretville. You can see the effort, and Switchblade Monkeys even managed to make stereotypes look over-the-top cool. Music? Music is perfect. It is that kind of Enio Morricone soundtrack that makes you ride the wave of chills from launch til shutdown moment.

The thing that I don't like are the numbers. Let's face it, Secret Ponchos will make you add unknown people on your friends list in case you want to have a constant source of opponents to match. There are simply not enough players playing it and it's a DAMN SHAME. This game, as many others of our time, is the victim of uncontrolled mass production and gaming community short attention span and believe me, it deserves MORE. That is the only reason why I'm writing this right now. I urge you to try it. After finally trying it this week, after only two matches, it was an instabuy for me, and I usually stay away from these kind of emotions.

Western didn't feel this good and authentic for a long, long time and winning feels like going second base when you're 13 years old hormone driven lunatic. Yes, that good.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
I can't write a formulated review because I've never gotten to play the game online yet. In the last 24 hours there was a peak of 11 players total. This game is dead with no signs of an increasing player base unless the developers do something about it, which it looks like they won't.

The game is in a catch 22 situation, because people aren't playing because of the low player base, but the reason there's a low player base is because people aren't playing. It's a cicle that will continue unless it's interupted, it isn't going to sort itself.

Don't buy, because I heavily doubt that a couple more players will save this game's population. Wait until the developers do something to boost the player base, and if they don't, well tough ♥♥♥♥ it's a dead game and will continue to be.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
You know that legendary scene from "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" when Tuco, Angel Eyes and Blondie exchange looks in a good ol' Mexican standoff at the Sad Hill Cemetery? Well, what if I told you that you can RECREATE that scene with DOUBLE the amount of gunslingers, and adrenaline spikes hitting high values when you (as the only survivor of your posse) manage to fill the remaining opponents with sizzling hot lead? Pretty epic, am I right?

The game is deffinitely a pioneer of a new genre of top-down, skill-based action shooters, borrowing HEAVILY from the fighting games (like Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, Mortal Kombat, Tekken...) in terms of how you can make combos and footsies. If you're looking to prove yourself as the master of the PvP (be that 1vs1, 2vs2 or 3vs3), then this game is for YOU my friend.

And remember - in this world, there's two kinds of people: those with loaded guns, and those who dig. Better make sure you're not the one doing the diggin'.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Well this game was dead anyway. I really liked the idea and the design of the outlaws so i gave a chance to this game.
I wanted to aid the devs with my money so i bought the game, even if it's costed more than it worth. Don't buy this ♥♥♥♥ing game, doesn't worth it and once you bought it you can say bye to your money because 1. nobody plays it 2. the devs will not do anything with this unfinished ♥♥♥♥ game in the future (Even if it has players can be really fustrating.).
Im sorry for saying that but forget it, you cant help them.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
This is one awesome game.

+ Great character designs
+ Solid gameplay mechanics
+ Soundtrack really works well

- Will the player base remain after the free week?

That is the million dollar question. For now, I'm just going to enjoy the heck out of this.
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