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: Very Positive (329 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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August 23

Be the First to Play! Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted Edition is coming to PAX!



We're extremely excited to announce that we're headed to PAX Prime in a few days and we're bringing Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted Edition with us! Whether your press, content creators, or a long time fan, PAX will mark the first time anyone, anywhere will get their hands on the new outlaws, new modes, and new maps!

It's going to be an intense and exciting time, we're going to be hosting tournaments every 3 hours with T-shirt prizes for winners! So if you plan on signing up - get practicing now, the last tournaments at EVO were insanely competitive, tense and thrilling.

We'll be on the 6th floor, booth 7003. Make sure you stop in to say "hi" and become one of the first to play Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted Edition.

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August 21

Exclusive Preview of Mad Trapper on Saturday's Stream!



Join us tomorrow (Saturday) for a special Twitch stream. We'll be previewing one of the new outlaws coming with Secret Ponchos Most Wanted: MAD TRAPPER! We'll also be talking about all the awesome new content, what we have planned and playing some 3v3 with the community.

Always a great time - see you there!

10:30 am PST / 1:30 PM EST
Twitch.Tv/secretponchos

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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.

“12 WEEKS 'TIL SHOWDOWN!”


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.

KEY THINGS WE LEARNED WITH YOUR HELP


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

    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
    • 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
21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Early Access Review
Spaghetti Western themed dramatic action-based multiplayer isometric quick-twitch shooter at it's finest.

If you had an inner-self that wanted to enter a saloon all Clint Eastwood style and just show everyone who is the man then this game might interest you.

This game is still in Early Access but the community behind it is a bunch of helpful trigger-happy players that just need more people to play with. The game honestly needs more exposure to flourish!

When I think of this game I think of a famous MOBA like Riot's League of Legends, it started out with a group of developers that were just hungry to work on their game, and now it is the most-played PC game worldwide! Why can't Secret Ponchos be one of those titles?
In the words of Switchblade Monkeys (the developers): "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. "


I rate this original upcoming masterpiece a 10/10 and it doesn't burn a whole on your wallet either!
Questions Answers
Will there be more characters (Outlaws) anytime soon? Yes.
Are there achievements to collect? Yes, and more on it's way.
Can I whip another player? Why, yes of course!
Frequently updated? Yes
Do the developers care about the community? Hell yeah they do.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Early Access Review
TL; DR: Buy it. Despite a small (but growing fast) community its tons of multiplayer strategic fun.

Secret Ponchos puts you in the steel-toed boots of a wild west gunslinger, popping pistol shots into your lilly-livered opponents from across the saloon.

The game has a MOBA-like presentation, but let me stress IT IS NOT A MOBA, it is mechanically similar to a fighting game with its focus on positioning, mindgames, and smart comboing.

At the time of this writing the game has 6 playable characters, each with wholly unique playstyles. The developer plans to have 10 playable characters upon the games full release.

Each character is the embodiment of a certain Western Myth archetype, with a unique primary and secondary weapon that dictates how they respond to enemies. My current favorite is the Killer, a grizzled old man with a sharpshooting revolver and a throwing knife, perfect for zoning opponents and keeping them at bay. Secret Ponchos mines great amounts of depth from the characters' two weapons, with several different attacks per weapon.

The art style is beautiful and gloomy, and it sets the perfect mood for a good ol' gunslinging shootout.

Each of your characters earns experience as you play, which you can use to tweak your Outlaw's stats a bit and tailor them to your strengths or cover your weaknesses.

The game is designed entirely around multiplayer, it is not currently a good single player experience, which is true of any fighting game. There is a "rookie" mode so the greenhorns can get their wits about them before playing with the big boys, which is great. It also features a Ranked mode where your wins and losses move you up/down on a giant leaderboard, which will reset at the end of the current "Season"

Despite all these positives, theres one caveat. The playerbase is small. It can take a while to get a match going outside of the 1 vs 1 mode. The game's been getting some press coverage though, so it's growing steadily. To help the playerbase issue, the developers vigorously use Steam's group chat feature and even join in on some matches. This has made my play experience extremely intimate and fun, making aquaintances on the chat and gunning them down in game.

The verdict: This game deserves your support, and its a ton of fun. Great art, great gameplay, great support from the devs, great community (even if its small right now).
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
buy this game. just do it. please.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Early Access Review
I love the setting and art direction for this game. Finding games hasn't been an issue for me, since I've mostly played with friends and we can fill a lobby. The leveling mechanics are well- done, with a "most wanted" feel to the bounties that does a great job replicating the old west feel. It looks like a twin stick shooter but plays with more precision. The biggest barrier for me was learning the controls, as they do require some exactitude... That and the fixed range to each attack type cause the skill ceiling to be pretty high. That's a good thing!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Early Access Review
Great game with a lot of potential.. really fun to play I feel like it will be a great competitive game for twitch streamers to stream and players to rank.
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