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Desperados, Rough Riders: Secret Ponchos Is Out

Yee haw!

My secret fashion shame is the conviction that I could pull off a poncho and cowboy hat. Clearly I couldn't. But... maybe I could, in some kind of Wild West cyberpunk sort of... it's a terrible idea. So I will continue to be fascinated by any game with a Wild West setting, and Secret Ponchos [official site] looks like it may be worth the attention.

Secret Ponchos is a 3v3 multiplayer top-down shooter of Wild West stereotypes throwing down, each with their own weapons and abilities. After a stretch on Steam Early Access, it's now properly out.

Its lineup of ten outlaws includes Western stereotypes such as the bow-wielding Wolf, swirling Matador, mad-eyed Trapper, and dual-wielding Kid Red, whose weapons and abilities give them a load of different sneaky tricks, optimal combat ranges, and playstyles in general. Action's real-time with line-of-sight, and developers Switchblade Monkeys are playing up influences from fighting games and MOBAs.

Along with online multiplayer, it does also have AI bots to duel against in a 1v1 mode or fill in spots on bigger games.

A launch discount brings Secret Ponchos to £8.24 on Steam, or it's £22.49 for four copies. User reviews from folks who've played across Early Access look pretty good! Indie multiplayer games can struggle to build a lasting playerbase, but being a good game's a fair start.

Here's the stylin' launch trailer:

As for how it actually plays, here are the developers scrapping in a recent livestream:

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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