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  • Summary: Engage in one-on-one duels or all-out gunfights as one of several unique and customizable outlaws - each with his or her own strengths, weapon types, special moves and play styles - in a game that rewards tactical awareness, precision timing and player skill. Add in melee attacks, anEngage in one-on-one duels or all-out gunfights as one of several unique and customizable outlaws - each with his or her own strengths, weapon types, special moves and play styles - in a game that rewards tactical awareness, precision timing and player skill. Add in melee attacks, an original line-of-sight mechanic, cover fire, destructible cover objects and more, and Secret Ponchos is a game with exceptional depth. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 3, 2014
    75
    Although the foundation for a great online twin-stick shooter has been laid with Secret Ponchos, it's going to need more content and a meatier core mode to really keep people interested -- until then, I think the game will struggle with keeping some of its community.
  2. Dec 17, 2014
    70
    It's the spaghetti western style that really shines here, while a solid gunplay delivers some interesting standoffs. It's a shame that overall the content is really thin, and will end in a matter of a few hours.
  3. 70
    Secret Ponchos is a refined, intricate twin-stick shooter rooted in the Old West that, for those who enjoy simple, yet tactical, online battles, will stand on its own for a time to come.
  4. Jan 12, 2015
    70
    A good shoot-em-up just different with a bunch of new things for the genre.
  5. Dec 4, 2014
    67
    Even though once you get to know how it works it's fun, the first impression isn't too positive, since it feels chaotic and confusing. Also, we would love to have more content to add variety to the experience.
  6. Dec 21, 2014
    60
    The potential is there, but as of now there's not enough content and not many players on the servers.
  7. Dec 15, 2014
    50
    Despite debuting as part of PlayStation Plus' Instant Game Collection, the barren lobbies and long matchmaking times tell you everything you need to know about the state of Secret Ponchos. No one wants to play a laggy, imbalanced, and punitive multiplayer-only game, even if it's free.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Dec 4, 2014
    10
    I played about 200+ Hours of Secret Ponchos. And i can tell you guys this Game is so much Fun if you get with some People and play it on aI played about 200+ Hours of Secret Ponchos. And i can tell you guys this Game is so much Fun if you get with some People and play it on a Different Lvl then some of the people who started playing the game just for 20 Minutes. *rolls eyes* So anyways this game kept me hooked for so long just because its addicting every match can be different ! So anyone who enjoys Fighters, Competitive Twin Stick Shooters and just a Great Jolly Good Time play this Gem and Support it :)! Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    Wasn't sure what I was getting in to when I downloaded this game but I was blown away. On the surface it looks like a chaotic simple shooterWasn't sure what I was getting in to when I downloaded this game but I was blown away. On the surface it looks like a chaotic simple shooter but the more you play it you realize how much depth and strategy there is. Every match had my heart racing with fast paced gun slinging action. On top of that it has some amazing graphics and art to boot. I know I have some friends with the XBONE that wish this game wasn't an exclusive. I highly recommend. Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2015
    10
    This game is awesome. Intelligent, addicting, beautiful graphics. The more I play, the more I appreciate the strategy and thought put intoThis game is awesome. Intelligent, addicting, beautiful graphics. The more I play, the more I appreciate the strategy and thought put into this game. Initially I was concerned about number of characters and maps (5 each), but there is more than enough content to get started and begin developing skills and learning/testing strategies. By the time I'm ready, I am confident there will be new content...in fact the developers suggest at least 2 new characters are coming soon! Can't wait.

    Switchblade monkey's have been on top of any problems (to be expected with first game), providing quick fixes as needed. This already awesome game is only going to get better.
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  4. Dec 19, 2014
    10
    Secret Ponchos is the secret gem of PS Plus. It's a twin-stick competitive shooter with a unique visual flair and a surprising amount ofSecret Ponchos is the secret gem of PS Plus. It's a twin-stick competitive shooter with a unique visual flair and a surprising amount of depth buried in the mechanics. I've been a PS Plus member for about seven months, and, to be quite honest, I've been pretty underwhelmed by the free game on offer. They've almost all been some kind of single player adventure game variant. Secret Ponchos is refreshing in that its strictly multiplayer and caters to the competitive crowd.

    There are five characters to choose from with two more on the way, and each one feels unique. They've all got primary and secondary weapons that can be used in multiple ways and their stats for things like agility, speed, and damage vary wildly. For instance, The Killer is a somewhat balanced character who wields a six-shooter and a knife that he can slash with or throw. The Deserter is more of a tanky character that can soak damage, use his special medkit to heal, and dictate range.

    As you play, you earn experience you can allocate to each character's stat points, lending the game a sense of progression and a motivation to keep entering matches.

    It's worth noting that what took me off guard is how deep the tactical rabbit goes if you pay attention. On the surface, all you'll see are some cartoony characters running around and shooting randomly. But there are youtube videos online right now where astute players showcase elaborate tactical setups and move chains. In this sense, the game is akin to a competitive fighting game, like Street Fighter. Of course you can just mash the buttons (or triggers, as it were) and have fun, but it's much deeper than that if you want it to be.

    Honestly, this is an impressive title. By all accounts it was made by an independent developer, but you wouldn't know it by the triple-A production value and the obvious forethought given to the core mechanics.

    If you're on the PS4, give it a shot. If you have PS Plus you have nothing to lose. The devs have stated that they intend to continually support the game with new characters and maps going forward, so this is just the beginning.
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  5. Dec 16, 2014
    8
    This game is free for now and very easy to pick up and play. Choose your character, create your name, and start brawling! Great game for 4+This game is free for now and very easy to pick up and play. Choose your character, create your name, and start brawling! Great game for 4+ local/online multiplayers! I made a gameplay video on my YouTube channel...check it out! :)

    -Game_Row
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  6. Dec 4, 2014
    7
    Not a lot to say .. Pretty straightforward and fun. Cool ranking-system.
    Plagued by connection issues , lag and lack of playerbase, hope they
    Not a lot to say .. Pretty straightforward and fun. Cool ranking-system.
    Plagued by connection issues , lag and lack of playerbase, hope they patch this soon.
    Fun feel to it.
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  7. Feb 19, 2015
    0
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha........ oooooooooooooooooooooo............Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

    I get it, the jokes on us. Sony
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha........ oooooooooooooooooooooo............Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

    I get it, the jokes on us. Sony gave us this game for a joke on ps+ to troll us. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha..

    I do love a good wind up........

    Utterly awful game, I can only presume it is a wind up. The gameplay is bland and dull. The graphics are terrible. The controls are a disgrace and the basic game lags on a 80meg connection. Avoid at all costs.
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