is an online strategy game with a "Wild West"
theme. From the makers of Puzzle Pirates comes this multiplayer online tactical
strategy game for the PC. Players face off in the steam-powered Wild West, using
traditional strategy game mechanics in a variety of gameplay modes like Claim
Jumping, Cattle Herding and Steam Mustang Hockey!
Introducing a hybrid
between turn-based and realtime strategy gameplay, Bang! Howdy is played in
short fast-paced rounds. The players use winnings earned as they play, along
with a micro-currency system, to purchase and customize persistent Big Shot
units, which influence their play-style and strategies in future games. As the
player progresses through five unique Wild West settings, new units, gameplay
scenarios, arenas, customizations and game features are introduced.
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Bang! Howdy has little in common with its
piratey cousin except Three Ring’s polish, great design, and wonderful
quirkiness. Unlike a traditional strategy title, Bang! Howdy is played in 5-20
minute segments. Instead of a trekking through a series of campaigns managing
enormous armies with the goal of vanquishing your enemy to reach an ultimate
goal, the game is played on a series of unique maps using different game types
and a series of… special units.
Units have a set distance they can move
during their turn, and a set range at which they can attack. However, for
purposes of playing against other players, a real-time element was added: Units
can only move every four "ticks", each tick roughly equivalent to five seconds,
and all players' units move in tandem. The result is that gameplay moves a lot
faster than it would if each player had to wait for the others to decide to
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In addition to the set number of base units
(varied by map and game mode), players also may bring into play one more
powerful "Big Shot" unit with special abilities, as well as cards that can be
played at any time to achieve various effects. If a unit is killed, it will
respawn at the owning player's base some time later.