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Bang! The Spaghetti-Western Boardgame
Reviewed by
Josh Waters
on
Bang! The Spaghetti-Western Boardgame PC Review. Priced at a great value, there's really no reason not to pick this title up.
Rating:
3.5

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 5.0
Value 8.0
Developer: SpinVector
Classification:
Unclassified
Review Date:
Nov 2011
Reviewer:
Josh Waters

7.0


Bang! The Spaghetti-Western Boardgame

If you haven't heard of it before, you might be surprised to learn that BANG! has been around a while in the form of a popular card game originating in Italy. The setup is similar to turn-based games like Mafia and Werewolf that have been played in forum and IRC social circles for a long time. Players take on secret "roles" - and everybody has an agenda - with the exception of the Sheriff role, nobody knows who anyone else is. For the outlaws, victory is achieved by killing the Sheriff. For the Sheriff, rooting out the outlaws is the goal, and the players who are his deputies want the same thing. One of those deputies is a renegade, however... and he wants to get rid of the outlaws and then the Sheriff himself in order to usurp his position. As you can see, the whole theme is very spaghetti western. 

As you can imagine, this "nobody knows anything" setup makes for some dramatic in game decisions, with human psychology being a big part of what makes a particular strategy effective or not. BANG! The Video Game seeks to take this dynamic and translate it into an effective game with multiplayer being a big draw.  

The translation of card games into video games isn't a new idea at all, and the results of such forays have thus far been hit-or-miss. I'm pleased to say that BANG! is one of the good ones. Right from the tutorial, you'll be able to see how fun this game can be. Matches can be frenetically short or long and drawn out, with each player making shrewd decisions to preserve their own life in hopes of other players getting taken out of the game first. 

Gameplay is easy to pick up and the controls are simple, utilizing the mouse for everything. Furthering the strategic nature of the game, different playable characters have special characteristics that make selecting who you use just as much a tactical decision as anything you do during a match. The occasional confusion over how to select the card you want and play it in the proper way can take some getting used to, but overall everything seems to work smoothly. 

A rough patch in the game is the audio. The music, though corny, is appropriate - the problem is how repetitive it can become. Sound effects are better in general, but the music itself really can become annoying.  

A big bright side in the development of this title is cross-platform gaming. While it is not yet available, a future update promises to enable gaming between the various platforms that the game is released on, including the iPhone and iPad. This should improve the currently miniscule pool of players to interact with in the game's multiplayer mode. The single player mode offers lots of fun and training in the rules of the game, but as I'm sure you can imagine, multiplayer is really where it's at in BANG!. 

BANG! offers an addictive online gaming experience that could very well satisfy not only casual card players, but hardcore Mafia and Werewolf addicts who are tired of waiting for their turn. Priced at a great value, there's really no reason not to pick this title up. If this sounds like the game for you, head over to bangvideogame.com to check it out. 

- Josh Waters






 
 



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