Bang! Howdy public beta starts next month

Puzzle Pirates developer's Wild-West-themed MMO will be free to play with optional content available through micropayments.

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Three Rings Design's Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates was a unique title for a number of reasons. In addition to being a cute, family-friendly game built around a notorious culture of high-seas skullduggery, it was also a massively multiplayer online title built around puzzle-game mechanics and casual-gamer appeal.

Three Rings' upcoming PC strategy game Bang! Howdy is another rare offering: a micropayments-driven MMO under development in the US. While the San Francisco-based development house hasn't pegged a release date for Bang! Howdy, it announced today that the game's public beta testing session will begin next month.

Set in the Wild West, Bang! Howdy combines real-time and turn-based strategy elements in short rounds. Players can customize their avatars with a variety of thematically appropriate clothes and accessories as they work through five different environments, unlocking new units, scenarios, arenas, and game features along the way.

When it is released, Bang! Howdy will be free to download and play, but players will be able to purchase new items and features for the game through micropayments. For more on the game and signing up for the beta, check out the game's official Web site.

Discussion

10 comments
namuseta
namuseta

Looks interesting the free part will make me atleast try this

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

lol.....weird. i've got better games to play than a wild west MMO.

Evil_Vin
Evil_Vin

I was a huge fan of Puzzle Pirates, but I really don't like the road they've going down with this whole micropayment system. I hope they don't figure some crazy way to micropayment us in beta. >_>

PaRappaEast
PaRappaEast

As quirky as this game is, it is only a facade. Micropayments disguised behind cute cowhands and strategy. Here the dark plans of the publishers begin. The end is nigh....

Blazer88
Blazer88

Erm,..well at least the theme is original,......name is kinda goofy though.

animemog
animemog

May be worth checking out. Never been a big fan on westerns, though.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I liked the puzzle pirates game hope the wild west will be fun too.