This is an awesome game. I played it recently with a group of friends and I knew afterwards that I HAD to have it. It is very reminiscent of a game I used to play back in high school and college with my buddies called MAFIA, except this game uses cards and rules to give the game more of a structure, which I like.
The game is an old Western Card game, which strangely, for a reason I have yet to determine, is written in Italian (don't worry, there are also English captions underneath the Italian). It plays best in medium-large groups, ideally 5-7 people, but we've played with groups as large as 12 before. Upon setup, each player is secretly assigned one of 4 roles: the Sheriff, an Outlaw, a Deputy, or a Renegade, and each player's objective in the game depends on the role they have been assigned:
- Sheriff is trying to kill the Outlaws and Renegades
- The Outlaws are trying to kill the Sheriff
- The Deputies are trying to protect the Sheriff
- The Renegades are trying to be the last one standing with the Sheriff, and then kill him one vs one.
The only person who's role is known is the Sheriff, who reveals it at the beginning of the game. As the game progresses, you try to figure out who is who around you, and use weapons, various ability cards, and other items to try to accomplish your objective.
The game ends with either the Sheriff dies, or the Outlaws are all killed.
If any of that sounds confusing, don't worry, once you play the game once or twice it becomes second nature.
- Tons of fun. This has become our go-to game over the past month. People will literally text me during the day while I am at work asking when the next time we are going to "BANG" (their words, not mine).
- Speaking of which, lots of potential for innuendos and "thats what she said" jokes.
- This particular packaging includes A LOT- the original game, the first expansion (High Noon), the second expansion (Dodge City), and the third expansion (A Fistful of Cards).
- Comes in a cool metal bullet-shaped case.
- Can be a little complicated for newbies, especially with the expansion packs (you have the option to play without them, however)
- Games can take quite a while, depending on the size and experience level of the group. I've had games of 8+ take over 2 hours. However, on the flip side, I've had games end in under 30 minutes.
- It is an elimination game, which means that when someone is killed, they have to sit and watch until the game is over (with the exception of a few cards in the expansions which can bring dead players back to life). Can be frustrating for people if you have a large group and they die early in the game as this means they will be sitting and watching for a good 30 minutes or longer.
All in all, this is definitely money worth spending.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend (and have).
- Bang! 4th edition (no player mats or bullet tokens) - Dodge City 3rd edition - High Noon 2nd Edition - A Fistful Of Cards 2nd Edition - Two Exclusive High Noon cards - "New Identity" and "Handcuffs" - Three new characters - "Uncle Will", "Johnny Kisch", and "Claus the Saint" - Two blank cards - One silver sheriff badge High quality hobby games and accessories. Fun and strategy all in one box. Perfect for families and strategy gamers alike.