Playing Time: About 30min

Number of players: 4-7

This card game recreates an old-fashioned spaghetti western shoot-out, with each player randomly receiving a Character card to determine special abilities, and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

There are the “bad” guys:

  • Outlaw – Kill the Sheriff
  • Renegade – Be the last person standing

And the “good” guys:

  • Sheriff – Kill all Outlaws and the Renegade
  • Deputy – Protect the Sheriff and kill any Outlaws

A player’s Role is kept secret, except for the Sheriff. Character cards are placed face-up on table, and also track strength (hand limit) in addition to special ability.

HOW TO PLAY:

There are different types of cards in the draw deck. Most common are the BANG! cards, which let you shoot at another player, assuming the target is within “range” of your current gun. The target player can play a “MISSED!” card to dodge the shot. Other cards can provide temporary boosts while in play (for example, different guns to improve your firing range) and special one-time effects to help you or hinder your opponents (such as Beer to restore health, or Barrels to hide behind during a shootout). A horse is useful for keeping your distance from unruly neighbors, while the Winchester can hit a target at range 5. The Gatling is a deadly exception where range doesn’t matter – it can only be used once, but targets all other players at the table!

HOW IT RATES:
I would rate it a smack down 10/10 because it really keeps you into the game, not something were you can get out of the game and dilly dally. It also feels like one of my favorite games, mafia (AKA Werewolf), even though Bang! is more complex, I feel that it is a great game to play, even if it can take  a bit long than the 30min it is supose to take. I still feel bad for betraying Mr.Matera though 🙁