Bang! is a card game made in Italy based on the American Wild West. Apparently this makes more sense that I think it does. Moving on. The basic concept of Bang! is that you are one of several characters in a wild west town. There are several specific named characters, each with a personalized power. Along with this, each player has a loyalty card which shows which of the 4 roles they are playing. The 4 roles available are sheriff, deputy, outlaw and renegade. The sheriff and deputies want to kill the outlaws and renegades. The outlaws want to kill the sheriff and the renegades want to each be the last person alive. In order to kill the players that you want to kill, you need to use Bang! cards or weapon cards. These cards can be blocked or stolen and other cards can be played to otherwise keep you from being able to act. Its pretty straight forward and hilariously fun. The quote of the game, without doubt, from when I learned to play was right after the renegades and deputies had all been killed and all that was left was 3 outlaws and the sheriff. “The revolution has been declared!”
My one complaint about Bang! is that some of the cards have a symbol on them that means go check the rulebook for how this card works instead of just putting the rules on the cards. This makes sense in a way, since it would take up far too much space since almost all the writing was done in both Italian and English. This works alright if the players know the rules for these cards, but if its the first time for everyone who is playing, things will get confusing fast.
Bang! is very fast paced and interesting. Every time you play will be different because of the character powers and the loyalty cards. The rules get confusing at times, but they can be easily clarified by anyone who has played before. I can’t vouch for the usefulness of the rulebook since the set I was playing with didn’t have one. I enjoyed playing and the learning curve isn’t too terribly steep. Over all, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 hearts (I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt on how good the rulebook is since I haven’t seen one).