Welcome to BattleBlock Theater! You’ve got no where to go but up...on stage. Play single player or co-op to free your friends and save Hatty Hattington! Jump, solve and battle your way through a mysterious theater inhabited by highly technological felines.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (18,143 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2014

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"Charming, clever and funny, this is one of the best new platformers on the PC at the moment. Recommended."
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February 16

Vote For Your Favorite Fan Art Entry!

Valentine's Day Fan Art Contest


Our call for entries closed over the weekend and we got over 150 entries for our Valentine's Day Fan Art Contest! Now we need your help to choose the community winner! Our Behemoth staff will be choosing 3 winners, but we still need your help to choose 1 winner for this contest as part of the community vote.

Winners will be getting a Castle Crashers Pink Knight plush, so these art works need your love! Go to the gallery HERE and vote on your favorites. You can vote on more than one fan art!

Voting closes on 2/17/2015 at Noon PST. Show them your <3

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February 3

Valentine’s Day Fan Art Contest



We’re looking for that special someone who can create awesome art to share with their fellow Behemoth community members. Show us what you can create and enter it in our fan art contest! Creation can include any character from any of our video games. We’ll select our favorite 3 submissions + 1 winner based on community votes, and those winners will receive a Castle Crashers Pink Knight plush!


RULES:
  • Your entry must be your own creation (or something you did together with family or a loved one).
  • You may enter up to one submission per person per day. (Repeat entries of the same art will be deleted)
  • Acceptable mediums include: scans of drawings/images, photographs of your creation
  • No costumes for this contest (we have a separate Halloween contest for costumes/cosplay in October)
  • Submission should include a video game character can be from any of our games: Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers, BattleBlock Theater, Super Soviet Missile Mastar, Alien Hominid: PDA Games, Game 4.
  • No nudity, offensive language, or vulgar images will be accepted (we have the right to decline any images we feel fall under this section)
  • Entries must be submitted before 5PM PST on February 14, 2015. Winners to be announced on February 17, 2015.
  • You must be okay for the prize to arrive up to 3 weeks after February 17, 2015.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must have approval from parents before submitting their entry.

PRIZES:
  • At least 3 entries will be selected as winners (3 chosen by Behemoth and 1 winner through the community votes)
  • Winners will get a Pink Knight plush (shipping will be included).
  • Winners will be contacted via the e-mail used to register (or Twitter/Instagram handle).

HOW TO ENTER:
  • You can upload your image here: Contest Page
  • Or you can post on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #behemothfanart


Update on 2/4/2015 : Now that the entries have starting coming in, you can vote using the same Contest Page as the one we have for entries. Just click on the “Vote” tab on the page and vote for your favorite entries. (Call for entries ends on 5PM PST, February 14, 2015. Voting will go until Noon PST on February 17, 2015)

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About This Game

Shipwrecked. Captured. Betrayed. Forced to perform for an audience of cats? Yes, all that and more when you unlock BattleBlock Theater! There’s no turning back once you've started on your quest to free over 300 of your imprisoned friends from evil technological cats. Immerse yourself in this mind bending tale of treachery as you use your arsenal of weapon-tools to battle your way through hundreds of levels in order to discover the puzzling truth behind BattleBlock Theater.

If solo acts aren't your style, go online or bring a buddy couch-side to play a thoroughly co-optimized quest or enter the arenas. The game also includes a level editor so you can craft your own mind bending trials!

Key Features


  • CO-OPTIONAL GAMEPLAY - Work together... or not. Online Play! Couch Hi-Fives! Best Game Ever! Up to two players in Story, and four in Arena.

  • ARENAS: Whether you're king crowning or whale chasing, BattleBlock Theater performers have 8 arena modes to teach their enemies the real meaning of stage fright!

  • INSANE MODE: One life to live doesn’t just happen on screen, it can happen on stage as well. Test your skills in the ultimate campaign challenge.

  • UNIQUE ANIMATIONS: New art created for the Steam version of BattleBlock Theater! Cat guard makes its way to center stage.


  • OVER 450 LEVELS! - Single player, multiplayer, arena, we have more levels than Hatty can count on his finger hands.

  • 300 PRISONERS TO FREE! - Having been captured by the native feline population, it’s up to YOU to liberate them! Earn gems to free your friends by participating in deadly, gladiatorial plays.

  • THEATRICAL WEAPONRY AND COMBAT! - Jump, push, pull and punch your way to victory! If that doesn’t work you can explode, freeze, poison, or digest a baby! Plus, you’ll be able to bring up two weapons at a time in a game and swap quickly.

  • CREATE AND SHARE LEVELS - Create works of art in our Level Editor and then share them with all your friends (or strangers). Over 20 interactive block types galore!



System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 3.3 GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
548 of 582 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
You know that point when you are mentally exhausted or slaphappy or a teenager? That's usually when you want shut your brain off and play something amusing and stupid. If you can find a buddy in a similar state, play this game together.

The trick to enjoying this game is to not take it seriously. Learn to enjoy killing and being killed. If you can pull that off, you will laugh until you cry. Play for about an hour or so and then quit. Come back another day when you both are out of it again. Then just repeat this cycle.

If you don't enjoy poop jokes, stay away. If blowing youself up again and again makes you smile, this is the game for you.
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358 of 384 people (93%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
+ Fun, challenging puzzles that increase in difficulty
+ Absolutely hilarious, incredibly fun multiplayer
+ Narrator will have you in tears
+ Smooth, smart gameplay
+ No bugs/glitches that I've found
+ Tons of replay value
+ Character customization is delightful
+ Fun, charming story

- Ending made me throw my hands up in the air; funny, but less than I deserved

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175 of 192 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
An absolutely outstaning Co-Op experience from the Behemoth.

+Wonderful humour
+Easily the best narrator in gaming history
+Good art style
+Great character customisation
+Fun gamemodes outside of the story mode
+New heads added for special events/holidays

+/-Most levels are built for co-op and the workarounds for certain parts if in solo feel lacking
+/-Two difficulty levels, one being far harder than the normal mode

-Can get boring when playing alone
-When playing community levels you are forced to give them a rating afterwards (not really a bad thing but I find it irritating)
-If your friends enjoy pissing you off you are not gonna have a good time

Overall:
Solo Experience: 8.5, a solid game with great humour that you won't regret buying
Co-Op/Multiplayer Experience: 10, it's difficult to find a better co-op experience than this.

El K.
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267 of 326 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I hate platformers but this game.... THIS.. GAME... it's like a drug o.o highly recomend it to play with your friends and kill ehm i mean help get through in time !

Also there are hats.... any game with hats iz gud. -tf2 player logic
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345 of 435 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Killed my friends and jumped off their dead bodies to progress 10/10
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211 of 267 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Mario + LittleBigPlanet + Acid = BattleBlock
10/10
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118 of 143 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Pro's:
-You need to play with a friend to have the best laughter ever

Con's:
-Who has friends?

Not sure if pro or con:
-Played this with a guy called Table Senpai. We still haven't beaten the game...

9/10 Would buckle some pants with a table again.
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141 of 178 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
The only time I've ever really tried to get an A+...sad really.
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191 of 255 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Friend ship simulator.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Boys and Girls! Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you ready for a story full of friends, adventures and hundreds of precious treasures? Yes?! Let me intro- OR LET'S SKIP ALL THAT CRAP!

Battleblocks Theater® is a Platformer game created by The Behemoth, studio responsible for another great indie game; Castle Crashers. YES, YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT TOO

But let's come back to the topic of this review; Battleblocks Theater® that is!
In this nice to an eye indie platformer you get invited to a heartwarming story straight from a horror and you'll be less likely to leave. And you might even not feel like leaving

But What This Game Will Give You, You Ask?

• Of course platformer experience. Obstacles to overcome! Friends to save! Gems to collect!

• A Chance to turn your friends into enemies and your enemies into friends.... maybe, not sure about the last one.
I'm talking about co-op here. Just saying to underline it!

• And of course Local Co-OP.
Play with your daddy, mommy, brothers, sisters, cat or even your dog.

• An amazing hair simulator.
LOOK AT THAT HAIR! It's also hat and head simulator and weapon simulator!

• Multiple game modes make sure you won't get bored too quickly. Play alone, play with friends or aginst them. Or just mess around!

• It has level creator. Yes you can make your own levels now with an advanced in-game level editor!
Now go make some living hell, impossible to beat level for other players, friends or whoever!

• The game is narrated by amazing Stamper. His voice and narration add climate and humor to the game.
Just watch the intro-video up there :D

• Get licked by a kitty-katty.
What?

I GIVE THIS GAME 11/10

Wait, Wait. Where are cons and bad stuff about the game?! huh?!

THIS OUTSTANDING & SOLID GAME HAS NO ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ CONS YOU EVERLASTING WHINER!...... well maybe price isn't that low but you can always pick it up on sale! :D Must have!

~ D.Punk
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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Great platformer. Fun addictive, the level design will want to make you keep playing as it is never repetetive. As the story goes on it does get harder and harder but never seemed to make me rage often. The story takes around ten hours to complete. Then there is the dozen modes available in the arena, I have tried out a few and so far versing the A.I probably isn't nearly as good as co-op. Almost forgot, the animation is great, most PC's should have no problem with running this game. I felt there was a good flow between levels, the art is also spot on. Overall a great clever game definitely worth the price.
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36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Play & laugh, laugh and play. Exactly the kind of experience i expect from a game.

Average/nice challenge curve . Editor and periodic users content accessible directly from the in game menu for even more.

(xbox or in built emulator pad only, lot of generic/basic pads require a tier software :/.)
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
It took years for developer The Behemoth to put the finishing touches on its latest platforming masterpiece, and it’s easy to see why. While it would have been easy to simply rig up a basic menu and some customisation options to string all the levels together, The Behemoth has carefully crafted an outrageously humorous and addicting experience that will keep us entertained its next project is unleashed on the world.It’s not only surprising that BattleBlock Theater has a story that is more than an intro cutscene, but it’s surprising just how funny it manages to be at the same time. It's juvenile, but it's funny.The game's story follows Hatty Hattington who is shipwrecked on a mysterious island with hundreds of his close friends. Hatty is then taken captive by the island’s feline natives, and brainwashed to become their leader as his friends are forced to participate in deadly theater performances.This rather bizarre setup paves way for the hundreds of levels, which make up the majority of the game. Each level plays out on a theater stage, with catlike silhouettes creeping in the foreground, standing in for a ‘virtual’ audience.It’s ironic given how creative the setup is that the actual gameplay is simple, but what BattleBlock Theater might lack in novel mechanics and flashy gameplay is made up for with tight controls and excellent level design. Every level is laid out on what is essentially a grid, with various block types making up the floors and walls you maneuver your little avatar on.However, levels aren’t as simple as racing towards a finish line or taking out a certain number of enemies.Weapons, along with a standard repertoire of punches and kicks, can be used to defeat enemies, but to be honest, the fighting system never felt as tight as the platforming did.BattleBlock Theater wouldn’t feel right if you weren’t able to tackle the game with a friend by your side, and The Behemoth hasn’t forgotten its Castle Crashers roots. Playing the campaign solo works perfectly fine, but BattleBlock was designed with co-op in mind, and it shows.BattleBlock Theater feels like it was designed for the child that still lives inside me. It’s juvenile, colourful, and silly. But more importantly, it achieves everything it set out to do, with a near masterful level of execution. The addictive multiplayer and excellent level creation tools are just the icing on the cake.
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36 of 48 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
This game gave me a lot of laughs. I love how random it is. The music in it is so catchy and i couldn't help but bob my head to it. Fun, tight platformer, even better with co-op! theres also hats! lots and lots of hats!
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
This game is, to put it simple: Hilarious.

The story is told by Stamper, if anyone knows him, a guy with a great narrator voice as shown in the game. During the game he will pretty much tell you what is going on and what you shouldn't do: Dieing mostly.
In cutscenes he will progress the story and tell you all kinds of things in a fun fashion.

The gameplay is nothing that spectaculair but still really good. It's a puzzle platformer as much as it can be a platformer. In 2D, you will run, jump, ride and slide across blocks of various elements, collecting gems to open the exit. The difficulty progression is steady and with the amount of levels, the final ones will/can be really frustrating but certainly do-able.

The music is happy and upbeat as the game itself and with the great visual style, jokes and voice-acting, I believe this is certainly a game looking into.
Additionally, it has multiplayer, so you can even go nuts with your friends in existing or self-made levels!
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59 of 93 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
HILARIOUS ADDICTING PLATFORMER

If you enjoy platformers, are immature, enjoy the occasional poop joke this game is definitley for you!
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
The story is that you get betrayed by your best friend and evil cats force you to do lots of dangerous and unpredictable parkour.
Overall a challenging game with lots of content that'll keep you playing and an amazing soundtrack
You can make your own maps and share them with others although theres a lack of people on the workshop for this game
Gameplay 8/10
Story 9/10
Graphics 9/10
Soundtrack 10/10
Narrator 11/10
I recommend a controller if you buy this game
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56 of 90 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Better lovestory than Twilight.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
A game as well known for its down-right great farcical comedy as it is for killing your friend(s) for the benefit of your own. 10/10 friends will die.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
BattleBlock Theater made its debut in 2013, where it was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Finally coming to the PC in 2014, nothing has really been added to the core formula. However, the presentation is still wacky and irreverent; the platforming remains fun, and the level-editor is just as approachable as ever. Combine this with Steam Workshop integration, and you have a cute platformer that will keep you and your friends entertained for quite sometime.

Hatty Hattington, glorious leader and “best friend to one and all”, leads a crew of mates with humourously-shaped heads aboard the SS Friendship. That’s right - a ship, filled with friends. Friendship. Even after this very first, very blunt joke, it becomes almost unsurprisingly obvious that Castle Crashers masterminds The Behemoth are behind 2D puzzle-platformer BattleBlock Theatre, as they serve up some familiar slapstick-♥♥♥-tongue-in-cheek banter the way they know best: via garish and whimsical characters, button bashing brilliance, and diarrhea-infused humour.

After a tumultuous voyage across the ocean, the SS Friendship runs aground on a mysterious uncharted island run by evil cats. Brought to life by the amazing narration of Will Stamper, we learn that the peninsula is controlled by a colony of nasty prison-keeping cats, hellbent on abducting the ship’s remaining crew, and pitting them against a series of twisted challenges for their amusement within a makeshift theatre. Placing their trust in Hatty to save the day, the crew are amazed to discover he has flipped allegiances, but do become inherently suspicious of the evil-looking, yet entirely stylish, glowing red tophat he has forcibly acquired since crash landing on the island.
This rather bizarre setup paves way for the hundreds of levels, which make up the majority of the game. The theater motif finds its way into the game’s layout as well; worlds (which are referred to as acts) are composed of nine or so individual levels (stages), and each world ends with a ‘finale’ level. Each level plays out on a theater stage, with catlike silhouettes creeping in the foreground, standing in for a ‘virtual’ audience. It’s all window dressing, sure, but this attention to detail and unwavering dedication to keep the player engaged is what makes BattleBlock Theater stand out from the rest of the platforming pack.

It’s ironic given how creative the setup is that the actual gameplay is simple, but what BattleBlock Theater might lack in novel mechanics and flashy gameplay is made up for with tight controls and excellent level design. Every level is laid out on what is essentially a grid, with various block types making up the floors and walls you maneuver your little avatar on. Some blocks might launch the character into the air or explode after a second or two, while others allow them to climb up or slide down walls. It’s actually quite impressive how much level variety the developers have managed to curate with a fairly limited set of tools, but the game’s nuance and depth becomes more apparent the deeper into the campaign you get.

A mere triplicate of gems are required to unlock the exit in each level, but there tends to be a minimum of six in the stage. Plus a roll of yarn, which can be traded with corrupt feline guards in exchange for special weapons. These are handy for dispensing with roaming enemies that lurk in certain portions of some stages, but some also have additional uses like the gun which fires a sticky pellet that can provide you with an additional, temporary platform. One of the PC version’s tweaks is the ability to carry a pair of these weapons and switch between them.

If you want to get the elusive A+ grade and all of Stamper’s praise, it’s also necessary to finish each stage within a time limit. Early on, this happens practically by default, but (if you’re anything like me) you’ll quite rapidly turn into the school kid who knows he’s smart but feels like just coasting along on A’s and the occasional B rather than putting in the extra effort. If you’ve got the supple reflexes necessary for completing all of the Encore stages with an A+, then I salute you. If you can do it on Insane Mode (which removes all checkpoints, meaning any death returns you to the start of a stage) then you may very well be a witch of some kind.

Your incentive for hunting down more gems is that they can be exchanged for one of BattleBlock Theater’s hundreds of prisoner heads. The heads come in all shapes and forms, so if you hoard enough gems the start of every level can be an identity crisis of your own making.

BattleBlock Theater wouldn’t feel right if you weren’t able to tackle the game with a friend by your side, and The Behemoth hasn’t forgotten its Castle Crashers roots. Playing the campaign solo works perfectly fine, but BattleBlock was designed with co-op in mind, and it shows. There’s a great sense of urgency and pressure when playing co-op; not only will you have to work together in order to succeed, but collecting every gem and beating par times will require excellent teamwork.

There's good fun to be had in competition, too. Up to four players can duke it out in a handful of match types, both in free-for-all or in teams. Standard modes like King of the Hill and a basic challenge mode (essentially time attack) are rounded out with more creative ones, such as ‘Horse’, which tasks you with stealing the opposing team’s horses and riding them back to your own goal. Another favourite of mine was ‘Ball Game’, which is BattleBlock’s minimalist take on basketball. The multiplayer mode is complemented by robust matchmaking options, allowing you to play both online and off, with playlist modes mixing different multiplayer modes into one, well, playlist. To cap things off, there’s a robust level editor at your disposal, which provides you with the exact same toolset that The Behemoth used. Since each level and arena was designed with the same set of block types, it’s remarkably easy to break down your favourite layouts and incorporate them into your own custom design.

In essence, BattleBlock Theatre is not without its frustrating moments, but such is the nature of all puzzle platformers. Any negatives noted here exist, but are slight and surely nothing more than minor blips in what is a very rewarding, very well presented, and very enjoyable and hilariously funny puzzle platformer. As the landscape of these types of games becomes increasingly bigger, it’s nice to see a game strive so hard for innovation. And in doing so can make the player feel like the cat who got the cream. Perhaps I should leave the jokes to The Behemoth experts....

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