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 (14,847 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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December 22

BattleBlock Theater Steam Update 1.2



Happy Monday, Everyone!

Today, we're excited to bring you an update with a couple big changes in BattleBlock Theater. One of the additions could potentially affect over 143 million people -- according to the 2013 census of the Russian population. (Or even more since we're not accounting for those people who are learning or have learned the language living outside of the country!) Here's what we're looking at in BattleBlock Theater Update 1.2:

  • Russian Language Support

    We've been working on this for a while now and thank our Russian fans for their patience and continuous support. Еще раз большое спасибо за вашу поддержку!

  • Update to the Online Menu UI

    This will improve searching and viewing different types of available online games.

  • Minor bugs fixes

We will continue working on ways to improve the game and we are grateful for your support & understanding. If you experience any unexpected issues after this update, please feel free to let us know in the forums or in a support ticket that you can create here: http://www.thebehemoth.com/support/ticket

Thanks again and happy holidays!

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December 11

Behemoth-Made Battleblock Theater Monster Playlists

http://youtu.be/QB-0oRS1S6I
Available on Furbottom's Features starting 12/12/2014

Our Level Design team has concocted content for your consumption. When we were developing BattleBlock Theater, we built the level editor into the game not only for the community, but for occasions like these to continue creating official playlists by us and sharing them with our fans for free.

This holiday season, download the monstrously packed solo and cooperative playlists made by The Behemoth. Steam players can play it for the first time ever!!

We're highlighting it in Furbottom's Features so that you can download the Momentum Monster and CoMentum Monster for FREE in BattleBlock Theater. Yes, official Behemoth-made content created just for you!

Load up your full version of BBT between 12/12/2014 and 1/9/2015 to download the playlist from Furbottom's Features. Complete either playlist between that time to get the special prisoner unlock: THE MONSTER.

Starting 1/9/2015, the playlist will be found in the Community Theater and the prisoner will no longer be attached to the completion of those levels.

Learn more about how to use the level editor to create your own levels that could be future featured! Check out our forums for all the tips:

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**Please note that all cats in this video were not harmed. Also, cats in this video are from the XBLA version of the game. Sorry for any confusion. Both versions of our felines are lovable though!**

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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!

  • 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
298 of 319 people (93%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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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240 of 257 people (93%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
+ 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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107 of 113 people (95%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Once upon a time, in the land of Colorado,
I was very bored, in fact I was just staring at my own shadow.
That was until, my friend named DT,
Said he had found the perfect game for me.

"It's called BattleBlock Theater" he said as if he was the creator
And I replied, "Eh, I'll look at it later."
Soon later came, and I said with a sigh,
"Let's get this over with so I can finish my pie."

After watching the two trailers, my mind was blown!
Buying this game, I shall not postpone.
I clicked the "Buy Game" button on the internet,
and I zoomed through the PayPal process which is actually quite intricate.

I waited for nothing and immediately installed,
An adventure that assured I would soon be enthralled.
Soon enough it was done, and I double-clicked on its name,
Waiting impatiently for my brand new game.

And just like that I was playing away!
Staring deeply into my monitor's display.
I was jumping, punching, and boating through any kind of weather,
And best of all, me and DT were doing it together.

So, I urge you to get out your money,
And pay for this game whose humor is funny.
I promise you, if you buy this you will not be disappoint
As this game is amazing to no defined point.
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118 of 130 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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206 of 254 people (81%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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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211 of 268 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Killed my friends and jumped off their dead bodies to progress 10/10
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128 of 159 people (81%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Mario + LittleBigPlanet + Acid = BattleBlock
10/10
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59 of 63 people (94%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
This games ruins more friendships than Mario party. 23/10
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121 of 159 people (76%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Friend ship simulator.
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59 of 68 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
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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71 of 89 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
The only time I've ever really tried to get an A+...sad really.
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
BattleBlock Theater is an updated port of the XBLA version released on Xbox 360 in early 2013. The "Steam version" (as it likes to call itself) adds a wealth of Steamworks features, possibly the most of any game released so far, as well as a few gameplay and visual tweaks. These Steamworks features include Workshop for creating, sharing and downloading user-created levels, Inventory support for item trading, online multiplayer and SteamOS support just to name a few.

The game comes from The Behemoth, who you may remember as being credited with Alien Hominid (as far as I am aware, the first example of a Newgrounds Flash game making a leap to a commercial gaming console) and more recently with Castle Crashers. Two well-received games under their belt and you’ll be happy to know that you can count BattleBlock Theater as their third.

You control a miniature Pillsbury Doughboy lookalike, who along with his friends have crashed their “Friend-Ship” onto a mysterious island. Taken prisoner by a legion of insane cats inside a derelict theatre, you are made to run the various obstacle courses (formed of various blocks) and collect gems as you go, purely for their amusement.

During the story mode, your goal is to run through 2D platforming stages, collecting any gems and balls of yarn you see as you go. Not only do these collectables contribute to your overall ranking and score for a stage, you can also spend them in the theatre gift shop. Spending gems will free your captive friends (and allow you to play as them) and the yarn, which is usually the trickiest item to find, can be spent on new weapons. Fitting with the crazy theme the game has going for it, weapons range from guns that fire top-hats, to marching frog dancers that explode. Both weapons and unlocked characters can be traded either in-game or through Steam’s own trading system.

Your character comes equipped with the standard platforming skills. They can perform double-jumps, duck and slide to avoid unpleasant things happening to their head and a basic set of melee attacks for the odd occasion where a villainous feline blocks your path.
As you progress, the stages become increasingly difficult and complex. The blocks you run and jump over may help you get from start to finish, but not all of them are helpful. Block with spikes, blocks of water (you can’t swim!) and even blocks that fire lazer beams will become more and more numerous as you advance through the 8 chapters the game offers, with 13 stages in each.
The puzzles also increase in their level of dastardliness, requiring some extra precise jumps, timings for triggering certain switches that can open new paths or create bridges and some time-trial stages where time is certainly not on your side.

The story is narrated by the absolutely wonderful voice of Will Stamper who manages to synergise his unique energy with the quirky and slightly demented theme the game has on display perfectly. Add to this that the majority of the spoken dialogue is exceptionally funny, it works wonders to break up the monotony of what would otherwise be a rather mundane platformer.

The graphics are vivid and colourful, the animations fluid and adorable, capturing The Behemoth’s trademark style that is in itself a thumbs-up to the Flash games of yesteryear. Despite the trailer claiming near infinite FPS and resolution support (made in satire of the “PC master race” mostly), the game is locked to 60FPS and does not scale to non-standard resolutions such as ultra-widescreen displays… I am also guessing you shouldn’t take the “Oculus Rift support” seriously either.
The audio mixes bouncy sound effects with a great soundtrack, with Will Stamper lending his vocals to a couple of the song “lyrics” for added hilarity. These are usually limited to the ends of chapters and bonus stages, so as not to overdo it.

The campaign alone is rather lengthy, but being able to replay stages to get a better ranking, find missing treasures and unlock more goodies really adds to the replayability. To top it all off, there are plenty of great user-created levels to download and a comprehensive level editing suite included, as well as a special event list of downloadable levels released every Friday with a unique unlockable friend as a reward. There are also a heap of multiplayer modes, both competitive and co-op for up to 4 players. These range from classic “king of the hill” and “capture the flag” modes, to races and even basketball. Some fiddling with your firewall may be required to get the multiplayer working, though.

BattleBlock Theater delivers a fantastic package of content that is both highly polished, well-paced and with enough variety to keep you coming back even when the main game is done and dusted. With its delightful audio/visual aesthetic and solid controls on both gamepad and keyboard, this is a platformer that anyone can enjoy.

Pros:
~Great presentation and consistently funny
~Amazing value for the price
~Well-balanced difficulty, suitable for all skill levels
~Incredible number of Steam features supported
~Developers still actively supporting the game

Cons:
~Multiplayer connectivity can be fiddly on certain routers and firewalls
~Can’t rebind controller buttons (can rebind keyboard keys, though)
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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 pad only, Other pads require a tier software :/.)
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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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52 of 73 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
HILARIOUS ADDICTING PLATFORMER

If you enjoy platformers, are immature, enjoy the occasional poop joke this game is definitley for you!
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
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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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
101.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
*unnecessary buckle your pants joke*

Battleblock Theater, a 2D platformer game made by the same guys of Alien Omid and Castle Crashers. The perfect platformer. And let me tell you why.

The art style is perfect, as usually. Way more improved then Castle Crashers one, so a better thing on an awesome thing its a "uber-awesome thing", right? Dan Paladin Ladies and gentlemen.

The controls are superbe: you can totally feel the character in your hand, and you will move it in the way you want it to. Of course, if you don't own a controller, well, that can be a problem, since the keyboard mapping its not much confortable.

The music its glorious: I could stand 5 minute in the title screen just to listen to that sick tunes. Each level haves randomized songs, except the boss section and the finale. Add these songs are great, but sadly you will hear them a lot, so it might get a little annoying after a while.

The narrator is Stamper. If you know his works, there is no need to add anything else about this section. His voice can cure tumors. (But not cancer, for that you need to call Kevan Brighting)

The game itself its just grand; you'll find 8 chapters, each one haves 9 levels and a boss section + 3 encore levels. They go to easy to hard really smoothly and never feels unfair to you. Well, if you don't count ONE encore level.
Yes, I'm talking about the last Encore level. That was probably the most unfair thing I've played in my life. If you're willing to complete it, God helps you. Still, it's an optional level, fortunatly, so it doesen't remove point to the final score.

I really don't know what to say about the story, just because there isn't much to say about it without spoiling it, so I leave you that to find out by yourself.

However, there is a problem with this game: Furbottom's Feature community maps. Each Friday the Devs pick up one community map pack and upload it so the whole community can play it to get a special prisoner-head (decorative misc). So, what's the problem with this you may ask? 50% of the time they seems to just pick a random map pack, giving us some unfair, terrible, painful levels to complete just for complete the heads collection. I really wish they could check first what are they gonna publish before doing it.

Final score: 9.5/10

You can get it for a cheap price pretty much each big steam sales, or just buy it full price, it totally deserves it.
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
两人合作各种有趣,这种游戏真心少,关卡挺有意思的,有的地方要动些脑筋才能过,有的限时赛相当有挑战性,不断死死死死死,然后成功的感觉很不错
推荐这个哦,顺便我还有笑不停包,有需要的说哦,BBT+Castle Crasher
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
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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