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Play as the daemon-hunter Baron Dashforth in a side-scrolling co-op brawler set entirely on the grand spectacle of a theatre stage that rewards performance over pummeling. Perform shattering takedowns and reversals!
Release Date: Sep 18, 2013
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Reviews

“The best beat 'em up since Castle Crashers.”
Northernlion

“...one of the most charming action games of the year...”
9/10 – Gaming Nexus

“One hell of a performance.”
8.1/10 – IGN

About the Game

Play as the daemon-hunter Baron Dashforth in a side-scrolling co-op brawler set entirely on the grand spectacle of a theatre stage that rewards performance over pummeling. Perform shattering takedowns and reversals! Electrify the audience with devastating linked attacks as you have a friend join as sidekick Scampwick and use every stage-trick you know to bring the house down! Play out the most spectacular moments of the Baron’s life; improbable beasts, astonishing villainy and, at the heart of it all, the mysterious Foul Play!

Supporting Cast


  • 22 Incredible Acts: From the deserts of Cairo to the depths of Atlantis
  • Over 50 hideous enemies drawn from the Baron's recollections
  • Learn 12 Electrifying stage-tricks to bring the house down
  • Have a friend join as sidekick Scampwick in Local & Online Co-op modes
  • Beautifully animated scene changes re-create the Baron's adventure
  • Never before seen 'Daemon Diary' charts the discovery of Daemonology

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP with SP3, Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 3GHz Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 / ATI Radeon X600 w/ 256 MB
    • Additional Notes: Wired Xbox 360 Gamepad Recommended

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Duel Core Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Additional Notes: Wired Xbox 360 Gamepad Recommended

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 3GHz Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 / ATI Radeon X600 w/ 256 MB
    • Additional Notes: Wired Xbox 360 Gamepad Recommended
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
368 products in account
20 reviews
1.9 hrs on record
Foul Play.

Let me tell you here and now, there's nothing foul about this title. In fact, it strenghtens my love for indie developers more than big publishers, developers, whatever. Devolver does it again. After Shadow Warrior being recommended by quite a few people and Serious Sam 3, which despite its flaws did provide me with quite some good entertainment, I got my hands on Foul Play.

What I love about indie games is the fact that from time to time you get a game that may look like something familiar but then it throws a twist and after just a few minutes of game time you realize that there's nothing quite like it.
On with the first impression shall we?

Gameplay wise, despite it obviously being built with a controller in mind, keyboard works quite well. The controls are responsive and you really don't feel at a loss. That being said I don't doubt it's better with a controller.

The game is presented as a standard side-scrolling brawler with combos, unlockables, skills, perks in the form of charms and so on. Nothing special about that you would think but you would be wrong.

The art style is what sets it apart from any other game out there. The whole story unravels on stage. And no, I'm not kidding. You and your partner, the game featuring 2 player coop, are actors reenacting a story from a journal that you get to unlock page by page as the story progresses. As such, you always see the spectators, sometimes with a special request, the background scenery being changed and from time to time you catch the actors off-guard or even the janitor at his best.

The point of each performance is to get the highest score by getting big combos, doing the above-mentioned special requests and of course by not getting hit. What's more interesting is the fact that you can't die. All you have to worry about is the quality of your performance, trying to fill the always present meter and amaze the crowd allowing you to do even more impressive stunts as a reward.
I hate to finish in a negative manner but I do have some cons to point out. First off, the graphics settings are not there. That I didn't find too bad but, the game doesn't feature 16:10 resolutions. The second and last con would be the fact that the game being created with a controller in mind, all the instructions for let's say combos and controls are only pointed out for the controller even if you are using a keyboard. It's not big of a deal since the game uses 10-12 keys including WASD but a con is a con.

At the end of this, the verdict would be a 9/10 the above mentioned not being able to affect my experience with the game so far in a such a manner that it fails to provide what you would expect from it. My advice? If you're into old-school sidescrolling brawlers bought into the 21st century this is a must. You could do far worse with 14.99,you could get Call of Duty: Ghosts...
Posted: November 9th, 2013
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
338 products in account
12 reviews
7.7 hrs on record
Quirky humor, unique game mechanics, and an original theme- What else could you ask for? The girlfriend and I play this Local Co-Op helped out by full controller support! We have a lot of fun doing our own voice acting for the scenes, really getting in to the spirit of the theme and experiencing it all play out. Fantastic fun game, buy it! (Oh, did I mention I did this all under Linux? :D )
Posted: November 3rd, 2013
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41 of 67 people (61%) found this review helpful
506 products in account
1 review
1.5 hrs on record
The brawler genre, simple as it may be, is one of my very favorites -- I include Scott Pilgrim and Castle Crashers when discussing my favorites games. So, I was predictably excited to pick up Foul Play upon its release. The art style looks fantastic and the presentation (while gimmicky at first) is fresh and creative.

Unfortunately, the gameplay is pretty shallow. Granted, the brawler genre is not known for its depth of gameplay, but, after running through the first few levels, I can legitimately say that simply mashing buttons is a viable, if not more effective strategy to defeating enemies. While it's amusing enough to try to string together juggles and combos, knowing that I could be blindly smashing keys to accomplish the very same thing diminishes any sense of reward or accomplishment I could have attained.

I really wanted to like this game; it's cool looking, kitchsy, and charming. Ultimately, though, I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Maybe when it drops to around $2.50, it might be worth purchasing. At the time of writing, however, it's sitting at $7.49 during the 2013 Winter Sale. So, this brawler fan must give Foul Play a thumbs down.
Posted: December 22nd, 2013
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
267 products in account
12 reviews
3.7 hrs on record
A quick, fun, beat-em-up game that focuses on combos and performance over KO's. I finished it in about 4 hours, which is about perfect, as there isn't much depth to the game and it would have gotten boring if it lasted much longer.
Posted: January 15th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
241 products in account
4 reviews
1.7 hrs on record
Foul Play - side-scrolling co-op brawler game. You will play as the demon-hunter named Baron Dashforth with Scampwick - your old pal! Together, you will need to defeat the villains, gathering various combinations and finding a variety of useful items! In the first minutes of the game I liked its Theatrical Atmosphere. Variety of theatrical scenery, the audience sitting in chairs - I can see it in the theater, but not in the game. Beautiful music, Great humor, Interesting conversations, it's all there in this game.

Gameplay: It is quite interesting and entertaining . The game has many different enemies , interesting and challenging bosses. Over time you will appear different items that can be put on (not more than two) and receive various bonuses . In the game you need to reach a certain number of stars (which depend on the number of points and combo) , there are different goals that make the gameplay - diverse. But for me personally - not enough variety of interactions with objects (for example to throw a barrel) , and also the small customization (change hat, mustache) , because I believe that in these games - the players want to show how they could portray themselves!

Graphics: The game consists of different locations (From the deserts of Cairo to the depths of Atlantis) which, by their different lighting, different type of scenery and so on. Characters in the game perfectly drawn and each of them something unique (they all look very funny) The setting and atmosphere of the game - I really like it!
Music / Sounds: The music in this game is very good, but over time it can get very annoying (you get free when you buy the soundtrack of the game in Steam.) Sound in the game - quite interesting, mostly soundless dialogue (it makes the game more atmospheric)

Theatrical Atmosphere, Beautiful music and Flying Hats - all this you can get in the game Foul Play!
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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