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!
User reviews: Very Positive (294 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 18, 2013

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“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 This 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

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    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
    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
    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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
The game is pretty entertaining for about a half hour but the gameplay is repetitive and boring. Mashing buttons through hordes of similar, week, enemies. While the humor was clever my co-op partner and I didnt pay it any mind and just continued to progress through the boring enemies with the same attacks.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
It crashes at the loading screen even though i reinstalled it many times. Waste of money
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9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Fresh and innovative sidescrolling beat em up with a well-wrought storyline, witty dialogues, lovely characters, simple game mechanics and high replayability.

Oh, and it has two-player coop.

Everyone interested in beat'em ups should definitely try this!

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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This game is just awesome. Amazing hand crafted art, a large variety of combos, and a main character who looks just like the Pringles guy. The game play is fast, intuitive and never really gets boring.

The idea of an on-stage brawler alone is pretty genius, seeing the audiences reaction to your on-screen action is bloody awesome. The game is quite easy since I only actually ran into trouble on the last boss of episode 5, I hadn't "died" before then.

The time it takes to finish is probably just about right for a game of this style, I wasn't getting bored towards the end, I just think that one more episode would of been a bit too much.

I'd definitely recommend anyone stick this one on their wish-list to pick up in the up coming sale.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
My friend persuaded me to play this with him while on skype, with the both of us acting out the story using our poor british accents for hilarious results. Many lols were had, especially with how quirky the game is.

Quite a good game, with how my friend and I played Foul Play made the experience highly entertaining.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Fast, frantic..........a bit on the easy side, but undeniably fun as you mash those combos together. Visuals are pretty without being groundbreaking, and the artwork is decent. The main campaign is short but fair for what you pay, and you always have the replay value of revisiting earlier levels to improve your scores and target missed objectives.

Recommended. 7.5/10
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
All the world's a stage... In this frantic 2-d button-mashing-tastic brawler game with Mr. Pringle and his rogue-like sidekick with a black bandana you go around kick baddies' butts castle crasher style! It can indeed become very repetitive were it not for the clever yet amusing character dialogues/monologues plus ability to deck out your character with special charms unlocked only via challenges presented in most scenes per act. The challenges themselves can be quite difficult to achieve ranging anywhere from as simple as perform a flawless scene to reaching as high as x200 hit combo in a scenario. Charms equippe grant special abilities such as giving you extra combo stacks after a successful parry of enemy attack or increase duration until combo wears off under which you must start accumulating them all over again. Grinding out high combo stack can boost audience mood drastically and also bring you high score multipliers--activating showstopper effect can accelerate this effect and help you reach high stacks faster but cannot be activated too frequently. Efficiency requires timing the activation at favourable windows of opportunity to facilitate earning high combos and score.

Very good game overall if you fancy castle crasher style gameplay, albeit solo most of the time--online multiplayer is dead. Despite the lack of a live online community, you can always grab your trusty fellow sidekick to deliver the performance of a century in local co-op action.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Foul Play...
Right away I need to say that this game is just AMAZING!
The objective of the game is to make the crowd happy, and while doing so you're fighting monsters/actors. Graphics of the game are really good. This game also has an option to play with a controller + co-op. I almost got every achievement available in 7H. Once I finished the game I was actually ready to continue, the lvl system makes it so even if you don't get all the stars in the specified lvl you can go back to and get them all.
Here's my summary of it.

Gameplay - 8/10 (Could have been longer, but still nontheless a good game)
Story - 10/10 (While playing the story after every chapter it leaves you guessing what will be next)
Graphics - 10/10 (For the content it offers it's really amazing)
Controls - 6/10 (Even though it offers controller support, the buttons on the keyboard could have been placed better)

Would I recommend this game? Yes, definitely. All in all I would give this game a 9/10!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Beat em' up game. Who could have known that in old times people enjoyed looking at gentleman punching in the face some weird-looking guys? i didn't but now I know. Also this game suffers on the same problem like Sonic 4 Ep. II. Nobody plays it online. Better get some friend if you prefer coop. Did I say it's very awesome idea of putting fights into a theatre? If not then I'm telling you this! If you like punching people in front of the crew then buy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
When I originally purchased this game it was not high on my list to play, however after finishing the game I know that this game will always have a special place in my heart. The theatrics of this game were perfect, it plays like castle crashers, with a simple combat mechanic that takes some work to master, and once you have figured it out the challenge of a perfect scene becomes something to be pursued and enjoyed. The cheers and encouragements of the crowd encouraging you to preform well, and the comic and playful script always gave me a laugh, from Bearicons to automated messages this game was clever, original and perfect. I look foreword to going back for 100% completion, may the encores last forever! 6/5 should have bought it sooner...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This game's a good pallette cleanser. It's sharp, fun, and a somewhat unique brawler. It's not that challenging (unless you're going for 100% completion, in that case you have your work cut out for you) but still manages to be entertaining without feeling like a drag in the process. Plus you can play with a friend which is always a pleasure if you like that sort of thing, the game's entirely possible with just one person. Unfortunately it just manages to be slightly above average, there's only one real annoying segment in the game with the gargoyles, everything else plays well but doesn't bring home a lot to really brag to your friends about.

If you're looking for a multiplayer brawler with an epic scale and some unpredictablity, Castle Crashers might be more your speed. If you're looking for something a little more dialed back but with more dynamic combos, Foul Play is certainly worth your time and money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
A masterful, and beautifully executed beat-em-up. definately a game i would reccoment to anyone who like steamunk-esque themes, and fluid combat. the game falls down on the actual controls. but you'll be fine if you have an xbox controller. all in all, a very good game and definately worth a purchase.

COMPLETIONISTS NOTE: Bring a freind
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Great game. Great-flowing combat system. An amazing story. Anyone who likes action games MUST buy this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
It's a fun game, especially coop. One thing that irks me though. It's a console port, the move list is explained in controller signs - "A" "X" etc. even if I select keyboard as my primary controller. Other games are intelligent enough to list the moves in "space" "shift" etc.

One major annoyance. In Play 3 game crashed to desktop and after I restarted it all my progress was wiped. I had to start from the very beginning. Very very annoying. Otherwise it's very funny and fun game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I wanted to like the game, as it looked unique and fun but still seemed to have that brawly aspect of so many games I love. However, the game is both tedious and shallow. As someone else said, you can just spam mash buttons and do just fine, and there really isn't a level above that. It looks cool, but thats all it has going for it.
The tediousness comes in when you're getting a combo and an enemy randomly moves a pixel too far, and the combo drops from about 1 second of inactivity. Pretty irritating. The last of the game's issues that I noticed are that it thinks that 'difficult' means spamming even more enemies. Perhaps I treasure difficulty too much in games, but I think you should actually be able to die in a fighting game. The mechanic of pleasing the crowd is cute, but it also acts as your health bar in a way—which would be fine if you didn't have a near-constant free super-please steroid.
It'd be nice if there was more variety of enemies and gameplay in the acts. In what I played, it was very repetetive.

The game is 1-dimensional and its not even a good one.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I didn't "die" this entire game except once and that was on purpose to see if it was even possible. The only thing that makes this game difficult is completing the optional challenges but getting through the main game itself is a breeze that only requires mindless button mashing to complete. I tried to play this game with another person but they got bored really quick, so I ended up playing it on my own.

On the plus side the graphics and animations are great.

But Castle Crashers is way better than this.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
A beat-em-up with 0 powerups. Who knew power-ups were so vital to switch up gameplay? Gets boring due to the repetitive gameplay.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
OH MY GOD... THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
like a sir fight a bear-raged-unicorn who spits rainbow at you. i am suitably in awe. defeat Bearicorn to prove you're no fancy man.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This game is set up for Xbox 360. If you use keyboard controls they suck, and it takes forever to customize them because you have to hit enter before everything. If I had known the hassle I would be getting from just the controls I would not have purchased. I quit with less than 5 minutes "played", so I reopened the game and walked away just to write this review. Games designed for consoles really should be labeled so people know.
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