Skullgirls is a fast-paced 2-D fighting game that puts players in control of fierce warriors in an extraordinary Dark Deco world. Featuring all-new game systems which test the skills of veteran fighting game fans while also making the genre enjoyable and accessible to newcomers.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,922 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 22, 2013

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"Good 2d fighter with stylish hand-drawn art and great netcode. Really solid tutorial to, a good entrypoint for learning fighting games."
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October 27

Skullgirls Patch Notes - 10/27

General
- Fade out character select music before a fight instead of just cutting it off. Been wanting to do this for years.
- IPS display in training mode continues to display the previous combo's information until you start a new combo or tag to someone else. Thanks Zidiane.
- Eliza has a voice clip when tagging out to Fukua. Thanks SpaceCadetKeon for pointing out she didn't.

There's some good stuff coming in the Beta, prepare yourselves!

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October 23

Skullgirls Patch Notes - 10/23

General
- Pressing Start on a character's color choice will now pick a random color. Thanks Evilweevle for reminding me that I had this on the list. (Highlight character -> Start -> Start.)
- Double color #21, another IGG backer color. O Trin-i-ty, O Trin-i-ty...

- BUGFIX! Fix an obscure issue where under certain conditions the save file might not have been closed on load, leading to save corruption next time. Also make the game automatically load backup02 if the most recent save is corrupted. Maybe this fixes things, maybe it breaks EVERYONE'S EVERYTHING! Can't make an omelette, etc. Special thanks B E D B O Y S.
- Bugfix: If Teams number of rounds is set to more than 1, the last round will no longer use the darker lifebars that Solos uses for a player's last lifebar. 1v1 still uses it.
- Bugfix: Fortune's Cat Spike is not messed up when facing left, oops. Thanks eescell, you are GREAT!

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Buy Skullgirls and receive access to the separate Skullgirls Beta, so you can help Lab Zero test out future gameplay changes and characters!

Featured DLC

Thanks to the generosity of our Indiegogo backers, FREE Character DLC will be available to all!

In the coming year, we will release the following DLC characters, ALL OF WHICH will be FREE for a LIMITED TIME:

  • Eliza
  • Beowulf
  • Robo-Fortune

Buying now ensures that you get these amazing DLC characters free!

About This Game

Skullgirls is a fast-paced 2-D fighting game that puts players in control of fierce warriors in an extraordinary Dark Deco world. Featuring all-new game systems which test the skills of veteran fighting game fans while also making the genre enjoyable and accessible to newcomers.

Skullgirls is a modern take on classic arcade fighters with a hand-drawn high-definition twist. It’s a one-of-a-kind, action-packed competition complete with awesome combos and an intriguing backstory.

key Features:

  • Classic six-button play gives each character a huge variety of attacks and special moves
  • Variable Tag Battle system allows players to pit different size teams of one, two or three characters against one another
  • Custom Assists let you outfit your team with a huge variety of attacks for nearly endless strategic possibilities
  • A Robust Anti-Infinite Combo system keeps competitive play free of abusive tactics

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Window Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual-core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
70 of 80 people (88%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
PLEASE READ!!!
I'm a Christian mom and I found my son playing this game and was extremely disappointed in him :(((. He was kicking, hitting, and doing all sorts of devilish nonsense. There was even a character with the F-word as her name (Which he was playing as)!

So I did the right thing any normal mother would do. I grounded him and told him why he's not allowed to play Fukua: because she is a ♥♥♥♥ing OP character who needs to be nerfed. Skullgirls is the dankest ♥♥♥♥ ever and he's sitting here being a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ playing bad characters that don't require skill. That little ♥♥♥♥♥ needs to catch up on his combo skills because I own his ♥♥♥ everytime as Filia (The REAL Filia, not that stupid green thing). Please spread this around and do the right thing by teaching your kids to play real Skullgirls that require skill and don't rely on BS. 1 like = 1 prayer.

this is a satire review, im not actually a christian mom. im some nerd who plays vidya gaims
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
173.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Genre - Western Anime 2D Fighting game
I played this on the Xbox 360 and I thought it seemed okay but there was limited characters and a bit too hard and un-rewarding. I have since got it on a Steam Sale and have changed my opinions.
Although I have only played two of the story modes I am very impressed. I put it on sleepwalk difficulty to help with my lack of skill, yes I still lost a few fights near the end! The artwork is nice and each character has a unique story. Two new characters have been added since I got the game and it seems that more will be coming, as there is an active community. There are also achievements to play for and you can compete in a two on two mode. A nice looking unique fighting game, well worth the dosh!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Notable features:
  • Infinite combo prevention system (so combos are more complex and ironically less escapable)
  • Asshats on motorcycles
  • Strong female characters (if you're into that)
  • Sexually suggestive clothing (if you're into that)
  • A whopping eight people to play online with
  • Controller support
  • A boat made entirely out of blood

You may have heard there is glorious anime cleavage in this game. You have not been misinformed. Just go ahead and buy it now if that's what you're here for. I'll be here, making disapproving faces at my computer and pretending you can see me.

I've been told Skullgirls is one of the most technical fighting games to exist. A goodly few of the mechanics were designed in part by fighter champion Mike "Mike Z" Zaimont. As a salty casual who can't beat the tutorial but still makes a ham-fisted attempt at playing anyway, I know I've only scratched the surface of what can be done with this game (a process akin to scratching the surface of the moon). I've seen videos of high-level play, and it is astonishing. So if you're somebody who can decipher the phrase "qc.P+P -> a.HK -> dp" you'll find a lot to love here. If you can't, that's no reason not to buy this game. The combat is fun and engaging even if you can't explain to your friends what's happening in absurdly small acronyms.

Skullgirls has 13 playable characters, each with their own engrossing story modes and unique playstyles (up from 9 in the wake of a devastatingly successful Indiegogo campaign). At least 2 more characters are still on the way. If you grab them fresh out of the oven, they're free, too! But don't burn your hand. Then you won't be able to play Skullgirls, and that would be unfortunate.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
You're women who's beating the living ♥♥♥♥ out of other women...and wearing Skimpy outfits..
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I got owned online.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
To be honest, Skullgirls has really amazing and stylish character designs.
The creative moves and animations are polished and done very well.
Mechanics are easy to learn, fun to achieve with in-depth tutorials.
Play for causal fun or step up to online tournament for advanced challenge.
Skullgirls offers you both entertainment and looks anytime.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Anime girls beating each other up. What's not to love?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I've been beaten senselessly by half the characters on normal or higher.
The boss has wiped the floor with me more times than I can count.
I can barely pull off 15 hit combos while the AI can seamlessly pull off 30-hit comboes ending in a Blockbuster every other attack.

And yet I still keep coming back to this game.
Why, you ask?
Simply because it's the greatest fighter game I've ever played.
You will find yourself playing this game over and over with its easy to learn, difficult to master playstyle, with anything from a ridiculously easy Sleepwalk mode for the starters to a downright nasty Nightmare mode for those who know what they're doing and do it well.
You will fall in love with the playstyles of each and every one of these characters, from Filia, the girl with a fanged monster for hair, to Peacock, the living cartoon character, to Ms. Fortune, the zombie catgirl who can decapitate herself at will, and everyone in between.
You will find yourself in awe at the amazing background scenery and music of every last stage, from Maplecrest's calming "The Lives We Left Behind" to the techno beats of Lab 8's "Paved With Good Intentions" to the rocking jazz of Under the Bridge's "Unfinished Business".
You will laugh at every single one of these characters' lines, from Big Band's constant musical references, to Ms. Fortune's terrible as crud puns, to Valentine's dark nurse humor, and all of the others as well.
And once this is all said and done, you'll agree with me when I say - this is the best 2D fighter that there ever was... and, believe it or not, with two more DLC characters planned for release soon, the ride is only just beginning.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
The word ♥♥♥♥♥ is word filtered as a profanity on the forums and in reviews. That should give you an idea of the online playerbase. lol Scrubs. 10/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Skullgirls is incredible, no doubt the funnest fighting game I've ever played. Every bit of it is fun and absolute eyecandy I don't even have to play it to enjoy it, I just like looking at it because they art style on each character is amazing 10/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
One of the few fighting games where I can manage to play by slapping my ♥♥♥♥ on the keyboard while keeping erect.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Possibly the most fun I've ever had in a fighting game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Skullgirls is a great fighter game. Any small flaws in the game I feel I can forgive since (don't quote me on this) when it launched in beta on steam the company wanted it pulled off of steam and it turned into some kind of battle with suing involved, I didn't follow the story. All I know is that's why you also get a copy of "Skullgirls-Endless Beta" with your copy of the real Skullgirls. That being said this game has an amazing art style, amazing plot *wink wink nudge nudge*, And is a really solid well made fighter game.

BUT before you buy it there are things you need to be aware of. First off, You cannot play this game with a keyboard. You can try but you wont get far. Even with a controller It is still somewhat hard because this game was made to be played with an Arcade Controller (Ik there is a better term, I just have a bad memory.)
Next you need to be aware is if you are going to buy this game you need to put time into it to learn everything. I personally didn't have the patience and fighters are not my favorite type of games. I still like 'em though.

But overall this is a solid, well made game. The gameplay is almost perfect and the art style is very unique. I would give this game a 8.25/10 and recommend anyone who is a experienced in fighting games to buy this game. I would also yell at them about how they're into fighting games yet have never played Skullgirls.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
SkullGrills:
Kawaii Waifu Kombat vs mahvel
gg
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Great fighting game with amazing animation.

Also boobs and butts.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Awesome. One of the best western fighting games out there! 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Skullgirls, where do I begin,
Skullgirls is a very strong fighter, the characters are very original, the levels are remarkable and it becomes even better with friends, I would say Skullgirls would be my favourite fighter of all time, don't get me wrong I love Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat and Tekken, but this game is based on a cartoon style which I love!
As all games do, they have some, just some, minor downfall. For a start most characters are very overpowered, characters like Eilza, Big Band and Filla, it is very hard to fight these characters on mulitplayer and singleplayer if you use an underpowered character, that would be the only downfall to this game otherwise the story is strong with very loveable characters.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Has the best fighting game tutorial controls are awesome and also fanservise :D love it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Its the best fighting game I'v ever encountered.
When you play this game, you can feel the amount of love and work they put in this game.
Great soundtrack, original characters, hand-drawn animations, good fight system, almost weekly patches.
Altough this game lacks the amount of pickable characters, the other games has, they are working on this issue.
I definitely recommend this game for everyone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Mash ALL the buttons!
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