Lethal League is a competitive projectile fighting game where you have to hit an anti-gravity ball into the face of your opponent to win. The ball speeds up with every strike, up to explosively extreme velocities. Play intense local matches with friends and foes, challenge yourself in the singleplayer mode or battle it out online.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,944 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 27, 2014

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"I'd describe it as Battle Pong. Principles of fighting games melded with a tennis-like mechanic. Only worthwhile in multiplayer but great fun."
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May 21

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May 4

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Reviews

“Team Reptile really hit it out of the park with this one.”
9/10 – Destructoid

“You'll get tons of fun, with this addictive arcade style game.”
9/10 – IGN Italy

“it's a hell of a lot of fun.”
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About This Game

Lethal League is a competitive projectile fighting game where you have to hit an anti-gravity ball into the face of your opponent to win. The ball speeds up with every strike, up to explosively extreme velocities. Play intense local matches with friends and foes, challenge yourself in the singleplayer mode or battle it out online.

Key Features

  • Up to 4 players:
    Play locally AND online with up to 4 players in free-for-all and team modes.
  • High performance online GGPO multiplayer:
    In the online mode, invite friends for a Private Match or head into a Quick Match. Using the proven GGPO technology, the high speed nature of Lethal League translates seamlessly to online play and provides a way to tweak your online experience.
  • Easy to pick up, hard to master gameplay:
    Start off simply hitting the ball faster and faster. Improve by learning how to use Smashing, Bunting, Parrying and Special Abilities to your advantage.
  • Street-styled characters:
    From the mad Candyman to the cyborg crocodile Latch, every character has their own unique play-style and abilities.
  • Singleplayer challenge mode:
    Step up to the plate by yourself and beat a series of opponents arcade-style to reach the beat-blasting bossfight.
  • Banging beats:
    A Big-beat, Hip-Hop and House soundtrack featuring the likes of Grillo, Bignic, Dr. Lazer and more.
  • No weak shit.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or equivalent - 1.5 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce FX, 6x00, 7x00, 8x00, 9x00 and GTX 2x0 and newer. ATI Radeon 9x00, Xx00, X1x00, HD2x00 and HD3x00 series and newer. Intel® HD Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Videocard must support GLSL to run the game. Be sure to use updated video drivers.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or equivalent - 2.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce FX, 6x00, 7x00, 8x00, 9x00 and GTX 2x0 and newer. ATI Radeon 9x00, Xx00, X1x00, HD2x00 and HD3x00 series and newer. Intel® HD Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Videocard must support GLSL to run the game. Be sure to use updated video drivers.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mavericks (OSX 10.9.X)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or equivalent - 2.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce FX, 6x00, 7x00, 8x00, 9x00 and GTX 2x0 and newer. ATI Radeon 9x00, Xx00, X1x00, HD2x00 and HD3x00 series and newer. Intel® HD Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Videocard must support GLSL to run the game. Be sure to use updated video drivers.
Helpful customer reviews
359 of 377 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
"Let's make a 2D game that's like tennis with dodgeball, and every time you hit the ball it gets faster"
"Cool, but what's the speed cap?"
*laughs*
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117 of 139 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
460.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
I play Switch, get yelled for using his special.
I play Candy, get yelled at for using his special too well.
I play Latch, I get yelled at for joining the Latch army.

I love this game
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Lethal League is a 2D fighting game, but unlike traditional fighting games you don’t use fists or kicks or any kind of combat moves. You pick a character and hit an anti-gravity ball against your opponents to beat them, the ball speeds up and bounces harder off the walls with every hit it takes, reaching unbelievably fast speeds - particularly when one charges the hit. All this makes it hard to avoid the ball and also hard to hit the ball. Each player has a certain amount of lives per round and lose them by getting hit with the ball. Once all your lives run out you’re done, and the round ends when there’s only one player left in the game.


Pros:
++++ The game is good fast-paced fun, the latency is very comfortable.
+++ The audio and visual aspects are very befitting of each other, especially the effects and art style.
+++ Music is awesome, fits perfectly with the battle atmosphere.
++++ Hitting the ball feels solid, firm – making for immersive projectile battles.
++ Different modes: FFA, TEAM DEATHMATCH
+++ Different characters make for different moves/special moves.
+++++ ”No weak ♥♥♥♥.”


Bittersweet:
-/+ Gameplay is easy to learn but hard to get good at, practice makes perfect and provides hours of fun.
-/+ Speed cap for the ball is ridiculously high, might as well be infinite which makes for difficult but impressive moments.
-/+ Limited player choice, however they are very stylish and have different colour schemes.
-/+ Player base has cool people, but it’s not very big.


Cons:
-Not really anything negative about the game, if I had to name something it would be the lack of characters and small community.



Final Opinion:
All in all this game is addictive, exhilarating and a massive amount of fun. It’s as if Super Smash Bros, Pong, and whichever traditional 2D fighting game you can think of had a baby. Easy to pick up, hard to master. Art style, music and gameplay go perfectly well together for an amazing fighting experience.
No compensation was recieved for this review.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
This is the reason why we learned Algrebra and Slope back in 9th grade
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Two people slap balls until one can't slap em' no mo
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34 of 44 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Made me get the Peppermint-Tea out. Made me love friends. 10/10
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
ball is life
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Made me get the alcohol out. Made me hate friends. 10/10
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
My friend hit the ball so hard it broke the fabric of reality...and my face.

10/10
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Fast-paced non-traditional fighting game that relies less on player execution and more on getting into the head of your opponent. One of the freshest takes on the genre I've seen in years. Fantastic fun in both 1v1 and 4-player free-for-all.

It offered some of the most competitive moments this year, and is easily one of the best games of 2014.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Lethal League: Tennis meets dodgeball using a perpetually accelerating baseball inside of a box starring a wall-climbing, ball-spitting Cyborg Crocodile, a blue-haired Shot Girl wielding a boombox sledgehammer, a Jet Set High JV baseball player, Skateboarding Techno-Bender with Barrett's arms from FFVII, Willy Wonka on an assortment of Pac-Man pills and Hipster table-tennis Arthur Ashe.

+ Addictive gameplay
+ Local & online free-for-all and team modes with up to 4 players
+ Art style and presentation
+ Single player story modes for each character
+ Controller support
++ Amazing OST
++ Can't say enough about this soundtrack

Perfect choice for a local co-op party game. Recommended for the soundtrack alone, and the game play is just as awesome.

8.5/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
an original fighter with satisfying hits and a dope soundtrack. a great game that i'll never be able to convince my friends to play.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
I WANT LATCH TO EAT MY SHOULDER
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
If you like taking balls to the face, then I highly recommend this game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
501.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Game is fun!

I've seen many call this game "Smash Brothers meets Pong" and that's roughly correct. Lethal League is similar to Smash titles in its ease of access (being pretty simple to understand and play) and its competitive depth. Its similar to Pong in being focused around the ball, the one lethal element of the game. You and your opponent(s) are striving to hit this ball, tagging it to yourself and making it lethal to your opponent until they successfully hit it back (or miss, get hit, and die). The ball will steadily speed up after every hit as long as players remain alive, ramping up the intensity. Continue this until all but one player have lost all their lives, and only the champion remains!

Local and online multiplayer are supported, with 2-4 players. You can play 1v1, FFA, teams, or strikers (similar to soccer) modes. There are a couple different ball types you can try as well to mix things up, along with general options (stock count, time limit, etc.) There is matchmaking, but it's not skill-based (the community isn't large enough to support skill-based matchmaking anyways).

The game is great if you want to just hit buttons and peg your friends with baseballs, and also great if you're looking for something with competitive depth. While the execution barrier is fairly low, you have a lot of freedom of movement/options, and the smarter and more experienced player is still favored to win. Regardless, the game does a great job of hypeing the player up, as hits take progressively longer to complete as the ballspeed increases (giving the feeling of them putting more and more force into the ball), and the screen starts to shake, the background changes, 'impact distortions' occur, all the colors go negative, characters get speed afterimages, and finally the stage goes completely white if you get the ballspeed up enough. Each notch of this progressively makes things more intense, especially the first time you see them!

The only drawbacks to me of this game is the playerbase size and occasional crashes. This game has seen occasional boons in playerbase (usually following sales), but on average there's about 60-100 people playing at a time. Games go fairly quick, and you usually won't be waiting more than a minute in quickmatch queue (at least during peak EU and NA hours), but you may run into the same people multiple times. What you don't have in quantity, though, you do have in quality. There's almost always a few people in the group chat willing to play, and many are experienced players who are welcoming and helpful. The competitive LL community is, overall, one of the best communities I've been in.

The other drawback is a recurring crash that can occur in multiplayer games of more than 2 people. This only occurs maybe once every 6-7 games, but it can get annoying fairly quick. Fortunately, the game loads almost instantly, so getting back in the action is fast. It's annoying but manageable.

I highly suggest you try this game out, especially if you have friends to play it with. $15 may be a bit expensive for some (it was well worth it for me, 450 hours of play and counting), but I would definitely recommend this to anyone at $10 or less.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
This game is a wallball-esque/tennis combat system where you time your swings and kick the ball back to the opponent in hopes to hit him before he has time to respond to the ball. Sounds too simple to be fun, right?

Wrong.

My friend and I bought this game as a bit of a joke but ended up playing it for hours. I had raw fun while playing this, the kind that you experience only rarely in quality indie titles like Hotline Miami, Skullgirls, etc.

With 2-3 different game modes, 6 characters, and 7 maps this game is quite small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in strength. The characters are unique, with mildly entertaining special moves for each of them. The maps each have their own music (The music is surprisingly good in this game). The most interesting aspect of the game is the D-pad+Y shout out. You can taunt, or interact, with your opponent by stating,"Oops", "Wow", "Nice", and "Bring it on". The tricky part of the game is the ball speed. As you paddle back and forth the ball speed will increase and you'll have to be much more instinctive about your response times. I saw an achievement for 1,000,000 ball speed. My friend and I have only gotten to 1,000.

Is it a good game? Yes. Is it worth $10-$14? Not really, but you can always get it on sale.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
forget rust on mw2 this game is where you really settle a 1v1 GETIT!!!!!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
tl;dr -> Ultimate dodgeball - but with objects to hit the ball at your opponents - that can get to Dragon Ball Z-level speeds and ruin friendships forever.

My brother was really interested in this game, so I got it for him - eventually, I got interested enough from watching it to buy a few copies for myself and some friends.

If you like projectile-based fighting, multiplayer frenzies (both local and online), flashy animations and trick shots, and simplistic (but very fleshed-out) gameplay mechanics, then you will enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are very good - the character models are nice, and the level of detail put into the visuals is well-done. The music is set to a single, level-specific track, but the playlist is pretty good and matches the atmosphere of the game. The special effects are fantastic, and the background will even turn completely white once you achieve ball speeds nearing 1 million.

The controls are easy to learn, but mastering them will take a bit of time. The practice is great for getting you familiarized with the gameplay mechanics, and there are many well-written guides available to teach you the advanced techniques. You can play with a controller, and I personally prefer this over the keyboard. The learning curve is moderate to difficult, the most challenging thing being how quickly you can understand the timing mechanic.

The main goal in Lethal League is to hit your opponent with the ball. By default setting, you cannot get hit by the ball if you've hit it last (indicated by the ball's outline matching your assigned color). If a ball is "tagged" with your color, it will pass through you and any allies, however, you can also hit it again. Each time you hit the ball, it's speed will increase and your special gauge will fill up by one bar (to a total of 4). Bunting the ball and hitting it before it touches a surface will fill your special meter by 2 (and serves other purposes). A bunted ball will have a pinkish outline, indicating that it is a "free" ball - anyone can hit it, and it is not hostile to any player until it is hit. When a burst (round) is over, the first player to have been knocked out in the previous round will have possession of the ball, indicated by a matching outline around it. After a few seconds, however, it will lose it's outline, allowing anyone to hit it.

At higher speeds, hitting the ball will cause a hit lag animation, where your character will stay in one spot to charge up, then release the ball. During this time, all other characters can move around to try to position to hit or dodge the ball. There is a mirrored ball-release gauge at the bottom center of the screen, which is a critical tool to use - it will show you how long you have before the ball is released from the hit lag animation. Traditionally, at slow speeds, the gauge will fill up super fast. Bunting is important because a successful hit following one will shorten the ball-release gauge time. The different characters telegraph their moves, so bunting during a long rally (back-and-forth hits) can really help you throw off people's reaction time if they're expecting you to hit a ball immediately back at them.

Each character has a unique special, and many of them allow you to do things like bypass the ball-release gauge time (causing the ball to be released regardless of the gauge status), redirect the ball's trajectory (especially dangerous when people have positioned in an angle to catch the ball), or even curve the ball (super awesome trick shot potential). One character has a special that allows the ball to phase through the map (so instead of bouncing, it will continue through and appear on the opposite side). The characters also differ in playstyle, and you will notice things like quicker hits for some, higher jumps, longer hit range, etc. One character, Sonata, can double jump. Raptor, who cannot double jump and has a fairly short vertical range, compensates for this by being able to wall hang and wall jump. Latch can, well, latch onto the wall, moving up and down freely.

If you and an opponent swing at each other at the same time, you will clash, pushing each other backwards and stun-locking you for a few seconds. This is especially dangerous if you are stun-locked by an opponent who just finished hitting the ball forward because it will instantly hit you. This game really rewards skill and patience - if you just spam the hit/bunt button, you will get hit by the fall often because it takes time for each character to recover from the hit/bunt animation, leaving you vulnerable. You can even do something as face the wrong way, and will meet a sudden (temporary) death.

There is a singleplayer challenge mode you can do, which has the same opponents regardless of which character you pick, and a unique boss match. The game's AI is fairly challenging, and at times seems to randomly turn up to a "destroy all hope in the human opponent" rating. There are other variants to play, like a score attack (versus stock), and a team scoring game where you have to hit a target on the opposite side (you cannot hit each other in this mode).

Overall, the game is extremely fun, and will be enjoyed by people who like projectile-based fighting.

Highly recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
GET IT ON THE FLOOR
GET IT GET IT ON THE FLOOR (WHAT?)
GET IT ON THE FLOOR
GET IT GET IT ON THE FLOOR (WHAT?)
YOU DON'T WANT TO LETHAL LEAGUE THEN YOUR ♥♥♥ GOTTA GO
YOU CAN'T PLAY BALL THEN YOUR ♥♥♥ GOTTA GO
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Black pingpong player beats candy. Every time.

GOTY'14
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