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 (1,156 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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December 18

Update 5: Ordinary Holidays



This update fixes some issues remaining from the previous content update. Plus some small extras. Happy Ordinary Holidays!

Changelog:

*Fixed the actual input frame delay ignoring the input delay settings
*Fixed UI not coming back after an online game ended
*Fixed crash on starting online game with p1 and p3 without p2
*Fixed an issue with players seemingly staying visible in a lobby after leaving
*Fixed some un-centered text in the post-game screen
*Fixed strikers team points not counting correctly
*Fixed a gravity ball slowdown quirk
*Fixed Sonata’s taunt sprite

+Added spirit


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November 8

Update 4: The 6th



This update adds a new character to the Lethal roster, Dice, the cunning ping pong player. Dice wields an average ping pong paddle with such immense force and control that he’s able to deflect and give a spin to almost anything at any speed.

And there’s more! All characters can now use expressions, like NICE or BRING IT. Added to that is a character unique animation. A new mode has been added called ‘Strikers’, give it a spin by switching the 'Free For All' tab and see what that is all about. Another reason to start ballin' again is the raised XP level, going up to 33 now with new palettes and a special ball as reward.



Another addition is a new stage called ‘State Manufacturing Facility’ which has quite a different size than other stages and includes a brain-damaging track by artist Ishanna. New music can also be found in the menu with another track by Dr. Lazer. Several specific character changes have also happened, be sure to check them all out!


Changelog:

Character changes

+Added a new character, Dice
+All characters can now use expressions with the Express action and a direction
+All characters can now do a express animation
+Sonata can now use her special move backwards
+Raptor can now bunt out of his special
+Raptor can now wallslide
+Added a new aerial down angle for Candyman
+Candyman’s re-candyball now has reduced hitpause
*Candyballs now have a maximum speed
*Candyman now fastfalls slightly faster
-Candyman no longer automatically re-candyballs a candyball from a different team
*Latch’s special can’t be re-aimed at the very last moment anymore and has slightly different timing

Additions
+Raised the maximum level to 33, with new unlockables along the way
+Added Strikers mode, you can toggle Strikers mode by pressing the Free For All team toggle button.
+Added the Gravity Ball as new unlockable ball
+ Added a new stage ‘State Manufacturing Factory’
+ Added a new menu track ‘Turkish Mix’ by Doctor Lazer.
+ Added a new track ‘Error’ by Ishanna for the ’State Manufacturing Factory’ stage

Other changes
*Fixed an issue where infinite point mode would not work for team games.
*Fixed an issue where aborting a game started through versus mode with teams enabled would cause the host of a game to be able to swap team palette colors instead of the regular free for all palettes.
*Fixed an issue with main menu highlighting when using a mouse to navigate.
*Choosing a character for a CPU player now uses the same highlighting scheme as a regular player.
+You can now ready in an online lobby by pressing the start button.
+ You are now be able to change color by pressing a character portrait you have selected again.


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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.”
TotalBiscuit

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

    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.
Helpful customer reviews
320 of 345 people (93%) found this review helpful
445.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
As a projectile fighting game Lethal Leagues core is simple: hit your opponent with a ball to score and ultimately win a match.
You can try a bare bones prototype on reptile games' website to see if you like that concept.
Like many other recent small competitive games this one challenges the player with high risk&reward as a single hit from the ball is a knock out. Although if you or your team hit the ball last it won't harm you.
The intense fun of this game starts to kick in once you've hit the ball back and forth a few times, ever increasing its speed to ridiculously high levels (speedometer at the bottom on the boombox). Normal hits only increase the ball speed by 1, charged hits and smashes however double the speed. With more speed the hit lag will increase, the screen will shake, the background will change, intense visual effects will ripple across the screen and the characters will throw catchy phrases at each other as they hit the ball. Next to jumping and swinging you can also bunt the ball to slightly decrease the speed and carefuly set up your next attack.
The movement mechanics are very solid. You can move right and left as you jump, you can tap for a short hop or hold to jump higher and stay in the air longer as well as press down to fall faster.
The selectable characters two major mechanic differences are their method of gaining height (high jump, wall jump, double jump, wall ride, ...) and their special move, which can be activated with a full special bar (builds up by hitting the ball).

Next to online and local multiplayer with up to 4 people there is also a single player challenge with 10 increasingly difficult stages to beat in sequence and in local multiplayer there are 7 levels of AI difficulty with the highest one still being a challenge even if you are already very good at the game - although not as engaging as a good human player will probably be.

And it's a damn lot of fun.
Raced to the top of my most played game ever list during beta testing.
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225 of 270 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Jet Set Radio & Smash Bros meets Pong
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99 of 106 people (93%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
The online is incredibly good, which is to be expected from GGPO. 4 player games tend to lag/desync a bit, but as long as you are not playing across countries, it handles it well. 1v1 online is nearly perfect from my viewpoint.
Controller support is also good, I have tested 4 different controllers, all of which worked. Only a few required minimal key binding.
Gameplay itself is of the "simple to pick up, hard to master" variety. Great for local party/competitive play. Its fast paced, and has a lot of "epic moments" for all your friends to hype about.
Not much content to be honest, though the game is obviously about multiplayer, and they do have a few modifiers to change things up. But this is an important note, if you don't have good internet/local friends, do not get this game. Though I doubt anyone reading this falls under this category.

I personally like the art style, I have heard a lot of people complain about graphics. I don't really need to review this though, if it looks ugly in the screenshots, you will find it ugly in game.
Boss soundtrack, as in GOOD electronic music, not try hard dubstep.

If my review seems badly written, it is because I am not a writer. But you can trust me on this, Lethal League is amazing for what it is, and is definitly worth the asking price. Anyone who is shying away because it is "too simple", there is a lot of depth/mind games to be had in hitting a ball back and forth(as silly as that sounds). Is it another Nidhogg? No. Another Divekick? ehhh, maybe, depends on whether you hated Divekick for its gameplay or for other reasons. To me, this seems like a similar concept to Divekick, though better polished, different gameplay mechanic that is more hype because of its faster/more deep nature, and a better presentation. This game is definitly better than Divekick, but still holds the similar concept of simple but hard to master.

In the end, yes, I do recommend this game. This game will entertain you and your friends for a long time.

If I have not answered your questions/concerns about this game, leave a comment and I will edit the review.

"I am terrible at this game.

10/10 Would noob rage again."
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296 of 391 people (76%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
IT'S JET SET SUPER SMASH PONG.
THERE'S A KID WITH A MASSIVE BASEBALL BAT.
THERE'S A CHICK WITH A BASS HAMMER.
THERE'S A ROBOT WITH A SKATEBOARD.
THERE'S A CROCODILE WITH HEADPHONES.
THERE'S A WALMART MASCOT PACMAN WITH CLASS.
NEED I SAY MORE?
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70 of 76 people (92%) found this review helpful
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
It's like if Jet Set Radio and Smash Bros had drunken sex at a party and gave birth to Babe Ruth.
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196 of 272 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
WHEN THIS BABY HITS 1000KMH, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOME SERIOUS ♥♥♥♥
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
197.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
As a big fan of local multiplayer games, I originally got this thinking it'd be a fun couple hours of casual fighting with a group of friends. While it was certainly that, I never expected to get so deep into (what I deemed as) a "party game."

The online community is fantastically rich- Just hop in the group chat, and you're bound to find a match with someone of whatever skill you're looking for, or someone to help practice a specific tactic, or just some casual FFA fun. There are tournaments hosted every weekend, and virtually everyone in the community is a blast to talk to.

But the game itself has a depth I have never seen before- I have over 100 hours logged of high-skill matches and tournaments, and I am still finding new strategies and mechanics to use. My current repertoire is even missing two mechanics that I know, and with those two, there are plenty of uses I haven't even thought of.

The depth is incredible. The community is great. The style is fantastic, and the play is like nothing I've seen before. Buy the game- You won't be disappointed.
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63 of 78 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
9/10

Pros:
-Balls
-Lots of balls
-Lots of fast balls
-Lots of very fast balls
-Lots of very fast dangerous balls
-Lots of very fast dangerously fearing balls

Cons:
-Needs more balls






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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This game takes the old school two-button skill games and gives it a flavor like no other. It's like being put in a racquetball room with dodgeball rules. The ball can get to ludicrous speeds! But if there is any lag at all whatsoever, it will be difficult to achieve.

There's a baller OST (not many songs though), a nice variety of stages, mostly aesthetic, but still provide a variety in size and significant difference with candyman's special--and a handful of characters with subtle but important differences in their traits.

I highly recommend this game as it is online play, amazing with friends and absurdly addicting for such short matches!

I hope there will be a way to chat with opponents in the game, at LEAST in the lobby. You can not communicate to them not to start a match because you are waiting for more people or if you want them to ready up for the game.

9/10
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
This game is the perfect example of how you simplify a fighting game to its roots while maintaining all the depth and metagame intact.

Lethal League is a 3 button game (Hit, jump, stall/counter) where your goal is to hit your opponent with a ball, the ball builds speed with each hit and you have to be in the proper position to hit it back to your opponent while trying to not get hit by it.

There's a limited roster of characters but all of them are very unique, no character plays exactly the same which makes every matchup very fun.

This game also has a superb sountrack and an amazing netcode (GGPO) with up to 4 player online multiplayer.

This is one of the most fun games i've played in a really long time, however there is a huge con to all of this, the game's asking price is $13.99 USD...

Sure, that isn't much, right? it's the price of "X" or "Y" so it's not a big deal yadda yadda. However the game is truly lacking on the SP content, there's only a mode where you play against the CPU and a pretty barebones "Challenge mode" (Arcade mode) so there really isn't much outside of playing it against other people and even thought that's the main point of fighting games there's so many other games (Skullgirls, KOF) that at least cover a bare minimum of a Story Mode and a proper Arcade mode while also having very good tutorials (Skullgirls) and really good challenge modes (KOF Trials) both which have been in multiple sales for less than half the price of this game.

The game is virtually dead on arrival, very much like Divekick (Even though Lethal League is incredibly better on every single aspect). It's almost impossible to find an online match because no one really is playing it and the price tag does not help the situation and it's a HUGE shame, because this could've been a smash hit that everyone would be talking about.

Bottom line, this is one of the best fighting games you could ever play if you're either a veteran or a beginner, but i can't recommend this to everybody because the current price tag is not really justified, wait for a sale and buy it, maybe then more people will be playing it after they discover how amazing this game is.
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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
PROS
+Amazing Gameplay
+Outstanding Music
+Can get really tense at high ball speeds.
+Immersive Ball Hitting. (It feels REALLY good hitting the ball at higher speeds.)

CONS
-Lack of Characters
-Needs a bigger playerbase
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Frenetic, fun, and surprisingly challenging for what it is. It's like Pong meets Street Fighter, and it's totally worth your money. Arcade mode doesn't go easy on you, and online works flawlessly.
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44 of 62 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
10/10 No weak sh*t.

Ok let me start talking seriously here, it's you vs a bot or a local friend, or an online person. there's a ball you can hit and by doing so the ball will change to your color and it won't hit/hurt you, on the other hand it will hit and take out your opponent if he/she doesn't hit the ball back at you. Every time you hit the ball it will increase it's speed/velocity, and hitting it in a certain way doubles the speed, so it will become more and more challenging and hard to hit the ball.

Also, this deserves a notice of its own, the online playing is amazingly smooth, just fantastic. Hard to notice any lag.

Personally, I'm loving the game, and i think it's well worth it, but it's basically match after match playing against 1 to 3 other opponents. there is a ladder challenge single player mode which will get harder and harder the more levels you finish, with some changes like going against a huge boss character, or the ball being huge. That's what's in the game, and if you think that's not enough to make you jump and get the game, then wait for a sale, but if you want to go by my opinion, i think it's well worth it for the fun and challenging experience you will get from it.

More info here
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48 of 69 people (70%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
a hipster crocodile, the scout from tf2, cartoon willy wonka, bender, and an amazon woman walk into a bar...
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
There are many games which have multiplayer mode and only a number of them ends up as global hits which are played by lots of players and in which connection issues are rarity or aren't issues at all. While this game isn't this kind of title yet, I need to say this game is a little gem which should shine really bright in near future. But let's start from the beginning.

Lethal League is a game where your main goal is to control ball and hit it as hard as possible to hurt your opponents and knock them down, while also using unique techniques limited to each of playable characters. Sounds simple, right ? But I assure you it's not that easy, especially when the movement with which ball move after few hits may reach RIDICULOUS speed and hitting the ball itself (or counter it by pressing X which is a kind of a block which stops the movement of it) may be a really tough challenge. This game will test your dexterity, reaction time and timing, which are really crucial here. So in other words I would call this title easy to learn (it's literally jump, hit and block buttons), but hard to fully master.

Graphics are as simple as in screenshots, but I need to say they are still estethic and look nice with bright colors mixed in (I also like in overall the style game brings with interesting characters). And I need to mention one more thing, which is really, REALLY crucial - music. My gosh, music in this one is one of the best things I heard in gaming history. Electronic climates created by really talented artists like Grillo, zeroSCAR or Klaus Veen fits the climate of the game perfectly, while being perfectly well made. I would say music alone in this game make this game worth to purchase, it's THAT good.

To sum it up game is really well made flash-like game with incredible competitive potential. Game basics are simple to learn, but this game has this crucial element, which make it fun, challenging and mostly work like some sort of a drug, which forces you to play it as much as you can. I give it 9,5/10 as I feel 5 characters is kind of a small numbers of possible options if you ask me. But I assure you - this one will become one of the best gaming hits ever. At least it has great potential to become one.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I don't have the time to dedicate to true fighting games like Street Fighter, but I love the genre nonetheless. I truly appreciate games like Nidhogg, Divekick, and now Lethal League for providing those same tense moments with simpler movesets.

If you're a fighting game fan, give this a chance.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
super smash brothers combined with pong, combined with that movie where if the bus goes under 50 miles an hour it explodes
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
93.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
As a wise man once said, its "If Super smash bros. and Mario tennis had a baby, and the baby was raised by european DJs obssessed with baseball." It's great.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
The hype levels for this game are so high, you don't even know.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
This is by far the best "casual" fighter in the market. Excellent sense of depth hidden in simple mechanics. When you start out it seems fairly simple like the prototype, but the bunts, supers, and character movement really make the game engaging as time goes on.
For example Sonata feels extremely weak early on because of her slow hitting motion and jumps. These are offset by the best early super which is you can get easily while staying high in the air and getting free hits in. Candyman's strengths are obvious with his portal super grabbing easy games off of weaker players but tends to not be as powerful as players get better. Raptor has solid movement and has one of the best late game supers by (fully?) removing the hit stop animation making it sometimes impossible to hit back. Switch seems to be a mid game character with fast movement and his super which redirects the ball. His super has some good potential to net kills fast but becomes much harder to use later in the game. Latch is an all game character with the most broken super which can almost always guarantee kills after 128 speed.
The only problem is the online which suffers from is lack of players for non-American/European people. The entire time spent writing this review I have been sitting in queue and still haven't found a game. If you don't have local friends to play with or a tournament scene for this you might not have the best time with this game.
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