Gang Beasts is a silly local multiplayer party game with surly gelatinous characters, brutal mêlée fight sequences, and absurdly hazardous environments. Online multiplayer is supported in the 'unstable' Early Access builds on Steam but is not available in the default Steam Early Access game currently.
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Release Date: Aug 29, 2014

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Why Early Access?

“We are making Gang Beasts available through Steam Early Access to fund development of the full game and build a community that is directly involved in informing and supporting the production of the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We have not set a release date for the full version of Gang Beasts, we plan to make new content, stages, character body shapes and sizes, and game modes for each Early Access release, we will review significant updates and plan for a specific full release date when the number of stages, character types, game modes, character customisations, and other content to be included in the game is finished.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full game will play similarly to the Early Access versions but with a full character customisation system, new stages and environments, additional character body shapes and sizes, a single player and 2 to 4 player co-op story mode (with multistage sub-boss and end boss fights), complex AI enemies, numerous game and tournament modes, and various mini-games to play.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version of the game is a local multiplayer game with limited support for solo play (a full single player and 2 to 4 player co-op story mode is planned), there are 16 playable stages in the current version with support for 2 - 8 player gang fights.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The Early Access price is the same price we plan for the full game (excluding discounts and promotions).”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We want the Early Access community to inform the development of the game, specifically we want to have ongoing dialogues with the community about the game to help us identify and prioritise the key features, content, and modifications that need to be added or made and to make sure Gang Beasts as fun as it can be.”
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Notice: Online multiplayer support for Gang Beasts is in beta testing but is not in the Early Access game currently.

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September 22

Patch notes for the Gang Beasts 0.4.4 “unstable” build

The list of modifications and fixes made in the 0.4.4 "unstable" alpha build are:

  • added infrastructure for VOIP to be enabled in a coming build (when initial testing on the the push to talk system has finished)
  • added the framework for supporting additional multiplayer game modes (some additional work is needed before the first examples of other game modes can be made available for play testing)
  • added server modifications to support cross play between Steam Early Access and Oculus Early Access builds
  • added messaging to the root menu (for contexts when no connection to the central server can be established)
  • fixed an issue with the quick join setting that could potentially make multiple connections to a server (making the loading / interstitial screens hang)
  • modified the quick join setting to address an issue where scenes could load with missing geometry
Online Support on Steam Early Access

Online gameplay in Gang Beasts is currently supported in the "unstable" alpha builds on Steam Early Access (online support will be added to the default Steam builds when the local multiplayer versions of the 'buoy' and 'fans' stages have been restored to the game).

Character Movement and Concussion Times

There are currently a number of discrepancies / issues that make the recent "unstable" builds differently with older builds, we will be working to standardise the control scheme and concussion system in the "unstable" builds soon when online support is added to the default Early Access builds.

Information on switching to / from "stable" and “unstable” branches

To download the ‘unstable’ branch on Steam right-click on the ‘Gang Beasts’ game name on the Steam library page and select 'Properties' from the window that opens, from this window select the 'BETAS' tab and then the 'unstable' option from the dropdown menu (the menu labelled 'Select the beta you would like to opt into:’. To revert back to the last 'stable' branch select 'NONE- Opt out of all beta programs' from the same menu.

For reference switching between 'unstable' and 'stable' branches of the game forces the selected build to download to the Steam client (replacing the previously selected build).

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September 7

Patch notes for the Gang Beasts 0.4.3 “unstable” build

The list of modifications and fixes made in the 0.4.3 "unstable" alpha build are:

  • baked lighting in the ‘elevators’ stage
  • fixed a gaze targeting issue on the character select screen
  • modified Steam IDs to only show when triggered (with the input mapped to show Steam IDs)
  • modified the scrolling implementation in the server browser screen

  • temporarily added a round timeout to end rounds at 5 minutes (we plan to review the timeout implementation / length when stage escalations are fully implemented)

  • temporarily modified the default game logic to a single win per stage (to reduce spectating), we plan to support the previous logic and modified logic concurrently in a coming build
Please note there is no "stable" alpha build release with this post, the next stable release will be published soon (when the 'buoy' and 'fans' stages have been restored to the default local game mode).

Online Support on Steam Early Access

Online gameplay in Gang Beasts is currently supported in the "unstable" alpha builds on Steam Early Access (support for online gameplay in the default Gang Beasts Early Access builds is scheduled for a later stage of development).

Information on switching to / from "stable" and “unstable” branches

To download the ‘unstable’ branch on Steam right-click on the ‘Gang Beasts’ game name on the Steam library page and select 'Properties' from the window that opens, from this window select the 'BETAS' tab and then the 'unstable' option from the dropdown menu (the menu labelled 'Select the beta you would like to opt into:’. To revert back to the last 'stable' branch select 'NONE- Opt out of all beta programs' from the same menu.

For reference switching between 'unstable' and 'stable' branches of the game forces the selected build to download to the Steam client (replacing the previously selected build).

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Reviews

“I once had a persistent pugilist clutching my eyeball as she hung over the edge of a fatal drop, refusing to relinquish the ocular grip and admit defeat.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Gang Beasts is a brilliant, drunken multiplayer brawler.”
Eurogamer

“Gang Beasts – probably the funniest fighting game ever made”
Guardian Online

Online Multiplayer

Online multiplayer is supported in the 'unstable' Early Access builds on Steam but is not available in the default Steam Early Access game currently. ('unstable' builds are accessed by selecting "Unstable - Most recent fixes / content builds" from the BETAS tab of the Gang Beasts game properties in the Steam Client).

About This Game

Gang Beasts is a silly local multiplayer* party game with surly gelatinous characters, brutal mêlée fight sequences, and absurdly hazardous environments.

Watch in horror and amusement as gangs of floppy antagonists grab, push, pull, and shove their enemies from permanently suspended window-cleaning scaffolds, unattended ferris wheels, and commercial haulage trucks.

Gasp with shock and delight at the spectacle of stupidly pugnacious thugs punching, kicking, and throwing their foes into unspecified hazardous machinery, flaming incinerator pits, and the paths of moving trains.

* Support for online multiplayer game modes is in testing in the 'unstable' Steam Early Access builds but is not available in the default Steam Early Access game currently ('unstable' builds are accessed by selecting "Unstable - Most recent fixes / content builds" from the BETAS tab of the Gang Beasts game properties in the Steam Client).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Dual Core Intel
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux (Most Linux distributions should work)
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Jinstronda
0.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
I WANT A ♥♥♥♥ING REFUND
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Maple
0.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
Very Fun an good Game!
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Lyam
3.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
+ Absolutely hilarious
+ Up to 8 players on the same computer
+ Physics based. No "that's so unfair" for game mechanics other than someone grabbing your back and lifting you up like Simba on Pride Rock.

- A waste of time if Solo
- Right now Online is broken
- Physics based means online will still be mostly crap.
- Early access, potential of never being fixed
- Early access, holy bugs batman!
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- You will join next round
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zachleo
0.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
this game sucks no one plays
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Decaten
1.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
Don't buy this game unless you want a bunch of repetitive rounds.
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morris.nouwens
18.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
i cant update it
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tierrachisholm05
0.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
im online but i cant fight nobody im just fighting myself
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charlie29
3.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
Are you looking for a funny, stupid, crazy, split screen, online, fighting and insane then this is the game for you!

Sorry about the advert sort of thing but trust me just get the game its great!
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Sanic The Headshot
4.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
who doesn't like a game about giant jelly baby people beating the crap out of each other
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VikeGamer
2.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
you cant even play this game local with your friends. No multiplayer either dont buy this game its a waste of money!!!!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
83 of 102 people (81%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
EDIT: So, in the new update details, they say they're fixing concussion times again. Cheers me up a little, but why can't they keep it in the stable as well? (it's only in unstable) I don't intend on ever playing online, anyway. Also, I checked it out. How could they make the hud WORSE? The text looks horrible, the menu is crappy, and where's the fun tools in-game where you can throw in bots and spheres? I couldn't test out the concussion, because i don't have another controller (i wouldn't dare touch the confusing keyboard controls) and you can't throw in bots now. So, in a valiant attempt to bring people like me back, they just made me want to refund more, but I can't, because I bought this two years ago. At least the lag in map's gone. I didn't touch the online.

Keep it coming, Double Fine & Boneloaf.


After this update, I just can't recommend this game anymore. The new update shortened the time that the player is knocked out for from a couple seconds to literally a split-second. How can you beat them if they're always jumping straight back up after you knock them down again? It's like they had a spring attached to their backs. The only legit way to knock them out of the stage now is by accidentlly having the jigglebones glitch so you FALCON PUNCH them out of the stage. Why bother hoping for a bug to happen?

Me and my friends loved playing this game. But now we hate it. So much, I never thought I was going to do it, but I uninstalled it until better things come in.

Oh, and guess what? They threw in a little map detail and stopped the Train map crashing. However, what use is that with the new sudden lag spikes, and the Fans map having the fans on time reduced so much, that you don't even get the chance to fly around.

Gang Beasts ♥♥♥♥ed up this one.

Oh, and did I forget the menu? It's not as good as it was anymore. Hell, they even decide to remove the names of the costumes. The startup menu is laggier than the actual game. Without lag spikes, of course.


Steer clear of this one until I give the all-clear in an edit, people.
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51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 6
Loved it before this most recent patch 0.4.2/0.4.1

This game was the HIGHLIGHT of our parties. We would be screaming at 2am and everything. Im talking about 20-30 nerds all lining up to play this game, this is only played at our parties when everyone is over.

But since this new update came out, we all slowly started hating the game. It drastically changed how the game is played. Now everyone can't stand it due to the fact that they made it literally impossible to knock out each other, games now last 10 mins sometimes just trying to hit each other and the fact that the recovery time is 2 seconds or less. You can't even scale walls now, the climbing has been made "stupider" and the movements are just limited. Before we were able to knock each other out and be able to toss and earn that knock out, and even climb on maps like elevators/girders and have epic wall battles. We actually get tired playing the ♥♥♥♥ing game now and have to take "hand stretch breaks" after mashing the buttons so much because no one stays knocked out or you can't even knock them out. I have no clue wtf the devs were thinking.

They need to create some type of menu that allows people to adjust if how hard the players can hit or some type of knock out timer and climbing factor. The fact that everything is just "up in the air" frustrates us especially with how bad the most recent update has been. Everyone can now just grab and sucide, no one is scared to get knocked out because its really hard to knock out people now, so just grab and jump off.

The fact that its also been 2 years and limited maps or not allowing users to create new maps is a bit frustrating as well. I've rather them forget the online crap and just focus on creating more maps/content for what it was really intended and even working on making 8 players easy and not making everyone jump through loops to get that to work. This game is expensive as hell too for $20, and how limited it is?

This is my first review and I never want to do them but this update has literally drove me to write one. I seriously hope they make a menu for more customization in how the knockout/climbing/grappling system works or at least let some of us revert back to the old versions because none of us can stand this new version. No offense but to anyone who thinks this is good currently hasn't been playing since the beginning thats for sure or just one of those "i saw it on twitch and it look fun, i play it for 1 hr and give it a thumbs up" reviewers.

If they keep this new style of hard to knock out and weak climbing - I wouldn't recommend unless you like ruining your hands and controller mashing for hours.

If they actually change it back or give users option to revert/modify the knockout/climbing/grappling and start adding more ♥♥♥♥ I'll recommend it but other then that I feel like the devs are just lazy and don't pay attention. Its been 2 years, not including its prealpha stages (google it, its been on PC for longer than 2 years...) At least let users crreate ♥♥♥♥ or something if you are gonna give up devs!

PS
We don't want LEGACY, we want the 0.3.x series, that was the best one. Legacy is too old and the joke is..we went back to it and it has a better LAYOUT then currently and even looks better...wtf is that about loll....
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
Please fix the recent mechanics change.
Maybe you implemented these limits for story mode / single player to work? If so, it makes multiplayer pvp less fun.
Or adjust it in function of gamemode.
Specifically: climbing stamina and the knockout changes.
I play this locally with friends and it was awesome; now, it's less cool.
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32 of 42 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 7
I LOVED THIS GAME!!! Its the reason i built my PC and it was the go to party game everytime i had friends over. So it sucks that the last update makes me want a complete refund with interest because i feel like someone stole my favorite game and left me with a pile of ♥♥♥♥. Everything fun about the game was changed, taken away, and ruined.

1. Knockouts are impossible and useless because before they hit the ground they are back up and hitting you, leaving you no time to taunt or do naughty things to their lifeless body [the best part]
2. They added some lame ♥♥♥ wonky auto aim or target system so you lose the full control of your character which used to allow you to perform funny taunts, attacks, and maneuvers and you are now just a mindless zombie punching at nearest enemy.
3. Climbing and fighting from the walls, roofs, ledges, is no longer possible so now you are stuck fighting on the ground and being lame as ♥♥♥♥. Flying dropkicks and belly flops from the top of the level were the only way to accidentally suicide and be proud of yourself at the same time
4. Wave mode is taken out so now if my friends arent over im as lonely as my character on the subway level with no one to throw him on the train tracks :'[ 5. The fact that they wasted their time on some lame ♥♥♥ scoreboard screen in between matches that just makes it a longer wait time to get back to killing your friends pisses me off. WHO CARES WHO WON? WE ALL JUST TAUNT AND SUICIDE AFTER WE WIN ANYWAY!!! [its not a competition, its a drunken bar fight simulator in super dangerous places] I need the old GANG BEASTS back even if it means i wont get any future content because a future with this gang beasts means alot of refunds and sad people
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 26
> Purchased game based on youtube videos of a ragdoll wearing a fox outfit humping a helpless chicken man

> Downloaded, check out features.

> Alone at the time so play "waves".

> Several grey dudes go ape ♥♥♥♥ swinging like a windmill, kick my ♥♥♥.

> Lose interest after 30 minutes, go to sleep.

> Search for unofficial downloads for Gang Beasts.

> Learn about "unstable builds", ♥♥♥♥yea.jpg

> Download, find online section.

> Become button mashing chicken.

> Enter server, waited for map change.

> Talking myself up, thinking I'm gonna kickass.

> Enter, knocked out in .4 seconds.

> Korean Fox continues to go ape ♥♥♥♥ on my unconscious body.

> Fox grabs my ♥♥♥, begins to hump and headbutt for 5 minutes without mercy.

> Cannot do anything but helplessly watch.

> Wake up, smash buttons again, knocked out in .1 seconds.

> Thrusting Korean man again.

> mfw I bought this game to hump my family as entertainment, but instead ♥♥♥♥ed by a Korean fox mercilessly.

Honestly though, I find this game very entertaining in both local, and online. My sister and I can play for two hours and laugh each match. Do not buy if you are unable to play with others, it is not fun by yourself. Friends, family, whatever make this game truly entertaining.

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32 of 45 people (71%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
If you meet any of the following, you should buy the game:

-You have one or more friend(s).

-You have a life.

-You are a gamer.

-You have a brother (or sister) that you need to punch.

-You have a brother (or sister) that you need to drop off a building.

-You like trains.

-You know what is best for your mental health.

-You are human.

-You aren't a caveman.





If you don't have money... Get a job.



P.S.

If the following applies to you: youtube link, online mode is available if you download the unstable build.

EDIT:

I know some of you were dropped on the head as a baby, but it doesn't mean you have to mark this is unhelpful!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
This game is simply amazing. I just hope everything comes together after betas are over for online multiplayer. Controllers are an absolute must to really enjoy the game. Best laugh i have had while playing a game in ages. More fighting games should strive to be like this one. Usability is wonderful and the simplicity of the design makes for flawless execution.

If you think about wanting a good time with friends you NEED this. That is all case dismissed.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 21
You can play gang beast online multiplayer by going to the properties and changing the top box into the unstable version. I just thought everyone should know.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 9
10/10 game it is awesome because it is so fun, funny, and just overall a time to enjoy!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
The amount of joy you would receive, once a special time when friends come over to play...

...Now you can enjoy this game online with friends! Not all the maps are compatible with multiplayer, but through time they will be ported over from the local play, to online play. One of the best party games yet. Hours of fun with whacky physics, awkward fighting, and just simply, hilarious fun.

If you purchased this game and are wondering where Online play is, you need to change your status into the opt-in Beta. To get this simply follow these steps.

In your steam library, right click Gang beasts > click on properties > goto the beta tab > select from the drop down arrow, the "Unstable" branch.
Download the update, then play the game!

Buy it
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