Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds! Enjoy fast and frantic arcade-style beat 'em up gameplay with cute characters. Beat up hordes of weird enemies with awesome special attacks. Local co-op and PVP supported for up to 4 players!
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Very Positive (35 reviews) - 91% of the 35 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jan 23, 2015

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June 16

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds マルチプレイオープンβ公開






The Degica Games Team



1. Steamクライアントでライブライを開き、Phantom Breaker: Battle Groundsを右クリックし、プロパティを開きます。

2. プロパティメニューでベータのタブを開き、参加希望のベータを選択してください:の下のドロップダウンから、“mutliplay - Beta test”を選択してから、メニューを閉じてください。

3. Phantom Breaker: Battle Groundsが自動的に更新され、 [multiplay]がゲーム名前の右に表示されるようになりましたら、準備完了です。

4. マルチプレイを遊ぶには、ゲームを起動し、メインまニューから「Play Game」を選択した後、「Network」を選択します。Networkメニューから、[Co-op Mode]と[Battleground Mode]を選べます。

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January 28

Online Co-Op Update

Hi Everyone,
Apologies for the very overdue announcement.

We ran into some developmental roadblocks with the Online Multiplayer Integration for Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds on PC.

The good news is that we’ve made significant progress and will be starting alpha testing next month.

We’re hoping to have a full, public release available in the not too distant future.

Here’s a screenshot of the lobby screen working as intended.

Here’s a quick overview of the two different online modes:

4P Co-op
Play arcade mode together with up to 3 other people.

Free for all action with 2-4 players

We realize this is much longer than our original target date of August and for this we apologize. We’re working on something cool to make up for the delay.

Thanks very much for your patience and for bearing with us.
We’ll keep you updated as we make further progress on this.

Looking forward to seeing you in online multiplayer soon!!

The Phantom Breaker Team

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About This Game

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a 2D beat 'em up from Mages/5pb, the makers of Steins;Gate, Bullet Soul, and other great games. Choose a fighter and battle against the bizarre minions of the evil wizard Phantom. Enjoy classic beat 'em up gameplay with a fighting game twist. Dash through colorful Tokyo locales, strengthen your characters, team up with your friends, fight dragons and killer robots!

  • Story Mode - Enjoy a lighthearted story as you battle Phantom's minions across 8 stages inspired by famous Tokyo districts.

  • Arcade Mode - Challenge yourself to get the biggest combo, the highest score, or the fastest completion time.

  • Local Multiplayer - Easy to learn mechanics make playing with your friends a snap. Team up with your friends for the local co-op campaign, or go to the battlegrounds arena and fight a pitched PVP battle! Up to 4 players supported.

  • Customizable, Persistent Characters - 4 starting characters and 6 unlockable ones. Each character has a fully customizable stat and skill tree, and levels persist between all modes. Choose a favorite character and build them how you like! Every character has unique special attacks.

  • Retro Charm - Vibrant sprite graphics and a catchy chiptune-inspired soundtrack for the discerning retro gamer!

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista or Better
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2GHz or Better
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 210 or Better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 compatible game controller strongly recommended.
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( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
this game never ceases to amuse me. music is fantastic, characters are cute and each have their own original fighting styles, and the bosses are surprisingly difficult. best to be played with a controller. fun to play with friends. great game for when my adhd is acting up, a-plus all around.
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( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This game is actually really good reminds me of the Ikki one on PSP just good ol beat em up with a good cast of characters with their own moves and abilities.

Get Cocoa spam Special win all diffs.

And guy with Apple will finish what we started.
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Yuzuha - At Sister's
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
It's really fun and interesting to play. The story is kinda dull but the game gets REALLY good on co-op. For still being in development it's pretty solid. Only real issue I've had is with the Multiplayer BETA which allowed networking. Obviously it should run more smoothly once it's out of BETA. Other than that, it's hours of entertainment and especially fun with friends. Control options could be optimized and made more loosely modifiable so a controlelr wouldn't be the BEST solution. Keyboard works, but the game's not designed or well-rounded for use with keyboard, so using a controller (preferably a wired xBox 360) is HIGHLY recommended for gameplay. The game is great and Yuzuha is adorable.

[Yuzuha is bae]
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Supa Hot Fire
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Itsuki, I play that; Strong attack, I spam that; Phantom Breaker, I rate that!
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( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
4 female characters to play with... level up and spend the skill points to suit your style...
best played with friends...
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( 34.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
You wail on Fred Durst and Brittany Spears wannabes. A Dream come true for ppl who hate limp bizkit.
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( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Originally bought it to accompany my friend to play this as I bought it for him during the sales.

Totally got caught into its intense brawl, anime-style drawing.
Got into the beta Network play with my friend, it got even more crazier.

Haven't got to the point where I am able to throw out combo accurately, but it was really fun just smashing out enemies with my friends. (My friend drag his friend into it as well LOL!! )

Things to note:
Music are of the Mario type OST
Drawings are cute and anime-style. 4 chars + 1 DLC char(this is a char from Steins;Gate)
Chars can be leveled up, increase stats, learn skills from skill tree.
Platformer style, moving left to right, and also dual lanes to fight.
Controls can get hard to configure. There is a guide in this game's community site that tells you the default buttons.
Hack and Slash, basically.

If you are up for the above, get this game by all means.
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( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I love this game its a real time killer but i would only buy it if its on sale because its not worth tbh.....
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( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
An amazing Magical Girl 2D sidescrolling Beat'em up that takes its fighting mechanics from Fighting games. Their are a decent amount of characters, each with their own unique skill set and abilities that feel unique from one another. The controls feel tight and responsive and the combos look cool and flashy. The game is a little to short for my liking taking only around 2hrs per playthrough, however it does have multiple difficulties to allow you to keep challenging yourself. Each character levels up seperately and you do have some control over how they advance, you can choose to increase stats or unlock different combos/skills. I'm not a big fan of how you need to collect the red gems/spheres to get exp, I wish it was just given per kill as sometimes enemies block you from being able to get to them in time before they disappear but its a small issue. Overall the games is an amazing beat'em up the fighting style controls add a unique and welcome aspect to the game. Highly Recommended even if your a fan of beat'em ups, even if your not a fan of the magical girl aspect.

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( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Very good and very fun but i can't seem to join any online lobbies.
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KURISU MAKISE <3 El Psy Kongroo
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Posted: June 27
Fun beat em up game, sadly can't play this iwth my PS4 controller, which makes the character feel the need to walk to the left constantly.

Update this, fix it, give us multiplayer coop for [Steamed] sake.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
An amazing Magical Girl 2D sidescrolling Beat'em up that takes its fighting mechanics from Fighting games. Their are a decent amount of characters, each with their own unique skill set and abilities that feel unique from one another. The controls feel tight and responsive and the combos look cool and flashy. The game is a little to short for my liking taking only around 2hrs per playthrough, however it does have multiple difficulties to allow you to keep challenging yourself. Each character levels up seperately and you do have some control over how they advance, you can choose to increase stats or unlock different combos/skills. I'm not a big fan of how you need to collect the red gems/spheres to get exp, I wish it was just given per kill as sometimes enemies block you from being able to get to them in time before they disappear but its a small issue. Overall the games is an amazing beat'em up the fighting style controls add a unique and welcome aspect to the game. Highly Recommended even if your a fan of beat'em ups, even if your not a fan of the magical girl aspect.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Product received for free
Perhaps you can remember back to that golden era of arcade gaming when side-scrolling beat'em'ups were very much in vogue for a while. And the reason being, is that they were so incredibly exhilarating to play. You were essentially on a long journey to somewhere unknown as you kept walking forward while clearing the screen of countless formidable & varied enemies. These were the kind of games that were so easy to get into and start playing, yet nonetheless difficult to master - in other words the perfect kind of challenge!

And challenging is just what Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is, a 2015 title developed by MAGES and published by Degica. It's essentially a modern 2.5D take on the beat'em'up but with a unique twist: all of the characters are adorably anime-styled and oozing cuteness which you simply won't believe until you behold it with your very own eyes. Who knew that such a fusion of these disparate styles could work so well together, especially when combined in an exceptional manner to produce this mesmerizing game now before us.

But what is it about Phantom Breaker, exactly, that has me so excited about playing it? Let's find out below.

Upon first loading it up, I was immediately awash in a very much Japanese feeling game...something that felt exotic and fresh in a very palpable yet pleasing manner...complete with voice-acting in this language (with English subs). What then quickly drew me in further was its distinctly whimsical presentation & art style. The selectable characters and enemies are so impossibly cute & quirky, and are respectively a blend of both sweet & ghoulishly menacing...but in a very light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek way. It's a game that doesn't want you to take it too seriously - rather it just wants you to sit back and enjoy many hours of this blast from the past...pressing lots & lots of buttons while doing so. And in that regard, it excels wonderfully.

In no time at all, I was surrounded by all kinds of weirdo baddies...the kind that make you laugh out loud instantly since they're just too freakish to even exist anywhere outside of this pixel trip. Creatively inspired from some unfathomable B-grade horror movie, they offer up rather amusing dialogue between stages to help push the story along for you. And that story consists of you having to battle against the evil wizard "Phantom" and his many minions. Why exactly? I haven't the faintest idea, but I do know that you'll be traveling around Tokyo and its many scenic pixel-art background locations as you do so, trying your absolute best to chain together impressively powerful hit combos against this unrelenting horde of varied enemies...some of which even include dragons & robots!

Also on the plus side, is that the gameplay combat itself is quite fast & truly need to keep on your toes at all times from the sheer number of enemies attacking you from both sides. And there is even a depth element present where you can hop back & forth at will to fight them off between the foreground plane and the background one (via a button press)...which further adds to the strategy of it all.

Attacks include: weak, medium, and strong...whose buttons can also be combined in different ways to create additional special attacks which are unique to each character, one of which is quite powerful I might add. Basically, the strength of your primary special attack is dependent upon how many normal attacks you fill your bar with first.

You may select between 4 different customizable characters to start with, with 6 unlockable ones to be had as well. And all characters can unlock extra abilities as they progress further into the game via a skill tree. What's especially nice is that you get to keep your level between playthroughs as well...encouraging you to continue in trying to constantly raise it through sheer practice & determination.

As an added bonus, there is no shortage of bosses to battle either, and they are as tough as nails! Thankfully the game provides an entire range of difficulty settings to select from though, from Easy all the way up to Nightmare+ which is something that only the hardest of the hardcore would even attempt, because just the Normal difficulty alone was plenty challenging for me personally...especially pertaining to the boss battles which were significantly more formidable than the regular enemy swarms. It took me several attempts to beat the majority of 'em.

Phantom Breaker's retro themed background music ranges from soothing to upbeat, yet is always arcade'esque and sound-chippy in nature, enhancing rather than distracting from the gameplay experience. It's a nice li'l soundtrack all around for what it is trying to accomplish. Whereas sound effects were quite punchy as well.

Now as far as controls go, it's strongly recommended to use an X-Box controller as that's what it's tailored around in the options menu. Keyboard can be used as well, but to be perfectly blunt, it just wouldn't be very ideal for such a game where split-second reflexes are required. Speaking of which, some people are having issues rebinding their controller buttons in the menu, and the trick to it as I've discovered after some experimentation, is that you have to hold down the controller button which you wish to change its move for, and then while holding it down you then cycle through the available moves with the left stick, then release after acquiring the desired one. This is admittedly quite unintuitive, and I am not very surprised that some are having issues in figuring it out. Overall, I'd recommend to the developer further improvements in this one area as it relates to rebinding keys/buttons, so as to make it easier for the player to accomplish doing so.

Lastly, there is also available an additional character + increased level cap DLC which can be purchased separately (Kurisu Makise), as well as even a soundtrack DLC if you find yourself helplessly hooked in by this game and just can't get enough of its unique charm. It's all very much optional however as the base game itself is more than robust enough to suffice here.


It isn't very often that I find myself pleasantly surprised by just how much darn fun a particular game actually is, since I can usually deduce this by the screenshots & videos of it before-hand. But yet, I must readily admit that this one was even more of a blast to play than I was anticipating going in. And I'm not even a particularly big anime fanatic by any stretch of the imagination, yet the way in which it was all assembled together was done so incredibly well I thought...and you'd be hard-pressed to find any other similarly styled beat'em'up game on Steam which offers as many hours of addictive & challenging old-school gameplay as Phantom Breaker. It's the kind of rush that effortlessly keeps you coming back for more in no time at all if you're even remotely a fan of retro arcade games. I've only played part way through it for this review so far, but quite honestly, I am now very eager to finish up the rest of it as soon as possible. I just hope my fingers are up for the challenge, because many heads will be smashed and many buttons will be mashed!

I'll readily rate this one a very cutesy 4.5 out of 5 stars


- Adorably cute anime-style characters
- Truly fun yet challenging gameplay
- Fast-paced & addictive combat action with chained combos
- Multiple customizable characters with skill trees to choose from and unlock
- Retro-style 80's arcade sprite graphics
- Numerous bosses to battle
- Both story & arcade modes
- Full controller support
- Glitch-free & plays very optimized
- Steam achievements + trading cards
- Local co-op / Online multiplayer (in beta)
- Leader boards


- The controller / key rebinding system is both limited & not very intuitive

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359 of 468 people (77%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
*Edit as of 04/30/15: I originally recommended the game, but currently I would only recommend this game if it were:

1) You like playing by yourself or with local co-op only
2) On sale for at least 75% or less (explained further on)
3) Have nothing else to spend a couple hours on
4) The developers actually make it better or on par to the console/vita counter-part.
5) If you like waiting (and I really mean waiting) for updates and patches to be released.

*If you don't want to read too much, just know that the PC port at this point is abandon-wear and the developers abandoned it. Also this version may or may not become obsolete to the newer version out on the PS4 and that this version is a 2 year old port of an Xbox 360 game minus online functionality. Keep in mind that because of this, this is a review more based on a port to Steam and functionality rather than pure game-play elements.

Now let's start with a few positives:
1) Because this game started out as a fighting game, the combat system has a complex combo system that is incredibly satisfying to pull off.
2) With the story and arcade mode in the game, it makes for a decent amount of fun for 2-5 hours.
3) The character progression in this game is done well with spending points into skills and base stats.

Because I actually do love this game, a lot of the following comes with why this game is such a bad port compared to the other versions of this game, why it's failing/ not worth your time as a PC game in general, and questioning developer decisions.

Now on to the Negatives (It's a lot):

I originally loved this game when it first came out on console and steam. But with nothing but disappointment after disappointment from terrible developer choices, limitations brought to the PC port, and bugs that are still plaguing people (me not included), I'm left in utter disbelief on what this game was and what it could have been on PC.

The biggest issue with the game is Online Multiplayer still remains non-existent. It's estimated to be released around Summer time "for free", but going by the Developers track record, people can only hope. This still remains the largest problem because this is a PC game/port in the year 2015. The devs took out the online portion on release because it was too "buggy" to work on steam. Also for some odd reason the PR department believes putting emphasis on something that should have been originally included will be added as a "free update." The "free update" should have been the Kurisu DLC as a sign of goodwill towards towards the people who purchased the game and are dealing with all the delays.

The game is currently on local play only and because this game is on PC, you're more than likely to be playing by yourself for the majority of the time. With only 8 stages and 4 difficulty levels with the 5th one being impossible unless you have the level 99 DLC and/or friends to play with, the game lacks the replay-ability to even remain relevant. Even then, the hardest difficulty is pointless for anything other than points becuase you can't even gain experience from it. If you want the evidence, take a look at and see for yourself how well this game is currently doing.

Because the game completely lacks any kind of online interaction, this severely limits the game's life span and community from even growing into anything. Just go to steamcharts and look at this game. Then go look at similar games that have online play (For example, Castle Crashers).

I hit the level cap at the start of Nightmare difficulty (This was from starting at level 1 on Hard because I unlocked Nagi). They finally did add achievements with patch 1.04, but it was implemented way too late. Take a look at the global achievement progress and have a look at how many people actually have the first achievement

A very important issue that many people do not realize, the content, pricing, and age of the game. This game was originally released on Xbox 360 on Feb 27, 2013 at $10 and later re-released on PS Vita for $12 on Mar 13, 2014 (JP) or Aug 12, 2014 (US). Now the pricing isn't very high, but the fact that the game price went up over time and was released on PC at $12 also is really weird. I asked one of the developers about why the price went up and instead received a round-about answer avoiding an actual answer.

I also asked if they could make the Kurisu DLC free to at least regain lost faith and attract people to buying the PC version. I was then answered with, "It would be unfair to previous Mages customers who have bought previous versions of the game." I can see how that is a thing, but when your game is now 2 years old it doesn't do you any good to keep your prices the same. Re-releases do exist with more content in the form of GOTY editions and updated versions (Dynasty Warriors # __, Tales of __R, ____ GOTY Edition, etc.) with cheaper pricing and DLC included for free.

*Another thing I have pointed out (somewhere in the forums) was that the developers are working on the PS4 version of the game and that the online mode will be finished around the same time that version is released. I stand by my random call because one of the PR members did say most of development team is working on that version of the game. So we don't know whether or not this game becomes obsolete after PB:BG Overdrive comes out.

I would also like to point out that the game that was released on Steam was essentially an "Early Access" game. It was released completely bare bones with zero online features and as an experiment to see how consumers would react to it. And now slowly over time, the devs are slowly releasing slightly more content that is still not equal to the original versions of the game.

All in all, I could only recommend the game if it has fulfilled any of the things I have mentioned above at the start. But in it's current state, don't even bother touching this game until it receives the care that it deserves. If you have a PS4 just wait a couple months for the better version or hold off on this one and come back to it after summer to see what happens to it in the future.

A message to the developers of Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds:

This game is a giant disappointment and your poor decisions have clearly held the game back from what it should have been on PC. You have released just another game on steam brushed aside into the trash, so GG. This thumb will flip when you can prove that this game is on equal footing with your new poster child Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdirve.
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122 of 161 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Stage one you're running through Akihabara beating up some creepy otaku and gyaru girls, even fighting through 'Hey' arcade and eventually other areas in Tokyo .. You'd probably have to be familiar with Phantom Breakers to get what the characters are grudging over, but none of that gets in the way.

Enemies are amusing, and often they heavily reference enemy types from Streets of Rage and sometimes even TMNT in some very humorous ways and the art may be taking some visual cues from the Scott Pilgrim beat-em-up (and that's a great thing). That in my opinion is the best part of this game, is all the references that are packed in, the care put into the backgrounds and how it all just comes together with really fun and slick controls. If you're a fan of these things, from Akiba culture to beat-em-up references, you'll love the subtle treats they have in store for you.

If you have the controllers, this game is well worth it whether it's to play co-op TMNT style or to play it solo. There's 5 difficulty modes, characters to level up and plenty of challenge in this package. And even if you just wanted to show 5pb. there's a place for them or Steins;Gate on Steam, you can't go wrong.
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91 of 122 people (75%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Whoever calls this an 8-bit game again will get slapped.
If you cannot tell by the pictures, do not worry, this is a 32-bit retro styled game.

This will bring you back to the great eras of the Arcade/Snes/Sega-Genesis beat-em-ups

If you have played games like Castle Crashers or Scott Pilgrim vs the World (for the consoles), this is highly similar.
We are talking about a crossover between beat-em-up and rpg. However this game is a 2 laned beat em up, not a free moving one; so if you have ever played Guardian Heroes then the gameplay is basically like that. Its really cool and well done, and with some friends included, this game can take up a lot of your time. You start out with 4 characters, and you unlock more as you go (I believe 4 more). They are all female except one dude who you unlock all the way at the end, so if you do not like playing as female characters (you sexist ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s) then this game is not for you.

I am very disappointed that the developers did not decide to implement the online feature such as in the console version (360). So yes, WARNING! THIS IS A LOCAL ONLY GAME. This still does not bring down the game, and I really do hope with the inclusion of the dlc at one point, developers will include online support.

TLDR: Is this game worth a buy? Depends, do you like Castle Crashers? Double Dragon? Final Fight? Anime School Girls with weapons? Then yes.
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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Very, very fun Beat ‘em Up game with cute anime graphics and RPG elements – namely your character levels up as you complete (or fail) a stage, and you assign level-up points you get to character’s stats or use them unlock various special moves. You can also re-distribute the points you’ve assigned, so you can experiment without worrying about making mistakes.

I fully recommend Phantom Breaker to all fans of Beat ‘em Ups, or action games in general!
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114 of 163 people (70%) found this review helpful
155 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2015
This is a fun game where you level up your 16bit waifu and kil everything a lot (except bosses which just take a rest and you fight them again 10 times)

You can also play waifus with your friends which is great. Or fight your friends' waifus with your waifu, which is even more fun. (but hahaha who has friends amirite? brb crying)
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