With stunning hand-drawn animations, 2D fighting game Two Strikes throws you into Japan's brutal Sengoku period, where samurais, warrior monks, and ruthless outlaws battle for their chance at redemption. Your fate is decided in one or two hits, making it a fast-paced, thrilling gaming experience.
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Very Positive (118) - 89% of the 118 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 31, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Two Strikes is a fighting game made by just 3 persons. Having the community involved will increase the overall quality of the game and get the game to a bigger audience, which will help balance the characters, find bugs which is very important for this genre.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“2 years.”

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

“The current version of the game consist in 5 playable characters, still unbalanced and without features that will be present in the final version, like an multiplayer online version. The full version will have 8 playable and fully realized characters, balanced against every other characters, another game modes like story mode, in-game content like images from development, concept art. The current state of the game only has one AI difficulty, the final version will have several difficulties to all level of players.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state of the game comes with 5 playable fighters, four scenarios and four theme songs. The game is still unbalanced and has some minor gameplay bugs that will be fixed along the early access. It doesn't have all gameplay feature such as what we call "Fierce Duel" which prevents players to be double K.Od. Also, right now the only multiplayer mode is local multiplayer. The final version is expected to have online multiplayer.”

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

“Yes, the game will be cheaper during early access and then a small increase for the release.”

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

“The community will be a the most important part of this early access. Two Strikes is a game created by 3 persons and not a lot of playtesting were carried to determine how balanced the game is between 2 human players. The AI is good enough, even though it will be improved. Also, as a small indiedev team, we are still testing new features in the gameplay which will be tested by the community, besides finding bugs and reporting them for us.
Other important thing is that we will be adding more characters throughout the early access and the community playing the game and testing it for us is utmost important to release a rounded vanilla version by the end of the early access.”
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About This Game

This game does not possess online multiplayer. Steam Remote Play Together works but with varied performance, I do not recommend it.

Live the thrill of life and death duels that can be decided in a blink of an eye!
Two Strikes is a casual 2D fighting game with beautiful hand-drawn animations, where warriors, in a Bloody Period in Japan, duel in deadly battles that can be decided in one or two hits.

Choose between 8 unique warriors in the released version! Each one with their own moves and fighting styles! (Currently 4 available warriors).


Get into position with caution, lives are on the line, move around, dash to get closer or avoid attacks!

Now you have your opponent within your weapon's reach! Attacking is the only way to victory, but be careful, simple attacks are easy to read and dodge!

Letting your opponent thinking what your next move will be is the key to overpower your enemies! Fake attacks by canceling them with dashes!

And finally, once you have your opponent figure it out, finish them with powerful attacks!


Single Player Playable Modes
  • One Life (Defeat all fighters with only one life)
  • Arcade (Fight each enemy multiple rounds)
  • Team Duel (Choose two fighters to defeat NPC duos)
  • Casual Mode (Choose your opponent to practice with)

Couch-Multiplayer Playable Modes
  • Arcade (Choose the number of lives you give
  • Team Duel (Choose two fighters to fight your friends)

Under Development
  • Story Mode
  • Unfair Mode (Single-player and Multiplayer. Fight 1 versus 2 and 2 versus 2 matches)
  • Wave Mode (Single-player Mode. See how many duels you can survive until they strike you down)
  • One Strike Mode (Like the original, one hit kill mode).


Some players are having difficulties to setup their controllers. Follow this quick tutorial to setup your controllers in the steam configurations:
Once the controllers are set, they should work like this:


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Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-4160 @ 3.60GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 480, GTX 570, GTX 670, or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Compatible with USB devices including gamepads and arcade sticks based on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and DualShock controllers. Steam Controller also supported.

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