Beatdown – Throwing Down A Heck Of A Beating

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 3.5/5

Beatdown power at your fingertips | Great style & theme | Smooth touch controls

Repetitive button mashing nature | Becomes somewhat monotonous

Upper level management needs to be careful in who they fire, because getting rid of employees is just begging for a beatdown. That’s the premise for the newest retro inspired arcade game from Ravenous Games, makes of League of EvilRandom HeroesBurrito BisonBurger Cat, and more. Beatdown is a side-scrolling beat ‘em up where you punch everything you come across. The gameplay style is pretty popular as of late, and Beatdown provides the same type of action.

The best aspect of Beatdown is that it gives you a nice sense of power as you mash those buttons to truly lay a beatdown. In fact, the game is a good stress reliever, especially with the office theme. There are 20 levels to beat your way through as you go from the office to downtown, and finally corporate HQ. Along the way there are varied enemies (30 types), weapons to pick-up, and damaging elements in the environment. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also an endless mode for the five different environment to punch to your heart’s content.

Ravenous Games has done a great job in creating touch controls, and Beatdown is no different with nice and precise controls as you move horizontally and vertically while punching away. There are two action buttons to punch and jump, and you can also pull off a flying karate kick. With all that said, there’s no doubt the game is repetitive in nature with the button masher style. The game does a good job of making that style as fresh as possible with incentive to keep punching your way forward. The endless mode and variation keeps you coming back, and the result is the kind of enjoyment only an arcade classic can deliver.

Beatdown ($0.99, Universal) lives up to it names by providing the beatdown power at your fingertips. The game nails the arcade feel that is worth picking up for some great pick up and play action with a great theme and style.


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