Play These Epic Indie Beat 'Em Up Games Next - February 2022 - Odd Nugget


There are more beat 'em up games now than ever before! If you're looking to score a great game, look no further than these picks...


Rakuten video game Developed by TheRealDan and published by TheRealDan

Developed by TheRealDan and published by TheRealDan

Rakuten is a physics based space shooter where you pilot your own rocketship, shoot down enemy spacecraft, and unlock upgrades to further increase your capabilities and available weaponry. Fight it out against your friends or team together in PVP and PVE gamemodes.


Pilot your rocketship, left or right to steer, forwards to accelerate

Shoot down asteroids, bots and players

Unlock new 'enhancements' like shields and weapons

Upgrade and improve existing 'enhancements' to improve your stats


Online multiplayer up to 8 players

Physics based combat system

Randomly generated asteroid fields


Thrusters - Increases max acceleration

Dampeners - Increases effectiveness of the inertial dampeners

Boosters - Unlocks ability to temporarily boost max acceleration

Hull - Increases maximum health

Regenerative Hull - Unlocks automatic health regeneration

Hull Regeneration - Increases health regeneration rate

Energy Capacity - Increases max energy capacity

Energy Generation - Increases energy generation rate

Shields - Unlocks shields

Shield Capacity - Increases maximum shields

Shield Regeneration - Increases shields regeneration rate

Turret - Unlocks ability to shoot projectiles independently of rocketship orientation

Blaster Cannon Damage - Increases damage dealt by blaster cannon bolts

Missiles - Unlocks missile launcher to fire homing missiles

EMP Missiles - Unlocks a second missile launcher for EMP missiles which deal twice as much damage however only against shields

Missile Damage - Increases missile and EMP missile damage

Missile Capacity - Increases maximum missile capacity

Missile Fabrication - Increases rate at which missiles are fabricated and ready for launch

EMP Missile Capacity - Increases maximum EMP missile capacity

EMP Missile Fabrication - Increases rate at which EMP missiles are fabricated and ready for launch

Point Defence Cannon - Unlocks the point defence cannon for shooting down missiles as well as close range ship-to-ship combat

PDC Damage - Increases damage of point defence cannon rounds


Rakuten video game Developed by TheRealDan and published by TheRealDan video screen

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BROK the InvestiGator

BROK the InvestiGator video game by COWCAT

Made by COWCAT

The full version ofBROK the InvestiGator is coming soon (2022)

STEAM ::the free prologue now!

Narrative-driven adventure game that blends action and investigation in never-before-seen ways. Will you use your brain... or your brawn?

In a futuristic "light cyberpunk" world where animals have replaced humans, privileged citizens live under a dome protected from the ambient pollution while others struggle to make a living outside.

Brok, a private detective and former boxer, lives with Graff, the son of his deceased wife. Although he could never elucidate her accident, recent events may shed some light on an even more tragic outcome... one that may be linked to their own existence.

Will they be able to withstand the threats of this corrupted world and face their own destiny?


A deep and emotional narrative-rich experience filled with characters reminiscent of classic 80s90s cartoons.

The first game to combine a "Classic Adventure" with "Beat'em up" and RPG elements!

Text fully translated into 10 languages

Solve puzzles with your wits... or muscles!

Make choices impacting gameplay andor story

Easy mode for pure "Point Click" gameplay (fights can be skipped)

Level up to beat enemies and bosses

Combine clues to uncover the truth!

In-game hints

All controls supported (mouse, keyboard or controller)

Fully voice acted

Please note : The prologue is only available on Windows. Mac and Linux versions will be worked onafter the full game release.

BROK the InvestiGator

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Sabotage 1.0

Sabotage 1.0 video game Developed by Alternative Reality ´15 Games

Developed by Alternative Reality ´15 Games

Sabotage 1.0

Action game based on the decade of the 80s and the Cold War period. Inspired by historical events, movies, writers, video games and much more from the 1980s.

Your mission is to sabotage the different military secret bases in the world. To complete your mission you must put explosives in the assigned places and escape from the place.

The objective of the game is to enter the enemy base, find the enemy's secret files and destroy the place with explosives. For this you will have a limited time before the enemies find you.

In this version of the game you will have to complete the following missions:

Find the secret files of the corrupt dictator of the Republic of Santa Elina. You will have to find and place the explosives in the office of the "Presidente" in the Presidential Palace before leaving the place.

Find the diskette with the ballistic missile codes at the Soviet nuclear plant. Before leaving the place you must put the explosives in the Control Room to stop the production of Soviet nuclear weapons.

Destroy a secret server room with a United States government Artificial Intelligence, hidden in the Nevada Desert before Artificial Intelligence launches nuclear missiles and World War III begins.

Version 1.0 of sabotage includes:

Mission Pripyat, USSR (1986)

Mission in the Republic of Santa Elina (1981)

Mission in the Nevada Desert, USA (1985)

Game time: 3 hours to infinite.

Developed by Alternative Reality 15 Games (AR-15).

Sabotage 1.0

Sabotage 1.0 video game Developed by Alternative Reality ´15 Games video screen

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Dream Hard

Dream Hard video game by Robert Yang

Made by Robert Yang

Dream Hard is a shorttwo-player co-op queer-themed beat 'em upgame. In it, you must defend the local NYC queer performance space The Dreamhouse from hordes of fascists. The retro-style 3D graphics imagine a history of queer punk games in the late 1990s, connecting those politics of resistance to today.

For more info, see my artist statement "Dream Hard as queer brawler defense"

This game was made in 1 monthfor theThe Dreamhouse x Death by Audio Arcadecollaboration jam in May 2018, where DBAA built a unique "DreamboxXx" arcade cabinet for The Dreamhouse,with specially crafted games made by local queer designers and developers.

can you defeat all 8 waves of white supremacists?

features procedurally-generated LGBTQ people, over a million different queer folks are possible, wow

two different fighting styles to master!!

players: 0-2 (AI will playif left alone, and might even beat the game!)

typical runtime: 5-15 minutes

controls: keyboard, most gamepads supported

platforms: Windows, MacOS

credits: game by Robert Yang,music by Renim, in-game font by Patrick Lauke

press: Gothamist: "Step Inside The Dreamhouse, Where DIY Arcade Games Meet Queer Culture"all irl photos on this page by Walter Wlodarczyk

other games made for The Dreamhouse:Local Informant by Haitham Ennasr (and more to come), Queer Space by Eddie Cameron, Conspiracy Theories About Myself ORBTOWN by Juno AM Josie Brechner, Safe Space by Ellie, a day at the beach by Nicole Leffel, Raunchy Feast XXX by Fernando Ramallo

Dream Hard

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En Garde!

En Garde! video game by En Garde!

Made by En Garde!


Best student game" winner - Ping Awards 2018

Best student game" winner - Grads in Games 2019

Best student game" finalist - Independent Games Festival 2019

In 2020, the whole team behindEn Garde!regrouped to create a new indie game development studio:Fireplace Games!

If you like En Garde!, you will love what comes next! Follow us and stay tuned for our next game's announcement:

Follow Fireplace Games on twitter

Visit fireplace-games.com

A swashbuckling adventure!

En Garde! is a swashbuckling action-adventure game setin 17th century Spain. Play as Adalia de Volador, anoble impetuous swordswoman! Your palace has been seized by a mysterious mastermind and his hoard of guards - you will have to defendyour family's honor!

Fight with your rapierand acrobatic moves against numerous opponents, anduse the environment to your advantage in an intuitive way(every object is interactive, from tables to chandeliers!). You can even use your sense of repartee to taunt your opponents.Combat is a spectacle and should be done with panache!

This En Garde! prototype features story-driven action in an open level (the Volador's Palace) for a total play time of about 30 minutes.


En Garde! was made as a student graduation project by a team of 8 students from Supinfogame Rubika (France).The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Adrien Poncet - Game director, producer sound designer

Valentin Capitaine - Game designer AI designer

Corentin Mange - Level designer level builder

Sylvain Schmuck - Gameplay programmer 3C designer

Pierre Chapelet - Gameplay AI programmer

Tim Guthmann - Animator, technical artist level artist

Anaïs Simonnet - Character artist level artist

Julien Fenoglio - Art director, concept artist level artist

Ludwig Wu - Music composer (from MAAAV Lyon 2)

Ilse Zamarripa - Adalia's voice performance

For additional art and writing, special thanks to Ilse Zamarripa, Jordan Jaminet, Valentin Picard, Maxime Conquy, Thibaut Moitel, Loup Druet, Guillaume Faguet.Thanks to everyonewho helped us with the game!

Useful information

Please note that you need a good PC to runEn Garde!.The current version might be poorly optimized for your PC, or there might be some bugs. We are sorry for any inconvenience you may encounter. !

The game plays better with a Xbox gamepad. Gamepad Controls are explained and displayed in-game. However, if you don't own a gamepad and would like to play with your mouse and keyboard, here are the controls you need to know:


Left mouse button - Attack

Right mouse button - Parry

Space - Dodge

F - Kick

R - Repartee

Hold Shift - SprintFreerun

E - En garde (manual lock)

Esc - Pause game

En Garde!

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