Beats of Rage

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Beats of Rage
Beats of Rage Logo.jpg
Game logo
Developer(s) Senile Team
Platform(s) Linux, MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Android
Release March 28, 2004
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Beats of Rage is an open source 2D customisable video game engine designed by Senile Team and inspired by Sega's classic Streets of Rage series of beat'em up games. It was initially released as a video game tribute for Streets of Rage 2 with characters from The King of Fighters.


The game was modelled after Streets of Rage 2. Subsequent upgrades expanded the gameplay.


The game uses King of Fighters and Bare Knuckle characters.

Development and release[edit]

Beats of Rage took nine months to develop.[1][2] The game was then modded and ported to other systems, resulting in increased popularity. More than a million copies of the game were downloaded.[1]

Beats of Rage was first made available for DOS in November 2003.[3] Despite only word-of-mouth advertising, the game quickly gained popularity, taking down mirror hosts such as Dreamcast-Scene only 24 hours after agreeing to host it.[4][5]

As the game was open source, it was ported to Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. It has continued to receive ports, as it is available on contemporary systems including Wii and PlayStation Portable as well as several other platforms.

For a homebrew game, Beats of Rage received significant mainstream media attention, being highlighted in gaming magazine G4.[6] The game was also featured in printed media such as XboxGamer.[7]


A reason for the continuing success of Beats of Rage is the game's engine that can be customized and it allows for new games to be built within it. The games developed for the Beats of Rage engine are commonly referred to as mods[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Senile Team: rage and beatings ensue". Destructoid. November 20, 2006. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ George (September 9, 2010). "Senile Team interview with Roel Van Mastbergen". Sega Bits. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Beats of Rage". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "DCS - Main / March82004 browse". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mods - Beats of Rage Game". Mod DB. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Beats of Rage for DC - G4tv". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  7. ^ A magazine scan from
  8. ^ "Games for Gamers – News and Download of Free and Indie Videogames and more ! – » Open Bor Games Collection". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 

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