Gang Beasts

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Gang Beasts
Gang Beasts logo.png
Storefront logo of Gang Beasts
Developer(s) Boneloaf
Publisher(s) Double Fine Presents
Engine Unity
  • WW: 12 December 2017
Genre(s) Beat 'em up, party
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Gang Beasts is a multiplayer beat 'em up party game developed by British indie studio Boneloaf and published by Double Fine Presents.[1] The game released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on 12 December 2017, following an early access period for the PC platforms that began in August 2014.[2][3]


Gang Beasts is a multiplayer beat 'em up party game with gelatinous characters, melee fight sequences, and hazardous environments, set in the fictional metropolis of Beef City. At initial release it contained 8 multiplayer stages. The core gameplay involves using various physical abilities such as punching or kicking an opponent until they are knocked out, and then attempting to toss them over one of the stage hazards. Opponents that have been knocked down are not completely defenseless however, as they can fight back to be released.[4]


Aggregate score
MetacriticPS4: 67/100[5]
Review scores
PC Gamer (US)64/100[7]
Hardcore Gamer4/5[8]

Already in its freeware alpha state, as well as upon Steam Early Access release, the game was met with positive response from critics and fans.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Outside of early access, Gang Beasts received mixed reviews from critics on both the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. On Metacritic, the game holds a score of 67/100 for the PlayStation 4 version based on 8 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[5]

The game was nominated for "Excellence in Multiplayer" at the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards,[16][17] and for "Multiplayer" at the 14th British Academy Games Awards.[18][19]


  1. ^ Rice, Greg (18 August 2014). "Double Fine Presents: Gang Beasts". Double Fine Productions. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Gang Beasts FAQ". Gang Beasts. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. ^ Spafford, James (28 November 2017). "Hilarious multiplayer brawler Gang Beasts gets a confirmed PS4 release date". PlayStation Blog Europe. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  4. ^ Smith, Graham (3 May 2016). "Gang Beasts Grapples With Online Multiplayer Beta". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Gamer Network. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Gang Beasts for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  6. ^ Moyse, Chris (20 December 2017). "Review: Gang Beasts". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  7. ^ Schilling, Chris (21 December 2017). "Gang Beasts review". PC Gamer. Future US. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  8. ^ Robertson, Tyler (19 December 2017). "Review: Gang Beasts". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  9. ^ Mejia, Ozzie (18 December 2017). "Gang Beasts Review: Royal Fumble". Shacknews. Gamerhub Content Network. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  10. ^ Bramwell, Tom (10 September 2014). "Gang Beasts Early Access review". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  11. ^ Smith, Adam (4 April 2014). "Hands On: Gang Beasts". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Gamer Network. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  12. ^ Labbe, Mark (31 August 2015). "PAX Prime 2015: Gang Beasts Hands-On Preview – Goofy Brawler". PlayStation LifeStyle. CraveOnline. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  13. ^ Stuart, Keith (21 July 2014). "Gang Beasts – probably the funniest fighting game ever made". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  14. ^ Conditt, Jessica (19 August 2014). "Burn, crush your jelly pals in Gang Beasts from Double Fine". Engadget. AOL Tech. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  15. ^ Hansen, Steve (2 September 2014). "Gang Beasts out on Steam, fight your friends like a drunk on skates". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  16. ^ McNeill, Andrew (31 January 2018). "Here Are Your 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists!". SXSW. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  17. ^ IGN Studios (17 March 2018). "2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners Revealed". IGN. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  18. ^ deAlessandri, Marie (15 March 2018). "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice at forefront of BAFTA Games Awards nominations". The Market for Computer & Video Games. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  19. ^ Makedonski, Brett (12 April 2018). "BAFTA names What Remains of Edith Finch its best game of 2017". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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