The indie game party fighter Bounty Battle releases next week


The cooler version of Smash Bros.

I’ve been a fan of Super Smash Bros. since the original Nintendo 64 release way back in 1999. Ever since then I’ve wavered in and out of being obsessed with the game to dropping it completely at times (thank you tripping in Brawl). But as I’ve grown older and gotten more into indie games, I’ve always felt that there was an untapped market for taking the Smash Bros. concept and giving it an indie skin. It almost worked with Rivals of Aether, but the itch was still there. Enter Bounty Battle.

Bounty Battle looks to stay in the vein of party fighters with an eclectic cast of characters and unique fighting styles. The catch is that Bounty Battle will feature faces from popular indie games from the past decade. It’s an exciting and extensive list of games that the characters will be pulled from and there’s sure to be something for everyone here.

The games include: Guacamelee!, Darkest Dungeon, Dead Cells, Awesomenauts, Nuclear Throne, Owlboy, Axiom Verge, SteamWorld Dig, Jotun, Battle Chasers Nightwar, Death’s Gambit, EITR, Super Comboman, Pankapu, Flinthook, Doko Roko, Tower of Samsara, Blubber Busters, Ruin of the Reckless, The Bug Butcher, Blasphemous, and Blocks That Matter.

I told you there was something for everyone! The real outlier and frankly stab in the gut for me in that lineup is EITR, which I’m still waiting on years after it was supposed to be released. It’s going to be interesting to see how the developers handle dealing with characters and playstyles that other developers created. It’s a daunting task and one that I hope Dark Screen Games is up to.

Bounty Battle will release on September 10 for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.