10 Platform Fighting Games Like Brawlhalla

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Platform fighting games are becoming more and more popular these days. The combination of adventure platformer game controls and the Player vs. Player nature of the game makes them appealing to newcomers.

Getting started in those games is relatively easy and intuitive. However, unlike most people might think, mastering these games might not be that easy.

If you’re looking for a fun new platform fighting game, we’ve compiled this list of 10 titles just like Brawhalla that we believe you’ll enjoy.

Whether you’re a fan of cutesy cartoon graphics or more realistic art styles, you’ll find something in this list that will scratch your platform fighting itch.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a platform fighting game featuring characters from some of the most popular Nickelodeon shows. The gameplay is similar to that of Super Smash Bros. and Brawlhalla, with players using various attacks and special moves to try and knock their opponents off the stage.

The game features a variety of modes, including a story mode, online multiplayer, and more. However, they are very lackluster. While the game does have some issues, such as feeling a bit dull at times, it’s still a lot of fun and is worth checking out for fans of platform fighters.

Although it has some issues, there is a lot of love behind this game. The developers really seem to care, and they do their best with the limited budget they have. They even managed to add voice lines to the game, which made it feel much more alive.

The gameplay is not very innovative, but it’s solid enough. In many ways, it’s a lot like other Smash-inspired games. You have to go beyond the arena’s limit to lose a life. You also have a percentage indicator indicating how much damage you’ve taken. However, it does drop the block button like other games in this list.

As for the roster, it’s weird and quirky as you’d expect. You have characters like CatDog, Michelangelo, Nigel Thornberry, Aang, Spongebob, and even Garfield. So if you want something close to Smash or Brawlhalla, but with Nickelodeon characters, you are probably going to enjoy this game.

Digimon Rumble Arena 2

Digimon Rumble Arena 2, known as Digimon Battle Chronicle in Japan, is a 2004 Digimon fighting video game. It was released by Bandai for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox.

Digimon Rumble Arena 2 is the sequel to 2001’s Digimon Rumble Arena and has a gameplay style similar to that seen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, this game has a unique aspect. It has a health meter instead of a percentage value representing damage taken.

The game features characters from the Digimon anime series and pits them against each other. Although it isn’t one of the best platform fighters out there, Digimon Rumble Arena 2 is a chaotic game that is pretty fun to play casually.

The roster is not massive, but they at least tried to bring creatures from many different shows. Developers managed to include characters from the Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, and Digimon Frontier anime series.

All Dimigon in this game have unique “digivolutions” and special attacks, as well as somewhat different basic attacks and taunts. It is unfortunate that, although Digimon Rumble Arena had two sequels, the franchise ended up never really becoming a thing.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Even though it is a platform fighter, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has a distinct gameplay style. However, the basics are pretty similar. Several attacks can be performed by hitting one of three attack buttons and providing a directional input.

Dealing damage on opponents rewards players with “AP” orbs, which fill up a power meter at the bottom of the screen. During a battle, players may also use throw attacks to take AP orbs away from their opponents or locate orbs scattered around the arena.

Players with enough power can perform one of three Super Moves to score points and beat enemies. Unfortunately, even though it has many iconic characters and a skill-based battle design, the game committed a few mistakes that helped it be ignored.

For instance, although it had known characters, the game was also filled with characters nobody cared about. Also, the game ignored any sort of health indicator or ring-out mechanic. So you couldn’t drop or combo your enemies away like most platform fighter players were used to doing.

Yet, I believe that despite all its flaws, this game had great potential to become a cult classic in the world of platform fighters. And considering PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was released on the PlayStation 3, it might be a bit hard to try it nowadays.

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion is much closer to Super Smash Bros. than Brawlhalla. However, Brawlhalla is heavily inspired by Super Smash Bros. as well, and the three games are platform fighters, so I felt like I needed to add this game to the list.

This game is a guilty pleasure for me. I mostly play platform fighters casually. Therefore, it is much easier for me to have fun with them and other games that might be a bit busted.

That’s absolutely the case with Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion. Try out this underrated gem if you want a fun, funny game that you don’t need to take seriously. You’ll have a blast. Especially if you are familiar with Super Smash Bros. since the controls in this game are super similar. You even have a guard button and a grab command.

This game’s roster is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in gaming history. This is the only game where you can have dream matches between characters like Samurai Jack, Toiletnado, Captain Planet, Flapjack, Buttercup, and Mojo Jojo. The best part is that these are not even half the game’s available characters.

Unfortunately, this game was not well advertised. Yes, it is a smash clone in many ways, but at least it had the potential. It just needed a little push. Still, the developers tried their best to make a great game, and I recommend trying it out if you have the chance.

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends is another poorly balanced Smash clone. However, unlike Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion, I’d argue that it lacks a charismatic enough roster that makes you care.

The game works exactly how you’d expect a Smash clone to work. You have regular attacks, special attacks, a percentage-based health meter, and a block button. It’s much easier to knock damaged characters away. Familiarly, they lose a life when knocked out of the arena.

Unlike Smash or Brawlhalla, your percentage goes down when you take damage. Unlike other platform fighters, this game limits how far a character goes after a certain amount of damage, which is when your health is at zero percent.

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends also features special attacks that only help to make it feel more busted. Although the game has its issues, the reception was not that bad. It received average reviews.

Sadly, we might never find out if this game had any potential as a competitive game. It never had enough concurrent players to start a small scene. It’s still a fun game to play with the kids, though. Especially if your kids like Po, Tigress, Mr. Ping, and the other Kung Fu Panda characters.

Super Smash Bros

Let’s face it, you knew about this one already. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of Nintendo’s most successful games and one of the best fighting games for Switch. It’s hard not to be popular when you have popular characters from popular franchises.

Super Smash Bros seems to have started as a celebration of Nintendo’s IPs, but it suddenly evolved into so much more than that. With time, characters like Sonic, Mega Man, Snake, and even Cloud joined the fight.

The series’ latest entry will always be remembered for how it made history. This is a platformer that feels like a fan game. It’s surreal to have Samus Aran and Ryu fighting Sephiroth and Sora. Things like, with such high quality and level of polish, are only possible in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As for the gameplay, this game works very similarly to Brawhalla in many ways. You win by sending the enemy beyond the stage where the fight takes place. However, in Smash, you can block your opponent’s attacks. The game also has a perfect guard system that rewards those who can predict their adversary’s behavior and answer accordingly.

If you have a switch and want to play the most exciting dream matches in a game with an active, competitive community, try Super Smash Bros. If anything, at least you will see where games like Brawlhalla come from.

Rivals of Aether

Well, this one is a given. Not only is this a famous platform fighter, but it’s also one of the best fighting games on Steam. Comparing Rivals of Aether to Brawlhalla is akin to comparing Mortal Kombat to Street Fighter.

Despite belonging to the same genre, they are very different games. If you enjoy any other platform fighter, you should try this one at least once. While there is a risk you won’t like it, there is also a good chance you may be pleasantly surprised by the graphics, art style, and mechanics present in Rivals of Aether.

The gameplay of this 2D platform fighter is quite similar to that of Super Smash Bros, from movement to how you beat an opponent, but that doesn’t mean it lacks creativity. All characters and their special moves are original, making them anything but rehashed versions of characters from other games.

Although the rhythm and movements might remind you of Super Smash Bros, Rival of Aether is closer to Brawlhalla in other ways. For instance, the game has no block button. Rivals of Aether is more focused on mastering spacing, movement, and dodging your enemies’ attacks to whiff punish them.

In many ways, Rivals of Aether plays out more like a typical fighting game. After all, a significant number of strikes are very whiff-punishable. You can’t just keep repeatedly using the same move; good aim and timing are essential.

MultiVersus

It is amazing what a lot of money and the power of some of the most famous franchises can do for a game. MultiVersus is a free-to-play platform fighter focused on 2v2 battles, but it doesn’t stop there. It has Warner’s full power behind it.

This means that MultiVersus can use some of the most popular characters ever created in their game. This is why we have Steven Universe, Super Man, Arya Stark, Buggs Bunny, Finn the Human, and many others.

As for the gameplay, it is what you’d expect from a platform fighter. The damage is represented by a number that makes you floatier the bigger it gets. Characters have regular attacks and special abilities, but like Brawlhalla and other platform fighters, it doesn’t have a block button.

The one thing that makes MultiVersus stand out is its focus on cooperative gameplay. Thinking of that, the developers attributed roles to their characters. Some of them have support abilities that might make them very important in team battles. On the other hand, those abilities might hurt how effective they are in 1v1 scenarios.

There aren’t many high-quality platform fighters in the market. To be fair, not even Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl got to a point where it can be considered a high-quality, competitive game. However, MultiVersus seems to be the new, high-quality, competitive game that platform fighter fans were waiting for.

Fraymakers

Fraymakers is a platform fighter that includes some of the most known characters from indie games. Up to 4 players may duke it out by striking one another, using special attacks, taking advantage of the stages, and using assistance to their advantage.

The gameplay is exactly what you’d expect from a platform fighter. There’s a dodge and an air dodge, and a guard mechanic. However, there’s also a parry mechanic, and the health works differently from what you’d expect.

In Fraymakers, characters have a set amount of Hit Points. Attacks deal damage once they connect, which reduces one’s HP. They can take away 1HP or more from the character hit. 

Fraymakers also comes with a weird gimmick. It will be launched with an engine that allows players to create new stages and characters. If you are looking for endless enjoyment, you can make and play your own unique characters, backgrounds, and more.

Although you will be able to create characters for this game, Fraymakers’ roster might be familiar to indie games fans. You can play characters like Orcane from Rivals of Aether, Octodad from Octodad, The Watcher from Slay the Spire, and others. One can only imagine the characters that will be added by the devs and the community.

Rushdown Revolt

The devs descrive this game as the most exciting, combo-focused, and expressive platform fighting game ever created. I think they might be right about it. Rushdown Revolt is an amazing platform fighter that mixes elements from traditional 2D fighters and famous platformers to make something truly unique.

Rushdown Revolt is developed and published by Vortex Games. It rises from the ashes of Icon, but has turned into something much better. This game has one-sided shields, combo mechanics, meter management, long combos, and more. It also counts with 10 different characters with unique playstyles.

The rollback netcode in this game is pretty good. The controller to screen time for Vortex Rollback is a lightning-fast 2 frames. This means that you don’t require any further latency beyond 150 ms. On top of that, the game also has many weekly tournaments, which might be a great way to test your skills.

Another thing that this game brings to the table is the Healthbars. Rushdown Revolt uses a Knockback Bands system. Each you take damage, your health bar diminishes. When it goes below a band, your character becomes lighter and can be knocked away further.

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