On the iOS platform, Ravenous Games have proven that they can nail virtual controls, produce fabulous pixel art graphics, and deliver various brands of action consistently. They did it with the speedrun-centric platformer League of Evil [$1.99 / Free], they ramped up the combat with weapons in Random Heroes [Free], and they're about to tackle the beat 'em up genre with their upcoming game Beatdown. Check out the trailer.

It has a similar vibe to something like Double Dragon, but the combat doesn't appear quite as complex and it reminds me more of the simplistic button mashers X-Men [$0.99] or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in that regard. A beat 'em up with the awesome Ravenous Games style sounds like a match made in heaven, though, and we can't wait to check out Beatdown which Ravenous hopes to launch sometime next month.

  • Professionalbum

    I want to purchase Random Heroes but I'm leery of all the crash issues that others have witnessed. Or is this just a lot of hot air?

    • Professionalbum

      Anyways this is an insta-buy for me.

    • bifter

      played through random heroes on iPhone 4S. never crashed for me. enjoyed it.

      • Professionalbum

        Thanks-I've been waiting to hear a positive response.

    • http://twitter.com/RellekWVU Alan Keller Jr

      It crashed for me several times, but at no point was it a game-breaker.  However, it has not crashed since iOS6 released and Random Heroes updated.

    • detourne

      Yeah. I had a pretty bad crash when getting iap for random heroes, but the dudes at ravenous were nice enough to help me get a refund

  • readysetretro

    I like the looks of this so far, I'll be getting it for sure. I hope the levels become a little more complex than the gameplay video shows.

  • DCver3

    Double Dragon without the difficulty...I'll pick this up when it's free.

    • bifter

      ditto

  • oooooomonkey

    Hey I disagree TMNT 1989 was no button masher, there's a skill to timing the attacks so the enemy can't attack back. I still play it today (well the Xbla version nowadays)
    Brilliant game. :-)

  • Deixa

    Hope this is as good as the real double dragon

  • Flynn Taggart

    As long as it's better than random heroes, that game blew donkey chode

  • Rusothil

    This looks hilarious, the controls are always great, the difficulty makes it possible for me to beat without throwing my iPhone, level design is a different approach from RH (thank god and let's hope its better), and like always, the game will probably be $1. They have my money on a platter right now.

  • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

    Reminds me of the Scott Pilgrim game.

    • detourne

      I wish that game could be released on iOS or steam

  • Randy Dankievitch

    River City Ransom is my favorite game of all-time. If this comes anywhere close to that beat-em-up perfection, I'm going to hold my iPhone close to me and cry like a little child.

    • ducksFANjason

      I'm glad someone else had their River City Ransom nostalgia bone tickled by this! That game was rad

  • Bool Zero

    See, I am more partial to River City Ransom (also P.O.W. , The Dungeon & Dragon beat em ups, Ninja Gaiden Arcade beat em and such) than Double Dragon (and all the beat-em ups in that vein outside of X-Men, The Simpsons, Golden Axe and such). Grew up with Double Dragon in the Arcade, but RCR grabbed me with the RPG elements. I hope this game has some of that. Either way, it looks good, though I admit a little bit on the easy side for these type of games. I like my beat em ups with a little bit of depth though, but this looks good for what it is!

  • frasermorgan

    Double tap to run?

    Please?

    I don't want to walk through a level like that.

    I wanna go fast. :)

  • toddgeneva

    iCade support please!

  • http://www.mozzarellashop.it MasviL

    It will be out tomorrow :-)