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BattleBlock Theatre (2014) is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are a prisoner forced to play through deadly levels for an audience of cats! You move around the world, running, jumping and punching to collect the games and get to the exit. It's a satisfying combination of silliness and timing with a number of ways to play with or against your friends.

Each level is made of different types of blocks (collapsing, sticky, bouncy, volcanic and so on). You need to deftly guide your character to work with these hazards to get through the level and find enough gems to unlock the exit. Add to this the deadly spikes, water pits, and various deadly creatures and you have a chaotic yet fun challenge.

It's a game that's as much about goofing around as it is winning in the fastest time. This means that playing co-operatively adds not only another player to help you on your way but also the chance to sabotage one another or race for a high score.

The result is a party game that offers a quick fix of challenge and mayhem. It's a glorious mess of ideas that work together to create a surprisingly coherent whole. Perhaps most telling, it's a game that gets players laughing at the delights and howling at the disasters of attempting each level.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked BattleBlock Theatre 9 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Creative, Fighting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Along with the two-player co-operative campaign, there are competitive arenas for up to four players with various imaginative ways to compete.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Contains frequent mild language and sexualised dialogue. Language is mild but frequent and consists of the words ‘butt’, ‘crap’, ‘god’, ‘hell’, and ‘*!@?*’. Sexual content is infrequent but consists of dialogue referring to sounds made during intercourse. Also contains violence of a mild nature towards non-human characters.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G).

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to cope with the chaotic and fast-moving levels. Making precise jumps helps, along with resistance and perseverance when you fail.


BattleBlock Theatre

Steam Store PC -
App Store Mac Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/05/2014

Out Now: Mac, PC and Xbox 360

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Platform (Creative, Fighting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks and Cartoon

Developer: The Behemoth (@TheBehemoth)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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