Genre(s): Action/Tactical Action,

Metacritic Rating: 53 (out of 100)

Price: Free


Toribash is an FREE multiplayer (turn-based), or single player (sandbox) fighting game where you make up all the moves. It’s almost more of animation program where you learn to control the physics involved in moving the human body into a martial arts fighting mode.

Use precision motion controls to create any move you want – the only limit is your imagination. Manipulate your fighter’s joints for maximum impact and take out your opponents with precise hits. Boost your joints for added speed and strength to hit harder, then grab your opponents and slam them to the ground. Fight online and challenge players around the world. Want to make your own fight movies? Just jump into the replay editor. You can enter replays at any point in time and review your fight to catch that move you missed.

The game is played by relaxing, holding, extending or contracting the various joints on the player’s character and hitting the spacebar to advance time by a user-specified amount, the default being ten frames. When properly manipulated, one ragdoll will strike the other, and if enough damage is inflicted with a single blow, a limb or body part may be dismembered, or fractured. Through careful manipulation of the ragdoll’s joints, arbitrarily complex attacks can be performed.

The goal of the game is to score as many points as possible during a fight by landing blows on the opponent’s ragdoll, with points being awarded based on the amount of damage inflicted. In most modes of play, another means of winning is causing the opponent’s disqualification. This occurs when a disallowed body part (normally any part beside the hands, feet and wrists) touches the ground, or when any body part touches the ground outside the boundaries of a square or circular dojo.

There are a number of different play modes, based on the amount of frames per turn, lengths of matches, distances between opponents, gravity, and ease of dismemberment or fracture. There are also many different mods, both official and user-created. These mods can change the appearance or affect the motion of the ragdolls, and can add objects to the environment which players can interact with.

The game also includes character customization (the appearance of heads, hair, joints, and limbs may be changed), online multiplayer, a ghost showing a preview of what the current joint settings will do to the ragdoll, and the saving and sharing of replays. Players can also use their own custom textures on the body parts. The online multiplayer also has a ranking system for each colored belt, which ranges from the lowest belt (White Belt) to the highest belt (Elite Belt).

Players who join the site’s official forum can buy and equip items of their choice, by trading or receiving them in various tourneys and events. Players can also join clans and organizations, by contacting other players in the forum.

Publisher: Nabi Studios/Toribash Team

Developer: Hampus Söderström

Release Date: March 2, 2006

Players: Multiplayer or Single Player (sandbox).


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