Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Oct 2, 2013
    70
    While the theatrical design is quite charming it is not as elaborated as in the Puppeteer or Black Knight Sword, while the side scrolling brawler feels generic at times and lacks the esprit of games like Castle Crashers.
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    80
    Regardless of whether you choose to partner up or go it alone, Foul Play is a grand ole adventure. Easy to pick up and fun to master, the combat alone would make this a worthwhile venture, but adding in the game’s theater aesthetic and unique visual style makes this an easy recommendation.
  3. Sep 26, 2013
    50
    Limited is really the word that sums up Foul Play. It's a difficult game to dislike, thanks to its whimsical tone, but it doesn't do much in gameplay terms to win your affections.
  4. Sep 25, 2013
    60
    The idea of having a beat 'em up in a theater stage with the audience's reaction acting as the life bar is original, but sadly the execution is not that brilliant.
  5. Sep 17, 2013
    80
    Though Foul Play can become repetitive and the story would have been bettered by voice-acting, its stylized gameplay is entertaining, memorable, and conceptually well-designed for a 1200 MSP title. Its ability to juggle all of its concepts into a cohesive beat-'em-up that lasts at least full weekend is to the credit of the indie developer Mediatonic. I take my hat off, good sir.
  6. Sep 19, 2013
    50
    Foul Play is a quite nice beat 'em all with its unique aesthetic, but its gameplay lacks of depth. We would have appreciate more combos, more difficulty and more variety.
  7. 80
    One of the best beat ’em ups/brawlers we’ve played in a good while, and the spectacular daemon beatings you’ll be handing out makes Foul Play well worth the price of admission.
  8. 70
    A charming co-op friendly adventure for fans of games like Castle Crashers. Foul Play might not be a master piece, but is still worth your hard-earned money.
  9. Oct 19, 2013
    76
    The fighting can get a tad samey, however, which holds it back from the true spiffinginity. [Dec 2013, p.63]
  10. Sep 17, 2013
    60
    It's hardly foul, but good ideas and charming animations aren't enough to save Foul Play from repetition.
  11. Oct 2, 2013
    58
    Foul Play is a very stylized, quirky little title that could be good for a quick play session alone or with a friend. If you take away it's unique presentation, and little chunks of flare, you are left with an average beat 'em up with very little to offer. Try out the demo before buying, as it is somewhat pricey, so proceed with caution.
  12. Sep 17, 2013
    83
    While a little bit simple in terms of art, Foul Play is a polished little Final Fight style title that was really a blast to play.
  13. Sep 17, 2013
    80
    Visual shortcomings and questionable first impressions aside, Foul Play is a cheery, bright-eyed, delightful roaming beat-em-up that, through superior, fluid and engrossing combat mechanics, has arguably swiped the crown of Beat-’em-up King right off of Castle Crashers' head.
  14. Sep 18, 2013
    81
    Foul Play is a fantastic looking, beautifully written brawler with a great gimmick that goes much deeper than simply putting an audience in the foreground and renaming the health meter.
  15. Sep 18, 2013
    65
    Quite simplistic and a little bit boring, Foul Play is a second-choice in comparison to Castle Crashers and Scott Pilgrim VS The World. Its nice setting and peculiar visual style may be enough reasons for giving it a try, yet do not expect an outstanding brawler. Also, not supporting four players is a very bad choice.
  16. Oct 17, 2013
    75
    Foul Play offers a special twist to the beat ‘em up-genre by adding a Rock Band-ish system. The Theatre theme is well implemented, and that makes the game immensely fun and cutesy. The audiences responses actually make you try while fighting, but it does start to get a bit repetitive an hour or so in.
  17. Sep 17, 2013
    80
    Foul Play takes the brawler genre and twists it for the stage, adding flair with the Mood-O-Meter and a range of quaint characters.
  18. Sep 26, 2013
    85
    Foul Play runs under the premise of being an action filled theater play, so you'll have to keep your audience entertained at all times. The level and character design helps maintain this illusion, and even though you'll see the actor's faces beneath the monster's costumes, the cheering of the crowd will be enough motivation to don your monocle and kick some demonic butt.
  19. 65
    Foul Play won't tempt you to heave tomatoes at its cast, but you won't find yourself crying out for an encore, either.
  20. Even at a handful of minutes, the levels seem over-long. [Dec 2013, p.91]
  21. Sep 24, 2013
    75
    Brawlers aren't always known for affecting storytelling and world building, but Foul Play's offbeat approach and goofy characters won me over.
  22. Sep 17, 2013
    65
    It's simple and quite repetitive, but the story and how much fun it has to give us makes it worth our time if we're looking for a game based on smashing buttons.
  23. Sep 19, 2013
    70
    Foul Play is absolutely charming and a good co-op game. However the length is too short and the game itself is too easy.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    8
    Foul Play is a great but predictable game that becomes repetitive over time. This game has great graphics and the game play is flawless. For $14.99 it’s a great pick up. Full Review »
  2. Sep 18, 2013
    10
    Foul Play is a really fun, easy arcade game and I'm glad I played it. To be honest, the last couple battles aren't easy, but everything else is. It's one of those games you just want to plough through and turn off your brain, get your hand/eye coordination muscles some play without having to think. Great fun! Full Review »