A downloadable couch game for Windows

Single-handedly defeat your friends

With a single button, you control multiple characters and all of their actions. Yet it can be learned within seconds. This makes it the ideal party game to play on a big screen.

Whose blood is that?

Hack, smash and blast through rows of enemies! Missing a leg? It's but a flesh wound! Chop until you drop!

Mastery

Time your spins, rolls and attacks right to chop off limbs and be victorious!

Old school couch gaming

Play through the co-op campaign to unlock new characters, arenas and factions; duel it out with 2-4 players in the arena mode or play a knock out tournament with unlimited participants!

Explore, Discover, Encounter

Travel across mountains and forests, swamps and settlements. Meet the locals - and wipe them out!
Some of them will join you on your conquest against evil.

What is this?

This is a work-in-progress preview of the final game. You can already play a few levels of the single/coop campaign, and the arena mode, which is the heart of Skirmish.

Arena mode can be played with up to 4 players, or as a hot-seat tournament with many more.

The game also has a Twitch integration that lets viewers of your Twitch channel appear as spectators in the background.

Tell us what you think! We're very curious to hear about your experience.

Wanna stream our game?

Awesome!
Not sure how it's done? We wrote a handy streaming guide for you!

Play online

Our game does not have native online multiplayer. However, using the awesome and easy to use program Parsec you can play Skirmish online anyway!

Just install the program, host the game and have your friends join in. Highly recommended!


Privacy Policy:
To improve the game we collect some data (like how often you jumped before you died). To read the privacy policy, click here.

Presskit

Install instructions

Just extract the entire archive to a folder and run the game from there.

Some anti-virus programs and windows versions mistake our game for malicious code. We promise you it's not and it's perfectly safe to use.

Download

Download
skirmish-windows-32.zip 139 MB
Version 9 May 22, 2019

Development log

Comments

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Игра хороша, жду полной версии. Очень классно провел время в данной игре :) Спасибо за старание :)

Thanks for the review! It was fun watching you play!

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Yo, the game looks fun, w a cool concept. Was wondering if there were any plans to release it on Macintosh? Cheers brah.

Hey Thale, thanks for your interest. We'll release for Mac eventually, but it's not a high priority for now. We still have to gauge if there is enough interest from the Mac users. But this is +1 :) 

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It's pretty fun! I enjoyed it, but I feel like the game suffers from itself. The one button click idea is a great idea, but I don't like that jumping is the first press. It feels like it often results in my characters quick death. I feel like changing jumping to only being a double press, and flipping to being a triple press would give a lot more control to the player.

I still had fun and am probably gonna try it out with my roomates! I'll post a video of that as well when we make it.

Hope you enjoy the video!


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Hey Cyberwolf, thanks for trying our game!

Obviously it's still a work in progress and we're trying different things - so thanks for the ideas. We will try and see if that improves the game. 

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Oh, by the way... It looks like the game stutters a lot in your video. Did you also experience that while playing or is it just the recording?

Thank you for letting me know. I didn't notice in the parts I looked at for editing. The game actually ran super smoothly.

I'm glad to hear that. We had some issues with stuttering when recording footage too sometimes. It did look like the game froze and then you got killed because of it, but maybe it's the other way around. Maybe there is some expensive code running when the player dies that bogs down recording software. 

when i click download nothing happens can you fix that?

Hey, good that you let us know. I'd love to fix it, although here it works just fine. 

Could you try it in a different browser? Does the button work for other games? 

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This is fun i liked it, it's difficult, that's good. While playing i could feel getting sucked up by the game to the point i wouldn't be able to stop till i finished it. I guess that's a good thing ;)

And i really like the soundtrack!

Thanks for posting your video! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
I can recommend also trying the arena mode against a friend or AI. You haven't seen the whole game if you haven't tried it ;)

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Oooh i will, i will try it. Perhaps spend my christmas time with it :P 

Congrats Pollie, with your video submission you've won a Steam key for the (upcoming) release version of Skirmish! Since we can't send you the key here, please join our Discord and send @Orion#6215 your itch.io username!

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This was a very fun side scroller, we thought it would be easy, with only one button...  Boy were we wrong xD  Good job on the game guys!!  We thoroughly enjoyed playing it, probably will play it in our spare time :)  

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Great play session! It was hilarious to watch XD Pro tip: Your character wobbles left and right - when you press jump, that's the direction he'll jump towards. Also it's more about releasing the button at the right time than pressing it. You did real good for a first try though! Thanks for sharing!

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Congrats GrayDeathSociety, with your video submission you've won a Steam key for the (upcoming) release version of Skirmish! Since we can't send you the key here, please join our Discord and send @Orion#6215 your itch.io username!

i think i will win a steam key, when you will chose the winner

Are you making a video?

yeah but not now thats why im asking

Ah, I see! Well, as it says above, it has to be posted here before the 24th of December.

fun

Congrats queenfaith89, with your video submission you've won a Steam key for the (upcoming) release version of Skirmish! Since we can't send you the key here, please join our Discord and send @Orion#6215 your itch.io username!

thank u :D i think good game

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Amazing game! Have followed it's development closely before it went "online", and have to say: it's been a great journey!
Here's a VOD on Twitch from a few days back! No commentary, just raw gameplay!
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/345507099

Thanks!

Have you been plugging your controller in and out for two minutes at the beginning?

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Tried some of those retro controllers that were laying around the office, but the cables were messed up, so they only would work in certain orientations. That's why the unplugging happens at the first 2 minutes. Eventually we picked up a single Xbox controller and used the spacebar for the second player

Congrats DevCas1, with your video submission you've won a Steam key for the (upcoming) release version of Skirmish! Since we can't send you the key here, please join our Discord and send @Orion#6215 your itch.io username!

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We really liked gaming this game. The controls are a bit chaotic, but that's also a cool thing. Other than the short demo we can't think of any bad advantages.

I hardly understood a word, but I can tell you guys had fun! Thanks for posting your video!

Congrats RGB Gamers, with your video submission you've won a Steam key for the (upcoming) release version of Skirmish! Since we can't send you the key here, please join our Discord and send @Orion#6215 your itch.io username!

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So I gave it a try, and I really love the concept! But damn is it easy to die. While I understand that this is a demo, and you mentioned in another comment that the final version will have a much easier difficulty curve, I still didn't feel like a lot of the deaths were my fault and I think that has a lot to do with the control. I love the idea of a one button game, but it almost seems like an artificial restriction that's hurting the overall feel, trying to attack but being forced to jump and run to do so makes some of the arenas feel extremely small and having three enemies in back-swing tailing you means if you stop for a moment to attack you get obliterated. Compounding that is the fact that you only have a limited number of playable characters, and I don't even want to know what happens when you run out. I think this concept could go a long way, but as the demo stands, I felt as if I were being punished for deaths that were unavoidable.

Thanks for posting your play-through! I actually meant to ask you to take a look at this game, since you also reviewed our GGJ game "Static Breach" earlier - but you got ahead of me!

Watching you play the pirate level did make me cringe a couple of times. We wanted to show one of the later levels in the game and while our testers had no problem beating the level, it can obviously be quite daunting for a new player who's still trying to get a hang of the controls. By the time you would normally reach this level you'd have some stronger characters available too. So maybe I'll nerf the pirates a bit for the demo.

I'd still love to see you give arena a shot with a friend some time.

Congrats CoalFire, with your video submission you've won a Steam key for the (upcoming) release version of Skirmish! Since we can't send you the key here, please join our Discord and send @Orion#6215 your itch.io username!

Looks interesting but the forced popups turned me off immediately

Thanks for your feedback! Can you be more specific? Are you referring to the tutorial?

The questionnaire

Alright thank you. We will remove the questionnaire.

Done. We weren't aware it was so off-putting. Please let us know if you experience any other annoyances!

Might be a better fit for a "let us know your thoughts" or "feedback" button in game or post-demo. That way you still get the data you want without it being so intrusive.

Actually there is, but noone was using it.

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This game is awesome! But its so damn hard... all my dark souls rages are coming back!

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This is such a nice game!

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this game is cool, if only i managed to get past the pirates >_>

The pirate ship is the last level of the demo. The full version will have a softer learning curve! 
Thanks for playing our game!

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i want to play this game but my computer can't run it ;v

What are the specs of your computer?