Spiderduck Showcase: Foul Play

Keeping a brawler interesting can be difficult, right? A lot of times, it just devolves into mashing the same button over and over mindlessly. Foul Play uses a few different elements in its efforts to escape that trap. Like many good brawlers, Eric says, Foul Play keeps a nice sense of enemy variety and progression. Borrowed from other genres is the concept of optional challenges in each act--these challenges entice you to play in a particular manner and reward you with helpful equipment. And from its sister genre, the hack-n-slash, Foul Play picks up the ability to learn new moves over the course of the game. In all, it provides something interesting and worthwhile without breaking the brawler mold.

It's available on Steam and Xbox Live Arcade.