Mayhem Brawler

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a game by Hero Concept
Platform: PC (2021)
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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Mayhem Brawler
Mayhem Brawler
Mayhem Brawler

Back in the nineties, arcade gaming was a dying art form, but the lessons learned from years of arcade dwelling never faded from the world of gaming. Meaning that arcade formats still exist to this day. Games that ask the player to go in search of the highest possible score. Games that request trial and error to achieve success, games that still use lives and game over screens. These are timeless mechanics that will live on forever and Mayhem Brawler is a game that celebrates these traditional gaming ideals.

This arcade brawler plays rather similarity to games such as Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game, Streets of Rage, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues. This game aims to serve as a love letter to the nineties side-scrolling beat-em-up genre. However, does it live up to the standard of yesteryear? We find out in our review of Mayhem Brawler.

Mountains of Mayhem

Firstly, let’s begin with the visuals on offer here. We have to say that we are impressed by the cel-shaded, pop art style that this game is going for here. Short of onomatopoeic boxes saying ‘Wham’, this game looks like a top of the range comic strip. The character models are stunning, the environments are rich and vibrant. Plus, the animations are slick and precise, allowing players to immerse themselves in the world of Mayhem.

That being said, the world itself is pretty underwhelming. You control a gang of officers from the super powered police force and have to take down supervillains like vampires, werewolves and other supernatural entities. It’s a good twist on the henchmen and gang members that these games often throw at you. However, in terms of story, it’s all a little unfocused, glued together at the seams and ultimately comes across as a little half baked and messy. Although we did appreciate the full voice acting throughout.

The gameplay does make up for this though. While its tough to get a decade’s old format wrong, it can be hard to make it feel fresh and new. This game manages to do this through a good progression system, a variety of slick combos and three unique characters that allow for different play styles based on your preference. Its classic 90’s beat-em-up bliss with just enough modern flair to keep things interesting.

The Verdict

Overall, Mayhem Brawler is a game that does what you would expect and then sprinkles a light layer of intrigue over the top. The combat and gameplay format is true to it’s inspiration.


The art style is nothing short of stunning, the progression system and multiple play styles are much appreciated and if it wasn’t for the lack lustre story, we might have said that this was one of the best games in this niche genre for many years. However, even with this flaw, it’s well worth the price of admission.


  • Great combat that blends classic with modern
  • Impressive comic style visuals
  • Great voice acting


  • The format is rather primitive and not for everyone
  • Story is messy and half baked

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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