Eyeballin’ This: Turn-based Bar Fighting With Cute Animals


“Turn-based bar fighting game” is a pretty good elevator pitch. “Turn-based bar fighting with cute isometric animals” is even better. That’s what Stray Robot Games are making with (the working titled) The Cresting Rainbow. It’s Frozen Synapse meets this news story I just found about a drunk pig attacking a cow. It’s also far cuter than any of the bar fights I’ve seen in real life.

The game started as a side project last October, but has grown to consume most of its developer’s time. The creators are doing that lovely think where they track progress via a TIGSource devblog and with occasional #ScreenshotSaturday tweets.

Here’s a GIF from the devblog.

Players will take simultaneous turns to steer their characters around the barfield, and have a simple set of moves including punching, throwing furniture, and putting people in headlocks. If real world bar fights are an inspiration, I’d also like to suggest moves for ‘tear button from own shirt’, ‘curse and slip up’ and ‘wet self’.

On their own site, the developers talk more about the challenges of making an isometric game. Scrolling down also shows the project they were working on before this, which was some sort of beautiful side-on RPG with a working title of ProjectSword.

Cor, these are some nice colours.

Let’s eyeball the developers from across the room until they get mad, flip a table and finish The Cresting Rainbow as soon as possible.


  1. Tei says:

    Somebody should make a version of this with Discworld characters. Barfights are basically the national sport in Ank-Morpork.

  2. Gap Gen says:

    This is an amazing idea.

  3. Timberwolf says:

    X-Com: Low Stakes Edition.

  4. Dog Pants says:

    This looks great. Please let us know when it’s finished, because I’ll probably forget.

  5. NonCavemanDan says:

    If I remember rightly, Games Workshop made a free board-game version of something like this many moons ago that involved Orcs. My favourite special move was “Weep Like A Weedy Grot”. This does look like a very cute little game though.

    • Jackablade says:

      In an odd coincidence, I’ve got that game sitting right here. I was toying with the idea of building the board into into a video game environment.