Stikbold & The Beautiful: ’70s-Styled Dodgeball With Whales

John and Alec in the early '90s!? What are you guys doing in this game!

Local multiplayer games seemed a frustrating shame until recently: I’d see a cool art style or neat idea and then discover that I could only play it if I had people around my house. I hate having people around my house, because that’s where I store the evidence. But then Nidhogg, Gang Beasts and Towerfall happened and I had a gang of folks whose houses I could visit, and so Stikbold, a 1-6 player local multiplayer dodgeball game with colour, humour, and whale-based bossfights seems like an extremely enticing prospect.

This is the GIF that made me want to post about the game. The power of just a few, funny moments of animation:

That’s from a scene coming in a new, as yet unreleased trailer, but there’s also this older footage from back in May which is similarly joyous:

The game began as a 48-hour project for the Nordic Game Jam 2013, where it was award “Most Fun” by the 400+ other participants at the event. That seemed encouragement enough for Danish developers Reign Bros to expand on the idea, which includes making a singleplayer story mode for those, like me, who think of their homes as fortresses of solitude. Or fortresses of solitude + immediate family, technically.

The estimated release date for the game? “1976!” says the Reign Bros. site, as if after our own hearts. “Summer 2014” says the presskit, more practically.


  1. VanDerSpar says:

    Not quite the most common Stikbold, as I’m grown up with, but it sure seems fun. It’s rather hard to find the circular yards to play on though. At least in Denmark.

  2. Gap Gen says:

    Bonus points for a giant whale trying to eat people, minus points for the players not being connected by a horrifying flesh sausage instead of having legs.

  3. BathroomCitizen says:

    Serious question: where does Graham get all these gifs?

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      He doesn’t know. They just turn up in the mail.
      They’re gif(t)s, you see?


      • Gap Gen says:

        I remain dubious of Graham’s story on that one. You see, I do not trust geeks, even when they bring gifs.

    • Stardog says:

      That ain’t no gif. Webm.