After the closure of both DarkBlood Online and Dungeon Fighter Online, the age of 2D Side-Scrolling Beat’em ups seemed to be on its last leg. After all, who wanted to play a boring 2D scroller when you could do the same thing in glorious 3D? Apparently lots of people do, as the myriads of popular retro Indie titles can attest to.

Enter Blade Hunter from R2Games. Blade Hunter marks the genre’s return to 2D sidescrolling with promises of time-tested combat mechanics allowing players to execute nearly unlimited combos, including aerial ones against a wide array of enemies. The switch back to 2D also allows for full stage boss fights which span the length of the screen much like those found in old arcade Beat’em ups. It’s always better showing combat rather than describing so here’s Blade Hunter’s official trailer:

Blade Hunter’s Alpha test begins tomorrow, December 12th. During the Alpha players will be able to try out three classes; the Knight, Rogue, and Valkyrie. There currently appears to be no code requirement for the Alpha, which means everyone who signs up on the official site should be able to participate during the test.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. Man, I miss Dark Blood, it was an awesome 2D Side scrolling Game, Too bad it got shut down 🙁 Some of the Korea games are the best..

    This game looks lame btw, Not going to try it even if I got all the currency in the game for free.

  2. The game was alright . I played it for about 30 mins and i was lvl 30 lol. I wish they had not put this type of combat with the type of boring auto run to each quest system. Litterly it does everything for me except for pushing the attack key in dungeons. And one quest lvls u 5-7 times xD.

    • Hey man be respectful some people actually like getting the first comment, unlike you though. It must seem you like to make shitty last comments.

  3. Well yes R2 Games is not the title you want see behind a game. But maybe thay can reclaim the respect with this one. It looks pretty decent and if they didnt set up anything fishy with cash shop I do believe it can have a bright future.


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