A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

CURRENT VERSION: v1_4. Lots of new effects!

Knock 'em Out is a combination platform fighter (think Super Smash Bros) and beat-em-up. Instead of damaging enemies, hitting them knocks them back, and the more you hit them, the farther they'll fly! You're tasked with punching, kicking, juggling, and hurling a variety of nasty clowns off of a wealth of unique stages. The player character has over 20 unique moves to choose from, from basic punches and kicks to jets of fire, grenades, and even slowing down time!

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
GenreAction, Fighting
Made withlibGDX
TagsBeat 'em up, combos
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, Interactive tutorial
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 2


Knock_em_Out.zip 36 MB

Install instructions

Knock 'em Out is an executable .JAR file. In order to run it, you must have Java installed on your computer. From there, it should be as simple as double clicking on the program; if that doesn't work, please look up how to run a .JAR executable on your operating system.

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback about Knock 'em Out, please email me at byninegiga [at] gmail [dot] com. If you'd like to see more similar content, follow me at bynineb.tumblr.com or here at https://itch.io/profile/bynine. Thanks and enjoy!

NOTE: Knock 'em Out contains audio from various other sources. The rest of the game's content is entirely custom.


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I would say that this is your best game yet! Your effort and passion really shine in this one, especially with the huge arsenal of moves the main character has and all of the little aesthetic details in each stage. I'm also quite impressed with the multitude of stages and gameplay modes! I could see myself getting hours of playtime out of this.

I did notice a few minor issues that I want to comment on:

  • There doesn't seem to be a list of controls anywhere. I suppose this isn't really an issue when using a game controller, but it took me a while to discover all the keyboard inputs. I think having all the controls spelled out in a single place would be very useful.
  • Walking doesn't seem to be possible with keyboard controls unless you perform a sliding attack and try to move in the opposite direction afterwards. This isn't a huge issue since I usually want to immediately run fast, but I would like to be able to use the walking-unique attacks more easily.
  • The burly purple dudes seem to be a little buggy with regard to the combo system. It's possible to get combos on them while they're doing their ground slam attack, and the combo doesn't go away until they land on the ground again. Their combo occasionally doesn't seem to go away at all when they land on the ground, too.
  • EDIT: Here's something that happened to me twice, but I wasn't sure if I put in some random key combination that closed the game or not: The game has crashed for me twice so far on Nightmare mode. The first crash occurred after I wiped out on Mushroom Madness, and the second crash occurred after I got hit by a bomb clown at the final showdown. I don't know what's happening, but it seems like your code might be crashing somewhere.

P.S.: Minus 500 bazillion points for using the old Windows fanfare sound!!

thank you for the thorough response and i'm glad you enjoyed! the tutorial was supposed to be where you learned the controls, but admittedly a simple list would probably compliment it well. i was unsure of how to handle walking with the keyboard to be honest. and as for the bugs, i've noticed the problems with the purple guy but haven't figured out how to rectify them. the crashes are strange though! i'll look into that. thanks again!