Based in New York City / Atlanta

Release date:
March 2020

Nintendo Switch


Regular Price:



Treachery in Beatdown City is a dark comedy action street fighting thriller that gives players the freedom to fight how they want against an increasingly ridiculous cast of enemies. lol The US President Blake Orama has been kidnapped by Ninja Dragon Terrorists! Take to the streets with 3 unique fighters - Lisa, the Boxing/MMA expert, Brad, a pro-wrestler with a love of fire, and Jeet Kune Do/Capoeira fighter Bruce. Use an all new tactical-brawling system to fight through hoards of disorderly thugs, shouting drunks, disorderly cyclists, entitled joggers, rapping grapplers, affluent punks, ninjas, terrorists, ninja terrorists, cyborgs (?) and MORE! Will they save the president? You have to play to find out!


As the first big game from NuChallenger which took almost a decade to develop, Treachery in Beatdown City came out into the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic and civil unrest of 2020 to be hailed as "The most relevant, antiracist game of 2020" by the LA Times. Treachery in Beatdown City also got big nods from PASTE as #14 on their top 40 games of 2020. Now, 3 years late, Treachery in Beatdown City is getting a huge update.


  • Choose from dozens of attacks to create long chains of strike combos, grapple combos, and strikeagrapple-ombos!
  • Switch between 3 fighters in between fights - Lisa, an MMA fighter and Boxer, Bruce, a Jeet Kune Do/Capoeira specialist, and a Brad, a former professional wrestler.
  • Use a mix of real time and tactical COMBO MENU based attacks to tackle your foes!
  • Fight over 40 class based enemies, each with a health based behavior system built to change up attacks and keep players on their toes!
  • Music by Inverse Phase, creator of such albums as Pretty Eight Machine and the Chipping of Isaac


Release Date Trailer YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Sidequesting's Team Choice Award at PAX East 2019." Boston, MA - March 28 - March 31, 2019
  • "Featured at PAX Rising at PAX East 2019." Boston, MA - March 28 - March 31, 2019
  • "Featured at PAX Rising at PAX West 2018." Seattle, WA - August 31 - September 3, 2018
  • "Featured at the MIX during E3 2018." Los Angeles, June 13, 2018

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Soundtrack EP
Available from inversephase.bandcamp.com.

Welcome to Beatdown City (Theme by Open Mike Eagle)
Available on Soundcloud soundcloud.com.

Original Kickstarter
This is the kickstarter that was successfully funded! kickstarter.com.

About NuChallenger

NuChallenger is an independent games and culture studio founded in 2012 by industry veteran Shawn Alexander Allen. NuChallenger was founded to create a studio that wasn't just another static studio, but rather a dynamic studio that could grow and work with new collaborators from project to project. Before going independent Shawn headed up the game capture team for Rockstar Games, working on industry defining games, and trailers with millions of views.

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Treachery in Beatdown City Credits

Shawn Alexander Allen
Designer, Artist, Writer, Most other things

Manuel Nico Marcano
Lead Programming

Inverse Phase

Diana Santiago
Production Artist

Bruce Spencer
Event Staff

Marie Edwards
Event Staff

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