I just found the most [tag]addicting[/tag] [tag]game[/tag] evar! Go and download [tag]Toribashi[/tag] now! Yes, now. I will wait – it’s only like 4 MB but it is fun as hell!

It is a [tag]fighting game[/tag], but not of the button mashing kind. It doesn’t have effective combo moves, but what it does have is the effective [tag]physics simulation[/tag]. You essentially control the tension of your character joints, and manipulate them to punch, kick, grapple and etc… Controls are quite difficult to grasp at the beginning and it will take you some time before you can do anything other than falling over. I admit that it took me well over an hour to actually figure out how to throw simple punches and kicks – but it was fun just to play around with the engine.


The best part is that if you put enough force on your opponent’s joint you can actually rip it off. I was able to successfully dismember my opponent on several occasion. Once, actually managed to cut the guy in half with a pin-point accurate jump kick placed in the waist area. I think it was a fluke, because I could not replicate that move again.

Toribashi is a great example that you do not need fancy graphics to make an awesome game. All you need is [tag]innovative[/tag] concept, and a simple design that goes with it.

Go digg Toribashi all the way to the front page.

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  1. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    uhh… if took you an hour to figure out how to do stuff, could you give the rest of us some hints :P

    All i can do is relax a joint (which leads to falling) or hold a joint (which leads to standing still) how do you make bits actually tense?

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Each joint has 4 possible modes – relaxed, stiff, and two contractions. If you use the scroll wheel on the joint, you will be able to change which way it will contract. If you press c on the keyboard it will hold/relax all joints – this is useful if you want to start setting things over.

    If you click on hands/fists you will switch them to grab mode – so instead of punching you will hold on to the opponent. Click again to release.

    For example, to do a jump-kick do this:

    1. press c to hold all joints
    2. throw your arms up
    3. bend the knee of one foot
    4. bend the hip of the same foot to bring the whole leg upwards
    5. bend the other foot to bounce up
    6. keep pressing space till you are high enough in the air
    7. straighten up the knee

    You can play around with the timing. For example if you bounce first, and then throw your hands up you will get extra lift. If you manipulate the back joints just right, you can do a swiping side kick.

    It is totally possible to cut the enemy in half with a good jump kick – you just need to time it well.

    Punching is a little more tricky because you need to manipulate the upper torso joints. So you need the whole body to turn to throw a strong punch.

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  3. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    ok, many thanks (very speedy response there)
    it seems my problem was lack of a scroll wheel from playing on a laptop, I’ll need to go find the USB mouse
    now where did i leave that thing….

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  4. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Oh, then you can just use the Z key to change the way the joint bends. It works the same way as the scroll wheel. X holds and relaxes joints just like the mouse button, so you don’t even have to click if you don’t want to. No need to look for an external mouse.

    Right-click and drag moves the camera around (but WASD also works).

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  5. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    ok, great thanks, jump kicks r us! :P
    i always fall on my arse from the rebound though and cant figure out what motion in the chest /legs to use to put his feet under him when he falls. Most of the chest actions (or lumbar or w/e) seem to be geared toward rotating him, to put power behind a punch i guess

    so basically he falls backwards with a rigid chest and then my attempts to move his legs dont help :oops:

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  6. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Heh… I haven’t figured out how not to totally fall on my ass yet. I usually use the knee and feet to bounce up again. You can almost put yourself back to vertical, but I usually just end up tumbling the other direction. Most likely you need to use the whole body to catch the balance again.

    I found out that if you manage to land on all fours you will not get any damage from falling.

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  7. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    turns out it doesnt really matter – in multiplayer once youre in the air you dont tend to come down again :D

    I sucked against the training dummy cause i didnt move it but when the other guy’s moving too it doesnt matter so much if you fall on your arse (try grabbing ’em by the head then jumping up high to rip it off hehehehe..

    Im surprised how good i got at this so quick :p If you see an opponent called man-man, run in fear :wink:

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  8. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    I actually devised quite a nasty move that will decapitate the training dummy. Allow the body to slump down, while bending the knees. When you are almost kneeling shen straighten the legs to jump up, and at the same time swing your arms up and inwards to grab the dude’s head.

    Now keep the legs straight till you are well above his head with your ass in the air. Now use your arms to pull yourself towards the opponent and bend the knees back (I think you might need to arch your back too). You should be able to decapitate him with your knees from this position.

    Once the head was off I released it, and flipped around trying to kick it as it was flying away. I missed it by an inch but it was close.

    When I tried multiplayer, I noticed that sometimes the distance was different than with the dummy. So some of the starting moves that worked for single player, did not do much in multiplayer (to far to reach).

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  9. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    Yeah, the engaging distance can be different to default
    Some of the fight “rooms” have judo in the name and in them you start quite close, theres others “experimental” where you start far apart.

    If you hover the pointer over the name of each room it tells you what the settings are, including starting distance, whether dismemberment is on, if disqualification on hitting the ground is on, and suchlike

    I start most games by swinging both arms in to grab at the head/shoulderss, bringing one leg up with a bent knee ready to kick out and pushing off the ground with one foot. I tend to contract the abs as well to try and prevent myself flying back so much

    One game i ripped a guys head off and hit him with it :P and it was the first outing of his custom wrestler-mask head too :lol:

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  10. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Best fight I had so far was with some annoying kid who kept talking shit claiming to be undefeated. It was one of those long distance rooms so he would just hang back and wait for the other player to injure himself by hitting the floor after a jump, and bounce back in case someone got to close. So his every fight was either a draw or a win.

    When it was my turn to fight him, for some reson I allowed my character to slump up to the floor by relaxing everything. Somehow thhis inched me close enough to him to deliver a kick. It was a total fluke but I got him smack dab in the knee and ripped his leg off.

    The two other people in the room started cheering. The guy called me a fucking n00b and left the room. :mrgreen:

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  11. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    hehe.. sweet. Its always nice to take someone like that down a peg or 2. I havent seen much arrogance like that, everyones been nice :)

    I think my best fight was one when i jumped straight into them with all 4 limbs, grabbed with my arms, kicked with my legs and took almost all their limbs off, and split their torso in 2 pieces :D

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  12. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    oo, i just remembered some things ive been trying to find out, do you know how to turn off autosaving of replays, or maybe filter it to be just the ones where you actually fought

    Also, on a similar theme, what program can you use to play the saved replay files? I tried going into “open with” and choosing toribash but no luck :(

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  13. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Hehe… You can use notepad to view the replay files. :mrgreen: They are not video but plain text files.

    To watch them, just move them to the replay folder. They will automagically appear in the replay menu.

    Also, press P and then E when watching a replay, and you can start playing from that moment.

    I have no clue if there is a way to disable the autosave though.

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  14. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Btw, check out the total pwnage here – I ripped the dude apart!

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  15. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    That appears to be a text file, but i think i can make it work :mrgreen:
    Copy, paste into notepad, save as a .rpl etc

    hmm, if i had somewhere to put it thats online, or if i could be bothered to upload it to a fileshare place :wink: i could show you a replay that I call Total Dismemberment.. ooh wait, i already mentioned that one

    ah well, ive rewatched it and seen what happened in more detail

    I swung my arms in and grabbed their head then lifted it up whilst swinging my leg up and in (contract then extend, normal type of kick) This split their abs from their lumbar, so their legs dropped off and carried on into their armpit taking one arm off and dislodging the already pressured head

    Meanwhile i was using my arms to position them in front of me and the knee of my other leg swung up to take the other arm off

    now *that* is pwnage

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  16. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    it worked :)
    ok, screw my replay, you completely tore him apart
    although yours was on a training dummy, mine was against an actual person
    i suppose i could copy+past the text from mine into the comment box, but it would probably do strange things to your layout :wink:

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  17. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    You should be able to use Save As to get the file.

    Btw – you could use rapidshare or megaupload for stuff like that. There is no registration necessary. All you do is upload the file, and then you get a download link. People mostly use these for pr0n movies, but it’s not like we can’t put it to some other use too :)

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  18. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    yep, save as is what i did, made it a .rpl and it worked fine
    and i couldnt be bothered to upload it when i posted, i think i said so.. maybe not :?

    but… why not :P

    so you know, the C in brackets at the end (rapidshare appears to turn those into underscores for the link) is what ive been using to show that its a replay from one of my fights, c for custom :)

    NB, i entered info for a non-premium account before i noticed that i didnt have to, does rapidshare spam?

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  19. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Don’t know if they spam. I never really registered with them. :P

    They probably don’t have to. From what I have seen rapidshare is doing really good luring people into buying premium. Try googling “rapidshare hacks” or something like that and you will see hundreds of pages doing all sorts of crazy things to circumvent the download restrictions.

    I don’t have toribashi installed here so I’ll watch this when I get home :)

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  20. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I just watched it – Awesome! The guy didn’t even have time to move. lol

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