Rag Doll Kung Fu to flail retail

Merscom announces deal to put Mark Healey's independently developed fighter onto store shelves in August.

Like Darwinia and Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates before it, Rag Doll Kung Fu is making the jump from being a digitally distributed, independently developed hit to being a boxed product bound for brick-and-mortar sales. North Carolina-based publisher Merscom LLC today announced that it had picked up the lighthearted PC fighting game for an August release in the US.

Described by Healey as "a kung fu fight with string puppets in which you don't have to worry about getting the strings tangled up or even having a kung fu fight at all if you don't feel like it," Rag Doll Kung Fu was the first wholly independent game to be digitally distributed through Valve Software's Steam when it went live on the service last October. Merscom's retail edition will actually come with two different versions of the game: a non-Steam build for players who can't connect to the Internet and just want the offline game, and a Steam-enabled version that will allow for updates, patches, and online multiplayer.

Rag Doll Kung Fu will retail for $19.99. It is currently available over Steam for $14.95, but Merscom is promising to include some extras in the boxed version.

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26 comments
snake289
snake289

this game could be perfect for nintendo ds and wifi because all you would need is the bottom screen

Johnny156
Johnny156

The fun part about this game was to make characters...it's hilarous to see yourself in a game, all you need is a digital camera and PS or MSPaint.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Meh...I can find something better to spend $20 on.

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

this game sounds like poo but i've never tryd it but i would if i don't waste my money on carck

Reetesh
Reetesh

THe game sounded pretty cool, But I played it and it got a little bit..............boring:? at the second stage itself.

sup3rsnail
sup3rsnail

Heh, this is going to be like those crappy budget games made by Valusoft. Nobody will really buy it.

big_squig
big_squig

Dosen't this game control with the mouse?...if so, be cool on DS with wifi.

Zilch06
Zilch06

This game was a blast, so I might pick it up down the road.

ragingoptimistu
ragingoptimistu

I find it awesome that an independently developed game can make it to the store shelves.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Might actually try this game out.

CLDragonCL
CLDragonCL

xbox live arcade? This game uses the mouse the whole time.. they are going to have a hard time trying to port it. . .

GamingDisgrace
GamingDisgrace

It's really not important, physics are nice, gameplay and graphics are lacking. It's a "Don't Play This Game" nominee.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Sounds like a good way to make some extra cash.

rynmls
rynmls

is this game important?

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

nope, i think they meant flail.

-BC-Soldier91
-BC-Soldier91

You mean fail into retail....this game didn't impress me much. Maybe as an Xbox Live Arcade Game, it would prosper more but I don't think many people would buy it at a retail store.

Dawg605
Dawg605

This game would be great for Xbox Live Arcade! I'd buy it!

thepeter
thepeter

i wanna see "Samurai showdown: Source"!!!!

apwc
apwc

I'd like to see it come to the Live Marketplace

keiblerfan69
keiblerfan69

Glad to see more independent made games getting retail releases.

jonmase
jonmase

That would be awesome...but the game is essentially dead. Still waiting on the Map Editor, and Mark Healey hasn't reported anything on it in months. Also, barely anybody plays online anymore