Breaking The Rules: The Roman Tournament is a third-person single and multiplayer brawl fighting game.
In the city of Rome has been organized a tournament which brings together the most fearsome fighters of the world.
Try your hand into a bloody battle completely physic-based!
Defeat your opponents, scale up the charts, play with four friends on your PC, or fight online against up to 12 players.
Who will win the title?
Who will be the best at "Breaking the rules"?
And remember, The last man standing WINS!


  • Advanced Fighting System completely ragdoll based, using Havok animation and physic for the whole collision system and for animation/physic blending.
  • FCS ( Fast Combo System ) concatenates attacks boosting attack power.
  • Dynamic stamina management that affects gameplay.
  • Co-op techniques like grab, and hold enemy.
  • 8 charismatic wrestlers, inspired to icons of pop culture of '70, '80. '90 and 2000s. Each one with his own particular style of combat, each one available in two different suits.
  • Realistic rendering with DOF, HDR FSAA, Motion Blur, particle effects and more.
  • Melee weapons and environment objects like chairs, tables, baseball sticks.
  • As the fight goes on, the effects on the players appears clearly visible with blood, cuts, bllod stains on the floor etc...less is the energy, slower become player movements and accuracy decreases too.
  • Multiplayer battles with up to 12 players. Multiplayer modes include Classic Brawl, and Team Battle.
  • Local Multiplayer brawl up to 4 players on the same machine
  • Classic 1vs 1 Arcade Mode
  • Team Battle Modes: Balanced ( 2vs2, 3vs3, 4vs4 ), Double dragon ( 2 vs all ) and Titan ( 1 vs all )
  • This BTR installment is totally set in Rome. Explore 8 of the most beautiful scenarios of the eternal city, faithfully reproduced, like “Piazza di Spagna” or “Ponte S. Angelo”!.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • CPU: 2.1Ghz or higher Multi-core or multiple processors at 2GHz or above recommended
  • RAM: 512MB minimum; 2GB recommended
  • Hard Disk Space: 900 MB
  • Video: Graphics card—Shader Model 2.0 (SM2.0) minimum; SM 3.0 with 512MB and above recommended
  • Sound Card: Direct X-compatible sound card
  • DirectX®: Directx 9c
  • Controller Support: Xbox360 gamepad and compatible commercial gamepads
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There is no doubt that, like many other developers, we also had trouble trying to get our games onto Steam.
Being out from the popular DD platform forced us to stop updating the game.
The launch of Steam Greenlight (TM) gives now to devs like us a new chance of getting games on Steam.

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Halloween sale at BTR Studios! only 0.96!

Halloween sale at BTR Studios! only 0.96!

4 years ago News 3 comments Report

Halloween sale at BTR Studios! only 0.96 EUR! Good for only a few days, until 2 November 2011 we offer a great price on our title "Breaking The Rules...

Patch 1.3.2 and IGC / IGF submission!

Patch 1.3.2 and IGC / IGF submission!

4 years ago News 0 comments Report

Hi Folks! We are proud to announce the new 1.3.2 patch that improves all the movement/running animations a lot, plus fix several bugs and tweaks ragdolls...

BTR Vampire competition! win 10 FREE copies of BTR!!!

BTR Vampire competition! win 10 FREE copies of BTR!!!

4 years ago News 4 comments Report

BTR Studios has announced its first official "Breaking The Rules" summer contest with a video competition! Participating couldn't be easier!

Patch 1.3 - powered constraint ragdolls!

Patch 1.3 - powered constraint ragdolls!

4 years ago News 0 comments Report

We are glad to announce, after one month of hard work ( and some days spent at sea too! ) the new patch 1.3

"Breaking The Rules" is a third-person action/fighting game. Game is mainly played as a brawl, ( but can also be played in the classic 1 vs 1 mode ). Fights can happen local ( up to 4 players on the same machine ) or multiplayer up to 12 players. The...
Breaking The Rules - T.r.T. - DEMO

Breaking The Rules - T.r.T. - DEMO

4 years ago Demo 4 comments

After thinking a bit (and have received a lot of requests from the community), we decided it would be a good idea to release a demo to the public. The...

Breaking the Rules Manual

Breaking the Rules Manual

4 years ago Guides 5 comments

"Breaking The Rules" is a third-person action/fighting game. Learn all of the key combos for each of the characters.

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ugasoft Mar 7 2011 says:

Great improvment with respect old videos I've seen!
Good Job!

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_1dt3k_ Mar 2 2011 says:

NO!! It looks awful and it uses Gamebryo MISTAKE!!!! Scrap it all for something like Unity or ANYTHING!!!

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Hannibal0 Mar 1 2011 says:

Nice graphics, and gamerplay seems to be fun, but hit detection is kinda messed up, it reacts too slow and the distance between feet/fist and enemy is too long, looks unrealistic. Anyway, I#d play this evenb with those problems, you may fix them later ;P

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TheBTRStudios Creator
TheBTRStudios Apr 16 2011 replied:

Hi Hannibal,

thanks for your feedback! For you and for all the others that helped us to address hit delay problems,
check latest videos ( especially "2 rounds in Santangelo" and "active ragdoll tests" ) , we totally re-write hit detection system and get hit logic!

Tell us what you think!

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Andy1112 Mar 1 2011 says:

are you kidding ? this game looks fun, it's been a long time I haven't see that kind of games, reminds me of street of rage and fighting force ...

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SgtCbb Mar 1 2011 says:

no one would buy

+1 vote     reply to comment
Res1 Mar 1 2011 says:

from that video it doesnt look too good...

-2 votes     reply to comment
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Breaking The Rules
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Highest Rated (2 agree) 10/10

Graphics are OK. Obviously Doesn't pretend to be Crysis-like but looks like a mid-2000 game. ( first games of next-gen if you get the idea ). The controlls are a little bit hard, but the artificial inteligence is very smart. But the great part of the game is physics. Ragdoll physics of this game is incredible. It's even better than big name studios titles that usually use it only for ko's. Here ragdolls are always present in the fight and thanks to them you can feel every hit as little bit different…

Jun 20 2011 by RabbitFreak

Lowest Rated (3 agree) 1/10

While I admire the developers attempt to create a ragdoll beat-em-up, I have to say, that this is simply the worst indie title I have ever played. The controls are incredbily clunky and sluggish. Combat is difficult and there are almost no combos at all. The combos that do exsist are simply punch, punch, or kick, kick, kick. "Special" moves are difficult to pull off, and certain characters are simply better to play than others due to their knock up and knock down capabilities. Characters have spines…

Aug 29 2011 by MiahHman

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