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.

This is our page.
If you like Breaking The rules and want to see it updated and patched even more, vote for us!

Halloween sale at BTR Studios! only 0.96!

Halloween sale at BTR Studios! only 0.96!

4 years ago News 3 comments

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

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

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

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 - 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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thunderising Jun 13 2011 says:

Bad news, was out on torrents before this post was live.

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TheBTRStudios Creator
TheBTRStudios Jun 13 2011 replied:


Seems a lot of people out there is torrent the game. Anyway, people will NOT be able to play online with a cracked serial....

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thunderising Jun 15 2011 replied:

i'm not playing it anyways.

I'm hooked to Witcher 2.

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STOKK-E Jun 13 2011 replied:

the torrent was only for trying out the game so people who like it can buy it an support the makers of the game like i do.

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TheBTRStudios Creator
TheBTRStudios Jun 13 2011 replied:

Well, i hope so,

otherwise there would be no support at all, due to the closure of the studio...

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macacos2 Jun 13 2011 replied:

Want to avoid things like that? Make a demo.

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TheBTRStudios Creator
TheBTRStudios Jun 13 2011 replied:

Don't think game wouldn't be torrented with a demo, especially this kind of game.
Giving a demo with few characters and maps probably would only increase piracy of the full version. The only thing we can do to limit this is to improve online play ( patch in progress, testing right now ) and authenticate cd key online.

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STOKK-E Jun 21 2011 replied:

Even key that are to activate online don't work belive me i download games all the time to test them and i also play this game for a few hours but i think the game is cool i'm not gonna buy because it not mi kind of game i delete my version of it but wil recomend the game to some of my friends that do like this kind of games and they will buy it if they like it.

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macacos2 Jun 13 2011 replied:

Having a demo for a game is a sign of good faith from the developer.

That is all.

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TheBTRStudios Creator
TheBTRStudios Jun 14 2011 replied:

You can make for sure that after i saw my game torrented 12 hours after release, i'll never release any "demo" anymore.

I hope this people enjoy their cracked copy.

That's all.

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Nemix Jun 12 2011 says:

ok i bought this game how can i download it now?

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TheBTRStudios Creator
TheBTRStudios Jun 13 2011 replied:

Hi Nemix, i think you have to install Desura client ( is free ) then download the game and play.
Let me know if you have issues with this.

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N3mix Jun 10 2011 says:

Is there a way to delete some ingame characters?
I want to get rid of Pete, I don't like playing as a transsexual.

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N3mix Jun 9 2011 says:

i want to see the tools which you can add your own content to the game

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PixolPalette May 22 2011 says:

Besides the disproportional t-rex limbs, and uncontrolled physics of the limbs as they are knocked out. This game has potential..., if you made these fixes.

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N3mix May 22 2011 says:

Pete is akward, but I'm still happy I preorder this, can't wait until 13 June. :D I want DBZ Characters in it!!!

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cinco May 22 2011 says:


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Resserection(steam) May 14 2011 says:

Heh heh its coming out 1 day before Duke nukem forever.

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N3mix May 14 2011 says:

Hey i bought this but when i go to desura or moddb it tells me to buy it again... how can i be sure that i bought it?
i mean i bought it on desura and is there nothing that shows me that i bought it?
i got a screen at the end that i succesfully bought it

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N3mix May 14 2011 replied:

oh i checked my mail and i got a purchase history i see i bought it :D

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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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