Conatus Creative Inc.
Based in Ottawa, Canada

Release date:
27 February, 2017

PC / Mac / Linux


Regular Price:



One of the best beat'em ups of the NES era is back! Many years after vanquishing Slick on the school rooftop, Alex and Ryan must take to the streets again. Help a new crop of fighters defeat the hordes of River City, and clear their name in a sinister kidnapping plot. You'll earn money, unlock moves, and upgrade your skills in a sprawling city on the brink of total chaos. This modern take on an old classic features over 500 unique street fighting moves, dozens of weapons, secrets galore, and a bonus arena fighting mode.


Conatus acquired the license to produce a River City Ransom game from Technōs Japan successor Million Co. Ltd. in April 2013. After successfully funding a Kickstarter campaign for the title in September 2013, development began. In the summer of 2015, Arc System Works Co. Ltd purchased the rights to River City Ransom from Million Co. Ltd. The first development preview was released to backers in Dec 2015, and the game reached content complete status in August 2016, with the beta released to backers January 2017.


  • Online co-op and arena death match for up to 4 players
  • A new chapter in the River City universe
  • Unlock 10 playable heroes in the story campaign, each with their own fighting style
  • 140 levels to explore, complete with hazards and secrets
  • 22 shops to upgrade your characters
  • Arena multiplayer combat mode features team selection, modifier modes, and CPU partners
  • Play as hero or villain in intense arena combat: can you unlock all 44 fighters?
  • Hand-crafted pixels and chiptune soundtrack


Launch Trailer YouTube



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River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter Campaign
5,179 helped raise $217,643 CAD to jump start the game and studio on its first title. kickstarter.com.

Arc System Works Co., Ltd.
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About Conatus Creative Inc.

Conatus Creative makes the games we've always wanted to play. We do this by unearthing gems, building bridges, and the occasional dragon taming.

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River City Ransom: Underground Credits

Daniel Crenna
Producer and Gameplay Developer, Conatus Creative

Bannon Rudis
Director, Lead Animator, Lead Artist

Andrew Russell
Lead Programmer

Ryoma Machida
Executive Producer

Stephen J. Maas
Content Producer, Level Programmer

Dustin Crenna
Sound Design

Lexi & The Cheap Disaster
Music Composition

Andrew Merritt
QA Lead

Sarah Maas
Community & Customer Support Lead

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