Mark Parrish
Based in Austin, Texas

Release date:

Steam (Windows / Mac)



ARENA GODS® is Spectacle Combat, a top-down, arena fighting game where 2 to 4 gladiators compete for the crowd’s favor in an anything goes death match spectacle. You are gladiator. Brave the arena and win the crowd to seize godhood!


What started as a week long prototype in the Spring of 2015 grew into an incredible journey through the indie game development scene.


  • Fight armed or unarmed, strike or grapple, standing or on the ground.
  • Every object can be picked up, wielded as a weapon, and thrown as a projectile.
  • Most weapons kill in a single hit, but all can be disarmed.
  • Each weapon is unique with specific strengths and weaknesses.
  • The arena shifts and changes each round.
  • Skill and bravado will win the crowd's favor and grant advantage in combat.


ARENA GODS Pre-Alpha Gameplay February 2017 YouTube




Awards & Recognition

  • "Official Selection - The MIX @ SIGGRAPH" Los Angeles, USA 2015
  • "WINNER - Busan Indie Connect Festival Audience Award" Busan, Korea 2015
  • "FINALIST - IGF China" Shanghai, China 2015
  • "Official Selection - Day of the Devs" San Francisco, USA 2015
  • "Official Selection - The MIX @ GDC" San Francisco, USA 2016
  • "FINALIST - SXSW Gamer's Voice Multiplayer" Austin, USA 2016
  • "Nominee - BitSummit International Award" Kyoto, Japan 2016
  • "Official Selection - Games By The Sea" Brighton, UK 2016
  • "Official Selection - The MIX @ EVO" Las Vegas, USA 2016
  • "Official Selection - Bit Bash" Chicago, USA 2016
  • "Official Selection - IndieCade" Los Angeles, USA 2016
  • "Official Selection - Day fo the Devs" San Francisco, USA 2016
  • "WINNER - SXSW Gamer's Voice Multiplayer Award" Austin, USA 2017

Selected Articles

  • "PAX East 2017: A Look At Music And Games"
    - MAGFest, MAGFest
  • "The Multiplayer Hit of SXSW - On The Front Line of SXSW 2016"
    - Chris Watters, Gamespot
  • "Local multiplayer round-up: all the couch games we played at GDC"
    - PC Gamer, PC Gamer
  • "Episode 279: Horrible Adorable"
    - Idle Thumbs, Idle Thumbs
  • "Arena Gods - The Most Fun I Had at PAX East"
    - Jack Rooney, Knerds Online
  • "4 Fantastic Indie Party Games from PAX East"
    - Jacob Wood, Indie Hangover
  • "Our GDC 2016 Picks"
    - Amanda Hudgins, Supersoul
  • "Murph's PAX East 2016 indie game awards"
    - Mike Murray, Live Geek or Die
  • "Bit Bash: Chicago's Alternative Games Festival"
    - D. L. Smith-Lee, That Videogame Blog
  • "A Taste of Bit Bash 2016"
    - Alex Lupella, Hey Poor Player
  • "Upcoming Indie Game Gives Bread and Circuses a Modern Twist"
    - Kevin Garcia, Monomythic

About Mark Parrish

I make video games and get punched in the face from time to time.

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