Our Review of Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive

It doesn’t get more intense and action packed than 5PB Games, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive and we have the inside look here.

If you enjoy the experience of playing an original side-scrolling button mashing game then look no further. Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive (PBO) provides just that experience. It is a cooperative, side-scrolling beat’em up game that will give you hours of fun.

But don’t mistaken it for just another brawler. Its possesses an in-depth combat system thanks to roots stretching back to the 2D fighting game “Phantom Breaker”. With a cast of four playable characters from Phantom Breaker (Mikoto, Waka, Itsuki and Yuzuha), and Makise Kurisu of Steins Gate guest starring as a DLC character, you will get to exhibit moves any fighting game player would recognize — burst gauges, dodges, guard breaks, and more.

A little bit about the storyline.

This mysterious man named Phantom has dark forces which have been sealed away, now he is trying to get his dark powers back. He has been giving an armour to young girls that gives them supernatural powers with a deal that he will grant them any wish if they win in a battle.

These battles are causing twists in the space time and makes cracks towards this dark shadowy world. Eventually all of these cracks shatter and unseal the Phantom’s missing power.

The Kumon family fights to protect hte world againts the Phantom and his evil ways. Waka daughter of Kumon and Mikoto stand up and join forces to fight the Phantom, but the Phantom escapes and kidnaps Waka’s younger sister Nagi. Waka, Mikoto, Yuzuha and Itsuki join together to start chasing the Phantom to get Nagi back.


Between the graphics, the music and the gameplay we truly enjoyed playing through Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive. The way in which you progress through the game is pretty straight forward and somewhat repetitive. After the intro cut scene where the storyline continues to unfold and you get closer to rescuing your sister a fight sequence commences. You are hit with several waves of enemies ranging in strength and numbers.


Moving from left to right you meet each wave head on with a series of button mashing attacks. With all honesty when I first took on the game, because it was easier to do, I ran around button mashing just to see what would happen. But as you play you will get a hang of all that you will see just like any side scrolling fighting game each button does have a unique purpose and combing some buttons can add even a greater effect. Here is a snapshot of the buttons you will encounter and the power each one holds.


As you progress through the game and advance each level you gain experience points. At the end of each stage you are given a chance to apply these experience points towards upgrading your chapter. As your character levels up, you’ll apply skill points to gain new abilities and hit harder and faster! You are given the chance to select where you want your acquired skill points to go. You can see below the various elements you can improve on.



The graphics in PBO are pretty much on point for your nostalgic side scrolling beat ’em game. This shell shaded pixel adventure will certainly take you back a couple decades of arcade fun. You will have sense of dropping several quarters and hours into the game. And the basic character customization adds to the experience also. The ability to change up the characters outfit gives you a slightly unique look and feel each time you play.


There is certainly some replay value to Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive. You have the various characters to play through and the multiplayer game play adds a whole other level of fun. You can play online or local play and have hours of fun tackling the levels together.

Overall we recommend that you give PBO a try. You will truly enjoy the storyline, getting to the know the tiny pixel characters and fighting your way to save poor Nagi. The game is available now

  • Game Name: Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive
  • Developer: 5pb Games
  • Platform: PSVita, PS4, Steam
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Price: $14.99 with a DLC ready for $5.99