There is no way to describe Ultimate Gay Fighter any better than the way creator Michael Patrick of New York City-based developer Handsome Woman does, so I won’t try. Instead, I’ll let you hear it from him:
I started thinking about how gays are represented in the media. We are the sickly ones, your sassy best friends, the funny ones, the ones who sing, and the ones who decorate your house, style your clothes, and do your hair…We are never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day. And if we are, we are washed with heterosexual personas and mannerisms…
You can be queeny, you can be butch, or you can be in-between. You can be any or all the bandana colors and the colors in the rainbow flag. But no matter what color, we are fighters. We are warriors. The goal of this game is to enjoy the humor that my gay family brings me. Now go out there, and kick some ass.
Described as a “love letter to [Patrick’s] gay family,” Ultimate Gay Fighter is clearly inspired by many of the 2D fighters that have come before it, even equipped with Mortal Kombat-inspired “Gaytalities.” The game includes a host of heroes that include every kind of gay stereotype, from tanned beach boy, to “down low” rapstar, to fashion runway critic, to diva singer. The game also includes villains, called the League of Self Righteous Zealots (or LOSRZ), which include characters based on Sarah Palin, preachers and cyborgs.
Ultimate Gay Fighter will include 12 levels, achievements, online leaderboards and more, and instead of blood, rainbows and unicorns flow out when players are damaged. All of the fighters can be viewed in the gameplay video below, and the game will be available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices sometime later this month.