Battle Monsters is a 2D fantasy-horror fighting game developed by Scarab and published by Naxat Soft for the Sega Saturn in Japan on June 2, 1995. It was later released by Naxat Soft (in conjunction with Acclaim) in North America (on September 30, 1996) and Europe (sometime in 1996).
Similar to early Mortal Kombat games, the game features digitized actors and objects for the game's characters and backgrounds. Players fight as numerous fantasy monsters (alongside other deceased warriors) in a tournament to determine who rules the Dark Kingdom of the netherworld.
Naxat Soft later made a 3D spiritual successor for the Sony PlayStation titled Killing Zone. While it was released a year after Battle Monsters in Japan, it was released at a similar timeframe elsewhere.
The game includes 12 playable characters and four unplayable bosses. After defeating the 12 playable characters, players fight a final battle against "The Big Four", shifting to a best-of-7 match where the player must win a round against each boss (while avoiding four rounds of defeat).