Game release: “Punch Club” (PC, iOS)

Arcade fighting games and management sims shouldn’t go well together, but Lazy Bear GamesPunch Club might just have found a way of the fist that works fine.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to fight your way to the top in a ring of like-minded fist acrobats, just like in the Rocky series, but always thought that boxing games were lacking a story or were too simulation-heavy, then this title could actually address all these problems.

There’s an arcade-like revenge story (dad got killed by a stranger, son wants to find justice in the ring), and the visuals are also highly reminiscent of games like the Double Dragon trilogy. But the player is on his/her own, because it’s all about going against various opponents 1-on-1 style. In order to win, one has to train, which of course costs money. It’s not only essential to win, but to find balance in life as well.

What’s the most impressive about the game is not only the non-linear narrative, but also the freedom of choice and the sheer options how to tackle the fighter’s career, showcased in a branching RPG-like skill tree. Leading a life as a super boxer, a criminal, running one’s own gym or simply neglecting everything and everyone is all possible. With many nods to classic gaming (e.g. eating chicken legs as in Streets of Rage), this seems to be an interesting approach to the often dry simulation genre.

Buy the standard edition for PC on
GOG
Steam

Buy the deluxe edition for PC on
GOG
Steam

Buy the iOS version on
the iTunes store

Official Website

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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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4 Responses to Game release: “Punch Club” (PC, iOS)

  1. bino32 says:

    Only looking at the picture of the guys in the ring, Double Dragon Trilogy was the first game that came to my mind. And then I wanted to watch Fight Club again. Do I know Tyler Durden? πŸ™‚

    • nufafitc says:

      I know what you mean. You have to check that one screenshot with the car in the garage and let me know if that doesn’t remind you of a certain TV series ;). You also have to keep your stamina up with chicken, and we all know where this happens :).

      • bino32 says:

        That’s the A-Team’s van πŸ˜€ This is great πŸ™‚

      • nufafitc says:

        And it seems there are even more references. Seems like a really cool game to spot them, and the gameplay is also interesting. Hopefully there will be a review in the future if time allows :).

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