Punch Club is the next indie game that tinyBuild is bringing to the Nintendo Switch. It originally launched on most other platforms including mobile devices back in January of 2016 developed by Lazy Bear Games and launches in the Switch eshop May 24th 2018.
Punch Club is a boxing management simulator with RPG and tycoon elements with a sixteen bit art style harking back to the days of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. 80s and 90s references are riddled throughout the game from obscure Terminator 2 quotes to pizza loving, sewer dwelling mutant alligators, with an uncanny resemblance to a team of turtles we all know and love. The classic chip tune music is in era that reminds me of games like Double Dragon or Battle Toads.
As a young boy you see your father get murdered in the street and end up spending your adult career trying to rise up the ranks as a fighter who is trying to figure out who was responsible for the brutal crime. There are multiple storyline branches as you make different decisions throughout the game and develop your fighter. You even have an opportunity to don a mask as the Dark Fist to be a quasi super hero by night.
During fights you select your skills and moves for your fighter to utilize each round. The combat is automated between you and your opponent. You must keep your fighter in shape by keeping him fed, well rested, and happy as you will have these stats that diminish as you work out while you train to improve your fighter. Some of the areas you can improve your fighter on are strength, accuracy, and speed. You must also balance this with jobs to earn money to keep food in the fridge and your gym membership up to date. I’m not usually a fan of this sort of resource management in my gaming but Punch Club had me addicted fast. I could barely put it down to write this article.
Overall I am very impressed with Punch Club and it seems to be a good fit for the mobility of the Switch. The one drawback is the price point is a bit higher than its App Store counter part. If you are in to resource management or simulation games you should definitely pick up this Indie title. If not, perhaps try it on easy mode where you can still get the rich story but not have to worry so much about the hustle and grind of the day to day sim.
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