Tinybuilt never stops to surprise us and this time they did it again with Punch Club. But what is this game? Is it worth picking up? Let me properly introduce you the game first and a little bit about its main story as well. Your father was brutally murdered before your eyes. Now you must train hard, eat chicken and punch dudes in the face to earn your place in the Punch Club ranks, and discover who ended your father's life. Punch Club is a boxing tycoon management game with multiple branching story lines.
Your goal is clear, but how you get there depends on whether you want to legitimately climb the rankings, or take the more ridiculous, shady route. Along the way you'll want to focus your talents. Will you take the Way of the Tiger, the Way of the Turtle, or the Way of the [other one?]? Your strength, accuracy and agility all depends on whichever Way enlightens your path. Do you have stripes, or flippers? The very first aspect that really impressed me are the graphics of the game. There are retro style pixel graphics with an optional effect that adds more nostalgia to the game. The music of the game is really good as well and in this title there are also 80’s and 90’s referenced everywhere.
So, If you lived or love this era…this is definitely your game. Furthermore, Punch Club combines aspects of management RPG with fighting in a really well mix and it offers a great experience for every player. The strongest aspect of the title is definitely the story. There are a lot of different branches and game endings to discover and every choice you make affects your life...so choose wisely. As far as the negative aspects are concerned, the player doesn’t involve in fighting at all.
He just chooses the moves and depending on the training and lady luck you will have to wait for the outcome. Moreover, your stats will decrease every day about 50% which is something really frustrating sometimes and you just have to exercise more. Another point worth mentioning is the fact that there is a lot of repetitiveness in your daily routine especially when your stats decrease.
To sum up, the game is really well created/developed despite the negative aspects. I recommend it to everyone, it offers a really fun and relaxing experience especially for its price!
+RPG and fighting elements
-Limited control over fighting
-Stats decrease every day
-repetitive daily routine