We've all seen the world taken over by aliens. And robots and zombies and even hyper-intelligent apes.
But bears? Now, that's new. And it's the plot of Kickstarted brawler Fist of Awesome
The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where woodland creatures have risen up, taken over the world, and enslaved all humans.
As the last free human - limber lumberjack Tim Burr - it is your duty to punch those bears in the face, stomp on a buck's balls, and do a flying kick into a gang of street punk stags.
You've got a pretty handy move-list. You can kick, punch, stomp, and throw your mammalian enemies; jump and do flying kicks; and unleash the titular (and talking) closed hand.
You make your moves with taps and swipes, and this works surprisingly well on the touchscreen. Think the eminently controllable Combo Crew
, and not those fiddly Sega arcade ports.Fist of Awesome
becomes a bit repetitive, but it's as repetitive as any brawler. Along the way, you'll enter new areas (like Bearhatten, with its vomit-inducing "Bare Bears" strip club), fight new critters, and level-up Tim's attributes.
The whole game has a cheeky, and very British, sense of humour. That's evident in the funny cutscenes (well, some are funnier than others - Gangnam Style
jokes went out with the ark), the hand-made sound effects, and the super-goofy pixel-art visuals.
Saying that, those visuals are a bit unsightly at times. Some of the art really straddles the line between scrappy and crappy, and the different styles - like the lanky Tim with his pixel-thin limbs and the more detailed backgrounds - can clash in a garish fashion.Fist of Awesome
is generally quite funny and is a fine little mobile brawler. If you like punching the same enemy over and over again while you inch along a side-scrolling street, you'll probably like it.
It'll be out on iOS, Android, Ouya, and GameStick on October 17th.