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Game review
Bringing punchy back
by Harry Slater 19/11/2012
Product: Beatdown!
Developer: Ravenous Games
Publisher: Ravenous Games
Format: iPhone, iPad
Genre: Action, Fighting, Retro
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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Ravenous Games has built up a reputation for creating hard-as-nails, retro-styled smartphone gaming gems, all wrapped up in gorgeous pixel-art graphics.

With Beatdown!, the Canadian developer wants to add its distinct style to the side-scrolling beat-'em-up, and it just about works. 

Punch punch jump

The game begins with our protagonist being fired from his job. After a brief speech about not standing for this and people having to pay, the adventure in fisticuffs begins, with revenge, justice, and punching at the top of the menu.

The controls are simple. Two buttons on the bottom-left of the screen handle your jumps and attacks, and you can control your movement with a D-pad, a floating stick, or use the default method of swiping the screen. ...
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Violent and tough, Beatdown! won't be to everyone's tastes, but if you're a veteran of the 16bit era, it'll be right up your street
Audio/visual: 8
Gameplay: 7
Value: 8
Innovation: 8
Overall: 7
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