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Punch a Bunch Review

Official Score

Overall - 65%

65%

Punch a Bunch packs a punch but lacks the follow-through. This lightweight fighter simply doesn’t have enough meat on the bone, and its casual action means that only the most diehard of pugilists will stick around - especially at its high price point.

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Players can take their Rock-em Sock-em Robots fighting urges to the digital realm with the release of Pontypants’ one-on-one fighting game Punch a Bunch. Should players rise up from Amateur to Pro, or is this a losing fight?

Punch a Bunch Review

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Living up to its title, players will punch a bunch on their way to the top. However, players won’t be throwing down like Ryu or Ken; rather, one’s self-named hero primarily lets their fists do the talking.

The analog sticks play a huge role in this title, with players angling their body and using the triggers to attack and block. Positioning could very well mean the difference between victory and defeat, and figuring out when to jab and when to do a heavier shot changes things up.

However, the end result ends up being fairly straightforward. Punch a Bunch wears its colors on its sleeve; what you see is what you get. This is far from an EVO contender, with no meters or high level play to speak of.

However, Punch a Bunch knows that too. What is present here is a casual fighter at its core, and it does that quite well. After diving into the training, players will deal with a motley crew of opponents with professions like astronaut, thug, and wannabe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Although these heroes look like they ended up on the wrong side of the Roblox tracks, it is still endearing nonetheless.

From there, players can deck out their character in the attire that they so choose. Want some new trunks, a new hat, or maybe some stylin’ gloves? The sky’s the limit – as long as you can defeat the proper opponents. One can customize between rounds with new gear earned, or can do so when at one of the main menus.

Just note that there’s not too much to its presentation. Crowd attendees are pill-shaped ovals, nobody has a face, and everything lacks personality. The same goes for its generic menus and music; a bit more flair would’ve given Punch a Bunch more personality.

It’s just a shame that this title is over before it even begins. Not to toot our own horn, but we were able to blaze through all three cups and see everything this title has to offer in around 30 minutes. There is a versus mode and some other options, but it pales in comparison to other titles on the market today. In addition, this title is sorely lacking any sort of online play.

Punch a Bunch packs a punch but lacks the follow-through. This lightweight fighter simply doesn’t have enough meat on the bone, and its casual action means that only the most diehard of pugilists will stick around – especially at its high price point.

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Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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