Epic stick figure fighting
Back in 2013, I was browsing the Xbox 360 indie marketplace when I stumbled across a game called One Finger Death Punch. At first glance, it reminded me of a series of flash animations called Xiao Xiao which featured stick figures fighting in epic martial arts battles. Since I really enjoyed the Xiao Xiao series and the game was only a dollar, I decided to give it a try. I was BLOWN AWAY by how simple and fun the game was. Well, on February 26, 2020 Silver Dollar Games released One Finger Death Punch 2 on the Switch and I am pleased to say that it goes far above and beyond the original.
Gameplay is extremely simple
You do not move in this game. Your character stands in the middle of the screen. Under him is a bar. Enemies come from the left and right and as they enter the area of the bar, you press either the left or right attack button. If you button mash, you’re gonna lose quick. As you advance, the better you are, the harder the game gets by increasing the speed at which the enemies advance. Enemies also become more varied as they take more hits to kill and switch up directions mid-fight.
I don’t know if the devs set out to make you feel like a total badass, but they definitely succeeded! Between the awesome music, the hordes of enemies that you annihilate, the plethora of weapons at your disposal, and the fatalities that rival Mortal Kombat, this game gives me a rush like no other! And hearing the announcer calling me “GODLY!” at the end of a well-fought stage just amplifies it.
Punch, kick, it’s all in the mind
The story mode has you advancing across different maps through over 600 stages. Most stages are “mob rounds,” where you must defeat a set number of enemies. Then, there are rounds that require you to kill targeted enemies with ranged weapons (shurikens, daggers, guns, etc) as well as rounds that give you a lightsaber or chainsaw and let you hack away at dozens of enemies. As you divert from the beaten path, you can earn skill points to upgrade different passive skills that aid in making your battles a little less overwhelming.
Survival mode is the high score run of the game of which I (at the time of this writing) am at the #1 spot on the leaderboards! (#HumbleBrag) As expected, in survival mode, you kill as many enemies as you can before your health runs out. As you kill more enemies, you unlock different tiers of the survival tower which makes the enemies faster and more difficult as you advance. In addition, there are other variations of survival mode including an invisible mode where you can’t see your character and even a mode where an annoying cat named Luca blocks your view.
One Finger Death Punch 2 delivers exactly what a sequel should: the original game but a thousand times more! At a price of $8.99, this game is MORE than worth it. So, go grab it, play it, enjoy it, and hey! Why not try to beat my high score? I can guarantee that you’ll have a blast trying!
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Platform: Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, PC
Release Date: 26/02/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Action, Arcade, Fighting, Indie
Developer: Silver Dollar Games
Publisher: Silver Dollar Games
Download link: eShop