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Punch Quest

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Punch Quest is a great game for fans of punching things.

By Matt Kodner • November 12, 2012

In Punch Quest, you are a beefcake on a quest, and that quest is to punch. Your targets are bats, skeletons, treasure chests, oversized meats—really anything you can dig your overpowered fists into. Once a skeleton has been punched to pieces, you can uppercut its skull into the next monster to cross your never-ending path. Punchos—the coin of this world—are earned for being especially bash-ful; you can spend on special moves and costumes.

Despite having just two buttons—both are used for punching—there’s a surprising amount of depth to the game if you play attentively. The more you jab, the faster you run. Meanwhile, uppercuts—the game’s form of jumps—slow you down considerably, but they’re necessary to navigate the obstacle course. (It’s like a more involved version of Jetpack Joyride.) And to keep it light, Quest is graced with a cynical gnomic guardian who harps apparent gnomisms like, “Vases are evil. Punch them.” Or “Gnomes invented punching, but WE used it only for good!”

As in Joyride, there are easily accomplished quests that amount to “do this X times.” But in a charming gesture, Quest will occasionally remind its players to step away from the grind and enjoy themselves with the smaller details of the game. In multiple instances the gnome chirps, “You should probably spend all these Punchos on hats.” Though playing as a purple-skinned brawler with a funny-looking turban doesn’t make the game any easier, it does makes the quest that much more enjoyable.

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  • Raging Bear

    I got this when it was free not long ago. It’s definitely good enough to make me wish I didn’t suck at all endurance run games.

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

      I think it’s always free. I made my girlfriend get it on her phone so I can play it while she does whatever it is that people do when they aren’t on their phones. PUNCH QUEST!

      • Raging Bear

        Oh, it is free, like it even says in the data there. I think this was one of those that turn up in AppShopper as if they’re temporarily discounted but then stay that way forever. Still, good on ‘em.

  • Jackbert322

    Wow, this is actually a pretty dope game. I was surprised by the depth of the combat, hats make everything better, cool graphics, and challengingly engaging. Not quite Jetpack Joyride, but #2 in my book.

  • http://thebellthebell.blogspot.com/ Toby Fee

    A fantastic game, just as you say it’s deeper than it first seems, with combinations of power-ups making for a distinct play style. I’d note that it’s complete and playable in its free version, with no annoying mis-placed buttons or endless grind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChrisBrimstone Christian Brimo

    I love this game… played about 10 hours