Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome. Here is one cool enough to keep you busy during this weekend.
Punch Quest ($0.99 Universal) is a side-scrolling running game where you survive by using your bare knuckles to punch your way through an endless stream of enemies, obstacles and bosses. With simple controls and fast-moving action, it plays very much like classic arcade fighting game.
The game controls are pretty basic: You tap the right bottom corner of the screen to dash punch, and the left bottom corner to uppercut. You can block by pressing both sides at the same time or by swiping. To run or not to run is not an option as your are thrust forever running fist first into battle right from the start. When you do use the left control to perform an uppercut, you also jump into the air as you do it, so the left control serves as a sort of jump button as well. Run, punch, jump, punch, it doesn’t get any easier then this. It is the variation of power-up punches that make the game interesting as only they can help you achieve high scores and advance to more difficult levels.
The goal of the game is to see how long you can last after facing an endless stream of opponents. Scores are not accumulated from game to game — you are trying to achieve the maximum score on a single game. There are levels within the game, but they are more like milestones you pass along your journey. With each new level you face stronger opponents and the randomly generated platforms become more treacherous to navigate. There are hidden levels where you transform into other characters like gnomes, or ride on the backs of velociraptors.
The individual power-ups that can be purchased with in-game currency are referred to as “punchos.” Punchos are earned buy playing the game and defeating your opponents with higher and higher scores. With your hard-earned punchos you can equip your hero with four different abilities, Power I Skills, Power II Skills, Super Moves and Upgrades.
If you find that you are not earning your punchos fast enough, you can purchase them in bundles via in-app purchases. One of the unique in-app purchases is a feature where you double the rate at which you earn punchos. Once you have tried out each of the upgrade options and have found just the right combination for your style of gameplay, you can spend your punchos on customizing the look of your character by trying on different hats, end even different heads.
The graphics of the game are stunning. It is amazing how much action is happening on one screen all at the same time. The controls work really well and you learn to plan out your combinations based on the different types of opponents you face. With a randomly generated level system, gameplay never feels the same. It’s a great game to get you adrenaline pumping and your fingers punching this weekend.