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CNET Editors' review
Queue up "Eye of the Tiger" and get your head in the game; Gamevil's Punch Hero is a fast-paced free-to-play arcade boxer for Android. Punch Hero packs quirky graphics, responsive controls, and plenty of customization incentives to train to become the world champ.
Punch Hero is extremely easy to pick up and play: tap the screen to jab, swipe left/right to throw hook punches, or slide diagonally for uppercuts. Make sure to keep a microfiber cloth handy as that screen of yours will get pretty smudged. You can challenge the 20 or so fighters, each more progressively stronger than the last, as well as train your fighter for stat boosts. You can even hit the graveyard to knock out some zombies. No joke. Most players will probably end up playing through the Arcade mode, though playing Zombie mode is also a great way to earn cash for new items.
Gamevil's latest boxer looks like product of a Nintendo Wii Sports boxing fused with cues from an old anime like Hajime no Ippo...never mind making sense of that but just be assured that it's meant as a compliment. Punch Hero's cel-shaded graphics might seem a bit subpar at first glance, with two-dimensional repeats of spectators in the crowd. But the game's graphics are quite appropriate for the overall feel for the game. It performed extremely smooth with barely any slowdown during the bouts, though your mileage may vary depending on your Android device. As your characters take damage, little details like bruises and cuts will start to show up on their faces. The camera quickly pans left, right, and all around and adds a lot of dynamic emphasis as well.
And though most of the game is quite enjoyable (heck, some of the items might even be worth paying for), Punch Hero's one glaring absence we'd have really loved to see is multiplayer. Nothing would please me more than crushing the jaw of a fellow friend with my fist (on the phone, that is) and it's a shame that there's no two-player feature for either ad-hoc or online. Here's hoping for an update or perhaps even a sequel someday.
Users looking for a good fighter on their phones and tablets should definitely take this boxer out for a spin.
Punch Hero "Punch Heros fun to play and provides a lasting experience Theres something inherently amusing about being able to pull a buddys picture off of Facebook and beat him mercilessly." -Appsafari.com "I certainly wouldnt call myself a boxing aficionado, but I know what I like. And I really like Punch Hero." -148Apps.com (4.5/5 Stars) "Even better than pink beards (surprisingly!), is the ability to create custom boxers using pictures saved to your iDevice." -Pocketnext.com Hit em where it hurts! Come swing your fists in this all-immersive mobile boxing game. Hone your jabs, hooks and uppercuts at the Training Center while accumulating special skills and power moves in the Skill Store. Presented in hilarious 3D, Punch Hero is addictive as it is challenging. With multiple modes of gameplay and customizable options, Punch Hero offers hours of endless boxing action! ----------------- FEATURES ADRENALINE PUMPING BOXING ACTION! Deliver swift jabs, hooks, uppercuts and serve brutal knockout punches as you fight your opponent. CUSTOMIZE YOUR CHARACTER! Give yourself a gnarly beard or maybe some cool shades as you dress your character in the Costume Shop with items that enhance performance. INTENSE SKILL BUILDING IN THREE DIFFERENT MODES! Fight with new challengers in Arcade Mode, Amateur Mode and Pro Mode as you level up and hone your jabs, hooks and uppercuts. ADD YOUR OWN FACE! Throw your friend (or enemy) into the ring by creating your own challenger in Challenger Registry. Place their picture in the frame and fight them in the virtual ring. GAMECENTER ACHIEVEMENTS! Play in Graveyard Mode as your go 1 on 1 with all players or your friends through Gamecenter. ---------------------------------------------------- OTHER GAMEVIL GAMES Air Penguin AREL WARS Baseball Superstars 2012 Cartoon Wars: Gunner+ Chalk n Talk Cheese Please DESTINIA Fighter City Freekick Battle ILLUSIA KAMI RETRO Last War Plants War Soccer Superstars 2011 Pro ZENONIA 4 ---------------------------------------------------- NEWS & EVENTS Website http://www.gamevil.com Facebook http://facebook.com/gamevil Twitter http://twitter.com/gamevil YouTube http://youtube.com/gamevilRecent changes:This new update is STACKED!! 1. Learn new skills like Flicker Jab, Elbow Stroke, Backspin Blow and Beat Down! 2. New visual and sound effects 3. New attendance system4. Major improvements in Zombie Mode5. New difficulty system6. 2 new boxers7. Various UI improvements Contact GAMEVIL Inc. @ Tips & Tricks: http://iphone.gamevil.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/gamevil Twitter: http://twitter.com/gamevil YouTube: http://youtube.com/gamevil Email: email@example.comContent rating: Low Maturity
What's new in this version: This new update is STACKED!! 1. Learn new skills like Flicker Jab, Elbow Stroke, Backspin Blow and Beat Down! 2. New visual and sound effects 3. New attendance system4. Major improvements in Zombie Mode5. New difficulty system6. 2 new boxers7. Various UI improvements Contact GAMEVIL Inc. @ Tips & Tricks: http://iphone.gamevil.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/gamevil Twitter: http://twitter.com/gamevil YouTube: http://youtube.com/gamevil Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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