Two attack buttons, two dodge buttons, a gang member and a heap load of fun! That is a good way to describe Punk Justice. You are Jed, a punk proud of his mohawk, and you have to defend your turf.
The game is basically a modern take on the classic Nes Punch Out. You have a third person view behind Jed. Your opponent is right in front of you, and the basic brawl begins. You have a left and a right attack as well as a left and a right dodge button. Depending on the sequences of button presses you do different combinations. Do not mistake Punk Justice for a button masher. This game requires planning as your stamina is very low, and this forces you to rest and dodge. A good combination of punches followed by some smooth dodging makes you a winner.
There are quick matches and a campaign mode. The campaign is truly hard because a lost match often means that you also have to redo a previously won match. I have yet to complete the campaign, this game requires a lot of skill and time to beat.
There are four different types of brawls as well: normal brawling, timed where you have limited time to win, endurance where you have to dodge for a time before you can attack, and a combination of timed and endurance. The different types give very different fights, and adds variation to the game.
If you are looking for the best fighting game on the iPhone this is it. Forget button mashing, this takes skill and strategy. There is even a strategy guide by the developer here.
Presentation & Graphics
Not the best looks around but the cartoon style brims with character. Would love some character customization as Jed’s mohawk gets old quickly. The characters have limited animations, and feels a bit stale at times.
Simple sound effects when fighting, and quite generic video game music. The main menu music is a bit heavier, which I like. You can also play your own music while playing.
Fun game combining strategy with split second timing. The four buttons feel responsive, and I can’t fault them when I get beat up. I like the different types of brawls as they make for really different fights.
It will take time to master this game and at $0.99 you get a lot of playtime for a buck. No unlockables or achievements though.
The fun it delivers clearly outweigh the graphical limitations, and Punk Justice is a really good fighter for a buck.
Punk Justice $0.99