Now One Finger Death Punch was a game I picked up during one of my favorite yet equally loathed times of the year…the infamous system crashing Steam summer sale where it’s like Black Friday, a time of joyous celebration and regret as we throw our wallets at our computer screens and this game was one purchase I am happy to have made.
Developed and published by Sliver Dollar Games, One Finger Death Punch is a 2D brawler where the player takes control of a stick man and fight his way through hordes of enemies using five classic kung-fu styles and take it from me, this is one game that requires a very good sense of timing and rhythm because this game uses only the mouse or two keys on the keyboard to play.
I wasn’t able to find much information about the developers of this title other than they have a few games on the Xbox indie market and that they won a award but don’t let that turn you off from this title because not only is it a great fighting game, it’s also a great addition to any Steam account due to it being really cheap.
From a game play standpoint One Finger Death Punch is relatively simple in terms of mechanics but simple does not mean easy and this game is minimal complexity with a great deal of depth even though you only use two keys for the actual combat and take it from me, playing a game that uses only two keys is alot harder than it sounds.
As you can see from the above trailer One Finger Death Punch is a rhythm brawler the player is confined to a small space and has the ability to attack in two directions and for a two button brawler, the combat is ridiculously brutal and incredibly satisfying once you get into it and once you are fighting off numerous enemies without being hit…..you will feel like a badass kung fu master.
While the combat might be simple One Finger Death Punch adds depth and complexity by introducing weapons and different enemy types that take more than one hit to kill and other enemies that you have to fight in a sequence which isn’t too hard but it can be troublesome if you get surrounded on both sides.
In the bottom right corner there is the score meter which is your total points in the level, in the bottom left is your abilities which give you a range of effects if you hit the combo requirement and there are many different skills but I will go into more detail about those now with a few other things that make this game rather great.
There are 21 different skills that can be combined in a number of ways to assist you in your epic journey kicking the everlasting crap out of hordes of stick men and they are all different, some increase how long you can use weapons while others freeze enemies and all unlocked skills can be used in Survival mode which is a endless onslaught of enemies and you have to fend them off until you run out of health.
The game also let’s you use weapons from your enemies, maces, nun-chucks, bows, staffs, swords….all are usable and all of them are incredibly satisfying especially when you get to use the light-saber versions of the sword and nun-chucks.
There isn’t much I can really say about the art style since it involves stick figures and well they aren’t the most difficult thing to draw are they but this look fits the game really well so I have no complaints there and another thing I like about this title is the soundtrack that plays through the levels while fighting.
The music is without a doubt one of the best things about the game aside from the actual fighting, there are a good selection of tracks and they actually help you fight because you time your strikes with the music and once you get into a sense of rhythm you will be roundhouse kicking fools left, right and center.
Moving on from art style and music there is plenty of replay value here, there are 250 stages, 13 unique modes and 3 difficulty levels, two of which you unlock after beating the lowest difficulty which is alot harder than it sounds, just trust me on that one guys and there are 152 achievements to earn so it will take a while, throw in “mastery” score and leader boards you have a game that is well worth the cheap price.
So the question is should you spend money on One Finger Death Punch, well if you are a fan of brawlers or fighting games in general, like games that are easy to learn but hard to master and games that have a tonne of replay value then you should give this game a shot.
While it might not be pretty or complicated it is a amazing fighting game with responsive and enjoyable combat that has a great deal of content counting the 250 levels, 13 modes and 3 difficulty settings….it’s a great game to play if you are bored or just need to vent some steam after a stressful day and since the price is low as hell it couldn’t hurt to add the thing to you humble Steam library and that’s about it really, I would explain more but One Finger Death is exactly what it says it is and it is a game that needs easier to explain through action and not words.
And with that I am done but before I end this review I want to apologize to my readers for the lack of posts recently, hand strain got to me but don’t worry I got a tonne of new content coming up so keep you eyes peeled for that and with that I am officially done, if you liked this post then like, comment down below in the comments section and share