‘Story’ is probably pushing it a bit – Punch Quest is simply a game about punching things. Endlessly. Skeletons, goblins, bees, bats and ghouls; they’re all included here and just begging to be punched, so if you enjoy punching, what are you waiting for? In the meantime, we’re going to need some more words for punching…
Blending loveable arcade graphics with the ever-so-popular endless runner format, Punch Quest should be a recipe for success. Okay, it’s not the most imaginative of concepts, but the creatures are nicely designed and it at least has a few surprises to separate it from the pack. The game is based around two basic attack moves; a jumping uppercut for hitting flying things, and a charging whack for walloping enemies on-ground. There’s also an unlockable block option if you tap both of these punches at the same time.
This is all well and good, but you actually have to work these controls out for yourself. Admittedly it’s fairly basic, but you’d expect a one-page how-to screen at the very least. There’s also a little bit too much going on in this app, with a few too many moves and upgrades to collect as you earn points and complete challenges. We appreciate the effort to break up the monotony of endless running, but the very reason the format works so well is its simplicity.
Despite a few flaws, it’s hard to stay mad at Punch Quest. At certain points in the game you get trapped inside a giant egg and are temporarily reborn as a different character; ranging from a fantastical unicorn to a pot-bellied gnome with anger management issues. These are the details matter. A classic this is not, but there’s still plenty to enjoy in this retro brawler.
THE BOTTOM LINE
If you’re bored of endless runner games, this one is unlikely to change your mind. But what Punch Quest might lack in originality, it makes up for with a mean right hook of vintage arcade charm.