Punch Quest, the hig endless puncher from Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, published on Android by Noodlecake Games, has gotten an update on Android along with a new price tag: free. Yes, the game is dropping down to the free price that it is at on iOS, so if a dollar was too low to enjoy Punch Quest, then, good news! This update also brings along snakes, new Power II abilities, incentivized video ads for coins, and other tweaks and fixes. The update is available now on Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and soon the Humble Bundle version, which was made without IAP, will be updated as well.
Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, creators of Punch Quest, have revealed their next collaboration, Death Road to Canada. It’s a “randomized permadeath road trip simulator” featuring zombies. Lots of zombies. Oh, and the ability to tell people and dogs to “Cool it.” In the Canadian post-apocalyptic landscape, that’s an important feature. The game is planned for release this fall, and an Android port is promised. If it doesn’t happen, I’ll use my Punch Quest skills to convince them otherwise.
One of my favorite games of 2012 was undoubtedly Punch Quest. Rocketcat Games’ endless puncher’s only flaw? It wasn’t on Android yet. Well, Noodlecake Games, in their first published title after the launch of Super Stickman Golf 2, have rectified this situation. And oh how sweet it is to be playing this amazing game on mobile.
Unlike most endless runners where there’s little to no combat, this is all about punching one’s enemies. It’s more of a beat ’em up with automatic running instead of an endless runner. The fighting is surprisingly complex despite there only being three different inputs: forward punching, uppercutting, and blocking, though each has different functions based on different situations. For example, uppercutting in the air is actually a dive punch. Upgrades can tweak the way that punches work, or give them special functions. But it’s the interplay of the attacks and the way that each enemy has a particular strategy that works best – and ones that don’t work quite so well – that players need to learn and master in order to do well at the game.
The thing that I have realized in playing the game over with a clean slate has been just how much skill is actually involved. Yes, the upgrades will definitely help, that is undoubtedly true. But the skills I’ve accumulated by playing the game for hours on end have gone a long way toward improving the kinds of scores that I’m getting with minimal upgrades. For really high scores, will they require some more expensive upgrades? Oh, definitely. Later upgrades get pricey, and definitely make spending money on coins worth it, but that’s after many hours of play. Its the way that games like this should work. The game has launched as a paid app on Google Play because it’s impermissible to go from being a free app to a paid app, so they launched as paid, like the app briefly was on iOS. The game has launched with all the latest upgrades, however, and there’s plenty to do for free.
The port to Android is on par with Noodlecake’s other work – it’s high quality and virtually identical to the iOS version. All the content from the latest updates are here. What’s missing is the support for leaderboards. I’ll say it again: Google needs to release a Game Center equivalent now!
Punch Quest does not disappoint. This is an absolute must-play. It was last year, it still is now.
Android, get ready to start punching. Punch Quest is coming to Android very soon. The culprit? Noodlecake Games, who have made a habit (or a business model) out of releasing and supporting iOS-to-Android ports. Punch Quest combines and endless runner with beat ’em up gameplay, as players run through a dungeon, punching and uppercutting the foes they come across. Coins can be earned to be spent on new skills, power ups, and hats. Sweet, sweet hats.
Developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden are making their Android debut with this title. Initially released as a free-to-play title, the game saw over a million downloads and critical praise (including a 5 star rating at 148Apps ) before issues with making money off of the game arose. While things were tweaked to try and improve its monetization, it eventually just went to being a paid game. However, with Noodlecake’s success promoting Happy Jump on iOS and Android, the game may be getting a second life and a fresh start on a new platform.