One Finger Death Punch – Review

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One Finger Death Punch is a stick-man fighting game developed for PC and Android by Silver Dollar Games. I have only played the PC version of this game, although the two versions seem to be pretty much identical (The only difference is the use of touch controls on Android).

The control scheme of the game only has two buttons, left and right click (or two other buttons which you can map yourself). You attack enemies coming towards you from the left and right with each button respectively, and basically that is the whole game.

There are several different enemy types you will encounter which require different combination of button presses to defeat, as well as weapons and mini boss fights which change things up during the game. These different enemies and pick-ups mean that button bashing is very ineffective, and will almost always result in missing attacks.

Mini boss fights require a quick series of button presses to defeat

Mini boss fights require a quick series of button presses to defeat

While the controls may be simple, they are very responsive. It has a great feeling where every time you click a button, your character will respond instantly. The simple control scheme makes the game easy to pick up and learn for anyone. One Finger Death Punch also includes harder difficulties which are well worth the step up once you start getting confident with the normal campaign.

This game really nails the feeling of being a ninja master once you get the hang of it. When you string together a run of awesome kills where you are switching sides, parrying flying swords and dodging enemy attacks you feel like a true martial arts master.

One Finger Death Punch makes you feel like a martial arts master

One Finger Death Punch makes you feel like a martial arts master

There are various game modes in the campaign which offer different weapons or situations. From the normal mob mode to the ‘light sword’ (lightsaber) or thunderstorm modes, they are all fun to play. Even though they all use the same gameplay elements, the different objectives or enemies mean the game doesn’t get boring too quick.

Different game modes provide some variety to the game

Different game modes provide some variety to the game

As you progress through the campaign, you unlock skills which you can equip. These skills range from extra arrows to slowing or freezing enemies. Because you are only able to equip 3 skills at a time, it provides the player with some customization options, it’s fun playing with different skill combinations to try find the right balance.

Equipping skills gives you some customization from level to level

Equipping skills gives you some customization from level to level

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Summary

One Finger Death Punch has a very simple premise, but it's a game that knows what it wants to do and does it well. It's a perfect game to just pick up and play when you have 10 minutes to kill, each round only takes 1-2 minutes so it's easy to quickly play through several missions. The fun and addictive gameplay will likely have me coming back to the game for at least the next few weeks.

3.75