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02 September 2014

Kickstarter project of the week: Fist of Awesome!

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Ever wanted to punch an 8-bit bear in the face? Nicoll (not a girl's name) Hunt has, and he's just a couple thousand short of realising his dream.

Freakin' awesome!

Some Kickstarter pitches are terrible, some are not too bad and some are so completely awesome you're reaching for your credit card before the video even finishes playing. This is one of them, and it's a real humdinger! 

FIST OF AWESOME is a time-travelling-lumberjack-em-up, a sorely underrepresented genre by anyone's metric. It's a modern homage to classics like Streets of Rage and Final Fight, but with more time travel and lumberjacks.

If you like scrolling beat-em-ups, retro classics and Scottish humour, this one's for you. In the video below, creator Nicoll Hunt doesn't just tell you about his game - he takes you inside and shows you around. 

This campaign is already half way to it's £5,000 goal, and I sincerely hope it gets funded. There just aren't enough lumberjack based games out there, it's time for something new! 

The Plot

The hero, Tim Burr, is a forest dwelling tree feller who gets caught up in a needlessly complex interstellar plot to enslave Earth by populating history with homicidal wild animals  The game takes place over a number of time periods, features original 2D art and animation throughout, and is to my knowledge, the only game that lets you punch a full grown grizzly bear in the face.

An awful lot of the plot seems to revolve around punching bears (animals I'm actually very fond of) in the mouth, and although my own dear teddybear is sitting on the shelf looking at me rather sternly as I write this, I'm pretty sure the bears give as good as they get. They're a worthy opponent after all, as you can see in the video below.

Platform

Fist of Awesome will be available on Android and iOS, and Nicoll has tried to create a platform game that feels a little like oldschool games such as Streets of Rage 2, but without all the lousy port bugs. Mobile platforms also have another advantage, he points out - you can play them on the toilet. I'd say 'ew' but that's a bit unrealistic given that 82% of games (made up statistic) are now downloaded in workplace toilet cubicles all across the world. If you own a smartphone, there's a good chance you'll play it on the throne at some point, and it's progressive of developers to embrace that fact.

Controls

As this is a phone game, designed to be played on a touchscreen, movement is controlled by swiping, a mechanic we're all getting a lot more familiar with. The aim here is to allow you to move without having to look at the buttons.

Sound and graphics

The soundtrack of Fist of Awesome is clearly destined to become a modern game classic, it's beautifully composed my Echolevel, and is old school and gamey without being incredibly annoying, which is a plus for me. The graphics are 8-bit with vibrant colours, somehow it all just works.

Rewards

So, what do you get for your money eh? Well, let's see, there are quite a few of them... £5 gets you the game for Android or iOS, £15 gets you a copy of the soundtrack on top of that and £40 gets you all of the above plusa fridge magnet and a Christmas card. That's nice! 

This is one of Kickstarter's more detailed pitches and there's plenty more to read on the official page, so do head over there and take a look, and while you're at it put your hand in your pocket and donate!

This project is looking to raise £5,000 and the campaign ends on Wednesday, December 12th. What are you waiting for! It's bear-punching time!

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